West Sixth Brewing is set to open a new retail location and taproom in Newport, Kentucky — West Sixth Box Park. West Sixth Brewing opened its main brewery and taproom at 501 W. Sixth St. in Lexington, Kentucky in 2012. Since then, they have opened three more Kentucky locations: West Sixth Greenroom in downtown Lexington (currently closed due to Covid-19), West Sixth NuLu in Louisville and the West Sixth Farm in Frankfort.
The American craft beer industry is still a relatively young movement — it started in the 1970s. The youth of our industry really shows when compared to the longevity of beer globally. Sure, the craft beer industry turns 70 this year, but prohibition is still in recent memory. Early pioneers of our craft moved mountains and steam-forged a path that led to Boston having its very own Lager and spectacular views from the coast of Maine.
There’s been no shortage of activity happening recently and it’s a welcomed sight. Sports are back, industries like music and film are starting to expand again. Vaccinations are becoming available and there’s a positivity that we’re almost to the other side of the pandemic. We’re not there yet, though, so in the meantime, stay resilient, grab a beer, and check out what we’re drinking.
All eyes will be on the city of Louisville on Saturday. It might be for just two minutes, but it will be an exciting two minutes. If you aren’t familiar with Louisville, the beer scene is incredible and growing. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, six new breweries opened and currently, three are in the planning phases.
While this city and state are known for their bourbon, the people here are ready to let the world know about its beer scene. To help you learn more about Louisville’s beer scene, here is PorchDrinking’s guide to Lousiville breweries.
When you think of the city of Louisville, you often think of the Kentucky Derby and bourbon. The founders of the Louisville Ale Trail want people to start adding beer to that list. The first annual Lousiville Beer Appreciation Day will be held Sunday, May 2 to highlight both Louisville’s growing craft beer scene and the city’s rich beer and brewing history.
We’re still smashing the avocados for guacamole and cracking open Mexican Lagers this week here at PorchDrinking. Cinco de Mayo approaches; for most people, this holiday is simply a reason to drink tequila or cervezas all day. To hell with knowing the origins of, well, anything, right? However, we’re here to help you stock the cooler rather than to hand out pop quizzes. So, check out our series for Mexican Lagers you need to pick up for the upcoming holiday.
The newest Mexican Lager in our series for your day of lounging poolside or grilling is Noche de Mar from Estuary Beans & Barley in St. Johns, South Carolina, near Charleston.
It’s officially porch drinking, grass mowing, sitting by the pool and boating season. And some of the best beers to pair with those occasions are Mexican Lagers.
One Mexican Lager in particular that you’ll see a lot of Kentuckians pairing with those occasions is Gravely Brewing La Bamba Mexican Lager. La Bamba has been a fan-favorite at Gravely since opening in August 2018.
Have you ever been sipping on a beer, eating a certain food, or getting a whiff of a certain smell and it invokes a memory, or takes you back to a time in your past? This is called sensory memory, and we as humans absorb these by our sense organs all throughout our lives. Certain foods, drinks, sights, sounds or smells can awaken one of these short memories and take you back in time to a place you’ve been before. Pastry Kids On The Block Vol. 2 from Xul Beer Co. does just that with their delectable Fruited Sour.
Ellipsis Brewing out of Orlando, FL, is quickly ascending the craft beer ladder in their just over four years of being in business. Some of their top beers have been “Y Can’t IBU”, a zero-IBU Pale Ale, and Happy Pils, a joyously bright Pilsner.
Just entering their tasting room, by the way, is an experience all its own. A bold and unforgettable almost neon blue color on the wall suggests a combination of hype and chill vibes amongst this taproom.
Asheville brewery expansions and reopening announcements have been in full bloom this spring. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announcing the reopening of their taproom, Hi-Wire Brewing Co. will open a new beer garden and Burial Beer Co. expanding its South Slope footprint. All in all, craft beer fans will have a lot to explore this summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The past year and a half has been very difficult for businesses in downtown Louisville. Between the COVID-19 shutdowns, the lack of tourism and the Breonna Taylor protests, downtown Louisville has taken an unfortunate hit.
