December 10, 2019

It's The Most Wonderful Time For a Beer

Well this is just freakin' great! 😂

Carlton Dry: It's the most wonderful time to learn the lyrics to our new Christmas song. Sing a long with our karaoke film - and here's to a wonderful Christmas with Carlton Dry!

One December Day In Tulsa

This past Saturday a buddy and I took our annual "Men's Weekend"  (wives don't accompany us) trip over to Tulsa to just basically eat and drink beer. I mean, that's really all we do. Seriously.

We made it to 10 breweries on the day and had an absolute blast. Much beer was drank, much food was eaten and much walking was done. Tulsa has a great craft beer scene and honestly it's all pretty walkable or at least short Uber rides apart. We chose to walk to keep the sobriety somewhat in check. I said somewhat.

So here's a stop-by-stop quick summary, in order, and with a little rating (5 STAR MAX) for each place based on our overall experience there. Not just the beer, but the people we met and the atmosphere as seen by a craft beer seeker. Interactions are usually more memorable than flavor profiles on these day long brewery crawls.

Onward!

Elgin Park Restaurant & Brewery

First stop of the day to get some food base for all the beer in the belly. Definitely more of a sports bar, as it should be since it's right by the ballpark, and the Oklahoma/Baylor game was on the telly so it was loud and rowdy. Had a slice of breakfast 'za and nice light malty Albion Ale. I'm not a fan of sports bar with fans yelling like they're at the stadium every time their team gets a 3 yard gain. But hey to each their own. I'd like to get back by this place when it's not as wild and visit with a brew house person. But on this visit... 1 STAR

Welltown Brewing

Interesting choice of having no TVs and on this day (see above game) it was empty except for us. What a beautiful space though! Two stories, lots of room and all really clean and nice looking. Would be a great private event place. I had an easy drinking peach sour called Feeling Peachy. The bartender was chatty and cool but it was just a pretty dead place. Again, LOVE the space though and like to see a lot of sours. Still going to have to go with 2 STARS

New Era Fine Fermentation

Another really nice facility, but basically no interaction with the staff other than ordering. I had a light sour called Raspberry Pride that was OK but with tax it was over $9. After tip I'm in for $11 on one beer. So there's that. I believe they're "gluten-reduced" so I know that process is a bit expensive but I chug too much beer to pay $11 a pop. Ha. Anyway... overall experience gets 2 STARS

Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing

Now we got things going. Super nice bartenders that were very chatty about craft beer and the Tulsa scene. Neat little space that doesn't look like some corporate folks threw several million at it, but instead was build by passionate beer people. I had a good Tulsa Flag IPA and did a few small samples of other beers that were also well done. We swapped some Rebel Kettle special releases we had in our backpacks and traded stickers and I even dropped some money on a shirt, because the folks were damn cool. This is what I look for. Dead Armadillo gets 5 STARS

Nothing's Left Brewing Co.

More of the same at this place, which looks like it was probably an old service station? Super cool use of the room they have and the 2 girls working at the bar were just fantastic. Chatty, welcoming and happy to get some cans brought for Little Rock. They let us sample most of the beers we didn't order and I drank a really nice Galaxy Pale Ale. Again, this place gets 5 STARS

Heirloom Rustic Ales

It was a good little hike to our next brewery, but we'd heard good things about their beers so we had to check it out. The quality of beer wasn't disappointing. I had a "summer breakfast stout" called Morning Devotion and it was the best beer I'd had so far on the trip. Neat place, solid beers but the staff wasn't too interested in us even after we donated some beer. No worries, we met a really nice craft beer loving couple at the bar and chatted about the scene. They had bottle sales so I got a couple to add to the backpack to try back in Arkansas. I like the location, really like the beers but need to come back for a better overall experience. 3 STARS

Marshall Brewing

After a bit of a walk back and a stop at a great BBQ food truck, we hit this taproom where we are familiar with a lot of the beer already. The bartenders here were fantastic too... very knowledgeable (I believe one was a brewer there) and fun. We talked and sampled plus I had a good, thick Dark By 5 PM stout. Bonus points... we saw Eric Marshall in there and got to chat with him awhile and scored some fantastic Black Dolphin and more. This is a great taproom with very cool folks and one of my favorite Oklahoma breweries. 5 STARS.

