West Sixth Pennyrile


West Sixth Brewing of Lexington makes some damn good beer; you don’t need me to tell you that. From its core selections (man, that cocoa porter is amazing, and don’t get me started on the IPA) to its seasonals (from the excellent Christmas ale to the County Series), those guys never seem to stop bringing the quality and imagination.

The most recent seasonal I came across was the quaintly-named Pennyrile Ale Pale Ale. To the surprise of no one involved, this stuff is just excellent. It’s made with Mosaic and Citra hops, a winning combination that delivers all sorts of tropical flavor depth. And while it drinks like an IPA, it’s on the more accessible side, with a fantastic balance and mild bitterness to keep you coming back.

While the name may conjure images of a Stephen King-imagined murderous clown, the name actually is a nod to Kentucky’s roots. According to the West Sixth website, “’Pennyrile’ is a common term referencing the largest geographical area of Kentucky, Penny Royal – speckled with beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and plateaus.” As such, check out the cool logo design, with its hilly landscape and cool blues.

And I was lucky enough to land somewhere on a pint night to score a sweet pint glass for free — like I need any more pint glasses in my massive collection. Still, I’ll take it. And I’ll enjoy Pennyrile while it lasts and hope for it to return next fall.