Against the Grain Brewery is hoping to change that. The brewery announced they are opening their fourth location in downtown Louisville in the building that formerly housed Another Place Sandwich Shop and Jimmy Can’t Dance that closed on February 28, 2021.
Flagship beers are the unsung heroes of a brewery. They’re the load-carrying backbone of a beer list. With every new, flashy, ridiculously-hopped IPA or adjunct loaded, melted ice cream cone passing as a stout, they’re also the first to be forgotten. Like a true workhorse, flagship beers do their job. They get packed in cases or filled in kegs to be shipped off to a sea of local grocery stores and faceless sports bars while getting snubbed by the cool kid, craft beer stores in town. Flagship beers may never get any taproom-exclusive hype, but they’re evergreen. They pay the bills, and keep the lights on.
What region of the country has the most defining iconic food? Is it New York or Chicago pizza? Philadelphia cheese steaks? Minnesota Hot Dish? Texas or Kansas City BBQ?
My nomination goes to the southwest, specifically the Hatch, NM region and their green chile. It is, in fact, green CHILE (not chili, or chilli). They take it so seriously that the New Mexico legislature passed rules requiring those products involved in the chile food and beverage trade to be labeled with “New Mexican” or “Not grown in New Mexico.”* “Red or Green?” (styles of chile) is even the official question of the state. Like I said, serious stuff… does Philly codify their cheesesteak labeling into law?
Spring time has finally sprung again here in the Atlanta area. The colder weather has given way to some warm, sunny days filled with sunshine, yet still slightly cooler nights. The smell of fresh cut grass is in the air, flowers are being planted, youth sports are being played in the parks all around us. These changes signal one very important thing here in Georgia – the return of Atlanta Braves baseball! Sometimes you just want to kick back and relax and grab a cold craft beer to enjoy alongside a Braves game. With that being said, let’s dive into the 6 beers to pair with Atlanta Braves baseball. These are all beers that you can purchase regularly throughout the season.
Have you ever wanted to have a beer named after yourself? Well, all you need to do is found a city and then have a brewery open in that city 172 years later.
That’s what happened to Martha Ann Wood. Wood and her husband Bartholomew settled and founded the city of Hopkinsville, KY in 1796. There, Martha and her husband spent the rest of their lives with their 11 children.
In September of 2016, 172 later, another woman came and founded the city’s first and only craft brewery in Hopkinsville. Kate Russell founded Hopkinsville Brewing Co. and has since changed the minds of many small-town Kentuckians about what craft beer is.
Apocalypse Brew Works in Louisville, Kentucky, has been preparing for the apocalypse since it first opened in 2012. The brewery’s name came about from a brainstorming session with co-founders Leah Dienes, Bill Krauth and Paul Grignon. All the good regional names had been taken and they were struggling for a name that would stand out. Seemingly out of nowhere, Krauth brought up “that end of the world thing.” “You mean, the apocalypse?” responded Dienes, who happened to have a label in her pocket she had designed for a humorous beer label competition at the Kentucky State Fair. She had made a zombie-themed label for a beer called Apocalypse Pale Ale. Realizing that it was prime fodder for coming up with all kinds of unique beer names, they decided they had a winner.
When they opened their doors, Jackalope Brewing Co. were the hip, new brand taking up space in a modest sized brewpub. Fast forward a decade and Jackalope Brewing have become respected pioneers and leaders of Nashville beer. They now operate out of a towering production facility in a rapidly growing city that seemingly sprouts one brewery for every new high-rise residential building.
With all the varied beer styles readily available for purchase and consumption here in Georgia, sometimes great classic beer styles like a nice, crisp Pilsner get overlooked. These days, the beer market tends to be dominated by Hazy IPA’s, heavily fruited Sours and sweet Pastry Stouts. If those styles are your jam, then that’s ok: It just makes it harder for a brewery or bar to have a style like Pilsner available because a lot of the craft beer consumers just aren’t requesting a Pilsner. Enter Bluebird Day, from Cumming, GA-based NoFo Brew Co.