Choosing the Next Barrel of Town Branch Single Barrel Bourbon

Town Branch Single Barrel debuted in early 2015 and is available only at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center.

Town Branch Single Barrel debuted in early 2015 and is available only at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center.

Bourbon is certainly having its moment right now, and it’s even more popular when it’s a limited edition, single barrel cask-strength bourbon. Enter our Town Branch Single Barrel Bourbon, for which Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand-selected a barrel of for its second run. The limited edition program launched earlier this year and has proved very popular. Yielding roughly 150-200 bottles from each barrel chosen, Town Branch Single Barrel Bourbon boasts cask-strength proofs, hovering close to 125 proof, so it’s certainly a sipping bourbon. The latest edition has strong caramel notes and a rich, deep amber color. The collectible bottles have a suggested retail price of $79.99 and are on sale exclusively at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center at 401 Cross Street in Lexington, Ky. All include Mark’s signature, as well as the bottle number and selection date.


Sean Dolle of Louisville and Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Town Branch, enjoyed tasting from various Town Branch bourbon barrels.

Bourbon enthusiast Sean Dolle from Louisville scooped up many bottles of the first single barrel we released, so he came back recently for a fun visit to help choose the next barrel to bottle off into the latest round of single barrel bourbon. See how he and Mark chose the barrel at Town Branch Distillery through nosing and tasting different barrels in this short video.  And when you’re in Lexington, tour our distillery and pick up a bottle of Town Branch Single Barrel Bourbon – definitely wonderful to drink, or to simply enjoy on the shelf as a collector’s item. 

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Brewing Goodness in the World through ‘Off-Centered Ales’ with Sam Calagione


Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, spoke at the Alltech REBELation May 17-20 in Lexington, Ky. about his brewery’s off-centered beers that celebrate the culinary.


You have the option of going toward goodness or evil in every choice you make, big or small, said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The affable, charismatic brewer who was featured in the Discovery Channel series “Brew Masters” and who is seen as a pioneering craft brewer, Calagione is well-known and admired in his industry and recently was featured at the Alltech REBELation, an international conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas.  With his progressive craft brewer-meets-almost Eastern, yogic philosophy, it is easy to see why. He challenges his compatriots to infuse the world with joy rather than negativity, to take the road less traveled and to roam in both the physical and mental sense.

Calagione established Dogfish Head in 1995 as the smallest commercial brewery in America, at a time when only one commercial brewery was opening each week. Now, two open per day. He forged his own path, eschewing the prevailing pattern in the United States to simply amplify and perfect traditional European beers. Instead he took his inspiration from the culinary realm, brewing beers with ingredients like raisins and chicory. “Off-centered ales for off-centered people,” became the company tagline.

Today Dogfish Head is the 15th largest craft brewery in the country, producing 250,000 barrels per year. “I’m very proud of our scale, but I’m more proud that we achieved it without dumbing down our beers,” Calagione said.

So what else does the Columbia University English major–turned-successful brewer have to say to his fellow craft brewers?

  • “Don’t let the tail of money wag the dog of inspiration.”
  • “Don’t be concerned with what the majority of people are doing. Try to find your own path in the world. If it’s a valuable, valid path, people will join you on that journey.”
  • “The most successful entrepreneurs are those who can galvanize people around them to turn their fictitious dreams into reality.”
  • “We have a lot more to gain by helping each other than by fighting with each other.”
  • “Frankly, I don’t want to be influenced by what my brethren are doing.”
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Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is Out of the Gate!


Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is available on draft only now across Kentucky, and features a lower alcohol level than many IPAs.

In time for sunny days at the track, golf course or by the grill, Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is now on draft in Kentucky. Our new India pale ale is packed with flavor but not alcohol, coming in at 4.5 percent ABV.

Somewhat rare even just a couple ears ago, session IPAs have become significantly more popular. Many come in at around 4.5 percent alcohol, significantly lower than the standard IPA of 6 to 8 percent alcohol.

KY Race Day Session IPA on tap in Lexington. 15 Years of craft brewing in Lexington this year - wow, how time flies!

KY Race Day Session IPA on tap in Lexington. 15 Years of craft brewing in Lexington this year – wow, how time flies!

