March 17, 2014

Welcome To Arkansas: Southern Star Brewing Company!

Hot off the heels of the news of a great addition to our state, Founders Brewing, and before it's even hit the state, here comes another great addition to our market. Southern Star Brewing Company out of Conroe, TX will be in the state around the same time as Founders it looks like, early April. 

This is yet another great canning brewery to add to our already kick-ass selection with Tallgrass, Piney River and Finch's among others. Anybody besides me remember when it was difficult around here to find a nice canned beer to take the river or lake on the weekend? Or just lay around the pool with? Or just to crush on your head after you finish it (if that's your thing)? It's definitely no longer an issue as the shelves are stocked with great choices now, not just in the Summer but year round. Southern Star will fit right in.

I don't have any info on release parties or tap takeovers or dinner pairing or any of the usual offerings, but you can bet they are coming. I'll keep the Twitter feed full when we start hearing, so stay tuned.

Here's a bit more:

Southern Star's president is Dave Fougeron, former head brewer of Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewing Company. The brewery currently distributes in Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina.

Their "flagship beer" is Pine Belt Pale Ale, an American-style pale ale that is roughly 6.3% alcohol by volume. It also produces Buried Hatchet, a Strong American Stout, at 8.25 percent alcohol by volume; and Bombshell Blonde, an American blonde ale at 5.25 percent alcohol by volume. Some of their seasonals include LeMort Vivant, a 6.6% abv French style beir de garde, Red Cockaded Ale, an 8.5% West Coast style imperial red and Valkyrie, a 9.5% double IPA that clocks in at 100 IBU.

Here's a visit to the brewery with the Beer Bros, Chris and Keith.

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