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West Sixth Brewing Company

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73 Beers
1,704 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 22
Visits: 77
Avg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

501 W Sixth St
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-1341
United States
phone: (859) 951-6006

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @westsixth

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 77
Photo of ch196h
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This beer is better than most of the offerings of West Sixth Brewery. It might be their best. I'm talking about Cocoa Porter brewed with cocoa nibs. It is way better than their interpretation of an IPA. Their IPA is like dating a cat lady without a litter box. This beer actually tastes good and doesn't offend the senses. It doesn't deliver on the cocoa flavor as much as I imagined it would from the name, but it is a good dark porter with slight cocoa hints in the flavor. West Sixth is a new company getting it's feet wet. They will get better. At least I imagine they will out of necessity to survive in a demanding market. West Sixth doesn't have a signature brew, or even a brew they can call their own. They need that. They don't stand out for anything. And based on their IPA, they might even be failing. Seriously, I haven't been exposed to that much cat piss since I volunteered to help a cat lady on social security to fireproof her home.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very cool place! Went here on a trip to Lexington with a few friends. Very friendly staff, good beers, cheap merch, and they let you bring food in! We brought in some really tasty pizza from Mellow Mushroom and had dinner while we chilled with some beers before an awesome concert at the Lexington Opera House.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Brewery and bar are located in an old bread factory. Some architectural details are left to enjoy. Bar area seems a little antiseptic.

Service was a little cold. Beer highlight is the Lemongrass Wheat.

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Photo of Retroman40
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Stopped by on a trip to Lexington with my spouse on a crummy Thursday afternoon. First of all, don't let the neighborhood discourage you as you approach the brewery. Looks can be deceiving and are here. The place itself is very open and airy with an L-shaped bar with several taps. There are also several tables. The place was actually quite busy for the day and time which is a good sign. The bartender was very knowledgeable about their beers and very helpful. They offer a couple sampler flight options for 8 bucks and they are well worth it. Of course you can get a pint too. They offer 64 ounce growlers (that they keep cold prior to filling) and a rather unique 32 ounce can. I wish we had a designated driver since we had to cut it off at one flight. Even the customers were friendly as we met a really nice guy who was in town on business. This is definitely a place to go back to (with a driver!). The beers were all fresh and excellent as was the atmosphere.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by after a recommendation from the guys at Country Boy. While the place itself seemed kinda cool there was an overwhelming crowd of young, hipster types playing the stereotype to the fullest. Even the dreadlocked, fedora-wearing bartender got a chuckle from our group.

The biggest letdown had to be the beers themselves, though. Nothing seemed to stand out. 15 beers on tap running the gamut from brown ales to DIPAs with nothing in any of the flights leaving us wanting a full pint. Prices were reasonable and service was on par. We didn't try the seafood joint that was semi-attached to the bar because we just wanted to finish the flights and move on.

Being blown away by the beer, service and vibe at Country Boy- West Sixth couldn't hang and will be a one-and-done stop in Lexington for me.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A nice, big space with plenty of seating. Everyone on staff was nice. They offer an interesting canned growler that is reasonably priced and disposable. It is also connected to a pretty good short order seafood place. I was disappointed that multiple lines were tapped out.

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Photo of rden4654
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

This was a good beer to try. First it needed to be in the Barrels longer I really couln't pick up on the Barrel Aging. If that gets done this beer would get a solid 4.75 to 5 rating from me as it is very tasty to begin with.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

A solid environment with plenty of room. Always a large selection of their brews. The crew running this joint are great people. Enjoyable and eclectic atmosphere.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

For the longest time, W6 had a severely limited tap list. Not anymore. Despite not having guest taps, the brewery now regularly has 15-20 of its own brews on tap, including the Barrel Room which is not always open. That's not a typo, they have that many of their own brews on tap.