Light-bodied and refreshing, Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is aromatic and citrusy. Dry hopped with Hallertau Mandarina and Hallertau Blanc hops, as well as Cascade hops,, the IPA is fruity, spicy and citrusy. We also produce Kentucky IPA year-round, which debuted in 2013, and comes in at a higher 6.5 percent ABV. It is brewed with Cascade and Columbus hops and dry hopped with Centennial and Simcoe hops.


Our year-round Kentucky IPA debuted in 2013, and continues to be brewed along with the new Race Day Session IPA, which is on tap only currently.

Out of the gate, the new IPA will only be available on draft in Kentucky, but the distribution footprint may increase shortly. We hope you get to try it and like it!


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Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack Moving Fast; Features 3 blueberry Belgian Ales, 3 White Belgian Ales

It’s blue and white, spirited and delicious. Just in time for March Madness basketball, our Kentucky Ale Platoon Pack has debuted. Out for about a week now, this “one and done” is moving quickly off the shelves across Kentucky and a few other spots in the region. The brews are 5.3% alcohol by volume (ABV), and the six-pack has a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Kentucky Blue Ale is a blueberry Belgian white ale that features a touch of blueberries, complemented with refreshing citrus notes of coriander and orange peel. Unfiltered for optimal depth of flavor, this twist on a traditional Belgian wheat ale has an effervescent, cloudy appearance.

Similarly, Kentucky White Ale is a Belgian white ale brewed in the same style with coriander and orange peel, but without blueberries. For those in the super spirited camp we’ll go ahead and let you know – this beer does not pour a pure blue, as we’d have to have added food coloring for such an unnatural hue!

Both are delicious and refreshing and of course, offer a fun way to enjoy this time of year where we all generally yell at the TV and go crazy over dunks, blocked shots, and bad calls.

Also, our Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA barrel-aged winter seasonal is still out in some parts of the country.The unique rye India pale ale is brewed with rye grain and dry-hopped in the barrel. It has a citrusy character in the nose and finish,  soft notes of vanilla and woody flavors of oak and rye from the barrel.


At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the limited seasonal release has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a four-pack.

Also, get the snifters ready,  as our spring seasonal in the barrel-aged series is coming soon. It’s a new one for us, and we think it’s likely to become one of our best sellers of the series – we are excited to debut it soon!

Check out how our Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA was made – dry hopped in the barrel, and a peak at our huge barrel-aging warehouse!

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Coisbo Beer of Denmark Wins 2015 Dublin Craft Beer Cup; McCashin’s Brewery Wins First Supreme Cider Award

CoisboDubCupWinnerDenmark’s Coisbo Beer took home the 2015 Dublin Craft Beer Cup for the second year in a row at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair on Friday, Feb. 27 in Dublin – quite a feat, particularly with the competition boasting 469 beers from 24 countries across the globe in the professional beer competition. Coisbo’s unique Russian-style Imperial Stout matured in sherry barrels wowed the panel of experienced international judges, who noted the beer’s soft roasty chocolate and vanilla notes, with some fruit on the nose, and a full-bodied flavour.


Rochdale Three Berry Cider from McCashin’s Brewery won the “Supreme Cider” certificate, a new award added to the Dublin Cup in 2015. A tank-conditioned fruit cider, it has vibrant flavours of raspberries, boysenberries and blackcurrants with an apple base. The result is a full-bodied yet refined brew with a big, “jammy” taste.

The full list of winners can be found here. 

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Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair in Dublin – The Skinny on the Brews & Food

This weekend’s 3rd annual Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair in Dublin is here and is shaping up to be an event to remember! With a line-up of some 60 breweries from all over the world serving up some of the best brews around, this year’s Fair offers something for everyone.

O’Hara’s, Metalman, Hilden and many more fantastic Irish craft breweries will all be there with their best beers to sample.  The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair will also provide access to some new or exclusive Irish brews that you can try for the first time this weekend.

Blacks of Kinsale and Blackwater Distillery have teamed up to create Double Black, a distilled beer. Described as a vodka distilled from an IPA.  A. Hopped. Vodka. Now while I have seen distilled beer before, this is the first time I have seen it turned to vodka. This I have to try. There are only 250 bottles so once it’s gone, it’s gone —  you’d better get there early!

