Town Branch Rye is Launched; Fourth Spirit made by Town Branch Distillery


Town-branch-rye_v2Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is launching its fourth spirit with Town Branch Rye, a spicy robust whiskey style that has regained popularity in recent years, even in Kentucky, where bourbon reigns supreme. The new spirit will be distributed across Kentucky, as well as Ohio and Indiana. Many great events will be taking place in Lexington and Louisville to celebrate the new addition, starting next week.

RyeATjonathansTraditionally known as the key ingredient in Whiskey Sour or Old Fashioned cocktails, rye whiskeys are often chosen by whiskey connoisseurs and mixologists for their depth of flavor and slight spiciness. With Town Branch Rye, enthusiasts will appreciate the spicy floral aroma, then the light spicy rye notes of vanilla and oak, finishing with a peppery warm dry finish.

Distilled by George Washington with growing popularity until Prohibition, Town Branch Rye revives a style of whiskey with a history as rich as its flavor and aroma. Made from a mash of fermented rye grain, barley and corn, rye whiskey has a more assertive flavor than the rounder, sweeter bourbon, which uses corn as its primary grain.

The many Town Branch Rye kickoff events going on this month include:

Master Distiller Mark Coffman Bottle Signing at Town Branch Distillery, Sat. March 8

Where:  Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross St, Lexington KY (Coffman will be in the distillery building itself, which boasts two glass walls and copper pot stills. Bottles can also be purchased here)

When: March 8, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to purchase Town Branch Rye at the distillery and have it signed by Master Distiller Mark Coffman. Tours will also be going on on the hour, with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m.

Town Branch Rye Kick-off Cocktail Party at Jonathan’s with Master Distiller Mark Coffman, Thursday, March 13

Where: Jonathan’s at Gratz Park, 120 W. Second St., Lexington

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 13

Cost: $20, includes appetizers and two drinks.

Call: To reserve your ticket. Quantities are limited. (859) 252-4949

Drink specials will also be available at nearby locations, including Bell’s, Parlay Social, Harvey’s and Henry Clay — more locations could be added. Visit the Town Branch Facebook page for updates.

Original Maker’s Club Lexington Launch party presented by Town Branch, Friday, March 14

Edition II Launch to kick off a new year, featuring member Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.’s new Town Branch Rye, a signature cocktail, and other products.

Where: The Livery, 242 Water St.

When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. March 14

Cost: $50. A limited number of tickets are available at: Theoriginalmakersclub.com/event-tickets

Louisville Rye Kick-off Weekend at St. Charles Exchange and Sidebar, Thursday, March 6

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: St. Charles Exchange, 113 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40202

After Party:  Sidebar, 129 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202. Formal Dress., 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

First Friday Trolley Hop Louisville and Rye Celebration at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Friday, March 7

When: 9 p.m.to close

Flights of spirits and highlighted cocktails with Rye

3 music acts (spinning 45 rpm records, old-school)

Swag!

More events may develop and we will update here! Thanks for your support.

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Alltech’s International Craft Brews and Food Fair Returns to Dublin


KY Ale barThe Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair returns to Dublin’s Convention Centre, Ireland, February 6th – 8th 2014.  Due to the phenomenal success of the inaugural and unique event held in July of last year, another gathering of trade exhibitors, food pairing experts, world renowned beer judges and international trade professionals will come together for three days of learning, networking and entertainment.

Focussing on the needs and trends in the craft brewing and distilling industry, the Fair is aimed at brewing and distilling enthusiasts and professionals. It is open to trade on the 6th and 7th February with the public welcome to attend and sample the craft beverages and artisan foods from 5pm on Friday 7th and from noon on Saturday 8th February.

Trade professionals will examine the latest trends in brewing and distilling and explore how distillers, brewers and craft beers resellers can best profit from them. The Fair presents an enormous opportunity to connect with as many as 50 international craft breweries and distilleries, network with buyers and resellers from around the world and showcase beverages to the public.

The Fair will feature a full programme of educational talks and demonstrations that will cover many facets of craft brewing and distilling. Also returning this year is the Dublin Craft Beer Cup competition, where craft beverages will be pitted against each other across seven different categories, with local breweries and distilleries competing head to head with their global competitors. Entries will be sorted into their respective categories and a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the industry.