Cabin Boys

Just across a courtyard, this place has a cool vibe on the tap room side and more of a party vibe in an adjoining room... depending on which side you're in the mood for I guess. Another spot with very cool people working We got beers and stickers and had a really good experience. I had their 2nd Anniversary Ale which was a golden ale aged on cherries and was very happy with it. Definitely would go back here.... 4 STARS

American Solera

This new facility is AMAZING. It's huge and just beautiful. Great selection of taps with the only difficult thing being you have to decide which to have. This was the only place all day where we actually had 2 beers each (we didn't sample anything). I had an outstanding sour called Year Three Blend and also double dry hopped IPA called Secret Mascot that was really damn good. We didn't have any interactions as there was no where to sit at the bar and the employees were all swamped. We did see Chase a couple of time but didn't get to chat with him. Still though, this place is wonderful and the beer is wonderful. Overall experience... 4 STARS

So by this point we've got some heavy-ass backpacks full of beer and are a long way from downtown so we Uber'd back to the hotel for a drop-off then a final stop...

Prairie Artisan Ales

Always love their brewpub downtown, but it's definitely more like a restaurant than a tap room (by design of course) and we weren't eating so we just sort of sat off to the side and had a beer. I had a crazy fun Seasick Crocodile, which is a "Christmas sour" ale with cranberries, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Yeah, a sour with those spices. It all works too as I thought it was fantastic. Great spot, always killer beer on tap and a place where you really need to have dinner and pair some beer for the full experience. This visit.... 3 STARS

So that's it. A day around Tulsa. Of course we closed things with an Old Fashioned at Valkrye but this isn't a bourbon blog. Get yourself to Tulsa, hit some spots and make your own opinions. Every visit to a brewpub should be different for every person.

I'll say it again: beer should about the experiences. Make some.

Dead Armadillo Tulsa Flag IPA

Nothing's Left

Nothing's Left Galaxy Pale Ale

Samples at Nothing's Left

Heirloom Rustic Ales

Marshall's New (ish) Tap Room

Marshall Line-Up

Selection at American Solera

American Solera Year Three Blend

Tulsa Souvenirs
Elgin Park

Welltown Brewing

New Era Fine Fermentation
Heirloom Rustic Ales

1907 BBQ

December 3, 2019

Tap Time Radio December 2nd, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest Kenny Peden, Head Brewer at Brick & Forge Brew Works in Harrison. Plus we do a 10 year challenge of Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts... 2009 & 2019.



November 22, 2019

Beer School: what is yeast?

The Craft Beer Channel:

"What the funk?! It's been ages since our last Beer School but we're back with 20 minutes of deep diving into the miracle microbe that is YEAST! Join us as we explore one of the world's largest brewing yeast factories, Lallemand in Vienna, and learn the basics of yeast biology – then head to Northern Monk and Little Earth Project to find out how that's put into practice!"

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November 21, 2019

Dogfish Head Quick Sip Clip: American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA

Dogfish Head: It’s been a long strange trip, and we’re not about to stop now. After six years and four releases of American Beauty, we’re back with an encore … only this time you haven’t heard the melody.

Together with the Grateful Dead, we’re proud to introduce our latest collaborative iteration – American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA.

Inspired by the Grateful Dead’s beloved “American Beauty” album, American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA is an unfiltered India Pale Ale brewed with spelt – an ancient heirloom grain that contributes earthy notes and a natural haze – that’s then dosed with a special yeast variety to accentuate hop aromatics.

The result is a psychedelic 7.0% ABV ale that’s bursting with notes of tropical fruit and juicy citrus, while the style callout lovingly references the fan-favorite track “Ripple.”

November 19, 2019

Tap Time Radio November 18th 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest Jason from North Little Rock's Flyway Brewing talking about their latest happenings.


