August 31, 2014 – Alltech Brewery & Town Branch Distillery – Midway, KY

Overcast and rain this morning.

With as our “guide”, we visited and toured Alltech’s Lexington (KY) Brewery and its new Town Branch Distillery, the first to be built in Lexington in 100 years.
Town Branch Distillery, Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01We were taken through the brewery operation first …

Town Branch Brewery & Distillery (Specialty Beer Fermenting Tanks), Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01 Town Branch Brewery & Distillery (Production Beer Fermenting Tanks), Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01 Town Branch Brewery & Distillery (Beer Barrels), Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01and had an opportunity to sample their six beers.

Town Branch Brewery & Distillery (Beer Tasting Room), Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01The best was their award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® … ale aged for at least six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries.

Next, we walked across the street to the distillery.

Wash Still

Wash Still

Spirit receiving tanks

Spirit receiving tanks

Changes in color of the bourbon through aging

Changes in color of the bourbon through aging

Charred white oak aging barrels (used only once)

Charred white oak aging barrels (each barrel used only once)

Bottling Line

Bottling Line

End product

End product

While neither Debbie nor I drink hard liquor, we were intrigued by and tasted their Bluegrass Sundown … reminiscent of the famed Irish coffee, but with a decidedly Kentucky spin, Bluegrass Sundown™ is a dark roasted coffee infused with Kentucky Bourbon and sugar.

Bluegrass Sundown
1. Shake the bottle well
2. Pour ⅓ Bluegrass Sundown® into a glass
3. Pour ⅔ boiling water into the glass
4. Float heavy cream on top
5. Sip and enjoy!

Town Branch Brewery & Distillery (Bluegrass Sundown - b), Lexington, KY - 2014-09-01After grabbing lunch, we drove to the small town of Midway,

Midway (a), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (d), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (l), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (h - Former Saloon), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (g - Door), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (j - Ptichfork and Planter), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01 Midway (k - Planter on Iron Gate), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01aptly named as it was the first Kentucky town established by a railroad when, in 1831, the Lexington and Ohio Railroad began rail service between Lexington and Frankfort. The first train reached the midway point in 1833, where the L&O Railroad subsequently purchased the farm of John Francisco in 1835 and laid out a town.

Today, a railroad still runs directly through the center of the commercial district
Midway (i - Train Tracks Running through the center of Town), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01where local freight trains rumble through on an irregular schedule.

Midway (b - Train), Versailles, KY - 2014-09-01Today, Midway caters to tourists where its downtown district hosts a number of antique dealers, clothing boutique shops, several restaurants art galleries.

 Debbie and Kathy managed to hit all of the shops open on this holiday weekend


Debbie and Kathy managed to hit all of the shops open on this holiday weekend

Unfortunately, several store fronts are vacant and many of the buildings are in need of major repair.
ROOF IN MIDWAYThe town (population 1,600) is also home to Midway College, an independent, liberal arts college with approximately 1,800 students, and town is home to a major thoroughbred race horse breeding operation.

Driving back to Kathy’s home in Nicholasville, we passed many stately horse farms.

HORSE COUNTRY b Horse Farm (a) Near Lexington, KY - 2104-09-01Notice that the fences in Kentucky are creosoted a dark brown … not painted white as most

Heading home we passed both a huge building mural

Building Mural, Downtown Lexington, KY  - 2014-09-01
as well as another mural on the side of a retaining wall at the local airport.
Wall Mural, Lexington Airport, Lexington, KY  - 2014-09-01This evening we opted for a local Mexican restaurant where the meal was not only excellent but more than we could eat … thus we’ve food we brought home for a future lunch.

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