 “I began my career in brewing and distilling and it has remained a passion of mine ever since. Despite spending the previous 30 years in the animal nutrition industry I never strayed far from brewing and distilling, founding my company on yeast technology and eventually opening a joint brewery and distillery in Alltech’s home of Lexington, Kentucky. Today, our industry is in need of assistance and education, especially in the areas of quality control, the brewing process itself, and in the ability to produce a beer that has transportability,” Dr. Lyons explained. “The Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair is designed to gather brewers and distillers from all levels across the world, in Dublin, to hone their craft and network with each other. It has always been a dream of mine to host an international meet up of brewers and distillers and where better to host such an event than in Dublin, Ireland.”

Register your interest today at www.alltechbrewsandfood.com

     
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Cheers to You, 2013!


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IPA_Can_Pint_On_BarWe felt as lucky as ever to be in the craft brewing and distilling industry, as beer and bourbon continue to pick up steam and garner even more attention in the mainstream. Lexington continues to grow as a craft beer destination, while Kentucky has caught the attention of national and world news outlets for our Kentucky Bourbon Trail® that is apparently fast on its way to becoming the next Napa Valley.

What will 2014 have in store? More new products and events, of course! Stay tuned as we continue to do what we do…strive to make great beer and spirits.

Other 2013 LBDC highlights included:

  • Launched a barrel-aged seasonal series, with Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale as the first in the series. More exciting styles to come in 2014!

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  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary of our Town Branch Distillery, which is on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.®

  • Opened a new beer tasting room at our Town Branch Distillery when a new law allowed us to begin offering samples of our beer again, along with spirits samples.

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  • Began canning some of our brews in 16-ounce cans thanks to the installation of a new canning line. Kentucky IPA™ was the first to be canned, followed soon after by Kentucky Kolsch.™
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  • Re-branded our Kentucky Light to Kentucky Kolsch. The brew remained the same, but we just wanted the name to better reflect the actual beer style that so many craft beer fans are now familiar with.

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  • Hosted the first-ever brewfest at “Savor Kentucky,” drawing together brewers across the Commonwealth at the Kentucky Horse Park as part of the Kentucky Gathering and Alltech National Horse Show.

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  • Hosted the first International Craft Brewing & Distilling Convention in Dublin, Ireland that drew 800 participants. This year’s updated event, the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, will be Feb. 6-8 in Dublin again and registration is open now!

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  • Held another successful Kentucky Ale Brew-Off – our annual competition that lets homebrewers compete for the chance to have our brewery produce their brew and a chance to compete in the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  This year, a Black IPA by created by Alex Brenner, Matt Armentano and BJ Saunders, all from the Lexington area, took top honors.Kentucky_Black_Mountain_IPA_Glass_v2

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  • Sponsored the Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch public art project. Talented artists painted our Town Branch bourbon barrels and displayed them in downtown Lexington to reflect the history of the Town Branch waterway that runs under Lexington and served as the heart of the birthplace of bourbon. The event raised nearly $65,000 to support the nonprofit arts organization LexArts and its partner organizations._MG_1887
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Town Branch Bourbon Wins a Gold Medal from TheFiftyBest.com


TheFiftyBestTown Branch Bourbon has won another gold medal – this time from the New York-based FiftyBest.com’s “Best Bourbon” awards for 2014. During the groups’ recent Bourbon Whiskey Tasting, 27 bourbons were evaluated using a blind-tasting system and rated on a 5-point scoring system. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on judges’ impressions.


The judges described Town Branch as having a nose of honey, blossom, banana, cinnamon, and oak. The palate was described as tasting of dried fruit, nectar, butter, toffee, and spice. The finish, they noted, tasted of citrus, sweet oak and was fresh and lingered. TheFiftyBest.com is an online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased surveys and proprietary tastings judged by food, wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals and connoisseurs.

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It’s exciting to see expert judges enjoying our Kentucky bourbon! Let’s hope they’ve headed south from New York before and visited us and others on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®and gotten the full experience of our great distilleries here in the Commonwealth.

