October 16, 2018

Tap Time Radio Oct 15th, 2018

Check out last night's Tap Time with Jess from Flyway Brewing and Ian & Theron from Stone's Throw Brewing PLUS Leighanne from the Arkansas Art's Center as we talk about the upcoming 6th annual Fountain Fest and lots more.

October 5, 2018

I'm Now At 50 Brewery Visits For The Year

Wow, my brewery visits for 2018 are really starting to build up. At the end of August my wife and I took our annual anniversary trip and decided to go to the mountains instead of the ocean this year. We spent time between Asheville, NC and Chattanooga, TN and had an amazing time in both great cities. We'd been to Asheville before but it's always worth the trip for the wonderful breweries, not to mention the food and cool artsy vibe. We made it to 11 breweries in all, highlighted by 1st time trips to two of the big boys, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada. Both were just amazing. Here's all the stops:

Asheville, NC
Bhramari Brewing
Twisted Leaf 
Wedge Brewing 
Wicked Weed/Funkatorium
Burial Brewing Co.
Catawba Brewing
Green Man Brewing
New Belgium
One World Brewing
Sierra Nevada
Asheville Brewing Company

Next we made our way over to Chattanooga for a few days, not sure what to expect as neither of us had been there before. We didn't take long to start wishing that we had more time, what with great food, beer, beautiful sights and a white-water rafting trip. I recommend this city to anybody looking for some fun. Their brewery scene is pretty cool too, and seems to be growing. Here's where we made it to:

Chattanooga, TN
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Heaven & Ale
Hutton & Smith
Terminal Brewhouse
Oddstory Brewing Co.

And finally, the weekend before last I went to Dallas to see some bands (Clutch and Sevendust) on Sunday and conveniently booked my hotel where I could walk to several breweries. A couple of them I'd been to before, but I did make it to one new place for me, Pegasus City Brewery. Nice folks and a cool set-up, they weren't focused on hoppy beer, which I found sort of unique. I had a nice black lager and porter. Would recommend.

Dallas, TX
Peticolas Brewing

Pegasus City Brewing

Noble Rey Brewing

So now we're caught up, and heading to Nashville this weekend! Hoping for a visit to a favorite of mine, Bearded Iris, and of course some of the usual stops like Yazoo and Jackalope.

October 4, 2018

Squatters Craft Beers Doubles Efforts in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, OCT 3, 2018Squatters Craft Beers, in partnership with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Real Men Wear Pink campaign, is raising funds and awareness for the second year in a row to benefit breast cancer research during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Squatters' number one selling brand – Hop Rising Double IPA – will wear a pink can for the entire month of October. Squatters Craft Beers has pledged to donate $0.05 for each special can sold during the campaign. New in 2018, Squatters will double down and donate a portion of proceeds from special pink-canned Full Suspension Pale Ale 12-packs. “We are excited to include an additional Squatters package this year to support the American Cancer Society and generate much-needed funds to combat this devastating disease,” says Senior Marketing Manager for Squatters Craft Beers, Amy Tangaro.

Alongside or in memory of the women in their lives who have been touched by cancer, Real Men Wear Pink advocates will rally to raise funds and awareness during the month of October. Activists are encouraged to don their pinkest gear, mobilize their communities and compete to become the top fundraiser in support of lifesaving research and patient-supporting services.

Squatters Hop Rising is currently sold in 19 states and the pink cans will be distributed throughout, including in Squatters’ home state of Utah, where Hop Rising reigns as the top-selling craft beer in the market. Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale pink 12-packs will make an appearance in 7 states and are expected to go fast. “Hop Rising and Full Suspension are two of our most-loved and best-performing beers, and the response we had from last year’s ACS campaign was enormous. We’re excited to be partnering again in 2018,” adds Squatters Craft Beers Chief Operating Officer, Adam Curfew.

According to the ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 1,460 women in the state of Utah will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 270 will die from the disease this year.

To read the personal story of how cancer has affected the life and family of Squatters’ salesperson, Keith Riekena, visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/keith

For more information on the American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink campaign, click here or contact Colt Jarvis with ACS at 801-493-4730 or via email at colt.jarvis@cancer.org.

Founders Brewing Co. Harvest Ale

Founders Brewing Co.: "Every fall, we get the privilege of making our wet-hopped ale, Harvest Ale. We take wet hop cones exclusively from Michigan hop farms, they're picked in the morning and used as soon as possible that day. That freshness really makes a difference. 
Harvest Ale – an impossibly aromatic and bright IPA bursting with fresh pine, melon and citrus notes. Our ode to the beauty that is the wet, American hop."

Learn more about Harvest Ale here: http://bit.ly/FBCHarvestAle

October 3, 2018

Craft Beer 10 Years Ago

I can tell you where I was mostly drinking 10 years ago, The Flying Saucer in downtown Little Rock (pretty much the only place for craft beer in 2008), but I can't tell you what all I was drinking. The Arkansas craft beer scene was yet to take off and I do remember for sure there were very little can choices for my lake trips at the time but I know there were several of the breweries I still drink a lot of today in the state, like New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Rogue and Boulevard. Boy have their been a lot of changes since then! Cans are abundant, Arkansas has 40+ breweries and most of the big national breweries are available in the state now. 
Check out Beer By The Numbers video on the craft beer scene in 2008 for a quick trip down memory lane of your own.

