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Venture Connectors Oct. 2 lunch to feature update on West Sixth Brewing’s expansion in Louisville

The Venture Connectors luncheon on Oct. 2 will feature Ben Self, co-founder of Lexington-based West Sixth Brewing, who will share the story behind its $2 million expansion in Louisville. West Sixth is turning a 120-year-old carriage house in NuLu into a 9,000-square-foot brewery, barrel-aging warehouse and taproom. The new location at 821 E. Market St. is slated to open in early 2020. West Sixth Brewing...

West Sixth Brewing named Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business by League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized West Sixth Brewing in Lexington with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, earning it a place among 1,266 bike-forward businesses across the country in a commitment to building a more bicycle-friendly America. With the announcement of 83 new and renewing BFBs across the nation during National Bike Month, West Sixth Brewing joins other...

West Sixth Brewing introduces new ‘Half-Bite’ lower alcohol content beer

West Sixth Brewing is releasing the new Half-Bite IPA, the first Kentucky beer to be canned and available in 12 packs and it will have half the alcohol content of its regular IPA beer. “We’re excited to announce that Half-Bite IPA, our newest offering – will be available just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations,” said West Sixth co-founder Ben Self. “Designed to be the rowdy younger...

West Sixth Brewing plans to open taproom, nanobrewery in downtown Lexington

West Sixth Brewing announced Wednesday that it’s going to open a small taproom in downtown Lexington next to Sunrise Bakery at 109 West Main Street. The taproom will also host a small nanobrewery once the proper federal and state permitting is complete. This will allow West Sixth to brew specialty beers just for the Greenroom on a smaller scale — and to do more fun experimental beers that...

Four Lexington artists selected to ‘beautify’ new Euclid Avenue Kroger inside and out

John Lackey works on a mural in his North Limestone studio and gallery Homegrown Press. He won the commission to create the largest mural on the west wall of the new Krogers. (Photo from Homegrown Press/Facebook)   Four Central Kentucky artists have been selected by LexArts and the Kroger Company to create a large-scale mural to beautify the new Kroger at 704 Euclid Ave. in Lexington.   John...

City Slickers: Agriculture goes urban as more people want to reconnect with food source

Rebecca Self has built a closed-loop urban agricultural production system at FoodChain in Lexington. It’s her hope that others will be inspired by what they see happening there. (Photo by Stephen Patton)   By Jeff Franklin Special to KyForward   Rebecca Self sees a disconnect between urban and rural.   “Food seems the perfect conduit to connect people,” the founder of FoodChain...

Using arts to boost economic development is topic of upcoming symposium in Lexington

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities, LexArts and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation will present a symposium on the urban phenomenon of creative placemaking featuring Anne Gadwa Nicodemus of Metris Arts Consulting. Nicodemus is considered an authority on the intersection of arts and community development.   Anne Gadwa Nicodemus moved from professional...

‘We spoke nothing but truth,’ West Sixth
co-owner says following filing of injunction

Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing has come under more fire from fellow beer brewer Magic Hat. The Vermont-based Magic Hat filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against West Sixth, citing “enormous financial damage” caused by a “malicious social media smear campaign.”   [widgets_on_pages id=”Judah”] West Sixth took to social media last week, calling on its fans to send...

First Lexington breweries’ collaboration yields Country Western, available Beer Week only

Lexington breweries Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing announced this week their first collaboration – Country Western, a new brew to be unveiled during the first ever Lexington Craft Beer Week May 13-19.   This new beer represents the first product from the first ever partnership of two Lexington breweries. The name of the hoppy pale ale was chosen to reflect that.   “Since...

Alltech ‘game changers’ debate role
of media, social networks in agribusiness

  With the world population continuing to grow and approach its estimated cap of nine billion people, sustainable agriculture and the growth of the food industry has become increasingly vital.   And the media may play a role in solving this future crisis, said three “game changers.”   On Tuesday — the second full day of its 27th annual “Game Changers” International Animal Health...