Happy birthday to brew

Adam Pennavaria, Beer Columnist

Adam Pennavaria

This weekend is special for Lexingtonian beer nuts – it’s West Sixth’s fourth birthday.

They are having celebratory events for all ages, including a Smithtown Seafood and Bluedoor Smokehouse collaboration dinner fit for a king. They also have several brand spankin’ new brew releases and a free magic show. 

Thursday will be a must for local foodies with Smithtown Seafood and Bluedoor Smokehouse putting together their second annual Beer Dinner. Chefs Jon Sanning and Jeff Newman are concocting five courses for guests to enjoy, including seared scallops, smoked garlic, duck sausage and a special fresh berry cake for dessert. Each course will have a specific beer paired with it.

The birthday event begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Saturday is being hailed as “The Big Day,” with events beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing into the evening. Smithtown will be serving breakfast and West Sixth will be serving a breakfast stout on tap. The first 100 people to attend will receive a free stainless steel coffee mug. 

In the afternoon, the brewery will release a total of five beers in two styles, each one made by one of West Sixth’s owners. Sunrise Bakery will provide free birthday cupcakes for all in attendance. The evening will involve a tapping of Snake Cake – a double stout iteration of their demonically delicious Snake Eyes bourbon barrel stout – and live music from Blind Corn Liquor Pickers and Brett Ratliff. 

The brewery’s original crew of bartenders and West Sixth’s owners will take the stage to serve some of the city’s finest ales. Then, the Yamaguchi’s Sake and Tapas, a Japanese restaurant, will open for service.

On Sunday, once everyone recovers from Saturday’s festivities, the brewery will host a free family-friendly magic show in its beer garden starting at 1 p.m., serving kettle corn while Smithtown hosts a patio cookout. 

Additionally, anyone who rides a bicycle to the brewery on any of these days will receive a free crowler koozie to keep your favorite brews chilly.

If you live in Lexington and love craft beer, West Sixth should be your home this weekend. Come show one of the best local businesses in town some major boozy love. Cheers.

Adam Pennavaria is the beer columnist of the Kentucky Kernel.

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