West Sixth to release Christmas Ale, the company's first seasonal beer

jpatton1@herald-leader.comNovember 19, 2013 

West Sixth Brewing Co. in Lexington is releasing its first seasonal beer in time for the holidays. Its Christmas Ale will be released in limited quantities the week after Thanksgiving.

The dark spiced ale is being canned this week and will be launched with a party at the taproom (both in cans and on tap) beginning 3 p.m. Dec. 2, then at some retail stores in Kentucky. The price will be $13.99 for a six-pack.

Head brewer and West Sixth cofounder Robin Sither said the ale has "an aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with a sturdy malt backbone that will hold up to the chilliest of nights." Its alcohol content by volume is 9 percent.

Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves and orange peel were added during the brewing process, and the beer was fermented for a week longer than West Sixth's usual IPA or amber beer, cofounder Ben Self said.

Only about 15,000 cans (or 2,500 six-packs) of the ale will be produced, so West Sixth had to come up with an alternative way of labeling them; they settled on a bright red shrink-wrapped label that can be recycled.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264.

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