I stayed near this place so I could check it out easily. It’s in a dimly lit side street, so plenty of parking. There was a small tent set up outside where folks were grilling, very brave since it was freezing cold outside. The tasting room itself has a large U shaped bar, and there are plenty of tables. Barman Zack knew everyone’s name, and reached out to get to know me even though he was really busy, just in constant motion pouring pints non-stop for locals and students alike. Large number of taps included almost a dozen of their own and a whole bunch of interesting guest taps, so it was easy to make a night of it here. You can do samples of 4 ounces one at a time or flights of four, or 8 ounce pours, or full pints (including of the 10% stuff!). Beers are tasty enough. Good place.
Penultimate stop of the evening. Doing a pretty solid business at 8PM on a Monday, but street parking not a a problem (they have a lot as well), and I did find a seat at the bar. Flights available - pick four. Kind of a pain to read the chalkboards if you are seated at an end of the bar. Service was solid and helpful. Some of the beers were pretty good actually. Recommended, but not a 90+ place.
Very impressed by this place. The quality of the beers is really quite high. Had eight during my Wednesday night visit, and almost all were top class. Great value and service, too. There are a lot of Country Boy beers on tap, perhaps 15 or so, along with beers from other breweries. The place itself is a fairly classic taproom, without much to distinguish it from other taprooms next to breweries on industrial estates. There was a food truck outside when I stopped in. If you are visiting Lexington, then this spot should be your first visit.
theisti (903) Kansas | February 21, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited later evening on a Thursday. Located in a lightly industrial area of Lexington, parking is on the street or in the lots surrounding the brewery. The tasting room is located on the back side of the brewery, and is mostly comprised of bar seating, high tops, and a small shelf bar ringing the outside of the room. There is also a patio located through the taproom. Place was packed, so service was fast and efficient. Very much a regular crowd, everyone was enjoying themselves. 22 beers on tap 12 Country Boy + 10 solid guests. Food truck had a great grilled cheese, and an even greater Archer reference on the tip jar. Certainly recommended.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited three breweries in Lexington on a Monday afternoon. This is the highest rated on RB. I had a nice sampler collectin of 4 beers, 2 of which were very good, 1 was good, one was subpar. The small bar area was full, with a handful of others milling about. There was a huge food truck outside the warehouse locale. I wasn’t made to feel welcome at all; the bartender seemed almost annoyed with my presence and bruskly told me there was someone sitting where I was trying to order at the bar. Not my favorite stop on my quick Lexington brew tour, but worth the stop. Brewery #683.
This is an awesome place. It’s a warehouse, for sure, but features a simple and comfortable layout. They were open already before their posted open time and the bar was already pretty much full of regulars. 24 taps, 17 of which were CB brews during my visit. Flights of 4 are available for various prices and things generally run no more than $2 a sample. Pint and growler prices are also pretty solid. Beers on tap run a wide range of styles, and all 9 I tried were excellent. Bartender was helpful and friendly. No food, but a food truck showed up while I was there (and this on a Tuesday, pretty cool). I may have gone at JUST the right time, but these guys are clearly the best brewery in town, and I’d wager they could compete on a regional basis. If you have time for just one stop in Lexington, make it here. I’m going back tomorrow.
Country Boy has a cool little tasting room attached to the brewery. It’s got one TV in it and no much else other than a bar and tables. Other than a small selection of snacks there is no food available though bringing in outside food is more than welcome. The beer selection is very wide, they had over 10 of their own as well as a handful of quality guest taps. The beers I had were pretty solid and with a constantly changing line up and chill tasting room ambiance, I’m ready to come back every time I’m in Lexington.
Probably the top brewery in Lexington according to most everyone I talked to in 3 different Lexington establishments (although in all fairness...I did not have time to visit the other one..."Against the Grain"). They had 24 beers on tap of which 20 where their own and the other 4... guest taps. I tried 8 of them (2 flights of 4 each). I most enjoyed the Lazy Rye Pale Ale and the Dry Hopped Saison with Simcoe. They also had 2 Alpha Experimental IPA’s...same recipe each...one with Simcoe...the other with Mosiac. For me the Mosiac was the standout of the two. Also notable were the 10.5% Double Barrel Shotgun Rum Barrel Aged and the 11.3% Namakemono Rye Whisky Barrel Aged Strong Ale. Not to be counted out either were the Cliff Jumper IPA and Half Way Home Pale Ale. The place is small and gets crowded easily...although there is a nice back patio with another set of taps (nice job with designing the taps into a Chevy pickup tailgate and rear window). The staff here was really nice. The only reason I didn’t rank them a little higher is that as good as their beers were...most were not quite the standouts I was hoping for and had the pleasure of tasting on my 10 brewery craftbeer tour. This is not a criticism...their beers were very good...and others will disagree with me...but I think most of them still have another notch to go on the ladder before this place can be considered truly great. I hope they get there.
Easy to find location with parking lot in front and back. Block building with taproom door on left that opened to large tasting room with bar on right and tables around outside of the room. Freindly staff which was also the brewer on that day. They had a sampler set of four beers at a time of their 12 and had 12 guest taps. No food, but were flexible about bringing small portion from outside. Enjoyed the visit.