Terri-hot, lemon pepper, and honey barbecue. Douse your wings in any of these three flavors, and you'll taste what Wings and Ale of Lexington is all about: creative fusion of flavors. But its menu is packed with more than just the inventive wings?which also come in standard mild, medium, and Suicide sauces. There are also tried-and-true favorites, such as burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and catfish platters.
Jeff Woodruff started Keg Cowboy in Houston as an Internet supplier of homebrewery gear, he told Patch. When his wife got a job in Lexington, he decided to bring his business along and open a storefront. He decked it out with all the same supplies that were once in his online store, supplementing them with a climate-controlled grain vault that keeps 55 varieties of yeast, 61 varieties of grain, and 21 varieties of hops fresh and free of pests and freeloading scarecrows. He finds himself delighted with the transition, saying "Lexington has great water?and great water makes great beer."
On Saturdays, homebrewing classes supply students with all the skills needed to begin making their own bottled beverages at home. Keg Cowboy also offers do-it-yourself kegerator and beer dispensing equipment for chilling and serving their home-brewed beverages. In addition to enhancing novice brewing abilities, Keg Cowboy houses its own craft beer tavern on the premises where patrons can sample a rotating stock of global beers which changes bi-weekly.
Trained in the art of sausage making, German-born Wilfried Huller put his skills to use by opening a butcher shop in 1968. The business expanded into a restaurant and moved its current location, where mugs sing glassy songs in toasts over brimming plates of Wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. A German-style buffet sets forth an endless parade of steam, which hints at meats free of MSG, mixed with fistfuls of spices, and smoked over natural hardwood. Cool suds spill forth from bottles and taps, fueling revelry with honey-hued wheat beers from Franziskaner and Maisel. The onsite butcher shop sends homemade sausages with guests eager to enjoy them in the comfort of vacationing neighbors' kitchens.
The White Mule's menu sports internationally influenced items such as creative sandwiches, pizzas, and locally brewed beers. Start out with an appetizing order of spinach-artichoke dip ($6) and venture eastward to the Mediterranean with the Grecian Pizza, a Hellenic pie with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella and feta cheese ($10). Light eaters can cash in on the green offered by the Mule's slew of salads ($6–$8) or creatively flavored pita wraps such as the chicken parmesan ($8) or the Mexican-fusion fajita wrap ($9).