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Raise a Glass: Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest, Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon, cap off week of great brews in Lexington

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – In spite of the rain, nothing could dampen the spirits of over 5,500 craft beer enthusiasts who attended this year’s Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest at Heritage Hall in downtown Lexington. The third annual event, and the culmination of Lexington’s Craft Beer Week, was held Saturday, May 21 and featured over 50 local, regional and national craft breweries, craft distillers and local food vendors. Every 15 minutes attendees could experience special tappings of beers that highlighted what makes the craft beer industry so special—originality, passion, and unrelenting commitment to quality.  The brews were expertly paired with a host of culinary creations from a new, expanded food section with a variety of local and Kentucky Proud options.  Another highlight of the event was the announcement of the Alltech Commonwealth Cup winners. More than 70 breweries from nine countries submitted unique beers, which were judged by an expert panel of 12 judges whose criteria included appearance, aroma, taste and mouth feel.  This year’s event included 344 total entries, resulting in 108 bronze medals, 65 silver and 25 gold.  The overall Commonwealth Cup was awarded to Southern Tier 2X IPA, a double India Pale Ale brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. The day kicked off with a spirited 7 a.m. run at the second annual Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon—the only 26.2-mile marathon in Central Kentucky, the first in Lexington in 37 years, and a Boston Marathon qualifier. Runners gathered at Fasig-Tipton, the oldest Thoroughbred auction house in North America. This year’s race featured 1100 entries, from 38 states and six countries, and a course that took runners by 45 scenic Central Kentucky horse farms. All finishers received horse-inspired medals along with cold Kentucky Ale® at the finish line. A portion of the proceeds benefitted Bluegrass Farm Charities. The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest and the Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon mark the beginning of ONE:  The Alltech Ideas Conference, which will be held May 22-25 in Lexington, KY. For more information, visit Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or @KentuckyAle on Twitter for updates as well as information on the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest. For more information about Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., visit Photo 1 - Dr. Pearse Lyons presenting the 2016 Commonwealth Cup to Ryan Rahe of Southern Tier Brewing Compnay out of Lakewood, New York.  Rahe accepted the award for overall best beer with Southern Tier 2X IPA, an India Pale Ale.  Photo 2 - Dr. Pearse Lyons and Ryan Rahe, of Southern Tier Brewing Company, infront of the wall of beer judged in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup craft beer competition.  Rahe took home the overall best beer award for Southern Tier 2X IPA.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to receive Humanitarian Award and Medal of Excellence at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford, will receive, respectively, the Alltech Humanitarian Award and Alltech Medal of Excellence, the highest awards bestowed by Alltech. The awards will be presented when both men speak at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally will receive the Alltech Humanitarian Award and Medal of Excellence, respectively, during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an event dedicated to inspiring innovation in Lexington, Ky., USA, May 22-25. Now in its 32nd year, the annual international conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees from 71 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas about business, science and agriculture.

The Humanitarian Award is bestowed annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people. Previous award recipients include Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who became a two-time Olympic athlete and founder of the Lopez Lomong Foundation, and John Calipari, head men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, who has guided six college basketball teams to the NCAA Final Four Championship, led one to a national championship and helped 38 players make it to the NBA during his 23-year college coaching career.

Wozniak is currently the chief scientist at Primary Data and the author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon.” He has also been involved in numerous business and philanthropic ventures that focus on encouraging creativity in young students through hands-on learning. In particular, he has adopted the Los Gatos School District and donated state-of-the-art technology equipment to the schools, founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

For his dedication to inspiring innovation through education and for creating one of the world’s most peaceful revolutions through Apple technology, Alltech will honor Wozniak during ONE, where he will give a talk on entrepreneurship as well as how to grasp opportunities and change the world.

Wozniak will be preceded on the main plenary stage by Mulally, who will be one of the opening keynote speakers and will expound on his strategic leadership skills to inspire audience members to enhance their organizations.