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This year, Town Branch Bourbon®  also captured a gold medal from the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Spirits International Prestige Awards, as well as silver medals from the 2013 Denver International Spirits Competition and the Spirits of the Americas awards.

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2nd Annual Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair in Dublin


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It’s the most wonderful time of year…that is, the time of year when we gear up for the 2nd annual Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair February 6-8 in Dublin, Ireland! With the craft brewing and distilling industries undergoing rapid growth, there’s no better time for brewers, distillers, pub owners, food artisans, and craft beer enthusiasts to gather together and share ideas about the field. Participants can learn, network and, most importantly, have fun with fellow passionate industry insiders from around the world.

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Experts will be on hand throughout the Fair to explain the science behind food pairings and to demonstrate how to pair your product effectively. Educational offerings on various topics of brewing and distilling will again play a key role in the fair. Plus, the Dublin Craft Beer Cup will be back again this year, with many delicious and qualified beers competing for the overall winning spot. Last year,craft beverages from over 100 different breweries and distilleries, hailing from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania participated in the competition. Hilden Brewing Company, Ireland’s oldest independent brewery, won the overall award for their Twisted Hop brew. The competition also awarded 69 medals to some of the best breweries from all corners of the globe. We hope you can join us this year! Please visit http://www.alltechbrewsandfood.com/ for more information and to register.

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SAVORing Kentucky’s Craft Brews


2013-ky-gathering-BOURBONBARSavor Kentucky – what a good time! We were thrilled with the scores of people who came out to enjoy the event.  The inaugural event brought in more than 1,000 attendees, often standing elbow to elbow as they talked and sipped from commemorative 5-ounce pilsner glasses, discussing which of the more than 25 local brews were their favorites and which they still needed to try. Brewers from across the Commonwealth showed us their best, from Country Boy’s classic local favorite Cougar Bait, to Against the Grain’s rich Milk Stout, to Apocalypse’s unique why-isn’t-it-summer-now Watermelon Crack specialty brew.  For those who love a good pumpkin beer – they were in luck. Our Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale made a special appearance at the specialty bar, a few steps away from the Cumberland Brews booth that featured their pumpkin ale.

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Bourbon fans lined up around the 360-degree wood bar, conversing with representatives of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and garnering samples from more than 35 bourbons. Bourbon fans – as well as pretty much everyone – were awed by the huge wooden barrel that attendees walked through to get into the Savor Kentucky room. Inside, you could learn about the brewing process through a video, as explained by our own awesome brewer, Chris Lady. You could also just hang out inside to escape the more crowded areas, and imagine what it is like to be bourbon aging in a barrel. More fun to drink it than be it – at least that’s our opinion.BourbonBarBlokesCafeCitadelle

 Plenty of (smart) people also took advantage of the Sensory Bar, where they could belly up and learn from the best of the best about beer and spirits and sample along with the experts. Our own Master Brewers Ken Lee, Mark Phipps and Chris Lady all led people through tasting on the beer side, with Mark Coffman mostly running the show from the spirits side. It was a rare opportunity for the public to learn to be a beer or bourbon connoisseur, and patrons loved it. Who wouldn’t?

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Five local food vendors also rolled up their sleeves and hustled to keep up with the throngs of people interested in trying the samples of beer cheese grits, bourbon smoked paprika popcorn, mint julep brownies, and other foods. The food was all delicious, and I’m sure that Red State BBQ, Wallace Station, Wine and Market, Bourbon Barrel Foods, and Critchfield will all see a bump in business this week! Other attendees hung near the stage, enjoying country singers like Dillon Carmichael, as well as plenty of Bluegrass artists fiddling away.

We can’t wait to get everyone together again next year for more fun times!

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Brewing is Booming


Kentucky bourbon has some competition. Kentucky beer is on the way up.

There has been an explosion of craft breweries in Kentucky, like Country Boy Brewing in Lexington. Jeff Beagle, one of the owners of Country Boy Brewing, has had a fascinating view of the growth of the industry in the state.

