Small-town charm with a modern touch, Lexington is one of the largest cities in Kentucky. There is something for everyone in this city, from the rich culture and delicious food to locally owned and run breweries. If you are a craft beer enthusiast who wants to learn the art and science behind the brewing process, it’s worth visiting the wide range of distilleries, vineyards, and breweries in Lexington.
To ensure you visit the best breweries, we have curated a list of must-visit spots for you. Let’s get started!
Founded in 2012, the West Sixth Brewing company is located in a 100-year-old building which gives it a particularly rustic vibe. They are an environmentally conscious brewery that not only uses its talent in crafting beers but also creates a positive social impact on the community through non-profit projects like Sixth for a Cause Foundation, Pedaling for a Purpose, and other statewide sponsorships.
If you like something sweet and light, we recommend their West Sixth IPA. The clear amber liquid has a caramel malt base and gives off citrusy and floral notes.
A brewing company that prioritizes quality, creativity, and taste above all else, Ethereal Brewing Company is very passionate about crafting beers and ensuring their customers can enjoy staple beers like a Saison or Wit or their more creative innovations. For people looking for something different from the norm, their sour program is dedicated to exploring the funkier side of farmhouse brewing.
They have an extensive menu of craft beers, among which the Lambda Stout is a favorite. It has a strong roasted coffee flavor and a light smokey malt taste. Medium body, light carbonation, and an excellent mouthfeel.
The Lexington Brewing & Distilling co. is a family-owned brewery that celebrates Kentucky’s culture, history, and charm through timeless traditions and bold imaginations. Revived in 1999, they restored craft beer tradition and created an award-winning line of barrel-aged beers.
The brewery also offers a facility tour and gives you some behind-the-scenes knowledge about crafting. We recommend their Kentucky bourbon barrel ale. It is aged for up to 6 weeks and has subtle vanilla and oak flavors.
Great service, good quality beer, and good vibes; this is how we describe Rock House Brewing. Started as a collection of craft beer enthusiasts and homebrewers, Rock House’s mission is to produce a wide range of beers and create a welcoming environment for their customers with quality drinks and good music.
Try out their summer IPA or Tangerine Blonde and enjoy the chill and cozy scene of the space in all its glory.
With a passion for great craft beer and creativity at its peak, 4 Kentuckians founded Country Boy Brewing in 2012. From staple beers to seasonal specials, they pride themselves on making minimally processed beers with high-quality and real ingredients. There are multiple choices to choose from with various fruits and vegetables.
The Country Boy Brewing is famous for its Shotgun Wedding brown ale. It is brewed with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans and has a sweet and nutty flavor.
The Blue Stallion Brewery specializes in German ales and lagers. The brewery prides itself on exquisite quality, carefully crafted beers, and the fine balance between rich and sweet. From staple beers to unique concoctions, there is something for everyone in Blue Stallion Brewery.
If you are interested in more than just run-of-the-mill varieties, we recommend trying their peanut butter porter. It has a distinct aroma, and the taste is just amazing.
Inspired by his grandmother and her underestimated powerful spirit led to the creation of Pivot Brewing. Kevin’s goal is to apply the same spirit as his grandmother and improve the community and the environment. They also offer their event space free of charge to nonprofits and civic groups. Aside from making a positive impact, Pivot works hard to make good ciders and beers.
They have a great variety available, from sweet and sour to the perfect balance between both. You should try the Belgian-style Jax brown ale. The flavors consist of candy sugars, bananas, cloves, and a hint of spice.
Celebrate the duality of beer at Mirror Twin Brewing Company. The company is named after the owner, a mirror twin; identical twins that are polar opposites, which is what they portray in their beer crafts as well. They produce twin beers with the same ingredients with slight variations so you can enjoy the unique taste of each. The brewery also offers two taprooms with different vibes; for a traditional brewery experience, visit the traditional taproom, or for a lounge feel, visit the cocktail lounge.
From extensive beer selection to a liquor bar, you will never run out of options. The facility also provides brunch, takeout options, and an in-house pizzeria. Try their You, Me, Mr. P.B. American porter that has a strong flavor of chocolate and peanut butter, with a sweet Thai chili pizza to hit the spot.
Fusion Brewing is all about mixing the best of both worlds. They aim to provide a comfortable, laid-back, family-friendly experience incorporating local culture into the everyday patron experience. You can try their unique craft beers, and fusion brewing tours, with yummy taproom food to enhance your experience.
Try their white IPA, black Saison, or New Zealand lager with their delicious Hawaiian slider rolls and a bag of chips.