The new Beyond Grits dining guide is out.
Released each year by VisitLex, the Lexington visitors and convention center, the guide highlights local restaurants and is based on reviews on TripAdvisor.
That means restaurants can move in and out of the list, according to what patrons have to say.
This year's list, released on Tuesday, includes several restaurants new the guide, although they aren't necessarily new to Lexington.
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Here are the restaurants that are in Beyond Grits for the first time: Athenian Grill, Blue Door Smokehouse, Smithtown Seafood, Brasabana, Enoteca, Dad's Favorites, House of Soul, Distilled at Gratz Park (coming soon),
Miracles Bakery & Café, National Provisions, Lexington Diner, Chatham's, Crust, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, Good Foods Co-Op Café, JW's Steakhouse, Mi Pequena Hacienda, Miyako Sushi & Steakhouse, Arirang Garden, Paddock Grille, Kilbern's, Al's Bar, Asian Wind, Coffee Times Coffee House, Masala,
El Toro, Horseshoes Saloon, Osaka, Tandoor, Taste of Thai, Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls (formerly Thai Orchid), and Third Street Stuff.
■ It's pink, it's bourbon, and buying it will help those affected by breast cancer in Kentucky: Town Branch Bourbon has released a limited edition pink label, available in select locations in October. Five dollars from each bottle sold will be donated to the statewide non-profit Kentucky CancerLink from Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. and distributor Kentucky Eagle.
■ Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co. also has a new beer out: Pikeville Porter, the winning beer from the Annual Kentucky Ale Brew-off will soon be available statewide on tap only while supplies last.
Pikeville Porter (dark, light-bodied, chocolaty ale with a dry finish) will be available in a collectible mason jar with the logo during some pint night and "keep the glass" promotions at on-premise locations. Follow the Kentucky Ale Facebook page for more details.
The recipe was created by husband and wife duo Chad and Mary Shive of Lexington, who have been brewing beer together "just for fun" in their garage since 2008.
■ Hard to believe it's been 10 years, but it has: Mellow Mushroom, 503 South Upper Street, is celebrating with 10 days of Mellow Madness which continues through Saturday To celebrate its 10th anniversary there will be specials every day.
■ Speaking of special anniversaries: The Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown is celebrating its 10th anniversary Oct. 15 with the release of a commemorative Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon and a number of special events.
More than 60,000 people visit the center a year. To mark this historic anniversary, a special 2004 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon may be purchased exclusively at the center. There are only 215 bottles available selling for $100 each.
The bourbon was barreled on Oct. 15, 2004 —the first day the center opened. It is 110 proof, as opposed to the standard 86.6 proof in other Evan Williams Single Barrel bottles. The bottles are dipped in silver wax. Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira will sign bottles at the center 10:15 a.m.-noon on Oct. 18.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will be Celebrating Discoverer's Day on Oct. 18th from 1 to 5 p.m., with music featuring Ron Pen and Mason Colby on fiddle and banjo respectively from 3 to 5 p.m.
While the event is free, they will be making homemade pizza so RSVP to wine@GrimesMillWinery.com or call (859) 543-9691 so they have plenty of pizza.