"The Craft Beer industry has come a long way in 10 years. Aside from the sheer growth and number of breweries, the tastes of drinkers and brewers have also evolved. Join Ryan in turning back the clock to take a look at the craft beer scene in 2008."

October 2, 2018

Tap Time Radio Oct 1st, 2018

Here's last night's Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with Bradley from Hawk Moth Brewery and Beer Parlor and Jarrod from Lost Forty Brewing. We talk about the new brewery Bradley has opened in northwest Arkansas and also Lost Forty's upcoming Festival of Darkness. Check it out below the pics:

October 1, 2018

Guest Spot on IWS Radio

I spent a little time yesterday as a guest on IWS Radio to talk a little about Oktoberfest beer and basically just shoot the shit with hosts Jay-Man and Matt-Man. Check it out below if you're so inclined. They call me up at about the 1:08 mark of the 2 hour show.

Follow the line: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/im-with-stupid/2018/09/30/oktoberfest-2018-arkansas-invades-munich

"Willkommen and Achtung Baby!! It's Oktoberfest on IWS Radio, and we are going to invade the luftwaves with a blitzkrieg of hilarity!! Witty banter will abound, German culture will be celebrated, good/bad music will be played, and we will be drinking and talking craft beer with Scott of @woopigbrewey and the www.arkbeerscene.com"

September 30, 2018

History of the Märzen -- Oktoberfest Beer

Great video from "Beer By The Numbers"...
"Märzens are one of my favorite beer styles, especially as the heat of the summer begins to cool off. But besides being the most popular beers at Oktoberfest they have a really rich history being a part of the lager revolution. So join Ryan on a trip through beer history to discover the origins and evolution of the Märzen."
Beer by The Numbers Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/146200836174391

September 27, 2018

Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale from New Belgium Brewing

A limited-edition collaboration between New Belgium and Knob Creek, Oakspire is a unique bourbon barrel ale aged with bourbon-steeped oak spirals and char from inside the barrel. Smooth notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel wrap up with a pleasantly warm finish. 
Oakspire: Where innovation meets tradition.

More: https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/oakspire

September 20, 2018

Oskar Blues Brings Back Death By Coconut Irish Porter

LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - Oskar Blues Brewery announces a cult classic comeback - Death by Coconut Irish Porter returns for winter 2018 with kickoff events in taprooms on October 5. The seasonal brew marries flavors of bittersweet cacao and creamy coconut; asserts that beer is the perfect dessert; and invites believers to join the Death by Coconut Irish Porter Cult this season. The 6.5% ABV porter will be nationally distributed in 4-packs of 12oz cans starting in early October.

Chocolate and coconut are perfectly intertwined in a recipe that pleases the beer gods. “No false advertising here – it’s as straightforward a chocolate-and-coconut beer as it gets,” said Juice Drapeau, Head Brewer at the Oskar Blues pilot brewery in Lyons. “The chocolate-y malt flavors and coconut aroma and flavor are nicely balanced, and it’s not as viscous as a stout, which makes it more palatable.”

Death by Coconut was originally brewed as a small batch collaboration with Shamrock Brewing in 2014 and went on to earn a silver medal at GABF in the chocolate beer category. At that point, increased demand challenged brewers to find innovative ways to accentuate the rich chocolate flavor while increasing consistency and stability for distribution of the cult favorite outside of the taproom. 

Boulder-based Cholaca provided the answer to the chocolate question. The product is made from three ingredients - water, cacao and coconut sugar - and allows brewers to give beer a rich, smooth chocolate flavor by adding liquid chocolate (cacao emulsified in water) rather than using cacao nibs or powders. Plus, the cacao is sourced directly from farmers and co-ops in Ecuador that utilize regenerative farming practices. “Now Cholaca is in over 700 breweries, in 50 states including Canada, in 15 countries, including Australia. That volume gives us the ability to import quality cacao. It helps us get the great stuff,” said Cholaca founder Ira Leibtag. “Without the great stuff, we end up with GMO and preservative-infiltrated product… and ruined rainforests.”

Cholaca’s bittersweet chocolate flavor comes together with raw, desiccated coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal. The result is a rich, dessert-y flavor with a light, approachable mouthfeel.

Folks interested in ritual beer-drinking, chocolate worship and coconut offerings are invited to join the Death by Coconut 2018 cult. The initiation happens on October 5. Check out party details here:

Austin, TX, Taproom
Longmont, CO, Taproom
Boulder, CO, Taproom
Brevard, NC, Taproom

Following taproom releases, Death by Coconut will be distributed nationally in 4-packs of 12oz cans. Use the beerfinder to find it on shelves near you.