Savor Kentucky

“Savor Kentucky” will feature a plethora of craft beer samples from nine Kentucky breweries, bourbon samples of more than 32 different varieties, and artisan foods from five local vendors on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. The event is at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Kentucky-based conglomerate Alltech seems to be creating a new Lexington in its own image, a “look at us” city to rival Louisville’s spirits and restaurant scenes.

To that end, the best food and drink the Bluegrass has to offer will be under one roof at the first-ever Savor Kentucky tasting event, a two-day sampler scheduled for Fri., Nov. 1 and Sat., Nov. 2.

The event will be in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park as part of the Kentucky Gathering, which is in turn part of the equestrian competition of the Alltech National Horse Show.

The show is scheduled for Tue., Oct. 29 through Sun., Nov. 3.

From the release, which includes our favorite word, ‘plethora’:

Savor Kentucky will highlight Kentucky’s rapidly growing craft beer scene, its notable locale as the birthplace of bourbon, and its increasing variety of local, high-quality cuisine. Participants can delight in a plethora of beer and bourbon samples from nine Kentucky breweries and seven Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries, as well as 25 other bourbons from across the state. The event will feature food and drink pairing suggestions with delectable fare from five Kentucky food vendors. Attendees interested in becoming discerning beer and spirits tasters can participate in hourly open Sensory Sessions both days with Master Brewers and Distillers from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

Savor Kentucky is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1 and noon to to 8 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2.

Craft brewers will each showcase two of their brewery’s best craft beers at their booths, as well as one of their specialty brews at the tasting bar, according to the release.

Kentucky breweries include:

Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Apocalypse Brew Works

Bluegrass Brewing Company Brewpubs, Bluegrass Brewing Company Production Brewery

Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

Country Boy Brewing

Cumberland Brewery

Falls City Beer

These breweries will feature a variety of goodies ranging from Country Boy’s Shotgun Wedding, an English northern brown ale aged on whole vanilla beans, to Against the Grain’s Kentucky Ryed Chiquen, an amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels, according to the release.

Admission and food sampling is free, but you need a $10 ticket at the door for beer and bourbon tasting. The sawbuck gets you a commemorative 5-ounce pilsner glass as well as sampling tokens.

If that’s not enough, Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries including Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve, will be there.

For bourbon connoisseurs, a bourbon bar will have more than 25 other Kentucky bourbons available for sampling.

To go with all these elixirs, there will be five Kentucky food vendors including Bourbon Barrel Foods of Louisville, Critchfield, Enoteca’s Wine + Market, Red State Barbecue and Wallace Station.

Pairing recommendations will be posted so attendees can enjoy optimal food and drink combinations, which we think is brilliant.

Food samples will include Kentucky classics such as country ham, beer cheese, and jam cakes, as well as modern twists on old favorites such as beer cheese grits, Lyons Farm beef, pickled okra and mint julep brownies, according to the release.

“Savor Kentucky will celebrate the depth of talent of our Commonwealth’s local food artisans, distillers and craft brewers,” stated Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, in the release. “Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about brewing and distilling, as well as celebrating local entrepreneurs, so I’m excited to showcase the best of Kentucky’s food and drink before a national audience.”

The good news is, you don’t even have to drive to Kentucky Horse Park, which is a bit north of downtown Lexington. Free trolleys will run hourly to the arena from downtown. The free shuttle service to the Alltech Arena from the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion downtown will run on Fri., Nov.1 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sat., Nov. 2 from noon to 11 p.m.

On-site free parking near the arena will be available.

The Alltech National Horse Show will have big-purse events Friday and Saturday evening after the Savor Kentucky area closes, so attendees can stay to watch world-class equestrians compete.

You can see the full schedule of events here.

About Alltech: Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech develops animal nutrition products as well as spirits and other products. With more than 3,000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.