July 26, 2017

Independence Brewing Co. expands distribution throughout Arkansas

Independence Brewing Co. expands distribution throughout Arkansas
Austin-based craft brewery finds a ‘natural’ fit with first statewide territory outside of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (July 26, 2017) –  Independence Brewing Co., one of Texas’ original craft breweries, today announced the company will begin distributing its lineup of award-winning beers throughout the state of Arkansas. The new territory signals the brand’s first expansion of distribution outside its home state of Texas.

Independence’ Brewing Co.’s core lineup of craft brews, which include Austin Amber, Liberty Lunch IPA, Redbud Berliner Weisse, Power & Light Pale Ale, and the brand’s top-selling beer, Stash IPA, are available now in both on-premise bars and restaurants as well as off-premise retail stores. Little Rock-based Central Distributing have signed on as Independence’s wholesale partner throughout the Natural State.

“We had canoed and camp along the Buffalo River years ago, so when we began looking into new markets for Independence, Arkansas really stood out against the other states we were considering,” said Amy Cartwright, co-founder and president of Independence Brewing Co.

“The people of Arkansas really seem to hold similar values as we do at Independence; a love for the outdoors, supporting local music and the arts, and giving back to the community. We’re truly excited to hit the ground running in our first new state and hopefully become a part of its amazing culture for a long time ahead,”  Cartwright said.

Independence Brewing Co. was founded in Austin, Texas in 2004 by the husband and wife team of Rob and Amy Cartwright with the goal of brewing craft beers for “independent thinkers and independent drinkers.” The brand ranks among the top independent brewers of craft beer in the state of Texas with nearly 16 thousand barrels produced in 2016.

To celebrate the brand’s milestone, Independence Brewing Co. will host several events throughout the week in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. Individual event details can be found on Independence Brewing Co.’s Facebook page.

Media Contact:
Christopher Marsh
Tomahawk PR

About Independence Brewing Co.
Founded in 2004, Independence Brewing Co. is one of Texas’ original craft breweries. Based in Austin and brewed for independent thinkers and drinkers, Independence’s year-round offerings include: Austin Amber, Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, Liberty Lunch IPA, Redbud Berliner Weisse, Stash IPA and Power & Light Pale Ale - 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner. Over 21 and want more info? Visit IndependenceBrewing.com #ThinkForYourself #DrinkForYourself

May 16, 2017

Tap Time for May 15th, 2017

We had a lot of fun on the show last night with friends from Carson's Brewery and Bubba Brew's Brewing Company plus a phone call from Larry the Cable Guy and a new song for Tap Time from listener Rodger King! Check it out here:

May 10, 2017

Ballast Point Launch Party Is Upon Us

It's almost here! Ballast Point Brewing is finally coming to Arkansas, after many months (years?) or rumors and things are kicking off in central Arkansas this Friday, May 12th, at the Little Rock Flying Saucer with a Ballast Point Launch Party. See you there! Here's a few deets...
Tapping @ 5 PM:
Sculpin IPA
Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
Pineapple Sculpin IPA
Mango Even Keel Session IPA
Dorado Double IPA
Grunion Pale Ale
Victory at Sea Imperial Porter &
Longfin Lager

*2 Ballast Point Flights available*
Ballast Point Brewing: At Ballast Point, quality is a team effort from grain to glass. Learn more about the steps we take to ensure our beer tastes great every time.

May 9, 2017

Dale's Pale Ale & McBess

Oskar Blues Brewery - In celebration of 15 years of the ORIGINAL craft beer in a can, we are launching new 16oz. Dale’s Pale Ale Draft Cans exclusively to bars and restaurants – an homage to our core belief that a keg is a can, is a keg, is a can, is a keg. As part of our continuous disregard for the status quo, we collaborated with avant-garde illustrator McBess (mcbess.com) to create a series of three limited-release cans that embody a shared enthusiasm for the outdoors, music and craft beer.

When all three cans are aligned side by side, they create a single larger image that depicts our unlikely and irreverent journey from mountain town brewpub to craft beer pioneer. The series starts where it all began, Lyons, Colorado, including a depiction of the original can of Dale’s Pale Ale, it then progresses to the mountain bike haven of Western North Carolina, and onto the live music capital of the world in Austin, Texas.

