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Sixteen Kentucky craft brewers release special beers with Kentucky Proud products today

If you are a fan of unique local craft beers and delicious Kentucky Proud products, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have a treat for you.

Today, 16 Kentucky craft breweries — including two in NKY — will release beers made with Kentucky Proud products. The first 100 customers at each participating brewery will receive a custom poster and glass at no charge.

“These one-of-a-kind beers showcase the talent, creativity, and hard work of our craft brewers and farm families,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Our craft beer industry is generating millions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of jobs. I am proud to say this partnership resulted in more than 1,700 pounds of Kentucky Proud products in craft beers this year. Projects like these, which result in new market opportunities for our farmers, display the continued strength of the Kentucky Proud brand.”

The participating breweries and their special releases include:

• Against the Grain Brewery, Louisville, Farmhouse Lager with peaches and herbs

• Akasha Brewing Co. and 3rd Turn Brewing, both of Louisville, Sour Apple Tart American Pale Ale

• Braxton Brewing Company, Covington, Fruited American India Pale Ale

• Country Boy Brewing, Lexington and Georgetown, Helles with Peaches and Strawberries

• Falls City Beer, Louisville, Squints Peach Saison

• Flywheel Brewing, Elizabethtown, Brown Ale featuring pumpkins from Hinton’s Orchard

• Gordon Biersch, Louisville, Blackberry Tripel

• Holsopple Brewing, Louisville, Brown Ale with Hemp Seeds

• Hopkinsville Brewing Company, Smoked Apple Ale

• Jarfly Brewing Company, Somerset, Cream Ale with Corn

• Monnik Beer Company, Louisville, Grisette with peaches from Shelbyville

• Old Louisville Brewery, Farmhouse Saison

• Paducah Beer Werks, Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Pecan Stout with Kight’s Pecans

• West Sixth Brewing, Lexington, Barrel-aged Wild Ale with Blackberries and Blueberries

• Wooden Cask Brewing Company, Newport, Belgian Tripel with Lemon Verbena

Kentucky has more than 60 craft breweries and microbreweries that generate more than 800 jobs with an economic impact of $657 million a year, according to the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. Last winter, the Commonwealth’s craft brewing industry got a lift from the Kentucky General Assembly when it passed legislation, later signed by Gov. Matt Bevin, that eased limits on the amount of packaged beer that breweries can sell to individual customers.

To find out more about Kentucky’s burgeoning craft brewing industry, go to the Kentucky Guild of Brewers website at kygbrewers.org.

From Kentucky Department of Agriculture

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