They don't have their own menu, rather they are now connected to Smithtown Seafood, a local carry-out restaurant. Order at the restaurant, take a number, go sit at a table in the brewpub, and enjoy. There are also plenty of restaurants down Jefferson St, which may require reservations or waits during busy times.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited here around lunch time on a weekday. Very nice facility with ample parking for cars and bikes. Decor is a mix of historic and modern, making it functional and clean yet with some added ambiance. 3-sided bar, a number of tables and plenty of standing room. Adjoining seafood restaurant can provide food for West 6th customers. Good variety of beers on tap. Growlers (as cheap as I've ever seen) and growler fills available to go, as well as 3 types of canned beer. A pretty good hike from center city, but free city bus service to the area is available at times.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.66/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

great modern space: industrial, lots of light, variety of different areas- bar, table, beer garden patio. an old rainbo bread factory, i believe. they have done a beautiful job w it. beer is OK. the tripel, brown, and BA snakes in a barrel were the ones that stood out the most. did enjoy some really good beer cheese & crackers while tasting. that was a nice touch. a few other snacks are available, as well. really nice space, but average brew.

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Photo of target88
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

First let me say the food is really a restaurant that's next-door thats connected to And is pretty good seafood The place was clean, service was fast and courteous and the beers on the whole were good. The atmosphere of this place is rather plain and nondescript and as long as there's a large group of people there however when the group dwindles the place seems kind a lonely. All things considered it's a pretty good place to visit especially if your hungry for some good seafood and some pretty decent beer.

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Photo of FortKnox15
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Had an amazing time! Per ABC "laws" my kids (ages 8, 6, 4 and 1) were not allowed to be in the beer garden. They made an exception and let my wife stay with them as I went on a tour. After my tour was over the guide gave my wife a 1 on 1 run down. What an awesome place. How Magic Hat got them on the radar is astonishing. I will no longer purchase Magic Hat and wished I lived closer to this wonderful brewery!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

West Sixth is one of the newer resident breweries in Lexington and they're growing fast. It's not in the best part of town, but you wouldn't be able to tell because everything about the brewery is comforting. Their brewhouse has 10 taps or so, all of which are West Sixth brands. The L-bar is surrounded by a few wooden tables and some bar tops and arm chairs further down. In a partitioned area, picnic tables are arranged beer garden style inside a garage, which opens up to a shallow patio area. It's very roomy with tall ceilings; it's used to be a bread factory. They don't serve any food but there's almost always a food truck outside.

They serve some great beers, such as their signature IPA, some single hop varietals, and some truly special gems like their Snakes In A Barrel, a super high gravity stout aged in (Pappy Van Winkle?) bourbon barrels. Currently, the only beers they package are their IPA and Amber, although they offer growler service. The only downside is that they don't carry any other craft beer so if you enjoy the venue but desire something a little bit less...West Sixthish, then you're out of luck. Still, it's a fun place to check out and is one of the up and coming breweries in the country.

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Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I suggest everyone around Lexington, KY to give West Sixth a shot. They have indoor and outdoor seating and a vendor selling food just outside their door. West Sixth had four beers on tap the night that we were there. They always have their IPA and Amber ready to go and they are both loved in and around Lexington. The seating has a viewing window into their factory, which is cool and they have hops growing in planters outside to add to the feel. I also recommend sampling the West Sixth beer cheese. Sitting outside with a pretzel and beer cheese and a cold amber in your hand is the perfect way to spend an evening in the bluegrass.

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Photo of Jake_Ramrod
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've now been to West Sixth Brewing many times and everytime I go, I like it a little better. The building it resides in was an old Rainbow Bread factory that has been converted into many small businesses and artisan centers. The brewery itself has a modern, up-scale look, but still achieves a down-home feel. Seating is ample, but not forced. It has a communal beer garden room that opens to the outside sidewalk with many more tables. Food trucks are present nearly everyday here which is great since West Sixth doesn't serve food. Some munchies are available like beer cheese and soft pretzals. The actual bar itself wraps the inside of the brewery where there are alot of tables and some sofas on the other end. The beer speaks for itself, just check the ratings. The beers are typically $4.50 and up to $7.50 for the specials. All in all, a great little brewery that just keeps getting better and better.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here last night (March 2, 2013) to enjoy a pint as an early birthday celebration.