Mulally is the recipient of the Alltech 2016 Medal of Excellence for his ability to create a strong team focused on a single objective that led to the resurrection of one of the all-time great brands: Ford. The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”

Mulally led Ford's transformation into the number-one automobile brand in the United States. He guided the company through implementation of the One Ford plan, a compelling vision and comprehensive strategy to deliver profitable growth for all of the company's stakeholders. In 2006, when Mulally was appointed president and CEO, he led the Ford Motor Company out of an enormous crisis, including a $12.7 billion loss, downgrade in stock-value and brand mismanagement, then remarkably made Ford the only American car manufacturer to not accept a bailout from the United States government.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership and service, including being named number three on Fortune magazine’s World's Greatest Leaders list, named one of The World's Most Influential People by TIME magazine and honored with the American Society for Quality's medal for excellence in executive leadership.

Other renowned speakers in their fields, such as Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble, and Seth Siegel, businessman, water activist and bestselling author, will share their insights during this event.

Registration is still open for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 22-25. Visit for more information and to register. Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea.

LPC selects four finalists for 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Award

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Four young agricultural journalists have made the cut for the 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Award competition to be held at the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23–27.

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) recently announced the four agricultural journalism students that will be rewarded for their excellence, leadership and professionalism with the 2016 Forrest Bassford Student Travel Award. The award, sponsored by Alltech, supports the journalists’ travel fees and participation at the LPC annual convention as well as the 18th annual Ag Media Summit, the largest meeting in the United States for the agricultural industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and agricultural communication specialists.

“We are excited to partner with Alltech to recognize some of the top upcoming agricultural communicators and provide them opportunities for their future in the industry,” said Julie White, LPC Student Award committee chairperson.

The four finalists are:

  • Nora Faris, Concordia, Missouri: Faris is a sophomore at the University of Missouri and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science and agricultural journalism.

  • Audrey Green, Stockton, Kansas: Green is a senior at Kansas State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism.

  • Chamonix Mejia, Encinal, Texas: Mejia is a junior at Texas Tech University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.

  • Tim Taylor, Vinita, Oklahoma: Taylor is a junior at Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and agricultural communications.

During the Ag Media Summit, the travel award winners will need to complete an interview process and submit a portfolio for review. The Forrest Bassford Student Award winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the other three candidates will each receive $750 travel scholarships to attend the convention.

The LPC student award program was started in 1985. Forrest Bassford’s name was appended to the award in 1992 in honor of his contribution to LPC and his particular interest in furthering the award program. Alltech has co-sponsored the award since 2012.

“It is a privilege to once again support this award program as these four young journalists get the opportunity to network and learn from the best in the industry,” said Ann Hess, on-farm communications manager for Alltech. “As livestock and crop production continues to prosper through innovation and technology, we need the next generation of agricultural communicators ready to tell the story to an increasingly consumer-driven marketplace.”

The ONE Place to be this May: Attendees from 69 countries attending ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — As registered attendees from 69 countries prepare for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22–25, Alltech is adding to its line-up of expert speakers and engaging discussions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally, former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble Jim Stengel, renowned author and water expert Seth M. Siegel, Singularity University co-chair of energy and environment Ramez Naam, as well as the following newly added speakers* for our plenary sessions and four main topic tracks:

*Speakers and talk titles are subject to change.

Plenary session:

  • “Apollo 13: A Successful Failure” by Captain Jim Lovell, former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. naval captain

Business and Entrepreneurship


  • “Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Can You Afford to Overlook Such Opportunities?” by Dr. Marc Larousse, vice president of business development, Alltech


  • “Global Megatrends Affecting Agribusiness” by Christopher W. Nolan, Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

  • “Food Integrity: Trends and Solutions” by Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Food Supply Chain” by Sally Bernstein, advisory partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Joe Mack, director of global supply chain, Alltech

  • “Mergers & Acquisitions” – Trends and lessons from recent big deals, Christopher W. Nolan Sr., managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

Risk Assessment

  • “‘ROC’ Solid: The Alltech Reputation Overview Committee” by Mike Castle, CEO of the Feed Division, Alltech