 Crack a can and dig in. The McBess series cranks up a canned craft beer session with a grip of illustrations to stare at while you enjoy the OG Dale’s Pale Ale and everything it stands for. 

May 3, 2017

Bring out your Dead Guy!

Well here's an idea I fully support! Check it out when Rogue took to the streets of Portland, Oregon to hand our free samples of Dead Guy Ale in cans. I love the new can design, for the record, but the best part of this is the freakin' sweet hearse! I so want to drive this and pass out cans from a coffin. Bucket list updated. 

May 2, 2017

May 1st, 2017 Edition of Tap Time

We're chatting with David Hughes of the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival and Slade Wright from SweetWater Brewing Co. in Georgia about their recent launch in Arkansas and upcoming releases plus Professor Mike and his ongoing series about beer styles.

May 1, 2017

Stone's Throw Brewing Event Calendar for May 2017

Every Tuesday, 4:00-9:00pm: #HOPSandHOPE, $1 of each house brew sold donated to A-Camp, Inc.

Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series: High School Hijinx

Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion

Every Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm: Brunch Beers at Bernice Garden Farmers Market

Razorback Sports on the Big Screen (subject to availability)


Monday May 1, 6:30pm: Beginners Sushi Class

Tuesday May 2, 6:00-8:00pm: Faith & Fermentation Small Group Gathering

Thursday May 4, 5:00-8:00pm: Food Truck Meet-Up at Good Earth Garden Center

Thursday May 4, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Friday May 5, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday World Premiere of British SMASH

Friday May 5, 7:00pm: Beer Garden at MacArthur Park 5k

Saturday May 6, 10:00am-4:00pm: Handmade in the Heights in Pulaski Heights

Saturday May 6, 12:00-7:00pm: Arkansas Brewgrass Fest in Fayetteville

Saturday May 6, 2:00-6:00pm: Brews & Barks at Diamond Bear Brewing

Sunday May 7, 11:00am-4:00pm: Community Picnic with St. Edwards in MacArthur Park

Sunday May 7, 1:00pm: Arkansas Brewers Guild Tap Takeover in Rogers

Tuesday May 9, 6:00-9:00pm: 2nd Tuesday Cribbage Night

Tuesday May 9, 6:30pm: "Time of Fear" at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History sponsored by Stone's Throw Brewing

Wednesday May 10, 4:00pm: Pranom Pop Up Thai Street Food Tour

Thursday May 11, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by the Old State House Museum
Friday May 12, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Pit Boss Peach Hefeweizen

Friday May 12, 5:00-8:00pm: 2nd Friday Art Night at the Old State

Saturday May 13, 10:00am-4:00pm: Mini Maker Faire in North Little Rock

Sunday May 14, 11:00am: Mother's Day Vinyl Brunch

Thursday May 18, 5:30-7:30pm: Alley Party by Christ Church

Thursday May 18, 6:00pm: A Most Endangered Places Bicycle Ride

Thursday May 18, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by The Rep

Thursday May 18, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at The Southern Gourmasian

Friday May 19, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Balarama Peppercorn Saison

Saturday May 20, 5:00-8:00pm: Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival

Saturday May 20, 6:00-11:00pm: Legends in Argenta

Thursday May 25, 6:00-9:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery

Thursday May 25, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansongs

Friday May 26, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Jean Claude Van Damme Belgian Dark Ale

Saturday May 27, 11:00am-6:00pm: Etsy Fest in Hillcrest

And Coming Up....

Saturday July 29: Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

April 20, 2017

Beers To Cheer: March 2017

Finally! We're back with more Beers To Cheer for March 2017! I know what you're thinking, and you're right... April is almost over already and you're just now doing March?!? Hey, drinking beer is a time consuming. Give me a break over here. Maybe you're just that much closer to April's beer, you think of that?

So you know the drill by now hopefully... three self-professed Arkansas beer nerds pick a couple of beers each (only 1 from Brian this month, he was a homebody) from the state and throw them some love. New beers, established beers... no criteria. Just good Arkansas beers. Let's get to it!

