Three beers join line-up for June through August run
Stone's Throw Brewing released details on three summer seasonal releases today. The MacArthur Park neighborhood nano-brewery rotates three categories of beer every season: a session beers, a high-gravity beer, and India Pale Ale (IPA). The 2016 summer releases will be available in the brewery taproom beginning on Friday, June 3.
"Most breweries make one beer as a seasonal. We're all about variety, though, and decided one wasn't enough. The three seasonals allow us to keep the same type of beer on tap year round while still switching up the specific recipe on a regular basis. That way we have a new IPA every three months instead of three IPAs on tap simultaneously. It keeps it interesting." -Theron Cash, Managing Partner
Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weiss returns for a second year as the summer "session," or low alcohol beer. Session beers are a classic European tradition, the lower alcohol content allowing a drinker to enjoy many during a setting without becoming inebriated. As its name implies, Berliner Weiss originated in the German capital. This style of unfiltered wheat beer is known for its characteristic tartness, created by the introduction of a special strain of brewing bacteria. In biergartens around Berlin the tart flavor is countered with flavored syrups for a light, refreshing cocktail. Stone's Throw will offer woodruff, dark cherry grenadine, and ginger syrups from Pink House Alchemy in Bentonville as an addition to each pint of Ich Bin Ein during its summer run.
"Both lower alcohol and sour beers have been growing in popularity in the craft beer world. Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse is a great combination of these two trends, and the perfect patio beer. We're excited to try the Pink House syrups out this year. The different flavor combinations will make this a great go to summer sipper." -Ian Beard, Managing Partner
First introduced during the brewery's first month of business in August 2013, Two Timin' American IPA became a summer seasonal in 2014. IPAs were created in the 18th century to survive the long journey from England to its colonies in India. Higher levels of both alcohol and hops--a flowering vine used by brewers to balance the sweetness of malted barley--act as a preservative to prevent spoilage. Two Timin' incorporates Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest which provide citrusy notes with a clean, not overly bitter finish. A process called "single-hopping" is used, where only one variety is added to the beer for bittering, aroma, and flavor.
"The first beers we made when we opened up were all larger scale versions of our homebrew recipes. Adding the Centennial hops while the beer is still in the fermenter, what brewers call dry-hopping, really brings out the big citrus flavor that make this beer great for hot weather" -Brad McLaurin, Partner
Debuting for the first time on June 3 is a new high gravity seasonal for the summer. Papa Geyer's Imperial Pilsner is a crisp and refreshing strong lager. At 9% alcohol by volume, the brew measures twice as strong as most beers. A large amount of malted grain is used to create a high level of fermentable sugar, known as gravity, and results in the increased alcohol. The name Papa Geyer is in honor of the German immigrant that ran a beer hall and biergarten one block from the Stone's Throw brewery building in the late 19th century.
"When we found out that an old German biergarten was located at Rock and 10th streets just a block away, we figured it was a sign from the beer gods that this was the neighborhood to be in. Naming a beer after the post was the least we could do!" -Shawn Tobin, Partner
Along with the summer seasonal release party, the brewery plans a full schedule of events both onsite and around Central Arkansas during the month of June.
Every Tuesday, 4:00-9:00pm: #HOPSandHOPE, $1 of each pint donated to Firehouse Hostel
Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series
Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion
Every Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm: Beer Booth at Bernice Garden Farmers Market
Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansas Arts Center
Friday, June 3, 4:00-10:00pm: #NewBrewFriday release of Papa Geyer's Imperial Pilsner, Two Timin' American IPA & Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse
Friday, June 3, 8:00pm-Midnight: Flowing on the River Afterparty at Damgoode Pies Brewpub
Tuesday, June 7, 6:00pm: #FAITHandFERMENTATION Small Group Gathering
Thursday, June 9, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by the Old State House Museum
Friday, June 10, 5:00-8:00pm: Second Friday Art Night with the Creek Rocks at the Old State House
Saturday, June 11, 11:00am-5:00pm: Bernice Garden Market on South Main Street
Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia Arkansas Themed Pub Quiz
Saturday, June 18, 11:00am-5:00pm: Juneteenth Beer Garden at Mosaic Templers Cultural Center
Saturday, June 18, 5:00-7:00pm: Anniversary Party at the Root Cafe
Saturday, June 18, 6:00-11:30pm: Enchanted Flame Summer Solstice Fire Production at Wildwood Park
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at the Southern Gourmasian
Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia Arkansas Themed Pub Quiz
Saturday, June 25, 6:00-9:00pm: Arkansas Brewers Festival at the Arkansas State Fair
Thursday, June 30, 6:00-9:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery
Thursday, June 30, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Stephen Koch of Arkansongs
Stone’s Throw Brewing is the product of four guys—Theron Cash, Brad McLaurin, Shawn Tobin and Ian Beard—who met in the local home brew club, the Central Arkansas Fermenters. After doing most of the work themselves to turn a century old building in Little Rock’s MacArthur Park Historic District into a production facility, they began brewing operations on July 4, 2013 and opened a taproom on August 1, 2013. Stone’s Throw Brewing specializes in small-batch, artisanal beers that are both creative and drinkable.
The Stone’s Throw Brewing tap room is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, 4:00-9:00 pm, Friday 4:00-10:00pm, Saturday 12:00-10:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am-9:00 pm. The tap room features different food trucks each day and offers all night happy hour on Wednesdays, #ArkiePubTrivia at 6:30pm on Thursdays, new beer releases every first Friday of the month (and any other Friday we feel like), free brewery tours at 1:00pm and beer infusions at 4:00pm on Saturdays, and beer to go on Sundays. Current beer selection, food truck schedules, and upcoming events can be found at www.stonesthrowbeer.com, on Facebook at StonesThrowBrewing, Twitter @stonesthrowbrew and Instagram @stonesthrowbrewing.