  • “Which One Are You?” – Crisis management lessons by David Byrne, former European commissioner for health and consumer protection

  • “Against The Grain” – A case study about producing gluten-free beer without risking reputation for taste and quality by Dr. Gearóid Cahill, European director of brewing science, Alltech

  • “The Chipotle Crisis” by Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer & vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech



  • “Leadership and Education: Making Animal Agriculture Exciting to New Generations” by Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer, Alltech

  • “A Holistic View of the Food Chain” by Prof. Johanna Fink-Gremmels,
    former head of the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, at Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • “An Integral Part of the Food Chain: The Unique Perspective of Veterinarian, Nutritionist and Professor on the Future” by Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “Imagine That: Profitability and Sustainability on Your Farm” by Jay Johnston, CEO, Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc.

Emerging Markets & Trends

  • “Not One Size Fits All: Emerging Markets of Asia” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech

  • “Cuba: One-of-a-Kind Opportunity in a One-Party State” by Dr. Jorge Arias,
    global aqua director, Alltech

  • “One Goal: Creating Exciting and Sustainable Petfood Products, What You Need to Know” by Dr. Juan Gomez-Basauri, global director for companion animal business, Alltech

  • “Ornamental Fish Feeds: One High Profit Aqua Segment May Become Your Reality” by Alex Tsappis, applications nutrition specialist, Alltech

Global Beef Opportunities

  • “One New Menu Item: Beef’s Growth in China” by Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech

  • “Origin Green: The Irish Food Approach” by Prof. Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham professor of marketing, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • “EPNIX and the Rise of Profitable Nutrigenomics” by Dr. Vaughn Holder, research project manager – beef nutrition, Alltech

  • “The Building Blocks for Better Beef Production” by Dan Dhuyvetter, director of marketing, research and development and nutrition services, Ridley Block Operations

Cash Cows: Dairy

  • “The Keenan Experience” – Improving feed production using a unique information system by Ian Lahiffe, new business development director, Alltech; and François Derot, French business manager, Keenan

  • “Fertility: The Role of DHA, Selenium and Other Nutrients” by Steve Elliott, global director of the equine and mineral divisions, Alltech

  • “Facial Recognition” – How to take advantage of new technology with your herd by David Hunt, co-founder at Agrilarity and member of the Exponential Advisory Board, Singularity University

  • “Methane Digesters” Converting waste into energy by Michal Hulik, general manager, Alltech

Aquaculture Around the World

  • “Get it Right from the Start: Feeding the Young Fish” by Patrick Charlton, European vice president, Alltech

  • “The Future of Fish Farming” by Dr. Ioannis Nengas, aquaculture nutrition expert, Alltech

  • “The Fish Oil Dilemma” by Becky Timmons, global director of applications research and quality assurance, Alltech

  • “The Verlasso Story” – A case study about a company at the forefront of clean and sustainable boutique salmon production in Chile by Brian Lawless, programmed nutrition coordinator, Alltech

Opportunities in the Poultry Industry

  • “Feed Efficiency and Water Utilization” by Dr. Fernando Rutz, professor of physiology and monogastric nutrition, Universidade Federal de Pelotas

  • “Vet in the Poultry House: The Veterinarian's Role in the Poultry Industry” by Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia

  • “The Future of Genetics” by Dr. Peter Ferket, professor of nutrition and biotechnology, department of poultry science, North Carolina State University

  • “The World Post-Antibiotics” by Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer & vice president, corporate accounts, Alltech

Opportunities in the Pig Industry

  • “The Danish Program” – Denmark’s formula for success in their pig program by Jacob Dall, swine nutritionist, technical & R&D manager, swine, Vitfoss, VILOFOSS Group

  • “Novel Proteins” – Reformulating diets to suit local circumstances by Ernie Hansen, manager of swine nutrition and tech services, Hubbard Feeds

  • “Disease Prevention and Eradication” by Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager, Alltech; and Jon Hoek, vice president of pig production, Belstra Milling Co.

