Kentucky Brewgrass Trail: Excellent craft beer plus
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West Sixth Brewing CompanyI began my tour of the Brewgrass Trail with a stop at the West Sixth Brewing Company housed in the old Rainbo Bread Factory near Transylvania University in Lexington. Owners Ben Self, Joe Kuosman, and Brady Barlow greeted me at the door of what they now call the Bread Box to show me how they have converted the old building into not only a microbrewery but a community destination with an artists studio and gallery, retail shops, and even space for the local women's roller derby to practice. They also plan on being the first Kentucky microbrewery to can their beer for distribution in an effort to go green. But most impressive was their commitment to the neighborhood by pledging six percent of their profits to be donated to local charities.
Country Boy BrewingCountry Boy Brewing Company is located in an old baseball batting cage facility. Owners Daniel Harrison and Evan Coppage showed me around the facility and how they had furnished their tasting room with local barrels, doors, and other salvaged wood to create a very homey, unique bar for patrons. I bellied up to the bar where I enjoyed a flight of their handiwork ranging from dark stouts to light ales. Whatever your taste is in beer, Country Boy has it.
Danville KentuckyDanville's slogan is It's Better Here and it has been named by Money Magazine as one of the Top 10 places in the country to retire. I was soon to find out why. Danville is located in Boyle County which had historically always been "dry" but the law was changed a few years ago and now several new stops on the Brewgrass Trail are located here.
Beer EngineThe Beer Engine was my next stop in downtown Danville and here I found a small microbrewery tucked away behind a theater that conjured up visions of what the old fashioned speakeasy must have been like during Prohibition. You definitely have to know where to look for Beer Engine but once inside you had the feeling of being at a private club where the regulars all know your name. Owner Brian Holton's fulltime job is an emergency room nurse but his love for brewing has him working around the clock to put out some of the finest craft beers I've tasted.
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Updated: December 8, 2016