Local Brewery throws birthday bash to remember


West Sixth employee Kaitlyn Colberg pours a sample beer at West Sixth Brewing on Sunday, October 18, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

Jacqueline Swigert

It’s not everyday Lexingtonians get to celebrate a birthday party at a brewery, but this week West Sixth Brewing Company is celebrating its four-year anniversary with special events for people of all ages to enjoy.

Ben Self, Brady Barlow, Joe Kuosman, and Robin Sither all had the same idea; Lexington needs more quality craft beer. Because they came from different backgrounds and possessed different skill sets, they combined forces and started the West Sixth Brewing Company four years ago.

“Our company is a distribution brewery first, but the taproom has turned into a really cool gathering spot for things like Tuesday night running club or Wednesday night yoga classes in the beer garden. We try to be very community oriented. For example, we gave over $100,000 to local organizations all over the state last year,” Barlow said.

West Sixth Brewing Company attributes much of their success to the quality and variety of craft beer they brew. The brewery has about 16 different types of beer on tap every day with an “experimental beer” that’s created and brewed every Wednesday.

Although the brewery only distributes to Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, the company doesn’t plan to stop growing anytime soon.

“When we started off we were hoping to do about 1,500 barrels in five years. We’re only four years old and this year we’re projected to do about 15,000 barrels. So the growth of our company has been very rapid,” Barlow said.

West Sixth Brewing Company just recently announced the opening of a taproom called the The West Sixth Greenroom, which will be located downtown on Main St.

The brewery is located in a building known as the “Bread Box,” where the Rainbo Bread Factory used to manufacture over 20 years ago. Other tenants occupying the building include art studios, upstairs offices, a micro distillery, and an aquaponics farm.

Tickets for tonight’s Collaboration Beer Dinner with Smithtown Seafood and Blue Door Smokehouse can be found at eventbrite.com.

Bread Box Day will take place Friday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a tour of the products other local business and nonprofits are creating, a “Flash Back Friday” event starting at 7:00 p.m. including the original bartender crew and owners taking a look back at the company’s history, and a Japanese food truck that will set up at 10:00 p.m.

“The Big Day” celebration will take place Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Breakfast by Smithtown and a coffee stout on tap. Free prizes and treats will be given throughout the day. Live music will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Blind Corn Liquor Pickers and Brett Ratliff.

Family Day is the last event and will take place Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. with a magic show inside the beer garden. A patio cookout and kettle corn stand will be set up outside.