  • “One Favorite: The China Pork Story” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech; and Gordon Gao, business general manager, Alltech

Crop and the Future of Farming

  • “Pesticides and Fungicides” by Dr. Steven Borst, compliance manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “What do Consumers Want?” by Rebecca Noble, business development executive, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “Water Works: Hydroponics and Aquaponics” by Nicolas Body, European technical manager, Alltech Crop Science, Alltech

  • “Water Worries: Efficiency in Arid Times” by Jomi Bernad Blanch, Iberia regional director, Alltech

Craft Brewing and Distilling

  • “Brewing Up a Storm” by Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech

  • “Working with Supermarkets and Distributors” by George Fisher, founder and president, Cavalier Distributing

  • “One Thirsty Nation: The China Beer Market” by Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president & head of Greater China, Alltech; and Patrick Lin, Asia brand ambassador, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company

  • “The Craft Distilling Industry” by Mark Coffman, master brewer, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company

Brain Health

  • “Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Linking Metabolic Decline to Neurodegeneration” by Ronan Power, Ph.D., vice president, Alltech Life Sciences, Alltech

  • “Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE: Long-term Links to Neurodegenerative Disease” by Kathryn E. Saatman, Ph.D., professor in the departments of physiology and neurosurgery, University of Kentucky; associate director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know and What is on the Horizon” by Dr. Gregory Jicha, MD, Ph.D., professor of neurology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

The full list of topics for the conference’s sessions is available here. ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference has been approved by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for six continuing education units (CEUs).

In addition to the intellectual inspiration, ONE attendees will experience opportunities for fun, entertainment and networking, such as:

  • ONE Vision, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art interactive and immersive digital experience that explores the future of food and our planet.

  • The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest, May 21. Click here to register for this bonus event.

  • The International Welcome Dinner, which features world-class entertainment and international networking opportunities.

  • Alltech’s Fun Run, a 3K mini-marathon.

  • Various brewery and distillery, sightseeing and farm tours.

  • The presentation of the Alltech Young Scientist Award, the world’s most prestigious agriscience competition for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • A special live performance by Riverdance, an international Irish dance phenomenon that has been seen by more than 25 million people in 46 countries. Critics have called them “hypnotic,” “a perfect gem,” and “one of the most entertaining shows you will ever see.”

Held for 32 years in Lexington, Alltech’s international symposium has a substantial economic impact on Kentucky. In 2015, Alltech’s REBELation symposium was estimated to have an impact of more than $7.2 million.

The impact is expected to be even greater this year with ONE. Underscoring its reputation as the city’s largest annual room booking, according to VisitLex – Lexington’s convention and visitors bureau, close to 7,400 nights/rooms have already been booked in nine local hotels over the week of the conference. To encourage ONE attendees to experience more of Alltech’s home in Lexington, Kentucky, ONE will also be hosting a series of special events for registered attendees:

  • Kentucky Night: Dinner with country and western entertainment at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

  • ONE Great Bite Dining Night: Thirty-one local eateries will be featured for guests in a dining guide and will offer specials for ONE attendees.

  • Each guest will receive a Passport Savings booklet with discounts to stores in downtown Lexington and at Fayette Mall and Lexington Green. Fifteen stores are already participating and more stores are expected to join.

  • A Kentucky Ale® Trail event on Tuesday night, May 24, will feature music in The Square’s bars in the heart of downtown Lexington.

Excitement for ONE is building, with registrations up more than 50 percent to date from last year. For more information or to register, visit Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea.

Alltech China and Western Kentucky University announce new internship program

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — Alltech China and Western Kentucky University (WKU) are proud to announce a new internship program in conjunction with the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU.

One of only 12 such programs in the nation, the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU seeks to bring students from the beginning level of Chinese proficiency to the superior level during their undergraduate career. Sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, the course offers many intensive Chinese language opportunities in the U.S. and China. Now those opportunities will include internships with Alltech in China, where Alltech established business in Beijing in 1994 to serve the local feed and livestock industry.

