[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Just in time for sunny days at the track, golf course or by the grill, and of course, National Beer Day, Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is now on draft in Kentucky. The new India pale ale from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. is packed with flavor but not alcohol, coming in at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
Light-bodied and refreshing, Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is aromatic and citrusy. Dry hopped with Hallertau Mandarina and Hallertau Blanc hops from a German hop-growing region sacred to many brewers, as well as Cascade hops from America’s Yakima Valley, the IPA is fruity, spicy and citrusy and can stand the test of a long day.
“This is a beautiful straw-colored beer, and it has a slight veil and is really light-bodied,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “As session beers have grown more popular, this was a fun chance to brew a new IPA in addition to our year-round Kentucky IPA, which we debuted a couple of years ago and is a bit heavier. I expect that session beers will continue to grow as the craft beer market evolves and more people are looking for beers that have both the complex flavors and high quality of craft beer but are still refreshing and light.”
Out of the gate, the new IPA will only be available on draft in Kentucky, but the brewery will potentially increase distribution to a wider footprint shortly and may explore other packaging options.
The new brew is debuting at a dynamic time in the brewery’s history, as the downtown Lexington brewery undergoes a renovation and expansion, with its capacity set to quadruple. The brewery’s summer seasonal is also set to hit the market soon, as part of its barrel-aged seasonal series it launched in 2013 with its Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale that quickly became a hit.
In addition, early bird tickets just went on sale for the brewery’s second annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest on Saturday, May 16, which will feature more than 120 beers from across the United States, as well as food and local entertainment.