Featured Contributor Rick Fenwick Rick@fenwickkoller.com
The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is one of my favorite beers of all time. It’s brewed by the Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. I have had the Kentucky Ale and it is also a good beer. They age the Kentucky Ale up to 6 weeks in bourbon barrels from Kentucky distilleries to get the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. I first tried one at the Winking Lizard at Independence, OH. which is an Ohio restaurant featuring a large selection of beer and draft beer. My first Kentucky Bourbon Barrel beer there was in a bottle and was great. It is red in color, light carbonation, and just a hint of bourbon flavor, but not too much. The ale is light as well making for a great tasting beer with a bourbon aftertaste. As you can see from the picture, I liked it so much I ordered the snifter glasses recommended for serving it. It is classified as an American Strong Ale. The brewery advertises it as an “unique sipping beer” and I agree this is the best way to drink it and enjoy the bourbon flavor.
I was able to purchase some carry out traveling through Kentucky on my way back from a weekend trip to Tennessee. I had the opportunity to try the draft at a restaurant in Toldeo called Bar 145 . It features a bourbon menu and had the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on draft and I liked the draft even better than the bottle. It is sold in 4 packs and is a bit pricey ($12), but worth it.
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