Participating in the Alltech China internship will not only allow selected WKU students to gain hands-on experience speaking the Chinese language, but also to explore China’s unique business environment. In addition to 30 hours per week of internship responsibilities assigned by Alltech, the participants will receive 10 hours per week of one-on-one language instruction. They will also have time to explore China and further enhance their cultural competencies.

The two inaugural students are both members of the WKU Honors College for academically talented, creative and high-achieving students. WKU junior Alexis Corbin from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in cultural geography and Asian religions and cultures. Corbin has volunteered at a permaculture farm in Taiwan, interned with the community garden program Top Crops, which works with the Bowling Green special needs community, and serves on the Student Government Association sustainability committee. WKU senior Megan Laffoon from Louisville, Kentucky, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. Laffoon, who was named a Goldwater Scholar in 2014, conducts research on the application of hugelkultur raised garden beds to karst rocky desertification topography with WKU hydrogeology professor Dr. Chris Groves and WKU biology professor Dr. Albert Meier. Laffoon has participated in a United Nations workshop on water resources and presented her research in China; she also interns with the WKU Office of Sustainability through the Project Grow program, assisting with the campus community garden.

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, chief international officer of global learning at WKU, said that the combination of excellent academic preparation, fluency in the Chinese language and the opportunity to “get their hands dirty” in their chosen profession will further enhance the students’ educations and jump-start their career trajectories as “global professionals.”

“WKU and Alltech have a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Cobane. “Alltech’s corporate culture of progressive and sustainable strategies is a good match for the vision of WKU and our students. Alltech, as a corporate leader in Kentucky, understands the need to ‘grow our own’ talent pool instead of relying on recruiting it from elsewhere.”

Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of greater China for Alltech, said the company was very excited to learn about the WKU Chinese language program as Alltech’s activities in China have expanded considerably in the past five years.

“Alltech has been active in the Chinese market since the mid-1980s with our own office opening here in 1994,” said Lyons. “We want to inspire more young people to experience different cultures and to decide to pursue careers in agriculture and science, and this program supports both of these initiatives. While the world has grown smaller through the development of the internet and social media, nothing replaces personal experiences and connections, and this program will help WKU students to experience the business world in China.”

Alltech and WKU have a longstanding friendship featuring many partnerships and collaborations. In addition to the new internship program, Alltech and WKU recently opened the largest brewing production facility on any university campus in the United States. The brewery will produce a beer called College Heights and will also support new undergraduate and graduate programs in brewing and distilling.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) student Alexis Corbin is one of the first to participate in the new collaborative internship program between Alltech China and the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU. The internship offers selected students the chance to gain experiential learning with the Chinese language and business practices at Alltech’s facilities in Beijing.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) student Megan Laffoon is one of the first to participate in the new collaborative internship program between Alltech China and the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU. The internship offers selected students the chance to gain experiential learning with the Chinese language and business practices at Alltech’s facilities in Beijing.

A delegation from Western Kentucky University recently visited Alltech China in Beijing. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Ching-Hsuan Wu (WKU), Dr. Craig T. Cobane (WKU), Dr. Mark Lyons (Alltech China), Chanatip Padungdetpasuton (Alltech China) and Anna Lin (Alltech China).

Alltech, WKU establish operating brewery, student lab & innovative coursework in brewing & distilling arts & sciences

[BOWLING GREEN, Ky.] – Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is partnering with Western Kentucky University to bring the largest production-level brewing system to a university campus in the United States.

The fully operational brewery will help support new undergraduate and graduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences, set to begin this summer.

The fully-operational brewery consists of a brewhouse, fermenters and conditioning tanks capable of producing a wide variety of beers.  It is located in WKU’s Center for Research and Development on Nashville Road and is Alltech’s first investment into Bowling Green.  

By providing equipment and renovating the space, it opens up not just production, but the capability of training people for the growing brewing and craft brewing industry. A first-of-its-kind global survey released recently by Alltech demonstrated the growth of craft breweries, now more than 10,000-strong throughout the world, with 4,000 craft breweries in the U.S. alone.

