West Sixth Brewing is producing an official Breeders' Cup craft beer: Breeders' Cup Brown, a brown ale that will be available on draft beginning next week.
"We are very pleased to partner with local brewer West Sixth for their creation of the Breeders' Cup Brown ale at this year's world championships at Keeneland and give our fans around the world a taste of the Bluegrass," Breeders' Cup president and CEO said Craig Fravel said in a release.
The beer will be in the brewery taproom, with a distinctive purple pull handle, and around Central Kentucky leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Keeneland on Oct. 30 and 31, said West Sixth co-founder Ben Self.
"The Breeders' Cup coming to Lexington is something really special, and we wanted to put our best foot forward and be a part of that," Self said.
Breeders' Cup Brown is a roasty brown ale with strong hop aroma and flavor that provides notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, according to a release. A mild toastiness from the malts provides an extra layer of complexity that rounds out this beer, according to West Sixth.
"It's a great hoppy beer for the fall horse racing season in Kentucky" brewer and co-founder Robin Sither said.
West Sixth also will be at the Breeders' Cup, with the brewery's signature IPA and amber on tap in most locations, Self said.
"We're excited to show all of those folks that we don't just make great bourbon, but we also make great beer here in Kentucky," said co-founder Brady Barlow.