June 14, 2018

How To Properly Pour The Perfect Pint

Tap Time Radio June 13, 2018

Check out the most recent edition of Tap Time from 103.7 The Buzz with guests from the upcoming 5th annual Great Arkansas Beer Festival plus Phil Brandon of Little Rock's own Rock Town Distillery talking about their recent expansion and opening of the new taproom in Soma:

June 11, 2018

Sierra Nevada Tank Tested: Brux Domesticated Wild Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: In 2012, we brewed Brux Domesticated Wild Ale, a collaboration with our friends at Russian River Brewing Company. We set aside 1,000 cases to release over the years as it aged and six years seemed like a good time to break out some cases. Also seemed like a good time for a road trip to drink it together. Check it out on Tank Tested!

June 8, 2018

Brewery Visits for 2018 (so far)

So last year I made it out to 54 breweries in all and I figured that although I wasn't really shooting for that number in 2018, I'd probably be close to it again with all the road trips my wife and I do. So with the year nearly halfway over I took a look at how many I'd hit so far and of course I'm about halfway to that number, with 26 breweries visited so far. Some of these I've been to many times, some are new to me and several are ones I'd been wanting to get to for quite some time.

A few highlights:

I was fortunate enough to go to Sweetwater 420Fest in Atlanta this year and got to visit the Sweetwater brewery and also The Woodlands, their barrel-aging facility. Huge operation they've got going with some fantastic brews.

Also knocked one off the ole bucket list, finally making it to Jester King just outside of Austin, TX, for a wonderful visit. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Amazing beer, great people and a really cool facility.

My first trip every over to Oklahoma City allowed me to visit quite a few breweries I'd never been to before, so that was cool. A great beer scene is "brewing" over there. See what I did? Ha.

So anyway, here's the current list for 2018...

Abita Brew Pub Abita Springs, LA
Anthem Brewing Co. Oklahoma City, OK
Blue Canoe Brewing Co. Little Rock, AR
Blue Owl Brewing Austin, TX
Bricktown Brewery Oklahoma City, OK
Brieux Carre Brewing Co. New Orleans, LA
Coop Ale Works Oklahoma City, OK
Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, LA
Flyway North Little Rock, AR
Fort Smith Brewing Co. Fort Smith, AR
Great Raft Shreveport, LA
Independence Austin, TX
Jester King Austin, TX
Lost Forty Little Rock, AR
NOLA Brewing New Orleans, LA
Port Orleans New Orleans, LA
Prairie OKC Oklahoma City, OK
Prestonrose Farm & Brewery Subiaco, AR
Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. Little Rock, AR
Rough Tail Brewing Co. Oklahoma City, OK
STATS Brewpub Atlanta, GA
Stone's Throw Brewing Little Rock, AR
Sweetwater Atlanta, GA
Twisted Spike Oklahoma City, OK
Urban South New Orleans, LA
Vinos Brewpub Little Rock, AR

June 6, 2018

Stone I'm Peach Double IPA

Stone Brewing: Who wants to kick fruit out of beer? Not us. When done right, adding orange or grapefruit or tangerine can contribute a deeper level of delicious complexity to the beer. In this case, peach was the perfect complement to enhance the substantial bill of hops in this double IPA.

May its reign last more than a few terms.


May 31, 2018

13 Years of Bell's Oberon Mini Keg History

Bells' Brewery: "Every summer we release an Oberon mini keg. Here's a look at each unique design. Which one is your favorite?"

May 30, 2018

Squatters Partners With Best Friends Animal Society

Squatters Chasing Tail Orange Golden Ale Benefits "No Kill" Shelter Initiative

Salt Lake City, UT – Squatters Craft Beers has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society in announcing their latest brew, Chasing Tail Orange Golden Ale. Squatters’ much-loved Chasing Tail Golden Ale gets a citrus fruit finish and higher alcohol content at 5.2% ABV in this fresh line extension.

Alongside Chasing Tail Orange, Squatters Craft Beers and Best Friends Animal Society will be highlighting their partnership throughout 2018 with adoption and fundraising events, as well as offering beer lovers the opportunity to win a trip to Best Friends Animal Society's Sanctuary in Southern Utah. This collaboration went national with a special tasting and Yappy Hour event on May 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. During the kickoff event, dogs found new homes and attendees learned about animal advocacy opportunities - all while enjoying delicious craft beer.

Animal lovers through and through, the crew at the brewery has embraced this tie-in with BFAS, even featuring one of their own adopted friends on the label of Chasing Tail Orange. Kyla, a 10-year-old pit bull and boxer mix who belongs to UBC Marketing Manager Amy Tangaro, is the new face of the beer. “The competition was fierce, but my girl Kyla won the coveted spot on the new beer label,” said Tangaro. “Kyla’s first few years were spent bouncing from shelter to shelter. Since we met her at a BFAS-sponsored adoption event in Salt Lake City eight years ago, life is all treats, walks and cuddles.” Squatters Craft Beers' social media channels (@squattersbeers) will be showcasing more stories like Kyla’s of rescued dogs and their humans over the coming months.

“When our CEO, Julie Castle, planted a stake in the ground stating that we would advocate for all shelters in the US to become “no kill” shelters by 2025, we knew we couldn’t do it alone,” said Eric Rayvid, director of PR and Social Media for Best Friends Animal Society. “With partners like Squatters Craft Beers, we’re able to reach an audience that might not know that 4,100 dogs and cats are dying in shelters every day. We truly value their partnership and their help in getting the word out about our work and mission.”