Alltech’s founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, is himself a brewer and distiller, and was the first Irishman to receive a master’s degree and Ph.D. in this area.

Alltech’s diverse business, including animal health, crop sciences, algal technology and brewing and distilling, has a foundation in yeast and fermentation. Their staff includes 18 team members with master’s degrees in brewing and distilling, including experts such as Dr. Inge Russell, renowned researcher and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing in Canada, and Graeme Stewart, considered the “Godfather” of yeast in brewing.

“We’re investing in Western Kentucky University to establish this brewing and distilling program not only to train up the next generation of brewers for a growing craft beer industry, but also to develop talent for our own business, which requires a fundamental understanding of yeast. There’s no better way to achieve that than a brewing and distilling education,” said Lyons.

This partnership will complement existing strengths among WKU faculty in areas such as food sciences, fermentation, history, marketing and entrepreneurship by providing specialized faculty expertise in brewing and distilling arts and sciences and innovative internship opportunities for WKU students.  

“This is another example of how WKU is engaging in a private-public partnership to help a growing industry meet their workforce needs. WKU will continue to offer innovative brewing and distilling courses while moving to develop graduate and undergraduate degree programs,” said WKU President Gary Randell. “As the craft brewing industry expands in Kentucky and throughout the world, we believe there is a significant need for academic credentials for the professional in this field. We value Alltech’s important collaboration in helping to establish what we consider an important new scholarly initiative in Kentucky.”

Alltech has committed to growing their initial investment to develop and administer an innovative, cross-disciplinary program in the craft brewing and bourbon industry over the next five years.  

This initiative runs parallel with Alltech’s recruitment of WKU students, particularly from its Chinese Flagship Program.  Alltech currently has two graduates of this program working within the company alongside  Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech.

The curriculum, approved April 22 by WKU’s Board of Regents, combines expertise from the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, the Potter College of Arts & Letters and the Gordon Ford College of Business.

“We’ve been teaching the history and science of brewing for almost 10 years at WKU,” said Dr. Andrew McMichael, assistant dean of Potter College.  “However, as we look to expand our course offerings and develop undergraduate and graduate programs, this collaboration has the potential to put us in the forefront of academic programs in this field.”

Dr. Cathleen Webb, associate dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering, said brewing and distilling are as much art as science.  

“The program being proposed at WKU would combine science, arts, humanities and business, which will make this a destination degree for people around the country interested in multiple facets of the craft brewing and distilling industry,” she said. “We’re especially excited about the student laboratory and how our students will be able to combine academic research with real world work experience in the brewery.”  

The undergraduate certificate will complement existing majors with courses that encompass science, business and history with a culminating internship. The graduate certificate program is focused more on the working professional with a flexible schedule of online and blended courses.

“Most successful craft brewers do not have or need a degree in fermentation sciences,” Dr. Webb said. “Brewing and distilling are most learned by doing and that is why our focus is on an internship and practical work experience with industrial partners. Moreover, having the student lab attached to the brewery offers unique opportunities to take classes while watching a brewery operate.”

Added incentive for runners at Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — With less than a month to go until the second annual Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon, additional support from title sponsor Alltech has created even more incentive to participate – runners who qualify for and run the 2017 Boston Marathon based on their qualifying finishing time in this year’s Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon will be eligible to have their 2017 Boston Marathon registration fees reimbursed.

“This unprecedented announcement demonstrates Alltech’s strong commitment to community and health,” said Bob Baney, Race Director at 3 Way Racing, the organizer of the event. “This year’s race will benefit Blue Grass Farm Charities as well as several other local charitable organizations. Our goal is to make this race one of the premier events in the country and a way to showcase our state and city, and with support from Alltech, along with our other race sponsors, it’s happening.”

“Without a doubt, Lexington will be the place to be in May,” said Pete Weiss, advertising and communications coordinator at Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. “Not only do we have the marathon and half marathon, but we also have our Craft Brews and Food Fest that same afternoon.”

