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Alltech releases first winter seasonal brew

Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale made with local honey

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2014) – Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. has released its first winter seasonal brew, a craft beer made with local honey.

Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown AleKentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for six weeks, picking up the caramel and vanilla flavors of the barrel, as well as the sweetness of honey from Central Kentucky’s Hosey Honey, a Kentucky Proudproduct. That sweetness is balanced by the spiciness of ginger and bittnerness of hops from Boyd’s Bottom Hop Farm in Clark County, a founding member of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance.

The brew comes in at 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). The beer is produced in Alltech’s barrel-aged seasonal series launched last year.

“Alltech is an agricultural company at its core, so we’re always excited to work with farmers on the beer side as well when we can,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. “This winter seasonal is something we are really proud of not only for the local sourcing aspect, but also because it is just a really good beer. The ginger and honey are a perfect combination, particularly as the weather starts to cool down and people are looking to enjoy something to warm them up.”

Kentuckians benefit from partnerships with local farmers, said Kentucky’s Commissioner for Agriculture James Comer.

“This is what Kentucky Proud is all about – helping Kentucky producers work together to create exciting new products,” Comer said. “Kentucky consumers can feel good about enjoying products that help Kentucky farmers make a living.”

This is the first time Hosey Honey has been used in a local craft brew, and nearly 1,700 pounds of the sweet nectar were required to make Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale. Craft beer fans can find out more about beekeeper Richard Hosey and the new brew through this short video.

Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale will be available in limited quantities in most of the territories nationwide where the company’s beer is distributed. It will be sold on draft and in 4-packs of bottles, and specialty snifters will be available at various on-premise locations. The suggested retail price for the 4-pack is $14.99.  The new seasonal will also be available for visitors to sample on tours at the beer tasting room at the Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. brewery. The brewery is at the same site as the Town Branch Distillery, which is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and located at 401 Cross Street in Lexington.