Going to Railbird Music Festival in Lexington, KY? We’ve paired six beers from West 6th and six performances you won’t want to miss.
1. Margo Price - FrontRunner Festival Ale
Margo Price can put a hurtin’ on the bottle and drinks whiskey like it’s water, but we suggest you take it easy and enjoy a Frontrunner Festival Ale. Light and refreshing, you’ll be ready for a full day of fun on the festival grounds with a nice light hoppy ale.
2. Band of Horses - IPA
West Sixth IPA is a beer loved by so many across the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an absolute staple, always available and always consistent. For fans of Band of Horses and their Sophomore album, Cease To Begin, the song “No One’s Gonna Love You” has a special meaning remarking on the resilience of a relationship that always is held close to the heart. We love W6 IPA for a beer that is a little bitter and a lot of crushable, one true love.
3. My Morning Jacket - Amber
Whether they’re playing deep cuts from Z or Evil Urges debuting over ten years ago or playing melodic anthems from Waterfalls in 2015, you’re going to want to pause and enjoy the richness of the MMJ sound. A West Sixth Amber perfectly compliments these sounds to enjoy a malt-forward balanced ale accompanied by forward-hop notes. It’s gonna be a great journey, so strap in, get comfortable and ride the wave.
4. Leon Bridges - Pennyrile Pale Ale
The smooth sounds of Leon Bridges transcend traditional feelings as he so eloquently delivers some of the most descript situations of love, humility, and loneliness, all while looking forward to better times. Pennyrile Pale Ale boasts a bold, fruity hop aroma that is loud and bold - just like that of Leon’s voice all while being fulfilling and delicious enough to keep listening.
5. Khruangbin - Meadoweisse
Khruangbin, a band that's known for serving up a rich, genre-blurring combination of Thai funk, bass-stepped Tarantino soundtracks, and surf-rock cool, will adorn the Elkhorn stage on Saturday. The atmospheric and eccentric group, who has been on countless global tours and graced nearly every major festival stage in the world - likewise the Berliner Weisse has been adopted by countries worldwide. Meadoweisse is a crisp and refreshing German ale that is light in body and very tart with flavors reminiscent of sourdough bread.
6. Dave Matthews Band - Cerveza
Where are you going? Railbird’s not over yet. We have still have so much to say about West Sixth Cerveza and Dave Matthews Band. This quenching 4.6% Mexican Lager will be the perfect nightcap for a fantastic two-day festival while we listen to Dave and friends. Tune out and get away from the world. Enter into the space between and feel the euphoric energy of Railbird crash into you.
As the fall colors and chilly evenings arrive, it’s time once again to gather with family and friends (even if it’s virtually this year) to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for, and relive all the ways that you’ve disappointed them, yet again, this year.
Without a doubt their biggest disappointment will be your continued obsession with this thing you call “Craft” beer.
YOUR MOM: “You spent HOW much on that 4 pack of fruit juice, Jimothy? But you sleep on a futon!”
With this list of 7 great, Louisville-made gateway beers (almost all of which can be found at your local grocery store -- we recommend ValuMarket, Mid City Mall) you’ll remind them of the crisp lagers they're used to, but also show them that there’s so much more great beer out there... and that maybe... just maybe... you’re not a complete degenerate.
With each beer, we’ll also provided recommendations for other Louisville made gateway beers we think they’ll love!
New to Louisville Ale Trail? Our passport packages make great holiday gifts.
1. Sprockets (German Lager) - Gravely Brewing Co.
Who It's For: Uncle Phil
“Thanks, but I only drink award-winning German Lagers.” says your snooty Uncle Phil as you hand him a cold can of Gravely's Sprockets Pilsner.
It’s hard to argue with him because his sweater-vest game is strong, but this year you’ve got a secret weapon.
“Well, that’s funny, Uncle Phil 'cause this German Lager is so drinkable and true-to-style, that it just won a First Place at the Great American Beer Festival.”
He takes a sip and glances down his nose at you, as if really seeing you for the first time,
“Listen Son,” he says with a gleam in his eye, “why don’t you come down to the club with me some time and hit a few balls around?”
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND:
SWOOLY (Tropical, Jalapeno Kolsch) - 3rd Turn Brewing
FALLOUT DUST (Black Peppercorn Infused Pale Ale) - Apocalypse Brew Works
2. Fehr's X/L - (PreProhibition Lager) - Akasha
Who It's For: Old Grand-Dad
“It’s not just a craft beer, grand-dad. It’s Louisville history in a can!”
Now that he sees you’re getting emotional he becomes even more laconic and crosses his arms. Time to hit him where it hurts:
“You know, Frank Fehr was a German immigrant who came to our fair shores and began brewing at the Fehr's City brewery in 1872. Fehr's XL lager won the Southern Exposition from 1883 to 1888 and was said to be the most widely consumed beer in Louisville!”
You pull down the sleeve of your sweater before he sees all this written on your arm and you hand him a can of this cold, pre-prohibition American lager from Akasha.
He sniffs at it and his expression softens,
“History in a can you say?”
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND:
UNCAGED (San Francisco Style Lager) - Chimera Brewing
3. Tangerine Barstow (Wheat ALe w Tangerine)