Restaurant News & Reviews

New beer from West Sixth limited to 235 bottles; Ethereal Brewing also open

West Sixth Brewing will host its second annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday.
West Sixth Brewing will host its second annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday. ©2012 Herald-Leader

West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, is releasing the next beer in its limited edition county series at 5 p.m. Monday. Called Nicholas County, it is West Sixth Christmas Ale aged in bourbon barrels, which adds vanilla and bourbon overtones to the dark spiced ale with an aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's about 11 percent alcohol by volume; only 235 bottles will be available. $15; one bottle per person. If you can't get Nicholas County, West Sixth has Christmas Ale available in the taproom.

■ There's a new brewery in town: Ethereal Brewing, 1224 Manchester Street. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 309-1254 for more info. Food trucks will be there this weekend: Ellos Tacos on Friday and Thai & Mighty and Crank & Boom on Saturday.

Also, The Break Room at Pepper, the bar on the old Pepper distillery campus, could be opening soon.

Wild Thyme Cooking, 1060 Chinoe Road, has added another Cooking with Bourbon & Bourbon Sauce Making class, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20. It's $60. Register at or call (859) 523-2665. Inspired by local chefs and distilleries, this chef's table four-course dinner will use Kentucky Proud produce, meats and bourbon.

City Barbeque, 2187 Harrodsburg Road, will donate 10 percent of proceeds from its grand opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. The money will benefit programs "that directly improve the health and well-being of children and strengthen families by keeping them together in times of medical need." RMHC of the Bluegrass is celebrating 30 years of serving as a home away from home for thousands of families.

Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will have a holiday lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, featuring turkey and dressing with gravy, fresh cranberries, a side and a roll for $8.25. Sides include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn pudding, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, and baked sweet potato. (859) 252-6264.

■ For Christmas week and New Year's week, Smokin' Hogg, 464 Wilson Avenue, Versailles, will offer smoked and deep-fried turkeys. It also will have smoked salmon and beef tenderloin. Orders may be made by phone or at the restaurant. Smokin' Hogg also does catering. Call (859) 351-9701 for pricing.

■ For the holidays, Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, has become a winter wonderland, with thousands of lights and colorful displays. Santa will be at the distillery from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Dec.19 and 20. Drive through the grounds nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1.

■ There will be a holiday open house and potluck at Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The winery will be introducing its newly bottled moscato for the holidays. Admission is free. Please bring a dish to pass. Email or call (859) 543-9691.

■ There are locally produced goodies to be had at the Lexington Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Pavilion. Elmwood Stock Farm is taking advance orders for holiday free-range, organic and heritage turkeys.

Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will have two free samplings from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday: Alltech Brewing, and Al Young with a hand-picked barrel strength Four Roses Bourbon.