With over 50 breweries and 175 beers, the festival will showcase the finest the craft beer industry has to offer.

“There will be a new, expanded food section with plenty of local and Kentucky Proud options to satisfy your hunger, plus it’s a great way to finish off Lexington Craft Beer Week,” continued Weiss. “If that’s not enough, we also have One: The Alltech Ideas Conference, which runs May 22–25 and attracts over 3,000 international attendees to downtown Lexington. All of these events are a great way to highlight our community, and it all kicks off with the Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon.”

The Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, May 21 at Fasig-Tipton, the oldest thoroughbred auction house in North America. The race will pass some 45 central Kentucky horse farms and will feature horse-inspired medals and awards along with cold Kentucky Ale at the finish line. This is the only 26.2-mile marathon in Central Kentucky.

For more information about the Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon and the complete details for the Boston Marathon incentive, visit

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest runs from noon to 8 p.m. at Heritage Hall in downtown Lexington. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or @KentuckyAle on Twitter for updates as well as information on the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest.

For more information about Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., visit

Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company’s new brew is off to the races for “Old Friends”

Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is available now on draft and in retail outlets beginning March 28. Aromatic, light-bodied and refreshing, the brew is dry hopped with Hallertau hops from a traditional German hop-growing region sacred to many brewers, as well as Cascade and Calypso hops from America’s Yakima Valley. From April 1 through May 8, a portion of the proceeds from Kentucky Race Day Session IPA will be donated to Old Friends.

[LEXINGTON, KY] - With anticipation mounting for the spring meet at Keeneland in April and the Kentucky Derby in May, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company (ALBDC) has a new brew at the starting gate, fittingly named Kentucky® Race Day Session IPA. This brew packs all the flavor of a traditional IPA, but with less alcohol at 4.5 percent ABV. Aromatic, light-bodied and refreshing, the brew is dry hopped with Hallertau hops from a traditional German hop-growing region sacred to many brewers, as well as Cascade and Calypso hops from America’s Yakima Valley. It’s a delightfully fruity, spicy and citrusy brew that can stand the test of a long day at the races.


Brewed for a cause

“We were in the midst of finalizing our planning for the spring package release of Race Day when we heard about the fire at Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.,” said Jonathan Lang, marketing manager for ALBDC.

Founded in 2003 by Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends is a non-profit organization that now cares for more than 150 former racehorses, including Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem and Breeder’s Cup Champions Alphabet Soup and Amazombie. In late January, a devastating fire destroyed one of the farm’s barns. The near-tragedy (no horses or humans were hurt) sparked an outpouring of support.

“We immediately began to think of ways we could help support the rebuilding of the barn and, more importantly, raise awareness about Old Friends’ mission,” said Lang. “With a very successful Breeders Cup in 2015 and the first Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah since 1978, interest in the thoroughbred racing industry is at an all-time high, but we should also remember the past champions that still deserve our admiration and care.”

“We’ve worked with Michael for several years now through various fundraising events and limited edition bottle releases to benefit Old Friends,” said Matt Cordle, territory sales manager for ALBDC. “With our Race Day launch, we’ve decided to continue this tradition by donating a portion of proceeds from April 1 through May 8 to Old Friends to help with the rebuilding process. We’re also very fortunate that our friends at Kentucky Eagle, who distribute our portfolio of beers and spirits throughout central Kentucky, agreed to partner with us on this effort.”

“When Jonathan and Matt approached me with this idea, I was just overwhelmed,” said Old Friends’ Blowen. “How could I resist a campaign that combined my two favorite things, horses and beer? In all seriousness, we are incredibly grateful for the amazing community support we have received since the fire. We’ve had a long and wonderful relationship with Alltech and we are happy to be continuing that tradition with Kentucky Race Day.”

Blowen noted that all of the donations received will go to rebuilding a new, fire-safe barn to replace the one destroyed and also to updating and fire-proofing an existing second barn on the property.

Kentucky Race Day Session IPA is available now on draft, and look for six-pack bottles beginning March 28 in retail outlets. From April 1 through May 8, a portion of the proceeds from Kentucky Race Day Session IPA will help benefit Old Friends.

Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page or the @KentuckyAle on Twitter for updates as well as special events surrounding the release.

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Dairy experts discuss why “your choice matters” during Alltech mineral nutrition webinar

WHAT: Join Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Roger Scaletti, milk quality expert at Alltech, as they review the basics in mineral nutrition, examine the different forms and functions of minerals and showcase examples from the field where mineral nutrition improved dairy production and profitability during the webinar “Your choice in minerals matters.”

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016 2 p.m. ET

WHERE: Register today for the live webinar using the following link:

Five “Favorite Farmers” to attend ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech has announced the five winners in its Favorite Farmer contest. Three Kentucky farmers, one Ohio producer and one Tennessee rancher received the most votes for their personal nomination stories in the social media competition. The winners, along with those who nominated them, will receive free registration and a $1,000 travel stipend to attend ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, May 22–25, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The nominees who received the most likes in the Alltech Facebook competition include: Prem Durham, Anchorage, Kentucky; Chris Riggs, Jessamine County, Kentucky; Bob Wade, Sonora, Kentucky; Steve McFalls, Caledonia, Ohio; and Ben Neale, Warren and Giles counties, Tennessee. The contest, open to producers from across the United States, asked that each nomination include a photo and an entry detailing a favorite farmer. Voting took place on Alltech’s Facebook page from March 28 to April 4, with the five entries that received the most likes declared the winners.

  • Durham owns Lakshmi Farms, a small sustainable operation that raises dairy cows, chickens, sheep, donkeys, horses and a small acre of land for growing vegetables and flowers. Originally from Northern California, Durham started a farmer’s market in Anchorage, actively contributes to farm-based food education programs such as The Food Literacy Project and initiated an on-site garden in the local school curriculum. Recently, Durham started a Farm Incubator Program, where she provides the resources (land, water, tools and community participation) to young farmers in their first years of farming. Durham was nominated by her friend, Leigh Ann VanDam.

  • Riggs was recommended by his girlfriend, Stephanie Moses, for the Favorite Farmer contest. Riggs Farm grows approximately 100 acres of corn and soybeans, along with a few hundred acres of hay and alfalfa. In addition to his own farm, Riggs custom hay bales and harvests a few more hundred acres each year. According to Moses, after spending “countless hours farming alongside his grandfather and soaking up all of his knowledge,” Riggs has shown dedication, hard work and perseverance in his work and is eager to share his love of farming with others.

  • Wade owns Back Forty Farms, a corn and soybean operation near Sonora, Kentucky. His wife, Jill Wade, submitted her husband’s story for the contest because he is “genuinely fascinated by growing plants and the network of soils, seeds, machinery and people that it takes to produce a crop.” Wade often shares that passion with the local schools and community and invites Habitat for Humanity groups from Chicago and New York to visit his farm to learn more about crop production.

  • A former jeweler, McFalls was nominated by his wife Julia. After 16 brain surgeries, McFalls quit the jewelery business and took up farming instead. Starting part-time and then leasing the same land three years later, the Ohio farmer now successfully grows organic hay and haylage while running an all-natural beef operation on his Laughing Hills Stock Farm.

  • Nominated by his wife Lauren, Neale raises beef cattle, sheep and honey bees across two counties in Tennessee. A first-generation farmer, Neale also spends countless hours volunteering to help county cattlemen’s associations with herd management and mentors young farmers and ranchers in Tennessee and across the county. Previously, he served as the chairman of the Young Producers Council for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Neale also represented the United States in the Five Nations Beef Alliance group, which brought together young cattle producers from across the world to strategize how to work together across borders.


Registration is open now for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22–25. The annual international conference draws nearly 2,000 attendees from more than 69 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas. Conference registration is $1,095. For more information or to register, visit  Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea.


Prem Durham, Anchorage, Kentucky, was a winner in Alltech’s Favorite Farmer social media competition. Durham was nominated by her friend, Leigh Ann VanDam.