Blue Stallion Brewing, at 610 West Third Street, kicks off its annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday with a special Oktoberfest beer — which for the first time will be distributed to local bars and restaurants around town, beginning Monday.
Oktoberfest is a traditional seasonal lager known for its rich malty backbone and slight hop bitterness, according to Blue Stallion. The Lexington brewery's version uses all German-grown barley and noble hops. The brewery served the beer at their first Oktoberfest festival in 2013 and it was a huge hit; there just wasn't enough of it.
"We just got our new tanks up and running in July, which gave us enough time to brew a large batch of Oktoberfest for the start of the celebration. We were able to brew twice the volume we did in 2013," says Nico Schulz, head brewer and co-owner at Blue Stallion Brewing. Blue Stallion's Oktoberfest will last through Oct. 5.
As a bonus during the celebration, you might see brewery owners and bartenders in lederhosen and dirndls.
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To go with the special beer, there will be Bavarian pretzels from Bluegrass Baking Company and beer cheese made with the Oktoberfest beer from Olivia's Beer Cheese. Local food trucks will be on site Friday and Saturday, with live music on the weekends.
■ There also will be some special beer in Louisville, for the finish of Louisville Craft Beer Week. Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. asked 12 regional brewers to make brandy barrel-aged beer for "Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels," on Saturday. The festival of barrel-aged beer, brandy and food and music will take place in two sessions, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., at the craft brandy company's Butchertown distillery at 1111 East Washington Street. The cost is $45 per session. To encourage responsible drinking, designated driver tickets will be available for $15. For more information or to buy tickets, visit lockstocksmokingbarrels.com.
Lexington brewer Alltech is taking its kolsch beer aged in an apple brandy barrel for an "Apple Barrel Kolsch."
■ At the Paris ArtWalk, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Ralph Quillin's Rooster Brew will have new beer releases and Wayne's Pork Sliders. And on Saturday, Rooster Brew will feature Lyles BBQ.
■ There is a new app available for the iPhone to help you find food trucks and other mobile vendors in Lexington. Follow That Food Truck! uses GPS to display the location of nearby food trucks. More than a dozen trucks have signed up , with more on the way. Look for it in the App Store.
■ Chef de Cuisine Nat Henton will be harvesting freshwater shrimp at his nearby family farm on Saturday for a special Low Country-style shrimp boil at Woodford Reserve Distillery. The menu includes a massaged kale salad with apples, toasted walnuts and Midnight Moon cheese; Low Country shrimp boil with potatoes and sausage; red beans and rice and crisp pesto green beans; and for dessert, lemon pie and bourbon chocolate pecan pie from Midway School Bakery. Dinner, two cocktails, and distillery tour are $50 plus tax and gratuity. It's free for children 10 and younger, $25 for ages 11-17. The tour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7. Reservations maybe made by calling (859) 879-1953 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.