Saturday DECEMBER 1ST, 2018 /// 11am - 1am



The great commonwealth of Kentucky has become famous for quite a few things - bluegrass music, horse racing, and tobacco to name a few, but above all else it is known for one thing. Bourbon Whiskey, and particularly the barrels in which it is aged.

At Braxton Brewing Company, we take a great deal of pride in being a Kentucky brewing company, and Dark Charge - our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is our love letter to Kentucky’s unbridled spirit.

We brew that spirit into this massive, dark Imperial Stout, aging it in barrels that give a lasting depth and character to the finish. From right here in the garage on West 7th Street, we brew a stout bold enough to light a city.

For the past 3 years on the first Saturday in December, we’ve held a Winter Block Party to celebrate the release of these beautiful bottles. We call it Dark Charge Day. Now it’s back, and this year it’s bigger, brighter, and better with age.

Stay tuned throughout the coming WEEKS for announcements and updates on Dark Charge Day 2018.



Braxton Brewing Company
27 West 7th Street
Covington, KY 41011
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December 1st, 2018
Saturday 11am–1am
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Dark Charge 3 Year Vertical Tasting Collection

Dark Charge 3 Year Vertical Tasting Collection

Introducing the Dark Charge 3 Year Vertical Tasting Collection. A collector's edition box set that celebrates the craft of barrel aging. This box set contains three bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Charge. These special Dark Charge bottles, nested inside a limited edition wooden case will be available in EXTREMELY limited quantity for purchase for $75 on Dark Charge Day.

1 Year - 13.7% ABV
2 Year - 14.0% ABV
3 Year - 12.9% ABV



After aging in freshly dumped New Riff Bourbon Barrels, these once-green coffee beans were transformed. Revealing new flavors and aromatics inherited from the bold spirit that occupied the barrel before them. Experience the power of barrel aging and prepare your palate for excellence. This is Starter Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee. 

The Huehuetenango region in Guatemala is the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Centra America. Because of the environment it is grown in, coffee from Huehuetenango is recognizable by its flavor profile, which is much fruiter than most other Guatemalan coffees. This coffee was aged in New Riff bourbon barrels for 2 weeks before being roasted by our neighbors at Carabello Coffee. Its flavor profile is sweet, bright, and contains notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. 

ORIGIN: Guatemala, Huehuetenango
FARM: Union Cantinil 
VARIETAL: Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai, Typica

Find whole bean Bourbon Barrel Aged Starter Coffee at Braxton Brewing Company on Dark Charge Day!


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In addition to Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, and other rare Braxton offerings - Dark Charge Day will be a chance to try few-and-far-between beers from more of our Craft Brewing Friends. We are also offering a special taster deal at Dark Charge Day for $20 that includes a flight of all 5 Dark Charge variants!

Alexandria Brewing Company
Brothers in Arms - 10 oz - $7.00
BA Imperial Stout on Smoked Poblanos
Taps at 12pm

Ballast Point Brewing Co.
White Wine Barrel Aged Blackberry Sour Wench -
7 oz - $7.00
White Wine BA Berliner Weisse
Taps at 3pm

Cigar City Brewing
Königsberg - 7 oz - $7.00
BA Imperial Stout / Baltic Porter Blend with coconut, vanilla & cinnamon
Taps at 9pm

Country Boy Brewing
Funk Land Country Shuffle - 10 oz - $7.00
BA Strawberry Wild Ale
Taps at 12pm

Darkness Brewing
Beautiful Vue - 10 oz - $6.00
BA Imperial Stout
Taps at 12pm

Dogfish Head Brewery
Wood Aged Bitches Brew - 10 oz - $7.00
BA American Imperial Stout
Taps at 6pm

Goose Island Beer Co.
Bourbon County Brand Stout - 7 oz - $7.00
BBA Imperial Stout
Taps at 9pm

Madtree Brewing
Dissentience - 7 oz - $7.00
Rye BA Brown Ale
Taps at 12pm

New Belgium Brewing
Trans Atlantique Kriek - 10 oz - $6.00
50% Sour Golden Ale, 50% Cherry Lambic Ale
Taps at 6pm

New Holland Brewing
Dragon's Milk Reserve: Banana Coconut -
7 oz - $6.00
Imperial Stout with banana & coconut
Taps at 9pm

Oskar Blues Brewery
Barrel Aged Ten Fiddy - 7 oz - $7.00
BA Imperial Stout
Taps at 9pm

Platform Beer Co.
Where the Sky Ends - 10 oz - $7.00
Dry Stout aged in bourbon & Jamaican rum barrels
Taps at 6pm

Prairie Artisan Ales
Deconstructed Bomb! Chili Peppers (2018) -
7 oz - $7.00
Imperial Stout aged on chili peppers
Taps at 6pm

Rhinegeist Brewery
Barrel Aged Penguin - 10 oz - $7.00
BBA Blonde Coffee Stout
Taps at 12pm

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Tequila BA Otra Vez - 10 oz - $7.00
Gose Style Ale with lime & agave
Taps at 6pm

SweetWater Brewing Company
Pit and the Pendulum Apricots - 7 oz - $6.00
Golden Ale aged for 1 yr in Foeders with apricots
Taps at 3pm

Upland Brewing Co.
Prim - 10 oz - $7.00
Wine BA Sour Ale
Taps at 9pm

Urban Artifact
Wine Poached Pair - 7 oz - $6.00
BA Sour Ale
Taps at 3pm

West Sixth Brewing
Sixfold X: Flanders Red - 10 oz - $6.00
Flanders Red Ale
Taps at 3pm

Fifty West Brewing Company
Marble Palace - 10 oz - $7.00
BBA Cookies & Cream Stout
Taps at 3pm


Bell’s Brewery
Black Note (Bottles) - 7 oz - $7.00
Imperial Stout

Blackberry Farm Brewery
Brett Saison - 7 oz - $7.00
Brett Saison

Evil Twin Brewing
Harlan Evil Twin Even More Jesus (Bottles) - 7 oz - $7.00
Red Wine BA Imperial Stout
Bozo Beer (Bottles) - 7 oz - $7
American Imperial Stout

Prairie Artisan Ales
Bomb! - 7 oz - $7.00
Imperial Stout aged on espresso, chocolate, vanilla & chili peppers

Dark charge inspired bites

Every year we work with some of our best local partners to create specialty dishes using last years' bourbon barrel aged stout release. This year, ten local restaurants have come together to bring to life an inspired menu you can try for one day only.

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Celebrate Dark Charge Day with Braxton Brewing Company at Hotel Covington.

This special rate only for Dark Charge Day includes complimentary valet parking, a $25 food & beverage credit, and 2pm late checkout. Enjoy!

Booking also available by phone. Call (859) 905-6600 from 5a – 11p daily.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for purchasing Dark Charge bottles?

The bottle release will happen in the taproom. At 11am, the doors will open. We had a line last year and expect one again this year. Once in the taproom, you will be able to purchase tickets for your bottles. The number of tickets will match the number of bottles available...exactly.

You will then proceed into the garage area of the taproom where you will exchange your tickets for your bottles. We will keep you posted on the number of bottles remaining in the Facebook event and via Twitter.

What time is Dark Charge Day?

Both the Block Party and Bottle Release open at 11am. The Bottle Release will run until the bottles are sold out. The Block Party will take place outside in a heated tent from 11am-11p. The taproom is open until 1am.

Where should I park during Dark Charge Day?

Great question. Like all of our events, we recommend using a designated driver to ensure you get to and from the event safely. If you are driving, please reference the parking map for best parking options.

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