Eight Degrees Brewing Company will be launching a new beer, the Gasman Rye IPA.
Described as a ‘hop-forward rye ale with plenty of Aussie hops’ including Topaz, this promises to be a must for all IPA fans.  Another one for the hop heads is Trouble Brewing’s latest one-off called Hop Priority India Pale Lager; as Trouble has turned out some truly fantastic one-off brews in the past, (loved the Kill Lager), I don’t expect any less from this beer. This is only the tip of the iceberg for the craft beers of Ireland.  2014 saw the launch of many new breweries here, so make sure you check out some of the new kids on the block like Wicklow Wolf, Jack Cody’s, 12th Abbey, and Wicklow Brewing Company.

OverallBeerfestproAn exciting element to the Fair is getting try beers that are normally not offered in Ireland or are hard to find. From the continent, I am really looking forward to trying Lo Gambusi. Their Riu, a golden ale they describe as having a floral aroma and white fruit (pear, apple etc) flavors, sounds like a lovely option for those that like blonds. Another one to look out for is Freigeist from Germany. An experimental offshoot from a small German brewery Braustelle, Freigeist aims to offer ‘edgy, challenging-yet-balanced and drinkable interpretations’ of Germany’s historical beer styles. I, for one, am certainly looking forward to sampling a few of these beers.

CraftyDanBreweryProA US brewery I am delighted to see at the Fair this year is Lagunitas Brewing Company, whose beers have been recently available in Ireland. Established in 1993, this brewery is known for producing excellent quality craft beers and is not to be missed. Another one to watch out for is Widmer Brother’s, makers of one of my favourite black IPA’s, the Pitch Black IPA.  These are but a few of the many awesome US brewers that will be here this weekend.  And let’s not forget the great offerings from the UK with such breweries as Crafty Dan Micro Brewery, Ilkley and Beavertown. This is certainly the place to try some phenomenal international brews.

SheridansCheesemongersAnd what better to pair all this wonderful beer then with some awesome grub? Do you like delicious artisan food? Trick question – of course you do. Offerings will include Man of Aran Fudge, Donal Skehan’s Skoff Pies, Bretzel Bakery, Sheridans Cheesemongers, Ballymaloe and O’Donnells Crisps– so you can nibble and sip your way through the convention centre trying perfectly paired selections from a variety of international and Irish vendors. Sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon….or weekend.

SKoffPiesI have only had time to mention a few of the 60 amazing breweries that will be here at the Fair this weekend.  Sunday is the last day of the Fair – so you better get over to the CCD to enjoy!


Guest Post by Christina Wade, Dublin Beer Ladies



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Out with the Old, In with the New!

2014 has treated Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. well, and it’s all thanks to our fans and their support. It’s exciting to see craft brewing reaching more people, as tastes are changing and the general population is becoming more knowledgeable about beer. Our Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale keeps exploding in sales across the country, and even the globe. The four beers we launched in our barrel-aged seasonal series brews, many of which use local Kentucky products, are selling out each season. We also launched a brand new spirit in March this year with our Town Branch Rye.


Our cold storage warehouse, where thousands of barrels of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale age for six weeks to pick up the notes of caramel and oak.

In other news, we will break ground on a new brewstillery in 2015 in Eastern Kentucky called Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling Co. that will bring tourism and jobs to this area. And here in Lexington, Kentucky, two new brewhouses are on the way from Germany to help us keep up with brewing and distilling capacity. Once these are going full force in the next year or two, our capacity will quadruple! Our team is also redesigning our brewery building so that eventually visitors will be able to see our gleaming new brewhouses from the outside, thanks to new exterior glass walls.



Moving tanks to our second location to make room for one of the new brewhouses coming in 2015!



We are Lexington’s oldest craft brewery and have grown leaps and bounds since our start in 1999. Today, we are distributed in 25 states and six countries, and many more coming soon.

2015 will certainly have much to bring, and it also happens to be our 15th anniversary, making us Lexington’s oldest craft brewery.

