Akasha Brewing Company, Louisville, KY

Akasha Brewing Company I stopped in at Akasha Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky with some industry friends to taste a flight of beers.  Akasha Brewing has an industrial/warehouse feel to it.  Although we got there rather late in the evening there were still at least a dozen people still at the brewery in various small groupings.  Clearly Akasha has somewhat of a local following.  Several of the beers on the list I would have loved to have tried but were out at the time.  The Gose was well worth having.  Its salty and sour flavor was distinctive – not for everyone – but a great example of this style.  The DoubleCrush IPA was solid. Piper Smoked Porter was rich and smooth.  The Knaves and Staves Bourdeax Barrel Aged Saison was sweet and smooth – delicious!  And, I loved the taster tulip glasses so much that I bought one to take home – perfect size for a bourbon in the evening.

Goodwood Brewing Company, Louisville, KY

I stopped in at Goodwood Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Several industry friends and I stopped in after dinner to try their beers.  With the current construction in Louisville, getting there was a bit tricky, and we may have used a slightly illegal maneuver to park down the block.  The area the brewery is located in felt a bit sketchy, but that’s not always uncommon for breweries.  Fortunately we got there safely.  When we arrived it was close to last call so we quickly put in our flight orders.  There was only one other small group in the tap room at the time.  The atmosphere was rustic – very enjoyable.  Having tried several of their beers, here are some thoughts.  The Cinnamon Stout was new for me.  It tasted like a mix of Red Hots and stout at the same time.  Tasty for what it was.  I think my favorite brew was the Bourbon Barrel Ale – an ale smoothed out with the flavor of bourbon – sweet and tasty.  The Pale Ale was crisp and hoppy.  The Bourbon Barrel Stout was smooth and flavorful.  I hope I have another time to stop in here before this trip ends.

West Sixth Brewing Company, Lexington, KY

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I stopped at West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington, Kentucky for lunch today.  Hey, a guy’s gotta eat.  And Smithtown Seafood is basically right next door and they bring your order right to you at the bar.  It couldn’t be any better than that or any easier than that.  Where to start?  Well, I ordered the West Sixth IPA first because I figured I’d be able to enjoy it while my food was being prepared.  And, I was right.  But, of course, you can’t rush perfection in cooking.  The West Sixth IPA was really nice.  I was tempted to have a second one or a taste of some of their other beers but I had to get on the road and drive a while, so I exercised self control.  The griddle seared catfish was probably the best fish I’ve ever eaten – delicious!  And the hush puppies – ssshhh!  The West Sixth Beer Slaw, a vinegar-based coleslaw, was excellent!  I’ve never had coleslaw made like that before.  And, I was really good and only ate a few of the tasty fries.  This was an excellent lunch on all counts.  I just hope I get back to Lexington again to enjoy it again.  Oh, and the building has some pretty cool artistic touches to it.  The few pictures here don’t do it justice.

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Beer Engine, Danville, KY

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You’re not going to believe this, but on my way to Beer Engine in Danville, Kentucky a local police officer pulled me over to inform me that my tail lights were not on.  I was driving a rental car and apparently hadn’t figured out which headlight mode to use.  I had also just missed a turn and thought he was pulling me over because I was driving a bit strangely.  I was pleasantly surprised when all he was doing was helping me.  But, the story gets better.  He asked me where I was headed.  I sheepishly said I was going to the Beer Engine microbrewery and basically he insisted on escorting me the rest of the way there.  Seriously.  I got a police escort TO a microbrewery.  That’s a first.

The bartender was really cool and he gave me the low-down on their house beers.  I enjoyed a Freedom Ranger American Pale Ale (APA) which was a nice switch-up to the IPA’s I normally order and I also had a taste of the His Dark Materials Stout which was also very nice.  I recommend both.  And, forunately, I didn’t need a police escort afterward.:)

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Bluegrass Brewing Company, Louisville, KY

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I stopped at the Bluegrass Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky for dinner tonight.  The bartender was very nice and helpful.  I started right away with their IPA which was a good thing because it took quite a while for dinner to come out of the kitchen.  I ordered the Thai Lettuce Wrap with chicken and anticipated a similar dish I had ordered in other restaurants, but it was too messy to actually wrap the Thai chicken in the small lettuce leaves.  But it was really tasty nonetheless.  The IPA was good also but not the best I’ve ever had.  They also had a wide range of in-house-brewed beers.  You can get a feel for their offerings by clicking on the company name link and checking out the beers list.

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