September 23, 2017

Tap Time from Sept 20th, 2017

Check out the latest Tap Time radio on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest Matt Dixon from Dallas Brew Scene as we talk about places to go in the Dallas area for those calling the Hogs this weekend in Arlington. 
 

September 22, 2017

Stone Neapolitan Dynamite

Via Stone Brewing YouTube Channel: San Diego may be best known for its hop-forward IPAs, but this county has a long and proud history of stouts, porters and the dark arts. Case in point, the winners of this year’s American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition: Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez and their champion creation, Neapolitan Dynamite. For our additional collaborator, we enlisted noted Stout Master Derek Gallanosa from Abnormal Beer Company to bring this ice cream sundae of a beer to life in full scale. The result is a rich, decadent beer, with the sweetness of the strawberry and vanilla balanced out by dark chocolate and coffee. Available in bottle and on draft, but not on a waffle cone, unfortunately.

 More info and beer finder: http://bit.ly/NeapolitanDynamite
 
 

September 8, 2017

2017 Brewery Tour Rolls On!


My escape to Florida last week bumped by number of breweries I've visited and had a brew at to 47... oh so close that goal of 50 I set for no apparent reason. Can I visit 3 more in the next 4 months? I'm thinking it's not a problem. In fact I think I'll shoot for 50 by next weekend in Memphis as there are actually 2 local breweries I haven't been to this year, and in Memphis I've yet to visit Meddlesome Brewing (it wasn't open last time I visited back earlier in the year).

50 breweries in 9 months? My mom will be so proud. And my teachers all told me I'd never amount to anything. Pffft.






Brewery Location
3rd Planet Brewing Niceville, FL
4 Hands Brewing Co. St. Louis, MO
Ballast Point Little Italy San Diego, CA
Bentonville Brewing Company Bentonville, AR
Bike Rack Brewing Company Bentonville, AR
Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO
BrainDead Brewing Dallas, TX
Brieux Carré Brewing Company New Orleans, LA
Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, LA
Damgoode Pies Little Rock, AR
Destin Brewing Destin, FL
East Nashville Beer Works Nashville, TN
Flyway Brewing Company North Lit Rock, AR
Four Corners Crewing Dallas, TX
Ghost River Brewing Co. Memphis, TN
Grayton Beer Company South Walton, FL
Gulf Coast Brewing Pensacola, FL
Half Door Brewing Company San Diego, CA
High Cotton Brewing Memphis, TN
Idyll Hounds Brewing Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Jackalope Brewing Company Nashville, TN
Kansas City Bier Company Kansas City, MO
Karl Strauss Brewery San Diego, CA
Knotty Barrel Brewing San Diego, CA
Lost Forty Brewing Little Rock, AR
Memphis Made Brewing Memphis, TN
Modern Times Flavordome San Diego, CA
Mother's Brewing Company Springfield, MO
New Province Brewing Company Rogers, AR
Nobel Rey Brewing Co. Dallas, TX
Ozark Beer Co. Rogers, AR
Pensacola Bay Brewery Pensacola, FL
Peticolas Brewing Company Dallas, TX
Props Brewery Fort Walton, FL
Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.  Little Rock, AR
Resident Brewing San Diego, CA
Southern Grist Brewing Company Nashville, TN
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido, CA
Stone Brewing World Bistro Liberty Station San Diego, CA
Stone's Throw Brewing Little Rock, AR
Superior Bathhouse Brewery Hot Springs, AR
Tailgate Brewery Music Row Nashville, TN
Tennessee Brew Works Nashville, TN
The Black Abbey Brewing Company Nashville, TN
Thorn Street Brewery San Diego, CA
Vino's Brewpub Little Rock, AR
Wiseacre Brewing Co. Memphis, TN

Tap Time from Sept 6th w/Josiah Moody

Tap Time radio show from Sept 6th is posted, with Josiah Moody discussing what's happening at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville and also what's up with his Moody Brews brand.  Check it out below:
 

August 17, 2017

Stone Brewing Cans Stone Tangerine Express IPA



ESCONDIDO, CA (August 17, 2017) – In February, Stone Brewing unleashed a juicy and tropical IPA brewed with whole tangerine and pineapple named Stone Tangerine Express IPA. Six months later the hugely flavorful and aromatic Stone Tangerine Express IPA is making its debut in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

“We brew beers we like with hopes that our fans will like them too,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “In this case our co-founder Greg Koch had fallen in love with an experimental batch of Stone Tangerine Express IPA and insisted we bring it to market. Turns out our fans have loved it too, so that leaves us with the important task of making this beer as widely available as we can. There’s nothing quite like cracking into one of these cans and drinking in that complex tangerine aroma before the first sip.”