As Beagle explains, Country Boy started with some secondhand equipment from a brewery in North Carolina. As the brewery expanded, they purchased new equipment to increase their capacity. That left them with the old equipment, which has since been passed on to another budding brewery in the state.

It’s a cycle that helps perpetuate growth in the area as more breweries open and expand their operation. Several of the craft breweries are cordial with each other, viewing other breweries more as comrades than strictly as competition. There are likely more breweries on the way, which will only strengthen the growing craft beer scene throughout Kentucky.

Country Boy Brewing will be one of 9 Kentucky breweries in attendance at “Savor Kentucky” Nov 1-2 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, part of the first-ever Kentucky Gathering, a weeklong celebration of horses, heritage and hops. Along with craft beers, Savor Kentucky will also feature 32 bourbon samples and sampling from five delicious Kentucky artisan food vendors. Admission is free for food sampling, though a $10 ticket is required for beer and bourbon sampling and includes a commemorative 5-ounce pilsner glass. Free hourly trolleys from downtown. More information athttp://www.kentuckygathering.com.

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Apocalypse Brew Works


If you aren’t looking closely, you might miss Apocalypse Brew Works, a small craft brewery located in Louisville. With only one room to work with, Apocalypse makes the best use of their space to create great small-batch brews. The bar is located in the same room as the tanks so you really get the full experience when you visit.

We caught up with Leah Dienes, part owner of Apocalypse, to learn more about their micro operation. Watch the video below to find out more about the brewery and some of their most popular beers.

Apocalypse Brew Works will be one of 9 Kentucky breweries in attendance at “Savor Kentucky” Nov 1-2 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, part of the first-ever Kentucky Gathering, a weeklong celebration of horses, heritage and hops. Along with craft beers, Savor Kentucky will also feature 32 bourbon samples and sampling from five delicious Kentucky artisan food vendors. Admission is free for food sampling, though a $10 ticket is required for beer and bourbon sampling and includes a commemorative 5-ounce pilsner glass. Free hourly trolleys from downtown. More information at http://www.kentuckygathering.com.

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Blue Stallion Has Found Their Niche


Blue Stallion Brewing Company is relatively new to the craft beer scene in Lexington, but they’ve already found their niche.

Blue Stallion specializes in German-style lagers and British-style ales, as Xavier Donnelly explains. Head Brewer Nico Schulz grew up in Germany and worked in the brewing industry there, giving them an expert to lead their brewing efforts. You’ll find about a half-dozen of their brews on tap at any time, and each of them is a bit different than what you’ll find elsewhere in Lexington.

It’s a unique twist on the explosion of craft breweries in Kentucky, and it’s sure to draw a crowd at the Kentucky Gathering. Blue Stallion’s German Pilsner, Schwarzbier and Oktoberfest will all be on hand for sampling.

You can check out Blue Stallion Brewing and seven other craft brewers at the Kentucky Gathering at the Alltech Arena on Nov. 1-2. Their taproom is located at 610 W. Third Street in Lexington. You can also get more information about Blue Stallion on their website and like their page on Facebook.

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Going Against the Grain


Against the Grain, located in Louisville, is a unique brewery for several reasons. For one, they really like to experiment with beers such as a smoked strawberry ale and Thai kölsch. Secondly, their beers are brewed using a Victorian-style three-tier brew system – a very rare setup. This unique layout allows them to use gravity to help bring beer from floor to floor. Against the Grain is also located in the Louisville Slugger baseball field.

Sam Cruz, owner of Against the Grain, took some time to talk to us about his one-of-a-kind brewery. Watch the video to learn more about the Against the Grain and to hear Sam’s thoughts about craft brewing.

Against the Grain will be one of 9 Kentucky breweries in attendance at “Savor Kentucky” Nov 1-2 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, part of the first-ever Kentucky Gathering, a weeklong celebration of horses, heritage and hops. Along with craft beers, Savor Kentucky will also feature 32 bourbon samples and sampling from five delicious Kentucky artisan food vendors. Admission is free for food sampling, though a $10 ticket is required for beer and bourbon sampling and includes a commemorative 5-ounce pilsner glass. Free hourly trolleys from downtown. More information at www.kentuckygathering.com.

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