2014 brought many great events, products, and fun times. Here are some highlights:

Hosted the first Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest in downtown Lexington, Ky. in May that drew nearly 4,000 people! Held during Lexington Craft Beer Week in May and boasted more than 120 beers from 40 breweries from across the nation.


Collaborated with local breweries Country Boy Brewing and Blue Stallion Brewing Co. on limited edition brews. Our collaboration with Country Boy resulted in the aptly named “Kentucky Boy” – a a blend of our two-year-aged special Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout and Country Boy’s Black Gold Porter that is then barrel aged. Our two breweries were chosen from hundreds of craft breweries nationwide to debut the specialty beer at an exclusive collaboration salon at SAVOR Craft Beer in Washington, D.C. in May, an annual event that showcases the best of the best breweries.

Our Kentucky Stallion Bourbon Barrel Maibock, or “bock beer of May” in German, was an early springtime version of a German bock beer. It boasted caramel and fruit notes, as well as oak and vanilla flavors picked up from bourbon barrel aging.

The 1 millionth case of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale was produced in Feb. 2014


Produced the 1 millionth case of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale since its launch in 2006, when it was one of the earlier barrel-aged craft beers on the scene. Today, it is our flagship beer.


Held first annual Town Brach Cocktail Contest – A Lexington bartender’s “Town Toast” cocktail consisting of fresh muddled strawberries, vanilla, Town Branch® Rye and Ale-8-One, complemented by the spice of cinnamon, took home the top prize in the first Town Branch® Cocktail Contest in August. Daniel Weeks of Shorty’s in Lexington won the $1,000 cash prize.

Crowned the first Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup winner at our brewfest. The first professional beer competition of its kind in Kentucky, a tasty Christmas ale from a tiny brewery in northeastern Hungary called Zip’s Brewhouse took home the top prize. The brew boasted cinnamon, ginger, star anise, curacao, nutmeg, lemon peel, among other spices.

Peach Barrel Ale by Alltech Brewing and Distilling, new for summer 2014

Expanded our barrel-aged seasonal series, with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine in spring, Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale in summer, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale returning in fall, and Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale in winter.

Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair in Dublin

Hosted the second annual Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair in Dublin, Ireland, drawing a sold-out crowd for the two nights of fun that included beer, food, rugby watching, learning how to be a beer judge, and the Dublin Craft Beer Cup.

Town Branch Breast Cancer Awareness Month bottleLaunched a limited edition Town Branch breast cancer bottle during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Thanks to the bottle, $2,500 was raised for Kentucky CancerLink to provide support to those diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their families.

Kentucky_Pikeville_PorterCrowned the winner of the 8th Annual Kentucky Ale Brew-off – Chad and Mary Shive of Lexington saw their robust porter scaled up by our brewery and distributed on tap locally to excited fans. The winning brew, later named Pikeville Porter, in honor of Pikeville, Kentucky where our next brewery will be built, is a light-bodied, chocolaty ale with a dry finish. We are looking forward to next year’s brew-off in May, which will again bring in many talented home brewers and kick off Lexington Craft Beer Week! We hope to have you join us!

Created some cool videos this year perfect for beer and bourbon fans, with a visit to Kelvin Cooperage (have you seen how those barrels look when they are fired?) and a trip out to some local beehives to showcase the local honey used in our Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale.


Cheers to the close of a great year, and to the start of 2015!

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Buzzing Around: The Making of the Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale Video

Shooting_RichardHoseyRichardHosey_HoneyKenLee_RichardHosey_KYHoneyBarrel_smallerIt was a sunny, surprisingly warm October day – perfect for a honeybee hive video shoot. If it wasn’t above 60 degrees and sunny, the bees wouldn’t be happy and wouldn’t be flying, we were told by beekeeper
Richard Hosey of Hosey Honey in Midway, Ky, not too far from Lexington.

So why was a craft beer team dealing with bees? Our new Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale was set to hit the market soon, and our brewers used 1,700 lbs of honey from Hosey’s hives in the brew, which also included ginger. The brew also included some local hops from a local hop farm in Clark County, Kentucky, one of a handful of hop farms popping up in the Bluegrass State, which have now joined together to create the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance. We were hoping to get the word out through a short video about this awesome new brew that utilized Kentucky Proud ingredients.

