Tuesday Brewsday: Rock House Brewing - Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Brewsday!

Lulu and her boyfriend, Bruce, used to live in Lexington. In October, they came back for a wedding. At the same time, we just happened to be on our way back to Kentucky from Florida, so we met up with them. And what better place to do that than a brewery?

Outside of Rock House Brewing in Lexington, KY

We found them hanging out with friends at Rock House Brewing on Luigart Court - which is in the NoLi (North Limestone) district. There are two buildings on the property, along with plenty of parking and an outdoor patio. The day we were there it was chilly and rainy, so we didn't do much exploring. We were only in the smaller taproom building, but the larger building houses the brewery, and I understand there is also seating in there.

The small building we were in was built in 1923 and was once an office for the Lexington Quarry. The building itself is just so cool (it still has the original hardwood floors), and the eclectic musical decor makes it even more so. Lulu and friends had been there awhile by the time we arrived, so we only stayed for one beer, but it was definitely a place I would return to if I was in the area.

Love the main taproom of Rock House Brewing in Lexington!

We were there on a Sunday, so there wasn't a food truck, but there is usually one there every other evening. They also frequently have live music. It's my understanding that there are many outdoor activities when the weather permits.

Dark and Bloody Ground (Kentucky Common Ale with blood oranges) from Rock House Brewing in Lexington

Buddy and I decided to have the Dark and Bloody Ground, which is a Kentucky Common Ale with blood oranges. It's one of their most popular beers, and it's easy to see (taste!) why with the flavors of sweet corn, caramel, toffee, and orange. Delicious!

Bruce also had their Dark and Bloody Ground, along with House of Mirrors (American Amber/Red - malty with hints of toffee) and Roadie (American Pale Ale - light on the hops and a hint of citrus). Gus and Lulu didn't check-in on Untpped, and they don't remember what they had...so we'll just leave them out of this blog post. So very unhelpful!

My favorite:
  • Dark and Bloody Ground (Kentucky Commom Ale with blood orange)

I'm a fan of Kentucky Common Ales. If you're not familiar with this style of beer, it was popular around Louisville from about 1850 until Prohibition, and is one of only three American beer styles. It was so popular, that by Prohibition, it accounted for 80% of the beer consumed in the Louisville area. This is probably because it was cheap and quick to make (around a week). Rumor has it that bourbon makers created this because they wanted something to drink while waiting for their bourbon to age. I don't know if that is true or not, but it sounds like it could be! Craft breweries are bringing back the style and putting their own spin on it.

old Lexington Quarry Co. building that is now Rock House Brewing

pinnable image of Rock House Brewing

Here's where/when you can find them:
Rock House Brewing
119 Luigart Court
Lexington, KY  40508

Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10pm
Friday: 4pm - 12am
Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm
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*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison


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