First a quick recap:

January Beers To Cheer
February Beers To Cheer

March Beers To Cheer:

Michael (@fayettebrew)

Moody Brews/Apple Blossom Brewing Company Earl Grey ESB - One of my favorite things about highlighting a few beers each month is the opportunity to revisit longtime favorites, and Earl Grey ESB is just that. This collaboration from Josiah Moody (through his Moody Brews brand) and Apple Blossom Brewing Company was first brewed in late 2014 and was the first collaboration between two Arkansas breweries in the recent era of craft beer. Like the return of Frosty the Snowman, baseball, or daylight savings, seeing Earl Grey ESB on tap brings a fond anticipation for a beer that feels as fresh as it tastes refreshing (the orange zest of the tea is a great finish to the malt-sweet base). One of the best conversation-starter beers in Arkansas, I’m glad I lucked into finding this on tap at Creekside Taproom (Siloam Springs) during March!

Columbus House Brewery Piles of Miles - One of the dominant themes in craft beer in 2016 was the ascension of the New England IPA as an in-demand style (and critical talking point). Customers and brewers in some of the most demanding U.S. beer markets have seen to it that the NE IPAs have a spot in their tanks, taps, and fridges. As a state, Arkansas is usually a little slow to take to trends and local beer is no different. There are, of course, rational reasons for this but it is always nice when there is an exception to this norm. Columbus House’s Piles of Miles (brewed in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Joe Martin Stage Race) is one of a few NE IPA to be brewed in Arkansas in the last month and while it is not the haziest #juicebomb in the land, Piles of Miles gets into gear with a tropical, citrus flavor and condensed mouthfeel. Most importantly, it is an example of a small Arkansas brewery not waiting until a new style feels “safe” before brewing a batch. Cheers to Columbus House not only this brew but also giving it a bit of a spotlight!

Brian (@EBSorensen)

Ozark Beer Co. Double IPA - There’s a lot of excitement swirling around Ozark’s move to its new location at 109 N. Arkansas in Rogers. I stopped by a few days after the doors opened on a soft opening basis and wasn’t disappointed. It's a space full of character. The two levels of drinking space are a phenomenal execution of what a taproom can be. My wife and I both thought it was somewhat similar to Puritan in Fayetteville (our favorite space to steal away to without the kids), but on the whole a much bigger imagination of the concept. Speaking of Puritan, that’s where I had Ozark’s Double IPA back in March. This year’s version was big (but not too big) and bold (but not too bold) with the citrusy punch you would expect from a west coast-inspired version of the style. The beer is over 8% ABV but drinks much closer to 5. The bitterness is held in check with nice round edges. In other words it’s smooth and highly drinkable. I can’t wait to visit Ozark’s new space once the brewhouse is up and running. And I really can’t wait to get my hands on this year’s version of BDCS, which arrives in May.

Scott (@WooPigBrewey)

Superior Bathhouse The Killer Irish Red Ale - If you like redheads, or at least red beers, check out the latest Irish Red Ale batch from one of our great Hot Springs breweries. Easy to drink at 6% abv and 17 IBU, I found this very smooth with plenty of toasty malt character. Pours a pretty dark red and is easy to keep re-drinking. It's just a fairly "normal" style done well. I like that.

Rebel Kettle Pulp - The name of this Sour IPA aged on mangoes is pretty much just perfect. Sitting in the glass waiting on me to attack it, this beer looks so hazy it's almost like a pulpy orange juice. Flavor-wise it delivers with a juicy, fruity, tart glass of deliciousness. Oh it's bitter like I want my IPAs to be, but it all plays so well with the fruity tartness. I noticed reviews on Untappd ranged from "sour AF" to "IPA kick"... so it's a marriage of both worlds I guess. Get your pulp on.

April 6, 2017

Tap Time from April 5th, 2017

Here's Tap Time last night with Ben from the Arkansas Travelers talking about ballpark food and beer at Dickey-Stephens Park, with play opening today. Also Angela of central Arkansas' Food & Foam Fest on April 14th. Dig it...