West Sixth Brewing Company

West Sixth Brewing CompanyWest Sixth Brewing Company
West Sixth Brewing CompanyWest Sixth Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

501 W Sixth St
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-1341
United States

(859) 951-6006 | map

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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

It is quite difficult to review a place with the current COVID-19 restrictions. West Sixth manages quite well, they have ample outdoor space to hang out. Quality is great, I like pretty much every beer I had from them so far. Beer selection is plentiful, 18 beers on tap.

Oct 06, 2020
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Luckydog91 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Had some time to kill before a flight and figured this was a better place to do some work on the computer than the airport. I was right.

Cool vibe. Close enough to downtown but tucked away a bit in a quiet seeming neighborhood. Weather was nice so I sat on the patio which was great.

Tried a flight of the 5 flagship beers and also had the passion fruit sour they had on tap. Nothing blew my socks off but everything I tried was above average.

Lots of different events, pint nights, etc advertised throughout so I’m sure this place is even better if you live in the area and can visit often.

Jun 06, 2018
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited in Dec. of 2017. Sat at the bar and had a nice bartender who made good recommendations. For is services by the neighbor restaurant was was good. Great Brew pup to visit if in Lexington.

Jan 07, 2018
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brunsojw from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is easily the best brewery in Lexington.

Great beer, 2 good locations, the main location is huge.

Love the room for the higher grav stuff as well.

Nov 28, 2017
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PDGreenB from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great service and good staff, the selection is decent but not much other than what one can find in the can. They have free tours every now and then and they give plenty of samples. They even give you a free glass with the brewery on the side.

Sep 28, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Probably the best brewery I've been to in terms of a cool, laid back atmosphere and a friendly staff who obviously love their jobs. All the staple beers are on tap, plus a handful of seasonals/experimentals/limited stuff. Three different areas to sit and drink and/or eat, plus a small outside patio. They also house a rollerderby team, yoga club, running club, and a fish farm inside the building. Pretty cool stuff for the whole family.

May 08, 2016
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ch196h from Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Aug 03, 2015
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bigeyedfish89 from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Apr 02, 2015
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LexingtonBeer from Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Jan 25, 2015
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Retroman40 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Nov 06, 2014
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -18%
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.

Nov 05, 2014
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amstokesdb9 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Oct 21, 2014
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Aug 21, 2014
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This review is very biased. This was my weekly brewery for a few years. I'll try and tone down the homerism. The beers are solid and they can pull off some really great styles on their day. The staff is almost always fantastic. Parking can be a little tricky on busy nights and it's not in the greatest neighborhood, but that's pretty par for the course with breweries. You can play if safe and get the flagship four, but branch out and see what they've got on from the barrel room or if they have a cool one-off. The attached seafood restaurant is really great and will bring your food out to the brewery.

Jun 17, 2014
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This 5 year old brewery has quietly become one of my favorite and definitely the best in Lexington. They make solid beers across all categories. Qualities of this great local brewery include solid IPAs, a developing sour program, and their barrel-aging program may be the best in Bourbon Country. Ben, Brady, and the crew are focused on digging into their local market rather than rapid expansion across the country. That will keep them grounded and they will continue to produce quality beers. What they have done for their community is amazing...try the Pay it Forward Porter and you can help them contribute to a local charity!

May 23, 2014
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

May 02, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Apr 06, 2014
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craft_shannie from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Mar 02, 2014
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target88 from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Dec 25, 2013
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FortKnox15 from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Jul 01, 2013
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jun 08, 2013
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KerryCummins1977 from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Jun 01, 2013
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Jake_Ramrod from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Mar 07, 2013
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Groomsy from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Mar 03, 2013
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jman005 from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jan 25, 2013
West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington, KY
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2335 ratings