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. Bourbon Barrel BBQ – From The Kitchen Recipes – Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. (lexingtonbrewingco.com)

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: Cellar Temperature: 42-degrees Fahrenheit

Barrel Type: Freshly decanted Kentucky Bourbon Barrels

Tasting Notes:  

Appearance: Light golden hue with vibrant coral

Aroma: Cherry, vanilla, honey, oak and a light malty sweetness

Palate: Tart cherry, caramel, bourbon, fruity, slightly citrusy and subtle sweet maltiness

Finish: Rich bourbon oak, tart cherry with a light crisp dry finish