English IPA reigns in brew contest

An English India Pale Ale recipe concocted by a Lexington architecture intern will compete against other entries in the pro-am division of the Great American Beer Festival in October in Denver.

On Monday night, Kevin Patterson's English IPA was announced the winner of the Alltech Lexington Brewing Co.'s amateur homebrewer contest. A panel of judges tasted 13 homebrew entries on Friday.

They noted that Patterson's entry had citrus notes and was easy to drink. In late August, the brewery will take Patterson's recipe and brew 1,200 gallons, brewer Adam McCraith said.

Patterson, 33, and brewery officials will head to Denver for the competition. Last year's contest winner, Bill Caldwell, took second place.

The beer also will be available in limited quantities in Lexington at some places where Kentucky Ale is sold.

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