Cans now make up 30 percent of Stone’s package sales and the brewery now offers four of its year-round core beers in cans as well as select special releases.

Stone Tangerine Express IPA pours light golden in color with an aroma that’s bright, juicy and tropical. Stone’s brewers used whole tangerine puree to capture the essence of the bright flavors of the fruit with the addition of whole pineapple for a subtle, yet lingering tropical backnote. Neither the hops nor the fruit dominate, yet together they create several complex fruit layers, which can only be achieved by brewing with the entire fruit. Eight different hops give this beer its marked dankness overtones and refreshing bitterness. It’s an express ticket to a beach hammock getaway with refreshing drink in hand, complete with punchy tropical fruit character and Stone’s signature bold hop bitterness.

Stone Tangerine Express IPA has been nationally available in 22-ounce bottles and draft since February, 2017. Twelve-ounce six-pack cans will first be available throughout California in August, eventually rolling out nationally in January 2018. Stone Tangerine Express IPA remains one of Stone’s year-round core beers alongside Stone IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 and Stone Ripper San Diego Pale Ale.

Quick Facts

Name: Stone Tangerine Express IPA
Stats: 6.7% ABV, 75 IBUs
Availability: 22-ounce bottles nationwide; 12oz, 6-pack cans in California beginning in early August, and nationally in January 2018
Featured Hops: Chinook, Magnum, Centennial, Citra, Sterling, Mosaic, Azzaca, Simcoe

TASTING NOTES

Appearance: Light golden with slight haze.
Aroma: Bright, fresh fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine, and tangelo combine with citrus and tropical aromas from the hops.
Taste: An explosion of fresh fruit and bright hops join together to create several complex fruit layers. Taste is both fruity and hoppy leading to a long finish.
Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshingly bitter. There is a pithy quality similar to biting into fresh fruit along with the back-end bitterness one would expect from a Stone Brewing IPA.
Overall: Working with fruit can be amazing and using good quality fruit is key to achieving that wonderful freshness and avoiding artificial flavorings. The high-end pureed fruit used here blends exceptionally well with the aroma and flavors from the hops creating a multi-layered IPA that also has the dankness and bitterness that superbly rounds out this beer.

August 11, 2017

Look For Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2017 Now

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: "Presenting our 2017 Oktoberfest! We collaborated with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style we’ve long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops."
 
 
 
I've already gotten to try it and loved it. Will find more:


August 8, 2017

40 Breweries Visited in 2017


I added 4 more breweries to my list for 2017 this weekend while in Dallas. It's pretty easy to add notches there as breweries aren't too hard to find. I went to Peticolas, Four Corners, Nobel Rey and BrainDead without ever getting out of downtown Dallas.


I may actually make it to my goal of 50 for the year.

Here's an updated list:



Brewery Location
Bike Rack Brewing Company Bentonville, AR
Bentonville Brewing Company Bentonville, AR
Peticolas Brewing Company Dallas, TX
Four Corners Crewing Dallas, TX
Nobel Rey Brewing Co. Dallas, TX
BrainDead Brewing Dallas, TX
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido, CA
Superior Bathhouse Brewery Hot Springs, AR
Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Bier Company Kansas City, MO
Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.  Little Rock, AR
Vino's Brewpub Little Rock, AR
Damgoode Pies Little Rock, AR
Stone's Throw Brewing Little Rock, AR
Lost Forty Brewing Little Rock, AR
High Cotton Brewing Memphis, TN
Ghost River Brewing Co. Memphis, TN
Memphis Made Brewing Memphis, TN
Wiseacre Brewing Co. Memphis, TN
Tailgate Brewery Music Row Nashville, TN
Southern Grist Brewing Company Nashville, TN
East Nashville Beer Works Nashville, TN
Jackalope Brewing Company Nashville, TN
The Black Abbey Brewing Company Nashville, TN
Tennessee Brew Works Nashville, TN
Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, LA
Brieux Carré Brewing Company New Orleans, LA
Flyway Brewing Company North Little Rock, AR
Ozark Beer Co. Rogers, AR
New Province Brewing Company Rogers, AR
Half Door Brewing Company San Diego, CA
Knotty Barrel Brewing San Diego, CA
Stone Brewing World Bistro Liberty Station San Diego, CA
Ballast Point Little Italy San Diego, CA
Thorn Street Brewery San Diego, CA
Modern Times Flavordome San Diego, CA
Resident Brewing San Diego, CA
Karl Strauss Brewery San Diego, CA
Mother's Brewing Company Springfield, MO
4 Hands Brewing Co. St. Louis, MO

July 31, 2017

Victory's Home Grown New American Lager

From Victory Brewing Company: "Home Grown New American Lager is the type of beer we've been thinkin' about for years.

