Kentucky might be best-known for its bourbon, but it’s also home to an ever-growing craft beer scene, which means it’s the perfect place to celebrate National Drink Beer Day on September 28. Here are four local beers to taste test while observing this holiday.
Red Blooded American from Mirror Twin
This medium-bodied red ale is one of Mirror Twin’s flagship beers. According to their website, it’s a great option “for people who are ready to graduate from a blonde ale, and get into more serious brews.”
Mirror Twin has two buildings located at 723 and 725 National Avenue. In addition to seven flagship beers and other options on tap, they serve cocktails in 723. You can also order fresh pizza from Rolling Oven, which is located inside 725.
IPA from West Sixth Brewing
You’ll find notes of peaches, lemon zest, danky grassiness, pine needles, and tangerines in this citrusy India pale ale. Suggested food pairings include a Kentucky Hot Brown and Mexican fare.
West Sixth brews, cans, and bottles beer out of their 501 West Sixth Street location (which is within walking distance of studios180 and The Flats at 345). Their other flagship offerings include Amber Ale, Cocoa Porter, Cerveza, Half Bite IPA, and Pennyrile Pale Ale. Don’t forget to grab a bite from Smithtown Seafood while you’re there.
Shotgun Wedding from Country Boy Brewing
If you’re a fan of nutty, chocolaty, and caramel-flavored brews, you’ll like Shotgun Wedding. It’s a flavorful light brown ale that’s aged on real vanilla beans and can double as dessert.
Country Boy is located at 436 Chair Avenue. Their other core offerings (Cougar Bait, Shotgun Wedding, Cliff Jumper, and Halfway Home) are always available, and they rotate through several seasonal offerings as well.
Dunkel from Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
Blue Stallion uses a large amount of Munich malts in this classic dark lager for a bread-like taste with a hint of caramel. It’s made with one of Germany’s finest noble hops from the Hallertauer region to be as authentic as possible.
Blue Stallion’s taproom, at 610 West Third Street, is just down the road from The Flats at 345. Their specialties include authentic German lagers and British ales. Inside, Dad’s Favorites Deli serves homemade soups and sandwiches.