Western Kentucky Cities Launching Craft Beer Trail
Join us in raising a glass to the newest craft beer trail in the Commonwealth! The West Kentucky Brew Hop launches today and is your guide to the best brews in WKY.
Nine convention and visitor bureaus in cities in the western part of the commonwealth are partnering with their craft breweries to launch a craft beer trail called the West KY Brewery Hop. The hop has 13 craft breweries between the cities of Paducah, Murray, Benton, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Hopkinsville, Henderson, Beaver Dam and Owensboro.
“Our convention and visitor bureaus across Kentucky do a wonderful job working together to promote tourism, and the new craft beer trail in western Kentucky is a prime example of that. We’re excited about the new trail and what it means for the local economies as well as the commonwealth. Our tourism industry has been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and its innovative efforts such as this that will help us move forward toward recovery,” said Mike Mangeot, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism.
“We are thrilled for the launch and to be a part of this exciting initiative,” said Brooke Jung, Executive Director of Visit Hopkinsville. “The West KY Brewery Hop collaboration offers the perfect way to travel our beautiful region and enjoy a cold pint along the way. We are particularly proud of Hopkinsville Brewing Company’s success and look forward to discovering the authenticity of all the other craft breweries in western Kentucky.”
Anyone who is 21 or older can participate in The West KY Brewery Hop by first obtaining a passport from their local CVB or local craft brewery. Once you have your passport, you are encouraged to try a beer at each of the breweries on the trail. After purchasing a local beer, the brewery will stamp your passport.
After you’ve completed the trail OR received a stamp from at least seven breweries, you can mail your passport to the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau to claim your prize. Once the Henderson CVB verifies your passport, you’ll be mailed back your passport and a West Kentucky Brewery Hop pint glass for your job well done!
“We are excited about this new opportunity to highlight all of the amazing beers being brewed in Western Kentucky. Craft beer has exploded throughout the Commonwealth over the past decade and this is another chance to sip and sample some of the best they have to offer,” said Derek Selznick, Executive Director, Kentucky Guild of Brewers.
The western Kentucky breweries on the Brewery Hop include Mile Wide Beer Company, The Brew Bridge and Goodwood Brewing & Spirits in Owensboro, Henderson Brewing Company, Uncrafted Territory Brewing Company in Beaver Dam, Paducah Beer Works, Dry Ground Brewing Company in Paducah, Hop Hound Brew Pub in Murray, The Dam Brewhaus in Benton, Hopkinsville Brewing Company, Yancey’s Gastropub & Brewery in Glasgow, Blue Holler Brew Supplies and Gasper Brewing Company in Bowling Green.
There is no timeline for when you have to complete your passport. You are encouraged to not only try each brewery but check out the other entertainment options each city has selected to highlight in the passport. For more information visit westkybreweryhop.com