Six-Pack Project: Kentucky

We were recently asked to take part in something called The Six-Pack Project. The brain child of Bryan Roth at the This Is Why I’m Drunk blog, it asks the question, “If someone is coming to visit [your state], what bottles or cans would we want to share?”

Here are the rules:

1. Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
2. Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
3. Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include.
4. Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

Six-Pack Project LogoSince we live in NKY, we were assigned the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (The fine folks at Queen City Drinks will be covering the state of Ohio.) The posts are published six at a time and the first set of six-pack posts are linked at the end of this post. We’ll also add links to the other five posts going up today as we get the information.

We had to make one modification to the rules: many Kentucky brewers don’t bottle or can their products yet. We can stay within the spirit of the rules since most better beer stores and many bars in Kentucky sell beer by the growler. Thus, you can walk into a store or bar and walk out with these beers in a (sealed) bottle. The fact that you brought the bottle in yourself is merely a technicality.

1. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – If there’s a Kentucky beer with a cult following, this is it. It’s also a beer that few are ambivalent about: you love it or hate it. The sweet malt is accentuated by strong notes of vanilla that, depending on your palate, is a religious experience or incredibly off-putting. This is a beer you want to let sit in the snifter for a few minutes to warm up. It blooms. And this is definitely the beer you offer to your bourbon loving friends.

2. Bluegrass Brewing Company Dark Star Porter – Currently available at their brew pubs and distributing elsewhere soon, the regular from BBC is always solid. It’s an English style porter with hints of caramel and chocolate plus lots of robustness.

3. Lore Derby Brown Ale – This is another beer that gets better as it warms up a bit. Drinking it too cold masks the complexity of the malts. It’s roasty, malty and generally just tasty.

4. Country Boy Heart Of Dankness Imperial Black IPA – Right now, you can only get this beer at Country Boy’s tap room in Lexington. To be honest, it was hard choosing between this Imperial Black IPA and their Cougar Bait blonde ale (yeah, they went there). The Heart of Dankness is well balanced, strong and complex. It’s a fine example of the style.

5. Against the Grain Citra Ass Down – First of all, ATG has the best beer names ever. They always make us laugh and the beers always live up to the greatness of their names. Citra Ass Down is an American style IPA that not surprisingly focuses on Citra hops. Unavailable for a while, it’s on deck to re-appear very soon.

6. West Sixth IPA – You might have heard of these guys recently. They were kind of in the news. We’re not going to link to that news because what you really ought to think of then you think of West Sixth is their beer. And the IPA is the news here. One of their two flagship beers, the IPA has Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Citra hops along with 2 row, Honey, Cara, Dextrin, Flaked Barley malt.

Honorable Mention: The-soon-to-be-opening Eight Ball Brewing Company in Bellevue, KY – Given what we know about the amazing beers Eight Ball head brewer Mitch Dougherty brewed while he was at Rock Bottom Cincinnati, there is no doubt in our minds that beers from Eight Ball will be equally awesome.

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13 Replies to “Six-Pack Project: Kentucky”

  1. I’ve never had any of these brews, nor do I believe I’ve ever read much about Kentucky being a good craft beer stop, but this definitely has me intrigued.

    One of the things I’m enjoying so much about this project is learning about all the brews and breweries I never would have heard about.

    Thanks so much for contributing!

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