We enjoyed another great year in 2013! It was fast-moving, fun, and of course, tasty. We launched a new beer in our Kentucky Ale family with our Kentucky IPA, opened a new beer tasting room at our “brewstillery” in Lexington, and even expanded into 20 states with our beer, and six states with our spirits.
We 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!
- 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.
- 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.™
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 Bourbon Barrel Ale was featured in Oprah magazine in her “50 Things that Will Make You Say Wow” list.
- 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.