Lexington, Kentucky recently saw its newest craft brewery open, and it came with a social conscious. West Sixth Brewing has opened in a space once occupied by a bread factory. The new facility was too big for their needs, so they’ve opened the rest to local artists and community groups. And best of all, it’s on a bike trail, so no car needed.
West Sixth Brewing is located in a space that is as unique as its beers. The brewery, tap room, and beer garden are in The Bread Box, a recent re-development of the century-old Rainbo Bread Factory located in the historic Northside Neighborhood. Being at the corner of West Sixth and the hopping Jefferson Street corridor, our brewery will be near Transylvania University and the future Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus and borders the next proposed leg of the Legacy Bike Trail.
Being a 90,000 square foot monster of a building, The Bread Box will host not only the brewery but also other companies and community organizations that share our values, beliefs, and commitment to the community. While the building needs a lot of work, we’re confident that the renewed energy the brewery will bring to the area, along with the addition of the Legacy Trail and BCTC, will ensure that the Bread Box will be a key part of its neighborhood for many years to come.
From West Sixth’s founders Ben, Brady, Joe, and Robin:
Though we all got to this point in our lives in different ways, we strongly agree on West Sixth’s goals. We will provide a taproom and beer garden where the beer list is never the same but that is always local. We will be a brewery that measures its success not only by making great craft beer but also by how it helps our community. We will always strive to protect our environment even if it costs us more to do so. And last, but not least, we all share a desire to create the best beer possible and to be an integral part of building a great beer culture for our great town.
If you’re in Lexington, or can make the trip, West Sixth is open and waiting. They’ve had a string of local food trucks dropping by, but you’re also free to bring your own. They’re canning beers and filling growlers, though cans have been going quick.