The atmosphere of the brewery/taproom is a lot like an open warehouse, but a warm and earthy color scheme helps to make it feel more like a lodge and less like a former bread factory. There is lots of open space in the main bar area, which is especially good for crowded times (like Saturday nights!) when seating is limited. There were plenty of tables, benches, chairs, etc. scattered through the room, but since most of them were taken, my friends and I ended taking our post at a standing bar close to a window looking out on the street. All of the people there were super laid back, and even though it was loud, it wasn't annoying. For an up and starting brewery, I was very impressed with how the place was laid out.

Obviously, the beer is the center focus here. The taps were flowing steadily with an influx of customers coming and going from the counter, and since all of West Sixth's beers are in house, I knew our pints would be fresh. All beers were served in their own pint glasses and snifters, and the bartenders were very quick to fill orders. I probably should have ordered a flight, but I settled on a pint of the Oddfellows Black IPA (which was yummy). Even as a relative newcomer to the KY beer scene, West Sixth have established themselves as a serious player in the central KY area.

The bar was slammed the whole time I was there, but all of the bartenders were very down to earth and inviting. They were quick on taking care of tabs and always gave a proper pour. Can't ask for much more than that, I think.

While I didn't try all of the beers on tap, there is something for every kind of beer lover on tap. During my night, the tap list included their two well-known beers, the Deliberation Amber and IPA; Smithtown Brown, Sister Sue Stout, Dead Heat Wheat, Oddfellows Black IPA, and then three higher ABV offerings: Transylvania Tripel, Heller Heaven Double IPA, and Snakes in a Barrel Imperial Stout (aged in 20 year Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels).

While West Sixth doesn't have food of their own (other than popcorn and pretzels), food trucks are usually outside the brewery. This particular night happened to be Habanero Loko. I didn't try any of the food since I had already eaten, but I'm sure it was delicious.

If you're in the central KY area and want to see what all the hype is about in the Lexington scene, stop here for a couple pint.

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Photo of jman005
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

Actually got to check this place out on my 21st birthday. Already had a great interest in the place because of the great IPA they have crafted know as West Sixth IPA.

Atmosphere - The place has a independent and outdoorsy warehouse type of feel which I find really appealing. Especially for a place your just coming to drink some good craft beer and have some good conversation.

Quality - Not an issue at all here. The quality of everything was great and definitely on all the brews they had available.

Service - They had regular service and there were no problems such as waits or rude people. A lot of down to earth and kind employees. All local oriented people who couldn't have been more friendly.

Selection - The selection is good. A good variety of styles with all brews in-house. IPA, Honey Rye, Wheat, Amber, Stout. All delicious.

Food - No food served by the company, which I don't love. They do offer a food cart on the road during certain times. Not my favorite part of the brewery but not a big deal. I just want GOOD beer! and they supply that.

The value is average..just as affordable as any good craft brewery I would say.

This is a great up and coming brewery that only has room for growth. The have they're IPA canned and just heard an announcement that they are canning there amber. Excited! Great brewery in Lexington, KY.

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Photo of BeermaGeddon13
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

What has taken place over on 6th and Jefferson to transform what was a delapidated old bread factory into a gorgeous clean quality brewery you feel like you could find in any Denver neighorhood was no small feat. The guys at west 6th have done an outstanding job envigorating some life into Lexingtons beer scene. Keeping it simple and sewing their hops so to speak on a flagship IPA seems to be paying off. For the more risqué beer aficionado firkin Thursdays offer up some more unique and creative selections. Job well done.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I took the Saturday 2pm tour and had the best time. Joe, one of the owners, gave the tour. Very personable, he was brutally honest throughout. I learned a great deal and was entertained. After the tour I sat in the taproom and enjoyed a well constructed Porter and Brown ale. The architecture of the original building is well preserved and lends to the atmosphere. The employees are knowledgeable and kind and are great reflections of Lexington. I consider West Sixth an absolute must if you come to visit or live nearby.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Spring of 2012 is looking up for Lexington beer lovers. In what's considered an up-and-coming area of just off of downtown, the "Bread Box" warehouse anchors the corner of Jefferson Street and West Sixth Street, and that's just where the shiny new West Sixth Brewing Company sign signals the destination.