November 8, 2019

Superior Bathhouse Brewery To Launch New "Viking" Beer

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS- OCTOBER 24, 2019 -- Superior Bathhouse Brewery will be debuting a new experimental beer in mid-November to herald the arrival of the city’s newest mountain biking event- Güdrun Northwoods Mountain Bike Festival which will be held at Northwoods Trails, Hot Springs’ premier multi-level mountain biking trail system, on November 15-17. Owner and brewer Rose Schweikhart, master brewer Jimm Powell and the brewery team are brewing a traditional Nordic Vossaøl Ale with Norweigian farmhouse yeast (Kveik), locally sourced Juniperus Virginiana (also known as Eastern red cedar) and the world-famous Hot Springs thermal spring water.

“We have really enjoyed researching and brewing this beer because it’s so out of the ordinary! Experimental beers are our passion, we love it when customers can come in and drink something they won’t find anywhere else in the State. We have 18 different beers on tap at any given time and use ingredients from around the world and our own back yards to make our beers unique and of course delicious. We’re weird and we like weird beers.” - Jimm Powell, Master Brewer at Superior

“Kveik” refers to a small variety of traditional Norweigian farmhouse style yeasts that have been used in small-batch brewing across the Nordic countrysides, passed down within families and communities for generations. These yeasts haven’t been commercially available in North America until recently. The literal translation of the term is “yeast.”

Superior Bathhouse Brewery is a proud sponsor of the Güdrun Northwoods Mountain Bike Festival which is managed by Visit Hot Springs and will be one year old in November. Superior regularly partners with Northwoods on events and is excited to be able to brew this special beer for the inaugural run of Güdrun.

Registration is still open for the Güdrun. Please find more information here -> http://gudrunmtbfest.com

Superior Bathhouse Brewery has been brewing traditional and experimental style beers with the Hot Springs thermal spring water since 2013 and is the only brewery inside a U.S. national park. The taproom located at 329 Central Ave in downtown Hot Springs is open daily at 11 a.m. and serves 18 taps of in-house brews as well as gourmet sandwiches, sausages, pretzels, and small plates, featuring Arkansas grown farm-to-table meats and produce.

You can learn more about Superior Bathhouse Brewery, including previous press coverage and the history of our building at superiorbathhouse.com


October 25, 2019

Chris Janson - Beer Me

I love a good beer drinkin' song and Chris Janson is one of my favorite country artists so this is a no brainer for the beer drinking playlist. You all have beer drinking playlists too right? RIGHT?!?!


October 24, 2019

Craft Beer Weekend Around Little Rock

Is this everything going on in the craft beer world around central Arkansas this weekend? Probably not. Is this enough? NEVER. Will I be at all of these events. C'mon man, what do you think I am? Ok, maybe I will be. Or at most of them at least, I'm going to be at the Eric Church concert on Friday night so I'm out on those.

BUT HERE'S PLENTY FOR YOU TO DO! Get out. Get down. Get off?

(Click the links for more info on each event)

Friday Oct 25

4pm - NewBrewFriday - The Liereman Belgian Brown & Coffee Lager at Stones Throw Brewing

6-9pm - 2019 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival at Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Saturday Oct 26th

1-4pm - Little Rock Slow Roll with Great Raft Brewing

1-5pm - Pints & Pumpkins at Stones Throw Brewing

5-9pm - Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night 2019 Release Party at Lost Forty

8-11pm - Hell Camino Album/Beer Release Party at Rebel Kettle

9pm - Halloween Glow Ball Party at Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge presented by Mother’s, Lagunitas and Lost Forty


October 22, 2019

The beginning of Two Hearted: Bell's Hop Selection

Wanted to share this cool video from Bell's Brewery about their hop selection for one of my favorite all-time beers, Two Hearted.

Check it out.

"In September we traveled to the Pacific Northwest for our annual hop selection. We met with many farmers who've become friends over the years. Their hop fields are extensions of our brewery and they care about quality as much as we do. This is the beginning of #TwoHearted."