Mint juleps aren’t your thing? Derby Festival BeerFest on tap Wednesday

horse-beer-523x451Maybe mint juleps aren’t your thing. Well, get your taste buds ready for the Kentucky Derby Festival Beerfest on Wednesday, April 30.

Regional and national breweries will bring more than 90 beers to the Kroger Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, and from 6-9 p.m., attendees will be able to go to town with a special sampling mug.

Among the breweries that will be represented are Upland Brewing Co., New Albanian Brewing Co., Bluegrass Brewing Co., Cumberland Brewery, West Sixth Brewing Co., Alltech Lexington Brewing And Distilling Co., Falls City Brewing, Southern Tier, Sterling Beer, Flat 12 and Atlanta-based Sweetwater.

Blue Moon Brewing, Leinenkugel and Redd’s Apple Ale will be there, too.

Tickets to BeerFest are $40 and include tastings, commemorative sampling mug and a Kentucky Derby Festival BeerFest pin. Attendees must be 21 or over; valid ID required. Tickets are available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online.

This post was originally published by Insider Louisville.

Alltech to hold beer festival in Lexington May 17

alltech festivalIt isn’t often a beer story pops up on Insider Louisville and I didn’t write the damn thing. But today, one did.

Lexington-based Alltech is gonna have itself a beer festival May 17, and if you hurry up you can get tickets for $25. They’ll be $30 starting tomorrow.

The announcement promises more than 120 beers brewed by 40 breweries from across the U.S., alongside artisan food samples from local and international vendors. It will also include what Alltech says is the first professional beer competition in the state of Kentucky.

“With 40 breweries each serving three different beers – including ever-popular rare special tappings – Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest organizers expect 5,000 people from Kentucky, surrounding states, and abroad,” Alltech’s press release says. “It’s anticipated that up to 20 percent of attendees will be from outside the United States, demonstrating the popularity of American craft beers.”

“For years Kentucky has been synonymous with bourbon, and rightly so,” Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, said in the release. “However, there is a craft beer revolution going on right here in Kentucky and what better way to highlight that than by showcasing some of Kentucky’s finest local beers side by side with some of our country’s finest?”

The festival will be held in the Lexington Convention Center, noon-8 p.m. Each ticket includes 15 3-ounce pours.