West Sixth canning another brew

jpatton1@herald-leader.comJuly 14, 2014 

West Sixth Brewing is adding a fourth beer to its canned lineup: Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter.

"We're very excited to announce that this fall, we will begin canning one of our most requested beers," said Brady Barlow, West Sixth co-founder.

The American robust porter, brewed with organic, direct-trade cocoa nibs sourced through Taza Chocolates, will be available year-round. Nearly opaque with a tan head, the dark beer is 7 percent alcohol by volume, with malt flavors and a strong aroma of chocolate, according to the tasting notes.

The porter began as a draft in 2012, created for the launch of the Blue Grass Community Foundation's Good Giving Guide, which raised $1.5 million last year for local non-profits.

Since then, the beer has been available only in the West Sixth taproom. In conjunction with the fall launch in cans, West Sixth cofounder Joe Kuosman said there is a new charity component: West Sixth will donate 50 cents per six pack to a local charity picked by the brewery's fans and supporters.

"From the very beginning, West Sixth has been not only about brewing great beer, but also about making a difference throughout the communities we're a part of," Kuosman said.

Cofounder Ben Self said the local non-profits will be selected quarterly.

The beer will be available in West Sixth's distribution area in kegs and cans beginning in September, priced in line with the other West Sixth beers, about $10 a six-pack.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl.

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