Two of our talented videographers/photographers on our team used the beautiful day to shoot b-roll of the bees at work, even getting their hands covered in bees as they got in close to capture images of them. They wore veils, and had carefully followed beekeeper Richard Hosey’s suggestion to avoid wearing black, which apparently will make bees more aggressive. Amazingly, no one got stung!

KenLeePortrait_HivesWe also had the pleasure of having Dr. Tammy Horn, Kentucky state apiarist (yes, we actually have a state beekeeper – fascinating!), for an interview, as well as our master brewer, Ken Lee. The whole two-minute video shoot took most of the day, as well as one morning to get more beauty shots of the sunrise. And now we are happy with the final result – a beautiful video showcasing our Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale in its native Central Kentucky. It’s our first winter seasonal in our barrel-aged seasonal series that was launched last year with Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale®.

Enjoy the finished short video below! Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale is available in 4-packs in most of our territories in limited amounts. Check your local business that carries craft beer.

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Our Spirits Awarded Three Medals at the Washington Cup!

WashingtonCupSpiritsExciting news! Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. has received three more awards for our distinguished whiskeys.  The Washington Cup awarded a gold medal to our Pearse Lyons Reserve, Kentucky’s only single malt whiskey since Prohibition. Our Town Branch® Bourbon received a Silver, medal, and our Town Branch Rye, which was launched earlier this year, also picked up a Silver medal.

The Washington Cup is a unique competition because the first round of judging is by trained judges, while the second round of judging is conducted by bartenders and restaurant owners, and the third and final round is performed by the general public attending the event.  Our spirits scored well in both the professional judging and the bartender judging, but our standout whiskey, Pearse Lyons Reserve, took home the gold in the general public tasting.

Distilled in dual copper pot stills from Scotland, Pearse Lyons Reserve is the first malt whiskey produced in Kentucky since 1919. Pearse Lyons Reserve offers notes of molasses and brown sugar with a touch of nutmeg and vanilla.

Aged in spent bourbon barrels that have also been used to age the brewery’s flagship Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®, Pearse Lyons Reserve® picks up a unique taste from these barrels. Our spirits are available to purchase at our Visitor Center at 401 Cross Street, Lexington KY 40511, or in six states. The distribution map is found here.

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Derby Day Drinks!


You can feel the energy across Kentucky. The annual Run for the Roses is fast approaching on May 3, and everyone is abuzz, wondering what horse will win, and of course, what Derby drink to try! Mint juleps are a classic, but who doesn’t want to try a new twist on old favorites? Read on for two great, easy drinks to make at your Derby party. Guests will love this Kentucky twist on an Irish coffee – perfect for brunch – as well as a mint julep made out of beer instead of bourbon. Here’s to the greatest two minutes in sports!

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Mint Julep

A simple, no-fuss version of the traditional mint julep – this time using beer! A great alternative drink on Derby day for beer fans. Our beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is the flagship brew of the company. It’s made using our Kentucky Ale brew aged for six weeks in fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels from the best distilleries in bourbon country, so that the brew picks up the wonderful tastes of caramel, cherry and vanilla and a becomes KBBA. Now to try it in mint julep form!

To create the KBBA Mint Julep:

  • Muddle 6-10 mint leaves in a glass
  • Top muddled mint leaves with a cold bottle of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
  • Garnish with additional mint as desired.
  • Drink and enjoy!


Bluegrass Sundown – a Kentucky Twist on an Irish Coffee

A bourbon-infused coffee liqueur that is sold as a concentrate in a beautiful dark bottle. Available in most liquor stores in the Town Branch bourbon distribution area (see distribution map here).

Bluegrass Sundown, a Kentucky twist on an Irish coffee, made at Town Branch Distillery in Lexington.

Recipe: Bluegrass Sundown is made by filling a tempered glass 1/3 full with Bluegrass Sundown, followed by 2/3 of boiling water. No need to stir.

Simply float heavy whipping cream on top of the mixture using an inverted spoon to keep the cream from mixing with the Bluegrass Sundown. Enjoy sipping the warm liquid through the cool cream.

Perfect for Derby brunch or watching the early races! Happy Kentucky Derby!




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