Craft Beer Week celebrates growth of Lexington's brewery business

Co-owner Daniel Harrison poured a beer at Country Boy Brewing in Lexington.
Co-owner Daniel Harrison poured a beer at Country Boy Brewing in Lexington. Lexington Herald-Leader

Two years ago, Lexington had one brewery and two or three nice places to get a craft beer.

Today, there are three breweries, a fourth about to open — Blue Stallion Brewing Co. at 610 West Third Street — several others in the planning stages, and more than a dozen places to enjoy a craft beer, thus the reason to celebrate Lexington Craft Beer Week, May 13 to 19.

"The craft beer market in Lexington has grown exponentially, even in the past year," said Chris Vandergrift, who runs the website and is the event coordinator for Craft Beer Week. "This is an opportunity for us to bring all of the great locations around Lexington together for one spectacular week to show off the best that they can offer."

Activities include beer tasting and drinking (of course), and:

■ Classes on cooking with beer by chef Mark Jensen of Fork in the Road Mobile Food Galley and Jensen Catering at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Lesson will be at Country Boy, 436 Chair Avenue. Tickets, which are $30, are required because of limited seating.

■ Meals that feature beer pairings at The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.

■ Arcadium Kentucky Beer Night, a celebration. 5 p.m., Wednesday. Featuring beers made in the area including: Country Boy Brewing (Lexington), West Sixth (Lexington), Against the Grain (Louisville), Falls City (Louisville), Apocalypse (Louisville), Cumberland Brewery (Louisville) and Bluegrass Brewing Company (Louisville).

■ A yoga class at West Sixth Brewery at 6 p.m. on Wednesday

■ Flights After 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. At Whole Foods Market, the event features a rotating theme of five beers, each paired with food.

■ A home brew recipe competition starting at 9 a.m. Saturday sponsored by Alltech.

■ Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Beer School at the Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue at 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Participants will taste four Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary beers.

A complete listing of events can be found at

"The goal of the week is to allow all of our local venues to show off the best that they can offer and allow everyone to celebrate the craft beer movement together," Vandergrift said. "I want people to try something new, learn about everything that the city has to offer, and learn about the exciting new things that are happening in the local beer community."

Vandergrift hopes to make Craft Beer Week an annual event.