We've been making lagers since the beginning, and we've been using American whole flower hops since the beginning. With this beer, we're finally putting them together."

www.victorybeer.com/beers/victory-home-grown
 

July 27, 2017

Stone’s Throw Brewing Block on Rock Returns

4th Annual Birthday Celebration on July 29 Benefits Historic Preservation

Little Rock, AR, July 17, 2017– MacArthur Park neighborhood nano-brewery Stone’s Throw Brewing announced plans for their fourth annual Block on Rock Birthday Bash today. The street festival is a celebration of the brewery’s opening in 2013 and involves local food trucks, breweries, a distillery, bands, and community groups. Block on Rock is on Saturday, July 29 from 4:00-10:00pm on the two blocks of Rock St. north of the brewery’s location at 402 E 9th St in Little Rock. 

"We love the way this little street festival has grown over the past four years! It’s by far the biggest event we do at the brewery, and we are able to improve and grow the block party each time. The support we get from the community on this is extremely humbling.”
Ian Beard, Managing Partner Stone’s Throw Brewing

Admission to the block party is $5. Discounted armbands are available at the Stone’s Throw taproom for $3 from July 25-28. A portion of all gate revenue, alcohol, and food sales are donated to Preserve Arkansas, the only statewide non-profit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural resources. The previous three Block on Rock events have raised over $7800 for the group.

“Preserve Arkansas is thrilled to help celebrate the fourth birthday of Stone’s Throw Brewing on July 29! Not only is this a fun way to spend a Saturday, a portion of the proceeds from the Block on Rock Birthday Bash will benefit Preserve Arkansas’s education and advocacy efforts, which are designed to preserve Arkansas’s most important historic properties. Come celebrate Stone’s Throw Brewing’s adaptive reuse of a historic building in the MacArthur Park Historic District and support the statewide historic preservation efforts of Preserve Arkansas! ”
Rachel Silva, Executive Director Preserve Arkansas

1200 people attended the first Block on Rock in 2014 taking planners completely by surprise. Since then organizers have added a second block to accommodate more people, food trucks, and vendors. A stage was constructed for the musical acts, more volunteers helped with entry at the gates, other local breweries were invited, and more necessities like extra restrooms were included. The improvements lead to significantly shorter waits for food, drinks, and toilets despite attendance increasing to over 2000 in the following years.

“The first year was crazy. We sold more food in a couple of hours at Block on Rock than we did the whole time we were at Riverfest. This year I think we’re all planning on serving big numbers and we’ll be ready for them. After the Main Street Food Truck Festival this is one of the biggest gatherings of trucks you’ll find in Little Rock.”
Justin Patterson, Owner The Southern Gourmasian

Both the 700 and 800 blocks of Rock St., located adjacent to the brewery, will be closed off for the event. Entrance gates will be located along Rock Street at the intersections of 7th, 8th and 9th Streets.  The mainstage is located just a few yards northwest of the brewery on Rock St. The Big Dam Horns return again this year and will perform a double set starting at 6pm; trees and buildings provide ample shade in the afternoon, and festival goers are encouraged to bring chairs. Beer is available at the brewery itself and at an outdoor Stone’s Throw bar on the 700 block of Rock St.; food trucks and other beverage options will be available in the same area.

“The Big Dam Horns have enjoyed playing Block on Rock the past couple of years and it’s great we can play again in 2017. We’ll keep it funky for a good ole fashion street dance all night long!”
Theron Cash, Managing Partner Stone’s Throw Brewing & Bassist Big Dam Horns

New this year is a partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center involving the Pike-Terry-Fletcher House. The grounds of the mansion will be part of the festival area creating a giant biergarten for people to enjoy. Rackensack Folklore Society of Pulaski County will play on the front porch with a rotating line-up of performers from 4:00-10:00pm. The Arkansas Arts Center will also be presenting demonstrations for festival goers to enjoy.

