Bourbon might be one of the first things that comes to mind that’s associated with Kentucky, and it’s easy to see why. With so many great distilleries and an entire trail dedicated to those stops, most people head to Kentucky in order to sample the local fare.
However, Lexington’s got more than just some great bourbon bars. You’ll also find a booming craft beer scene that can rival that of any other major city in the United States. From craft beer bottle stores to some of the coolest bars in the state, beer lovers will feel right at home in Lexington.
Not sure where to go? Check out our picks for seven of the best craft beer bars in Lexington. Because it’s not all about bourbon here.
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The airy tasting room here offers visitors a nice rotating selection of guest taps and other tasty brews. As they put it, they focus on “hand-crafted micro brews designed for taste, smoothness and quality.” Particularly, you can expect to enjoy a lot of Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers. The tap list is extensive and the vibes are relaxed. What more could you ask for out of a craft beer bar in Lexington?
If you’re in town on a Saturday, definitely be sure to take a free tour of this brewery. Then, settle in for a full afternoon of indulgence in their cosy, spacious beer garden. At what they call their “farm,” they offer at least 15 to 20 different varieties of their own craft beer. And, they’re all worth a try. If you’re interested in tasting local Lexington craft flavours, this is the place to do so.
Looking for variety? There’s no better place in Lexington than The Beer Trappe. They’ve got some 500 different specialty bottles available for browsing. And, with a variety that extends to include beers from all around the world, you’ll find that you can take a literal tour of brews, flavours, and styles from just about any country you want. On top of the variety, they offer a neighbourhood-friendly atmosphere that’s great for travellers.
It doesn’t get much more Southern than this. With brews featuring names such as the Shotgun Wedding, Cougar Bait, and Halfway Home, the brand takes their Southern roots to heart. All in all, they offer up a wide selection of variety. Whether you favour a nice IPA, a tasty porter or even a cider, they’ve got it all.
Mirror Twin Brewing is easily one of the best craft beer breweries in Lexington. At their taproom, you can experience the full flavour that comes as a result of their original twin draft system. It features two beers brewed side by side, with one changed ingredient. Sound tasty? That’s because it is. But, you’ll have to visit to truly indulge in the unqiue flavours for yourself.
The focus here is on authentic German lagers and British ales brewed with the purest traditional ingredients. It’s a one-of-a-kind brewery that you won’t really find anywhere else in Lexington. And, we’d even argue that the beers they craft are some of the most unique in all of Kentucky. The taproom is located in historic downtown Lexington, making for a quality visit for travellers interested in the local culture.
The undeniable sense of community at Gather on Main makes this one of the best bars, cafes, and simple spots to enjoy a meeting in Lexington. You didn’t know you needed a unique coffee shop-meets-cafe-meets-tap-house until now. And, after relishing in the vibes and sampling some of the craft brews they’ve got, you won’t ever want to enjoy a cold beer anywhere else.