Paducah, KY, October 13, 2021 - Nine destination marketing organizations in cities in the western part of the Commonwealth are partnering with their craft breweries to launch a craft beer trail called the West Kentucky Brewery Hop. The hop features 13 craft breweries between the cities of Paducah, Murray, Benton, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Hopkinsville, Henderson, Beaver Dam and Owensboro.
"Our Convention & Visitor Bureaus (CVB) 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.
"The Paducah CVB is thrilled to unite with our breweries and regional tourism partners to inspire more travelers to experience the distinctive culture and craft of our region," said Mary Hammond, Executive Director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Come for the craft beer and allow plenty of time to discover all the local flavor our communities have to offer."
Anyone who is 21 or older can participate in the West Kentucky Brewery Hop by obtaining a passport from a participating CVB or craft brewery. The passport will guide you to each of the breweries on the trail where you can try local craft beer and receive a passport stamp. Following the completion of the trail or getting stamps from at least seven breweries, the passport can be mailed to the Henderson Tourist Commission to claim a prize. Once the passport is verified, you'll be mailed back your passport and a West Kentucky Brewery Hop pint glass.
"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 Werks and 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 passport completion. Participants are encouraged to not only visit each brewery but also the other attractions and entertainment options each city has to offer. For more information, visit westkybreweryhop.com