Lexington, Kentucky, is home to plenty of craft beer breweries. Whether you’re looking to sit outside and unwind with a group of friends or want to watch the big game with a drink in hand, here are five can’t-miss breweries the city has to offer.
This cozy brewery — most-known for its flagship ciders — is tucked away on Delaware Avenue, just down the road from Pasta Garage Italian Café. In addition to rotating seasonal ciders, Pivot also has a selection of flagship and rotating beers. With two rooms and outdoor space, there’s plenty of seating. They also regularly have food trucks out in the parking lot.
Country Boy Brewing
Founded in 2012 and dedicated to creating minimally processed beers made with high quality, real ingredients, Country Boy has quickly become a Kentucky favorite. Their core offerings — Cougar Bait, Shotgun Wedding, Cliff Jumper, and Halfway Home — are always available, and they rotate through several seasonal offerings as well.
West Sixth Brewing
West Sixth, a downtown favorite located in a 100-year-old building called the Bread Box, is just a 20-minute walk from studios180. They brew, can, and bottle their beer out of the West Sixth Street location — but they also have an event space on Main Street and a farm in Frankfort. While many love their flagship beers, like Cocoa Porter and Cerveza, there’s a lot of buzz around their limited release options, like Oktoberfest, Christmas Ale, and Transylvania Tripel — a nod to the nearby university.
Mirror Twin Brewing
With two different buildings — 723 and 725 National Avenue — Mirror Twin has a lot to offer. In addition to their seven flagship beers and other options on tap, they serve cocktails in 723. If you’re hungry, you can order fresh pizza from Rolling Oven, which is located inside 725. Want to try something new? Watch out for the weekly Mirror Monday Releases on their Instagram account.
Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
The founders of Blue Stallion felt like the craft beer market was oversaturated with IPAs, so they decided to bring the traditional beer styles of Europe to the Bluegrass. Their specialties? Authentic German lagers and British ales. The taproom is perfect for watching ball games, but it also has a billiard table, pinball machine, and dartboards — and, if you get hungry, Dad’s Favorites Deli serves homemade soups and sandwiches Monday through Saturday.