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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Beer lovers, rejoice. Visitors to Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company’s facility in downtown Lexington are now able to taste its Kentucky Ale® family of beers in a new tasting area connected to the brewery. Beer sampling at the brewery ceased in July 2012 after the brewery grew too large to qualify for a tasting permit under Kentucky law. After a change in Kentucky law during the spring legislative session, the brewery is now able to offer beer samples again as part of its regular tour.
Now, visitors 21 and over will receive four tasting tickets to taste their choice of the company’s five beers and three spirits. Spirits samples have been available on tours since Town Branch Distillery, part of Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, opened in October 2012. The new beer tasting portion makes Town Branch Distillery the only distillery tour in Kentucky that also offers a brewery tour and beer samples.
“Beer is meant to be tasted and enjoyed, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer our visiting fans samples of our Kentucky Ale beers again,” said Hal Gervis, global operations manager for Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company. “Visitors will be able to choose for themselves which four beers or spirits they will sample on the tour, so now they have the unique opportunity to taste our handcrafted bourbon and beer in one location – how many places can you visit and do that?”
The tour ticket price will remain the same at $7 per person, though the length of each tour will increase slightly to one hour and 15 minutes. Tours start in the Visitor Center, move to the brewery and beer tasting, then continue across the street at the distillery for a tour of the barrel room, pot stills room and spirits tasting. Beer will not be sold onsite, but spirits and merchandise will continue to be sold.
Iced samples of Alltech’s French Vanilla Café Citadelle coffee will also now be on hand for visitors on the weekends, as well as regular Alltech Café Citadelle coffee during weekdays. The coffee is available for purchase onsite and benefits Alltech’s Sustainable Haiti project, which creates a sales and marketing channel for Haitian coffee business that builds upon existing trade and resources. Profits from its sale go directly into the registered 501(c)(3) non-profit Alltech ACE Foundation, which helps fund two Haitian primary schools and economic development projects as part of the Sustainable Haiti Project.
Tours run every hour on the hour Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. They start from the Visitor Center at 401 Cross Street, Lexington, Ky. 40508. Reservations are not required except for groups of 15 or more. Visit the Kentucky Ale website for more information.