This past weekend, we decided to use some hotel points we had saved up and get the hell out of Dodge for a while. We didn’t want to spend the whole weekend driving so we ended up just south of Cincinnati in Lexington, KY. We only had vague ideas for possible things to do since we tend to get to Lexington frequently, but we knew there was a new brewery in town – Blue Stallion Brewing Company.
Blue Stallion is located at 610 W. 3rd St in Lexington (not far from West Sixth). The banner sign on the side of the building reminds you that they have only been open since July of this year.
As you enter, the front room is divided into several areas including a seating area with art work from the featured artist of the month, a billiards room, an area for darts farther back and another area with couches grouped together in front of a wall covered with old horse shoes. Up the stairs is another seating area with high top tables and another couch.
The bar area has more seating, a garage door that goes out to the patio seating area and a view into the actual brewery.
And what a beautiful brewery it is. The copper tanks are about 20 years old. Blue Stallion was able to purchase them from a brewery in the Detroit area. They are truly gorgeous.
Word of warning – The bar at Blue Stallion is incredibly tall. How tall? Tom’s 6′ 4″ and look how far his feet are from the floor in that photo. The bar stools are extra tall too and it can be an adventure getting seated. Pro tip: Because of the sloping floor, the seats on the side aren’t as tall so you don’t feel like you’re sitting at the kids table at Thanksgiving as much.
The beers are really nice. You can make your own sampler with each 5 oz. glass being just $1.75. They were just getting in their beer flight holders last weekend. When we were there, they had their own German Pilsner, Smoked Lager, Schwarzbier, Scottish 70 Schilling, Wee Heavy and Hefeweizen. Previously, they had a Dunkel and a Maibock that were apparently huge hits. Just about everyone who walked in asked if they had one or the other on tap. As you might guess, they plan to stick to traditional German and British beer styles. Jim, one of the owners, told us that they want to stick to “very drinkable” beers. They also carry guest taps like Country Boy Cliff Jumper & Cougar Bait, Sweetwater 420, Founders Red’s Rye and Bell’s Two Hearted.
Now, one thing has already changed in the short life of Blue Stallion Brewing. The pilsner glass above actually has their old logo on it. They had to change it because someone complained. Not another brewery. Believe it or not, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau claimed that Blue Stallion’s standing blue horse facing left looked too much like theirs, even though Blue Stallion’s horse had a jockey on it.
So the new Blue Stallion logo has a running blue horse facing right with a jockey on it. Personally, we like the new logo better, but the change means that Blue Stallion is currently out of logo wear. So be patient!
It appears there’s space in the building for expansion with a bottling or canning line, but that’s just an observation on our part. They’ve only been open for a couple of months so right now the emphasis is clearly on keeping up with local production and keeping the quality high.
We had so much fun at Blue Stallion tasting room on Saturday that we went back on Sunday. They have food trucks there almost every night that they’re open and they post the schedule on their Facebook page. As always, we recommend stopping by in the afternoon when it’s less busy and you can talk to the folks pouring the beer and your fellow patrons. If Lillian is working, tell her that Tom and Carla sent you!