Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry WheatA “Wheater” To Lighten Up Your Summer Beer Vibes.

June 11, 2024

Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat (8.0% abv) Released Nationally

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 10, 2024— Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., the only brewery and distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®️, announces its newest seasonal beer release this week with nationwide availability for its Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat (SRP $14.99 / 4pk Bottles). This is a seasonal beer release.

Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat – 8.0% abv

Fruit and beer have been synonymous for years, and Lexington is no stranger to this space, with several past summer seasonals having included strawberries, blueberries, and even blackberries—but never cherries. “Our goal here was to produce a beer that balanced the tart with the sweet.” The focus on tart cherries balances what will come from within the barrel during aging—the sweetness of vanilla, oak, and, of course, bourbon. “We are always looking for areas where spirits can intersect with beer to blur lines, and our bourbon has lots of orchard and stone fruit qualities, with cherry being one of the more prominent flavors,” according to Managing Director Robert Krass. Plus, wheat is something that we are pursuing in our distilling operations, so be on the lookout for a few new things coming from Town Branch soon.

A Wheat To Beat The Heat

Wheat beers are among the lightest and most refreshing beers on the planet. Contrary to popular belief, barrel aging a beer doesn’t necessarily make it “heavier”; it mostly just makes it “boozier.” Similar to aging bourbon, time in a barrel gives the beer more dimensions. So why not enjoy a wheat beer to beat the heat this summer, packed full of tart cherries and with a bit more punch to make your days in the sun refreshing and fun? This wheat beer is clean, crisp, and refreshing with notes of tart cherry, oak, honey, and tropical undertones from the higher wheat content, which also makes for an ultra-smooth drink. And if this beer isn’t light enough for you on its own, try it in a shandy mixed with some fresh lemonade. Be on the lookout for new culinary and beverage recipes from our Bourbon Barrel BBQ Summer Program, where chefs, bartenders, and at-home consumers can submit recipes via Instagram @lexingtonbrewingco. Check out a recipe from Chef JB for Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat BBQ Sauce.

Brand Highlights:
Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat (SRP $14.99 / 4pk Bottles)

  • –  Kentucky®️ Bourbon Barrel Tart Cherry Wheat is brewed with cherries, 100% barrel-aged in freshly decanted Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.
  • –  Malt Types: 2-Row, Red Wheat, Golden Promise, Carapils Malt
  • –  Hop Types: Crystal, Perle
  • –  ABV: 8.0% abv/ 16 Proof
  • –  Estimated Availability: June 2024 [Estimated ~6,000 cases available to the US mkt]
  • –  Cellar Regiment: o CellarTemperature:42-degreesFahrenheit o BarrelType:FreshlydecantedKentuckyBourbonBarrels
  • –  Tasting Notes:

o Appearance: Light golden hue with vibrant coral
o Aroma:Cherry,vanilla,honey,oakandalightmaltysweetness
o Palate: Tart cherry, caramel, bourbon, fruity, slightly citrusy and subtle sweet maltiness o Finish: Rich bourbon oak, tart cherry with a light crisp dry finish

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About the Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.:

Located in Lexington, Ky., Lexington Brewing Co. began in 1890 and was revitalized in 1999 by the late Dr. Pearse Lyons and his son Dr. Mark Lyons as Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Dr. Pearse Lyons was a visionary Irish entrepreneur and scientist with a master’s degree in brewing and a Ph.D. in yeast fermentation. Lyons also founded Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company. Today, both businesses are led by his son, Dr. Mark Lyons, who represents the seventh generation of the Lyons family to be in the brewing, distilling and cooperage industry. Lexington Brewing & Distilling is home to the world-renowned Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® and Town Branch Distillery, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Every emptied barrel is sustainably upcycled from the distillery to the brewery to produce world-class beer and spirits. For more information, visit, or join the conversation Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

About Town Branch Distillery:

Located in Lexington, Ky., Town Branch Distillery is the first new distillery to open in Lexington, Ky. since Prohibition and part of Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., the only brewery and distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®️. It crafts the award-winning Town Branch Bourbon, Town Branch True Cask Bourbon, Town Branch Rye, Town Branch Malt and Bluegrass Sundown, a Bourbon-infused coffee liqueur. Town Branch Bourbon plays an integral role in production, where the used barrels are upcycled to craft a range of whiskey and barrel-aged beers internally over the lifetime of each barrel, including the flagship brew, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. For more information, visit, or join the conversation Facebook or Instagram.

About Kentucky®️ Barrel-Aged Beers:
The Kentucky®️ range of beers by Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., the only brewery and distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®️ focuses on the art of barrel-aging beer as one of the largest barrel-aged beer brands in the world. With its easy access to freshly decanted Kentucky Bourbon barrels and its inclusion as 1 of 18 Kentucky Bourbon Trail®️ Distilleries (Town Branch Distillery), Lexington capitalizes on the freshness of the barrel to create a style of barrel-aged beer unlike any other brewery in America. It crafts the world-renowned Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Imperial Milk Stout, Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale and an assortment of Kentucky® Barrel-Aged Seasonal/Specialty releases. For more information, visit, or join the conversation Facebook or Instagram.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech delivers smarter, more sustainable solutions for agriculture. Our diverse portfolio of products and services improves the health and performance of plants and animals, resulting in better nutrition for all and a decreased environmental impact. We are a global leader in the agriculture industry. Our team produces specialty ingredients, premix supplements, feed and biologicals, backed by science and an unparalleled platform of services. Strengthened by more than 40 years of scientific research, we carry forward a legacy of innovation and a unique culture that views challenges through an entrepreneurial lens. As a private, family-owned company, we adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and focus on advanced innovation. We believe agriculture has the greatest potential to shape the future of our planet. Our more than 5,000 talented team members worldwide share our purpose of Working Together for a Planet of PlentyTM. Together, we can provide nutrition for all, revitalize local economies and replenish the planet’s natural resources. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech serves customers in more than 120 countries, has five bioscience centers, and operates more than 80 manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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