With factory tradition and the high art of adaptive reuse, there's a funky and fresh attitude that starts with the restrained architectural influence and rustic art decor. There's influence from art decco and modern chic urban that's not overly dressy or austere and is evident in the retainage of subway tiled walls with original cracks and imperfections. Pendant lights made from growlers and candles made from West Sixth cans are just a few of the quirks and charms that denote their open minded attitude. With aluminum storefronts and garage doors that separate brewery and seating space inside and out, there's several glimpses that can be taken into the 15 barrel brewer and canning line.

Although the brewery hopes to be known as a production and distribution brewery, what's worth celebrating most about the brewery is their taproom. With a variety of seating arrangements, there's a seat and atmosphere for all- the bar seats about 20, 4-seat tables seat about 40, lounge seating off to the retail side amounts to six or eight, a beer garden-like set up of picnic tables take care of another 40 or so, and there's the shallow outdoor patio that hosts 15-20. But the bar is my preferred as that's where the beer is.

The brewers opened with four "flagship" brands that span a hefeweizen that tastes more like an American pale wheat ale, the always steady English brown ale and American amber ale, and the proud American IPA. Since opening, they have included a Guinness-like stout and an incredible imperial IPA. The next few weeks will debut an imperial stout just in time for summer. It seems that their professional brewer Rob Sither is intent on releasing a new recipe every month or so. With a sparse event that might host "guest" taps from around the region, the taproom is carried almost exclusively by their own house brews.

Reasonably priced, their brewery-fresh ales run about $4-$5 per 16 oz pour with their imperial IPA being served in a 10oz West Sixth snifter. With no kitchen on premise, any opportunity to stop the grumble of the stomach is met with bar snacks of pretzels, spicy check mix, or a visit from an area food truck parked outside. With several nearby restaurants, the taproom welcomes outside food and will help with the clean up.

The bar staff is young, fresh, but relatively unanitiated in the bigger picture of craft beer. Though many of the basic questions can be answered, more advanced conversation is better left to the owners or brewer- Rob who are often accompanying the bar. Left of the bar lies a merchandise area of tees, hoodies, hats, glassware, and 6-pack cans to go. That's right, the brewery works exclusively with canned products rather than bottles to reflect their appreciation for the environment.

Parking is no problem as there's plenty of free on-street spaces, a mid-sized lot in the rear, or as the West Sixth guys prefer- bike it. They go above and beyond to accommodate the biking trend that's sweeping into the craft beer scene.

I'm excited to see the tomorrow of this brewery as their upside is way high. Look for their products at better beer retailers and bars around town very soon as they recently started distributing small quantities of 6pk cans and kegs. But if you're headed to the taproom for a beer, then give me a shout- I'm always looking for excuses to give these guys my patronage.

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Photo of CaptainGelatin
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Great new addition to the Lexington beer scene. Location is an old break factory that West Sixth converted into a brewery. Seating options are plentiful. The main bar area has the typical arrangement of tables and bar stools. A second room behind the bar is full of picnic-esque tables. Not sure what the place is rated, but I feel like it could seat over 200. Large glass overhead doors allowed a great view of the brewing operation. Sadly, we were there late and all was dark. There is also a patio that was not yet operational when we visited.

Walls and floors retained the original brick and tile from the factory, giving a good ambiance.

Note: Gave a 3.0 for "selection" because they only had 4 beers on tap. I don't disagree with their decision to only sell their own beers (I like it actually), but compared to other well-established pubs, it's a small selection.

Glad to see another new business setup shop on Jefferson. I will be back often!

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West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington, KY
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.