West Sixth Events Coming Up

West Sixth logoWest Sixth Brewing announced some events coming up in the next few weeks, including an open house. Looks like fun:

  • The First West Sixth Open House – think of this as a tour on steroids! On Saturday, January 31, we’ll be opening up the entire brewery from 4-7pm and highlighting some great beers. This is your first chance for a behind the scenes in-depth look at how we make the beer at West Sixth. Explore the brewery space, chat with our staff-bartenders, packaging, brewers, owners -and enjoy some special beers we’ll be rolling out for the event. We’ll be pouring these beers in all sorts of unique ways – directly from the tanks, sampling aged beers straight from the bourbon barrel, and trying a can fresh off the canning line – which will be running especially for the event. Smithtown Seafood will be providing appetizers to munch on and you’ll get pours from each of our five beer stations set up throughout the brewery.  Tickets are $20 (includes a souvenir glass, 5 samples, and snacks) and limited to the first 100 folks – so click here to order yours now!  If you want more information, the facebook event is here!
  • Super Bowl Snakes in a Barrel Beer release – As we do every year, at half time of the Super Bowl, we’ll release our Snakes in a Barrel (bourbon barrel imperial stout). So, come on down and watch the game, and enjoy one of the first glasses of Snakes at halftime! Smithtown Seafood will have a special Super Bowl menu, and we’ll have specials on to-go beer all day, if you plan to watch the game elsewhere! Click here to join the facebook event!
  • Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter check presentation – we’re excited to announce that on February 4th, in the new barrel room portion of our taproom (have you seen it yet? it’s awesome, and there’s pinball!), we’ll be presenting our Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter check to Greenhouse17 here in Lexington. They do amazing things, and will have their flower CSA shares on sale as well as other products made by survivors.  The event starts at 7:30, so come on down and help us celebrate this great organization!

Beer Labels in Motion is, Like, Best Thing Ever

beer labels in motion - beerThis is getting passed around a lot via blogs and Facebook, but I’d be remiss not to post it in my blog as well. You must check out Beer Labels in Motion, a site in which beer lover and animator Trevor Carmick creates animated GIFs of the labels and logos of his favorite beers.

I’m a particular fan of the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA animation in which it looks like the shark is swimming around the perimeter of the pint glass. Well done, and well worth a few minutes of your time.

And the winner is …

Chapin Ott has been named the winner of the “Name the Blog” contest. He chimed in with the name “502 on Tap,” and I decided to pair “502” with the word “brews.” I think it works.

Either way, Chapin wins the $25 worth of free local beer. Congrats, Chapin, and thanks!

Meantime, does anyone know how to do 301 redirects in WordPress? Because I’ll be darned if I can figure it out.

Also, expect a report today or tomorrow on my visit to the newly opened Blue Stallion Brewing in Lexington!

Falls City Has Something New On Tap

louisville beer - falls cityFalls City Brewing has something new on tap, and you can check it out at the tasting room, located at 545 E. Barret Ave.

The brewery announced that (Scooby Doo reference alert!) Mystery Machine IPA is now available. It sounds pretty tasty, too.

Here’s the description from the Falls City newsletter: “This IPA pours a beautiful copper color with an off white head.  A citrusy hop aroma is complemented by hints of caramel and toffee.  We added a touch of chocolate rye to this beer to add a complex and unique malt backbone.  The hop bitterness adds a fruity dry bitterness, but still finishes smooth.”

That sounds like an IPA, all right. And if the other Falls City beers are an indication, it’s probably a good one.

Of course, you can also get the American Wheat, Session APA, Rye Pale Ale, Black IPA and English Pale Ale. Tap room is open 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 2-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Bring your growlers, kids.

FindMyTap App Looks Kinda Refreshing

louisville beer - find my tapThirsty? Feeling the need for some hoppiness, or perhaps a nice, summertime wheat-based concoction?

With this app, called FindMyTap, you can find tasty Louisville beer wherever you happen to be.

Now, for most of us here in Louisville (I refuse to type “The ‘Ville,” sorry), we already know where to go for our favorite beer, local or otherwise. But I’m going to Detroit later this summer, and I’ll need some help finding a tasty beverage or two. And folks landing in town for Forecastle next month might need directions as well.

FindMyTap might be able to help; let’s just hope the breweries and bars keep their tap lists up to date.

Regardless, you gotta love the FindMyTap disclaimer on the website’s About page: “Warning: Findmytap is not responsible for drunk dials, way-too-late booty calls, incriminating sexts, 4 a.m. binge-eating marathons, or return bus fare because you thought it would be hilarious to call your Mom from Cleveland. Seriously. You’re on your own, man.”