New Riff Distilling Giving Barrels To 34 Kentucky Breweries

a small bourbon glass with a small amount of bourbon that says new riff barrelsIt’s that time of year where a distillery is giving their old barrels to local brewers for experimentation. This year that distillery is New Riff Distilling. The barrels will be filled with brews and used to create a one-of-a-kind series of beers that will later be unveiled at the Kentucky Craft Bash later this year.

“We are very excited to partner with some of the most creative and entrepreneurial folks in the great state of Kentucky,” says Ken Lewis, Founder of New Riff Distilling. “As distillers, we salute our craft brewing colleagues and honor our Head Distiller Brian Sprance, who joined us from the beer world. We can’t wait to sample the marriage of our New Riff Bourbon barrels, seasoned over four years, and their amazing beers.”

The participating breweries at the Kentucky Craft Bash are:

  1. 3rd Turn Brewing – Louisville
  2. Against The Gran Brewery – Louisville
    3. Akasha Brewing Company – Louisville
    4. Alltech Lexington Brewing – Lexington
    5. Alexandria Brewing Company – Alexandria
    6. Apocalypse Brew Works – Louisville
    7. Bircus Brewing Company – Ludlow
    8. Blue Stallion Brewing – Lexingtona room full of riff barrels
    9. Braxton Brewing Company – Covington
    10. Country Boy Brewing Company – Lexington
    11. Darkness Brewing – Bellevue
    12. Dry Ground Brewing Company – Paducah
    13. Ethereal Brewing – Lexington
    14. Falls City Brewing Company – Louisville
    15. Flywheel Brewing – Elizabethtown
    16. Fusion Brewing – Lexington
    17. Goodwood Brewing Company – Louisville
    18. Gordon Biersch Brewery Company – Louisville
    19. Henderson Brewing Co. – Hendersonville
    20. Holsopple Brewing – Louisville
    21. Jarfly Brewing Company – Somerset
    22. Lemons Mill Brewery – Harrodsburg
    23. Mile Wide Beer Co. – Louisville
    24. Mirror Twin Brewing – Lexington
    25. Monnik Beer Co. – Louisville
    26. Old Louisville Brewery – Louisville
    27. Paducah Beer Werks – Paducah
    28. Pivot Brewing – Lexington
    29. Rock House Brewing – Lexington
    30. Sig Luscher Brewery – Frankfort
    31. Yancey’s Gastropub and Brewery – Glasgow
    32. West Sixth Brewing – Lexington
    33. White Squirrel Brewery – Bowling Green
    34. Wooden Cask Brewing Company – Newport

a room full of riff barrelsThis is the second year for the Kentucky Craft Bash, which is set for Saturday, June 22 at the Louisville Waterfront Park. This is the first time New Riff Distilling is providing barrels for the special series.

“As a former beer brewer, the Kentucky Craft Bash holds special meaning for me,” says Sprance. “Whiskey is essentially distilled beer and fermentation is the common denominator that links these two iconic beverages that are different, yet similar. It is the all-important process where foundational flavors are created. I’m excited to collaborate with my friends in the beer world on this meaningful project.”

During the festival, there will be more than 40 breweries from Kentucky and over 200 rare beer flavors. Some you will only be able to taste at the festival. To grab your tickets, click here.


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