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Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Founded: 
1999
Brief History and Information: 

In the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, is Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, a unique stop on the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experience and one of a handful of joint brewing and distilling operations—or “brewstilleries”—in the world.

The site is home to Town Branch Distillery and our brewery that produces the Kentucky Ale® family of beers. It is the oldest craft brewery in Lexington. Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons acquired the 200-year-old Lexington Brewing Company in 1999 and resurrected the Lexington brewing and distilling tradition that dates back to 1794.

Dr. Lyons’ background in brewing and distilling made him the ideal person to combine two great things – beer and bourbon. Hailing from five generations of barrel makers, or coopers, he was the first Irishman to earn a formal degree from the British School of Malting and Brewing. While in college, he interned at both the Guinness and Harp Lager breweries and later worked as a biochemist for Irish Distillers, makers of the beloved Jameson whiskey.
Ground was broken on Town Branch Distillery in the fall of 2011, just steps away from the gleaming brew kettles of the brewery. Named after Lexington’s Town Branch stream, the waterway rich with limestone that once enticed numerous distillers to set up operations along its course, Town Branch Distillery was added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® in 2012. It is the first new Lexington distillery built in the last 100 years. Today, the distillery produces Town Branch® Bourbon, Town Branch® Rye, Bluegrass Sundown® liqueur, and Pearse Lyons Reserve®, the first malt whiskey produced in Kentucky since Prohibition. (Description provided by brewery)

Location: 
Lexington, KY
Map: 
Tap Room Hours: 

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Note that merchandise is available for purchase in the Visitor Center, and beer is available only for sampling on the tours, which run daily.

What They Brew...

  • English Pale Ale
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    Our Master Brewers describe Kentucky Ale® as a marriage between two classic beer styles; Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale.
    Light amber in color, Kentucky Ale owes its unique body and...

  • English Strong Ale
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    Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon...

  • American Barleywine
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    Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine is a traditional American-style Barley Wine aged in freshly decanted Kentucky bourbon barrels. With a rich, malty backbone and a citrusy aromatic hoppiness,...

  • English Stout
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    Barrels that once contained world-famous Kentucky Bourbon lend a sweet hint of caramel and vanilla to dark-roasted malts and finish with the essence of a lightly roasted coffee. The barrel-aged...

  • American Brown Ale
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    An ale brewed with Kentucky honey and ginger and aged in oak bourbon barrels. (Description provided by company)

  • American IPA
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    Kentucky IPA® is a deliciously hoppy, golden-hued American India Pale Ale. It has bright citrus flavors and sweet floral aromas that come from liberal dry-hopping with American hops. The India...

  • Kolsch
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    Kentucky Kölsch Style is a top-fermented ale, a classic styler of beer emanating from Cologne, Germany. According to German beer law, only beers brewed in Cologne can carry this illustrious title...

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    Kentucky Light is a light bodied easy drinker for a thirst quenching low calorie, low carb experience. The aroma is lively with a crisp, zesty finish. That's because our specialized yeast, said to...

  • American Strong Ale
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    Ale brewed with cherries and orange peel, aged in oak bourbon and bitters barrels. (Description provided by company)

  • American Strong Ale
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    Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale is a light, crisp ale perfect for lazy, sun-drenched summer days. Images of your real (or fanciful) old Kentucky home in bourbon country are conjured up with every...

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