Brewmaster Jon Lee said, “This beer should be enjoyed anywhere you take your dogs, which should be everywhere! Home for TV cuddle time, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, walkies, summer patios... It has a nice orange aroma and flavor and is well supported by the traditional Golden Ale we’ve all come to love in Chasing Tail.”

Chasing Tail Orange will be distributed throughout Squatters Craft Beers' distribution footprint of 19 US states.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the nation's largest sanctuary for homeless animals and also provides adoption, spay/neuter resources and educational programs. Their mission is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. BFAS does this by helping end the killing in America's animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. Learn more at https://bestfriends.org/.

About Squatters Craft Beers & Wasatch Brewery

In 1986, Greg Schirf opened Utah’s first craft brewery, Wasatch Beers and Brewpub in the resort town of Park City. A few years later Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole founded Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake’s original brewpub, in 1989. The company currently operates five brewpubs and a wine and ale house. In 2000, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery merged their brewery operations for draft and bottle production. To date, Squatters and Wasatch have brought home 17 World Beer Cup Awards and 30 Great American Beer Festival Medals. In 2010, they received the prestigious U.S. Mid-size Brewery of the Year award from the Brewers Association. Squatters and Wasatch bottled and draft beers are available in 19 states including Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas & Wisconsin.

Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery are members of the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective alongside Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing and Cigar City Brewing. For more information, please visit www.squatters.com and www.wasatchbeers.com.

About CANarchy

Founded in 2015, CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing quality and innovative flavors to beer drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. The portfolio of craft breweries, partially funded by Fireman Capital Partners, including Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery is challenging corporate convention to preserve independent craft beer culture.

CANarchy’s goal is to be the #1 provider of American craft beer in a can by bringing value to distributors, retailers & beer drinkers. Cigar City’s Jai Alai and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale are currently the #1 and #2 sold craft can six packs in U.S. Grocery. The CANarchy platform brewed nearly 350,000 bbls in 2017 reaching all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.

May 23, 2018

Summer Six Pack 2018

OK, these aren't the only beers I drink in the hot Arkansas summer months, or not even the only styles I drink all summer. I'm just as likely to have a stout or something barrel-aged or a big IPA sitting next to me at the pool. These are just some lighter, more approachable beers for like let's say if I've got a whole day at the lake or pool coming. Or maybe 18 holes of golf. Have you ever tried drinking an imperial IPA the whole day on a golf course? Pro tip: don't.

So this is just my list of lower ABV, available in a can, and easier on the palate for a whole day of drinking type beers from the radio show the other night. Perhaps I'll just call it my Summer Six Pack? Cause lord knows it's the only six pack you'll see near my abs when I've got a swimsuit on.

Flyway Bluewing Berry Wheat (4.9%) - I started with a local pick, from North Little Rock's Flyway Brewing, which is an American wheat beer with blueberries added to the fermentation. Super easy on the tastes buds, very refreshing and not too sweet. The can design is gorgeous as well.

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale (4.9%) - A mash-up of a tart berliner, a salty gose and a crisp Kolsch brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt. It's just so easy to drink and leaves you immediately wanting another. Easiest drinking beer ever made by Dogfish Head in my opinion.

Ballast Point Tart Peach Kolsch (5.2%) - A really easy drinking Kolsch that's tart with a nice amount of peach fruitiness. This one just screams summer beer for peach lovers like me. Having the six-packs in the Kroger right by my house also insures my wife keeps it stocked in the beer crisper from her frequent visits there.

Sweetwater Tropical Lover (4.8%) - I first drank this at the Sweetwater brewery when in I was in Atlanta for 420 Fest last month, then continued to drink it all weekend. It's a nice Berliner wheat ale brewed with mango, passionfruit and guava and if you're at an all day music festival and you start drinking around breakfast, you gotta stay light. Don't judge, but some summer days I may just start drinking around breakfast.

Founders Green Zebra (4.6%) - I've tried a lot of watermelon beers that seem to have missed the mark by not being quite as "watermelony" (my word!), but this watermelon gose nails it. Lightly hopped, dry with a hint of salt on the finish. So easy to slam and rewarding for your summer watermelon dosage. Plus, no seeds!

Rahr & Sons Paleta De Mango (5.5%) - This Mango Chile Lime Kolsch has been a huge hit at my house and fortunately it's also available at our local minor league baseball park, where I spend quite a bit of time in the summer. It's quite crushable with a nice amount of fruitiness followed by some back-end heat. 

So put together that six-pack for a hot round of golf or boating or whatever the hell else you want to get out and do in this hot, muggy southern weather and let me know what you think. Cheers.

May 22, 2018

Tap Time Radio May 21st, 2018

Here's our Tap Time show from last night, when were live from Edward's Food Giant with Marty from Ozark Beer Co. and Eric from Lost Forty Brewing as guests. 
Bryce getting things on track.

Mike making sure everyone is fed well.

Ozark Beer Co's Marty Shutter in the house.

May 17, 2018

Bell's Lager of the Lakes

Bell's Brewery: Many mainstream lagers are brewed with corn and rice. Lager of the Lakes is not. Crisp, refreshing and full of flavor, our recipe will challenge what you think you know about the style.