“The Arkansas Arts Center is excited to be part of Block on Rock and to showcase the talent of some great local artists. Robert Bean is doing a drawing demo, Beth Lambert and Julia Baugh are working on a pinch pot project, Randie Young has a chalk art project for adults and youth, and renowned hula hooper Katie Sunshine performs!”

Spencer Jansen, Manager of Member Experience Arkansas Arts Center

25% of alcohol sales and 10% of other sales will benefit Preserve Arkansas, the only statewide non-profit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural resources.

The following is the list at press time of vendors registered to participate in the Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash on July 29. Up to date event details are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/954580774650649/


Drink:
A Lively Brew Kombucha
Buffalo Brewing Co.
Damgoode Brews
Flyway Brewing
Rebel Kettle Brewing
Rock Town Distillery
Stone's Throw Brewing

Groups & Causes:
Arkansas Arts Center
CARE for Animals (Dog Cooling Station)
First Lutheran (Tours)
Preserve Arkansas
Little Rocktoberfest
St. Edward's Catholic

Food & Merchandise:
ArkieStyle
Black Hound Bar B Q
Desiacs Sandwiches
Hot Rod Wieners
Katmandu Momo
Loblolly Creamery
Luncheria Mexicana Alicia
Reggae Flavas
Slader's Alaakan Dumpling Co.
The Southern Gourmasian
 



The Big Dam Horns (pictured here from the 2015 Block on Rock) return this year and will play a double set beginning at 6:00pm on July 29.



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The Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash is Saturday, July 29 from 4:00-10:00pm on the 700-800 blocks of Rock St. in downtown Little Rock. 1200 people came to the first in 2014, and  attendance has grown to over 2000 since. Photo Courtesy Lisa Burnett.




36 Brewery Visits and Counting for 2017

One of my goals for 2017 was to visit 50 different breweries. Checking on my status so far it seems I've made it to 36, perhaps using the term "brewery" a little loosely on a couple. It's almost hard to say anymore with all the satellite taprooms and such, but if a place is brewing beer I call it a brewery. Anyway, it's not exactly a scientific study so whatevs, just roll with it.

But my 36 so far are from across the country, with stops in Missouri, Tennessee, California and Louisiana as well as my home base in Arkansas. I do have trips to Florida and Texas in the next few months so 50 may not be out of the question.

Here's my list I've compiled with the help of Untappd, included with the last time I visited them. Some of these I've obviously been to a lot more than once this year.


Brewery Location Last Visit
Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.  Little Rock, AR 16-Jul
Vino's Brewpub Little Rock, AR 15-Jul
Flyway Brewing Company North Little Rock, AR 10-Jul
4 Hands Brewing Co. St. Louis, MO 4-Jul
Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO 3-Jul
Kansas City Bier Company Kansas City, MO 2-Jul
Bike Rack Brewing Company Bentonville, AR 1-Jul
Bentonville Brewing Company Bentonville, AR 1-Jul
Ozark Beer Co. Rogers, AR 1-Jul
New Province Brewing Company Rogers, AR 1-Jul
Damgoode Pies Little Rock, AR 6-Jun
Stone's Throw Brewing Little Rock, AR 16-Jun
Half Door Brewing Company San Diego, CA 28-May
Knotty Barrel Brewing San Diego, CA 28-May
Stone Brewing World Bistro Liberty Station San Diego, CA 28-May
Ballast Point Little Italy San Diego, CA 27-May
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido, CA 27-May
Thorn Street Brewery San Diego, CA 26-May
Modern Times Flavordome San Diego, CA 26-May
Resident Brewing San Diego, CA 25-May
Karl Strauss Brewery San Diego, CA 25-May
Lost Forty Brewing Little Rock, AR 1-May
Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, LA 13-Apr
Brieux Carré Brewing Company New Orleans, LA 13-Apr
Superior Bathhouse Brewery Hot Springs, AR 25-Mar
Tailgate Brewery Music Row Nashville, TN 19-Feb
Southern Grist Brewing Company Nashville, TN 19-Feb
East Nashville Beer Works Nashville, TN 19-Feb
Jackalope Brewing Company Nashville, TN 19-Feb
The Black Abbey Brewing Company Nashville, TN 19-Feb
Tennessee Brew Works Nashville, TN 18-Feb
Mother's Brewing Company Springfield, MO 16-Jan
High Cotton Brewing Memphis, TN 14-Jan
Ghost River Brewing Co. Memphis, TN 14-Jan
Memphis Made Brewing Memphis, TN 14-Jan
Wiseacre Brewing Co. Memphis, TN 14-Jan