History

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company™ is a passion for Dr. Pearse Lyons. Lyons, who spent his early years as an intern at both the Guinness and Harp Lager breweries, went on to become the first Irishman to achieve a formal degree in Brewing and Distilling from the British School of Malting and Brewing, a school with over 100 years of history. Five generations of Lyons’ family worked as coopers, supplying barrels to distilleries in Ireland and for a quarter of a century, Dr. Lyons’ alcohol school was synonymous with brewing and distilling. Lyons’ history, experience, and passion converged serendipitously in Kentucky.

In 1999, when the former Lexington Brewing Company closed its doors, Lyons resurrected the brewing and distilling tradition of Lexington that dates back to the 1790s. At the time and to this day, Alltech and Lyons had one strategy: make the very best beers. From that mission came Kentucky Ale® and Kentucky Kölsch. Capitalizing on Kentucky’s position as producer of 98% of the world’s bourbon, Kentucky Ale was married with one of the state’s most unique assets: the bourbon barrel. Within hours of mature Kentucky bourbon leaving the barrel, Kentucky Ale takes up a six-week residence in the used cask, creating a distinctive taste, color and fragrance. Tried before, but never duplicated, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is the flagship of  Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, winning countless awards including medals at the Great American Beer Fest. And this unique beer is gaining popularity nationwide, now available in thirteen states and even Ireland and China. In 2011, Lyons launched Town Branch® Bourbon, named after the waterway on which Lexington is founded. The “bourbon and branch” is a favorite libation of cultural icons such as James Bond and J.R. Ewing and Town Branch Bourbon is today rapidly becoming a favorite amongst discerning drinkers.

Experience our story for yourself in downtown Lexington, where you will discover restaurants, bars and retail shops with our full range of fine beverage and food offerings including: Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Kölsch, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve™, Bluegrass Sundown™, Alltech Café Citadelle™, and Lyons Farm™ Beef.

We look forward to welcoming you. Cheers!