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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 was founded in 2012. It brews, cans and bottles craft beer out of a hundred-year-old bakery called the Bread Box in Lexington and at a 120-acre-farm in Franklin County. Prior to co-founding West Sixth, Self founded Blue State Digital, an online technology agency focused on online engagement in Democratic politics. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Venture Connectors’ monthly luncheons are held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., on the first Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Networking takes place after the lunch.

Each meeting features:

• 30-second open mic announcements about upcoming new companies, events and programs.

• The featured startup, a 5-minute presentation by an entrepreneur interested in obtaining capital to start up or support growth and expansion of his or her business.

• A guest speaker or a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurial success stories or trends affecting today’s entrepreneurial climate.

Registration is required at www.ventureconnectors.org. Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40.

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