West Sixth Brewing Co., which opened its Lexington tap room in April, announced Thursday that it's planning to more than double its capacity.
"We're really excited," said Ben Self, one of the co-founders. "The reception to our beer from Lexington and the surrounding areas has been really great.
"It shows there's been a desire to have even more of our beer available in different places."
During the next few weeks, the company will install fermenters that will allow the brewery to finish 60 more barrels of beer, in addition to its current 45-barrel output. For comparison purposes, a half-keg, which is commonly available for sale, is half of a barrel.
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The majority of the company's capacity is devoted to canning its India pale ale that's sold at a number of Central Kentucky retailers and restaurants. The company also announced a deal in June to enter the Louisville market.
West Sixth Brewing already has added two full-time employees, up from four at its start, and will have no trouble expanding on site because the extra space was planned from the start, Self said.
He said the additional capacity would allow the company to use its smaller fermenter tanks to experiment with more beers to be sold only in its tap room; he said he does not anticipate a second canned beer being released soon at retail.
Self declined to name some of the new beers that might be coming other than one that will be released at the Lexington Fest-of-Ales on Aug. 31. Called Fifth Street Honeybee Rye, the beer is made with honey produced from the nearby Fifth Street Apiary.
"We're using super-local ingredients," he said.