Kentucky has a wonderful selection of breweries, so many in fact, it’s difficult to choose a favorite. The art of crafting the best beers takes practice, patience and pragmatism. Breweries across Kentucky have been perfecting this art, using sophisticated techniques and fashioning new and inventive flavors. Here are the 7 best breweries in the state.
West Sixth Brewing is one of the finest breweries in Kentucky. With over 15 different beers to choose from, with the West Sixth Brewing label, this brewery has a steady fan base. If you want flagship, year-round, seasonal, limited release or bottled craft beer then this is your place. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, this brewery is a neighborhood favorite as well as a corporate sponsor for many local events in Kentucky. Akin to Magic Hat, West Sixth Brewing, has created a well-formulated variety of great beers that are unique to Kentucky.
Blue Stallion Brewing Co. in Lexington, Kentucky, has one of the most-beautiful setups of any brewery you will find, crafting some really delicious beers for its patrons. This brewery is located on third street on the corner of north Broadway in Lexington. Known for its British and German beers, Blue Stallion is in the business to make a name for itself by recreating classics. The brewery itself is a large warehouse with a distillery, bar, restaurant and outside picnic table area—so you can enjoy yourself while having a great beer in downtown Lexington.
“The garage is the mother of invention. And around here, we respect our mothers.” This statement reflects on the birth of Braxton Brewing, which began in the Union, Kentucky, family garage of Evan Rouse when he was just 16 years-old. This is where the love of brewing began. You’ll love the vibe at Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company. Year-round brews include “Storm,” a delicious golden cream ale, “Revamp,” an India pale ale IPA, “Twisted Bit,” a Dortmunder lager, and “Dead Blow,” a tropical stout.
Rock House Brewing located just off of Loudon Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky, is a new brewery that has established itself as a crowd favorite. Rock House has a cozy bar in front of its large warehouse, where it chooses the finest ingredients to make its beer. When you come to Rock House you will enjoy the atmosphere on the Northside of Lexington, while you take a tour of their facilities in the back of the bar area. Their Rock House Double Kick Drum Double IPA has a whopping 7.88 percent alcohol content. If you’re in the mood for something less dramatic try the Rock House Groupie Cream Ale with five percent alcohol content with a smooth texture.
Everyone in Kentucky knows about Country Boy Brewing. The brewery became fast-friends with the Lexington community upon its opening in 2012. In the last five years, Country Boy has established itself with its Cougar Bait and Shotgun Wedding beers. Sold locally, Country Boy, maintains the right composition to give the fans what they love consistently.
Ethereal Brewing was way ahead of its time, in regards to finding the best real estate to open its doors. Located in the up-and-coming Pepper Distillery District in Lexington, Kentucky, Ethereal Brewing solidified its belonging by creating great microbrews. This brewery has 20 or so different beers to try, in the style of American and Belgian taste. If you find yourself with a taste for an eclectic selection of perfect flavors, come to check out Ethereal Brewing.
Although Mirror Twin on National Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky, is a newer brewery, it feels like they’ve been around for a long, long time. Mirror Twin got its name from the identical twin brothers, whom started the brand, home brewing beer dreaming of their own place. Like the twin brothers, Mirror Twin, chose to create beers with the exact same ingredients having changed only one ingredient to make different beers.