Booze and behind the scenes tours? Yes Please! Recently I got invited to attend a Lex on Tap tour with some fellow KY bloggers! Lex on Tap is a new local veteran owned business that specializes in giving guests a one of a kind look into local breweries right here in central Kentucky. Occasionally guests get to explore local cideries, wineries, and distilleries.
Our tour started at Wise Bird Cider Co. at 1:00PM. We met our awesome tour guide Brandon there! We could try either a flight of cider, a cider slushie, or any cider on the menu. I picked the cider slushie, because it sounded refreshing on a hot day! OMG! It was beyond amazing! Before I tasted Wise Bird’s cider, I actually did not like most ciders. All of the ciders I’ve tried in the past hurt my stomach and were way too sugary/fake tasting. Wise Bird Cider just changed the game for me yall!
Owner of Wise Bird, Tim, gave us a tour and dropped so much cider knowledge on us. Did you know there are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States?! Crazy I can only think of a few, I’ve seen at Kroger. Tim told us that they make traditional heritage cider from apples that we won’t find at our local Kroger. Basically, Wise Bird makes cider as it was made back in the day. They source cider specific apples from Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia. Wise Bird uses the Riesling scale for sweetness AKA their ciders are about 4% sugar compared to the 12% sugar of some major commercial ciders that kill my stomach! Wise Bird’s cider was so tasty. I already can’t wait to go back!
After Wise Bird, we loaded into the luxury Lex on Tap bus! It had leather seats, wood flooring, a TV, and a cooler for your beverages! BONUS Perk: You can drink on the bus! Our next stop was Sig Luscher Brewery in Frankfort, KY.
Sig Luscher was founded by Swiss immigrant Sigmund Luscher in 1866. The brewery has since been reopened by Sigmund’s great great great grandson, Tim Luscher. Tim gave our group an amazing presentation about the history behind Sig Luscher, the traditional styles of beer they brew, and the process. Sig Luscher is a lager style brewery. I prefer lagers, so this was right up my alley!
Sig Luscher also has incredible pretzels, beer brats, and beer steamed franks with several different topping options. I ordered a frank with ketchup and a plain pretzel with veggie cream cheese. IT WAS SO GOOD!! Our lunch paired PERFECT with the beer we sampled. My favorite beer was their flagship pilsner called “Sig” It was crisp and had amazing flavor. I went back for seconds! We also got to sample their specialty beer called “Sig 66.” This beer was darker and sweeter. “Sig’ 66” is a wheated lager.
Sig Luscher is having a fun event soon to kick off Oktoberfest! Oddtober Frankenfest will take place on September 28th at Sig Luscher! This is a beer, food, and music festival. Tickets can be purchased online. Maybe I’ll see ya there!
Our last but not least stop on our Lex on Tap tour was Buffalo Trace which is just a few miles away from Sig Luscher. Buffalo Trace distillery is the longest continuously operating distillery in the USA. During Prohibition, Buffalo Trace stayed open to distill medical bourbon. Bourbon has been distilled there for 200 years!
We learned that Buffalo Trace is the most award winning bourbon and is in the process of more the doubling in size because the demand is so high. There were several major renovations going on, when we took our tour. The old architecture was fascinating and the history behind it was too.
At the end of our Buffalo Trace tour, we got to sample some! Now I have to be honest, don’t shun me BUT this native Iowan is not a huge bourbon girl yet. However, I did enjoy the sweet Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream liqueur paired with the sweet bourbon chocolates. Now I just need to try some in my coffee!
After Buffalo Trace, we headed back to Lexington, opened our gift bags, and snacked on some more sweet treats from European Delights. I loved the shortbread danish! Included in our gift bag were some branded glasses, stickers, post card, and a free coffee coupon to Gather on Main.
HUGE Thank you yo Marie Pullen of Bluegrassblog and Brandon from Lex on Tap for organizing this fun day! I learned so much about yummy booze and Kentucky in general (We did trivia on the bus, who would have thought that our state animal is a grey squirrel!)