West Sixth Brewing is launching a series of limited-edition beers named for Kentucky counties.
The first in the series — Washington County, an American wild sour ale — will be available at 5 p.m. Monday at the brewery. Bottles will be $20 and will be limited to one bottle a person.
"For the first time ever, we're going to release a series of small-release bottle-conditioned beers celebrating the unique qualities and character of the commonwealth of Kentucky," founder Ben Self said in a news release. West Sixth plans to release three beers each year, in extremely limited quantities, each named after a different Kentucky county.
There will be only 225 750-milliliter bottles available, with labels designed in partnership with Cricket Press. Each bottle was hand-bottled and hand-labeled, and is individually numbered. The label features a cut of the state on the back.
"Nearly a year in the making, the base beer for this ale is a blend of Berliner weisse and Saison, with secondary fermentation provided by our friend Brettanomyces lambicus in a used red wine barrel. Tart, crisp, and funky, it weighs in around 7 percent (alcohol by volume) with high effervescence created during the bottle conditioning," head brewer and co-founder Robin Sither said.
Founder Brady Barlow said the beer was named for the first county created in Kentucky after the commonwealth was founded.