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While Kentucky rightly celebrates its Bourbon, the State also boasts impressive wineries and a burgeoning craft brew scene.
Kentucky is fast developing a reputation for its craft brews; a reputation solidified every year during Craft Beer Week. New breweries are popping up every day, and many combine excellent beer with tasty restaurant fare.
Among the most popular breweries is the West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington which specializes in hand-crafted beers, including notable IPAs and Porters. If you like your microbreweries to have a sense of humor, you’ll love Louisville’s Apocalypse Brew Works which features more than 30 small-batch craft beers. You can find English Pale Ales at Fall City or try the American Pale Ale and Raspberry Mead at Bluegrass Brewing Company, Louisville’s oldest brewpub.
Tap into the local tastes of the city of Lexington. Visit the West Sixth Brewing Company for a free guided tour to learn about the brewing process and enjoy a tasty beer sample. This wonderful brewery specializes in a selection of hand-crafted beers, including West Sixth IPA, Deliberation Amber, Dead Heat Wheat, Smithtown Brown, Pay It Forward Porter and Burley Barley Wine. It's a short drive away from nearby Paris, too.
Stop by for a tour and check out the Tap Room to sample this delicious beer along with a soft pretzel or beer cheese, made with their IPA beer. The brewery is located in the re-furbished Rainbo Bread Factory 90,000-square-foot building, north of downtown Lexington in the Northside Neighborhood. Have fun exploring all of the wonderful attractions in eastern Kentucky.
While touring the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, take a break in downtown Lexington, the "Horse Capital of the World." Visit the Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company to partake in an educational tour of the brewery and distillery. Kentucky Ale and Kentucky Light were the first beers produced at the brewery. Drive in from nearby Paris or Georgetown.
The next step, was the production of their Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The process began by aging the Kentucky Ale in mature bourbon barrels for six weeks, producing its unique taste. This award-winning beer has become the brewery's flagship beer. Additional products include Town Branch Bourbon, Bluegrass Sundown and Lyons Farm Beef. Try a sample of this hand crafted beer at the Taproom located at the Blue Grass Airport or at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in town. Enjoy your time in eastern Kentucky with a tour at Alltech.
You will find scenic vineyards throughout the countryside offering tastings, tours and festivals. One such festival, the annual Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest, is hosted in Nicholasville, home of the first commercial vineyard in the U.S.
The celebration of wine does not stop with the festival. Dozens of wineries have earned rave reviews from critics and travelers, including Purple Toad Winery, Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, Grimes Mill Winery and Talon Winery Vineyards.
Taste the award-winning results from vines in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky. Travel south of downtown Lexington to the Talon Winery & Vineyards. The lush five-acre vineyards produce quality wine ranging from white to dry red. The wine choices include Chardonnay, Bluegrass Blush, Sweet Evening Breeze, Coyote Red, Syrah, Monarch, Afterglow, Berry de Vine and Chocolate Strawberry. Check it out with a drive in from nearby Georgetown.
Schedule plenty of time for a self-guided tour of this fabulous winery on partake in a group tour, to learn about the wine making process. After the tour, sample the wine in the historical tasting house. The gift shop not only features a wide variety of wine, but also gifts and Kentucky Proud food. The Barrel Barn, Moondancde Gazebo, Monarch Pavilion, Private Tasting Room and the Homestead Tasting Room are ideal for private parties, events and gatherings.
Taste the fruit of the Bluegrass Region. Visit the Grimes Mill Winery, a short drive south of Georgetown, to sample their Kentucky grown wines. This family-run winery incorporates their Italian heritage and knowledge, to their wine making process. Their eastern Kentucky vineyard has grown to four acres, since the first grapes were planted in 2003.
The variety of award-winning wines produced at the winery includes white wines, blush wines and red wines. Visit the Tasting Room for a taste of the Pinot Grigio, Bianca, Fantasia, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Fiore Rosso. The winery also offers wine classes for those seeking more information on the proper storage, food pairings and more.
Enjoy a day of sunshine, adventure, wholesome fun, and much more during your next visit to Georgetown. Plan a stay in this charming eastern Kentucky city and be sure to explore one of their top attractions – Evans Orchard & Cider Mill. It's just north of Lexington, and east of Georgetown along Paris Road.
Evans Orchard & Cider Mill constantly proves to be a top family destination in all of Kentucky. Head for the Farm Market and pull up a chair at the Sweet Apple Cafe, or check out the Barn Yard, and then explore the Evans Orchard Play Area.