September 30, 2016

Founders: Hop Harvest Week 2016

I'm not sure if it's is a real thing, but I'm calling this "Hop Porn." This video from one of the best breweries in the world is a so hopped up you can almost smell the hops as you watch it. Just wonderful. Enjoy

Founders Brewing Co.: "A recap of our time roamin' around Yakima Valley during Hop Harvest Week 2016, set to the sweet sounds of Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish."

September 27, 2016

Patch to Batch, Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale

Judging from all the whining and moaning on the internet, I realize a lot of people don't care for pumpkin spice beers. Personally I think it's a fun fall tradition and enjoy a lot of the creativity that comes with them. One of my favorites is Rogue's Pumpkin Patch Ale, which I look forward to every year.  

Rogue Ales & Spirits: "Pumpkin Patch Ale is finally here and it is worth the wait. We patiently grew and harvested our own pumpkins at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. This pumpkin beer is made with real pumpkins that we roasted ourselves at the brewery in Newport, Oregon. Crafted patch to batch. Try it for yourself."

September 26, 2016

Stone's Throw Brewing Event Calendar for October 2016

Little Rock's Stone's Throw Brewing sure knows how to fill up their event calendar! Here's you plenty of things to do in October at one of the hardest working breweries in the biz.

Every Tuesday, 4:00-9:00pm: #HOPSandHOPE, $1 of each house brew sold donated to Youth Home

Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series: Fright Night Month

Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion

Every Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm: Beer Booth at Bernice Garden Farmers Market

October 2016:

Saturday October 1, 11:00am-5:00pm: Forrest City Downtown Music & Art Festival

Thursday October 6, 6:00-8:00pm: Chocolate & Beer Pairing at the Green Corner Store

Thursday October 6, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center

Friday October 7, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Kristallweisse & Pumpkin Pie Porter

Saturday October 8, 12:00-4:00pm: Stone's Throw Biergarten Rummage Sale

Thursday October 13, 5:30-8:30pm: Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center

Thursday October 13, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by the Old State House

Friday October 14, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Fr. Marquette Bier de Garde

Friday October 14, 5:00pm: Second Friday Art Night at the Old State House

Saturday October 15, 12:00-4:00pm: Stone's Throw Biergarten Pumpkin Carving

Sunday October 16, 1:00-6:00pm: Little Rock Pride Fest at Clinton Presidential Center

Monday October 17, 5:00-7:00pm: Donaghey Hall Opening at UCA

Tuesday October 18, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at the Southern Gourmasian

Thursday October 20, 5:00-8:00pm: DLRP Alleycat Party at the Lafayette Building

Thursday October 20, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by the Arkansas Rep

Thursday October 20, 7:00pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show 2016 Watch Party

Friday October 21, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale

Saturday October 22, 7:30am: "Beer on the Border: The History of Hops in Frontier Arkansas" Ramble

Saturday October 22, 11:00am-9:00pm: Hillcrest Harvestfest on Kavanaugh

Saturday October 22, 11:00am-9:00pm: Arktoberfest in Arkadelphia

Saturday October 22, 1:00pm-5:00pm: Cooper-Young Beerfest in Memphis

Thursday October 27, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Stephen Koch of Arkansongs

Friday October 28, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Midtown Chipotle Porter & Pear Cider

Friday October 28, 6:00-9:00pm: Arkansas Times Craft Beer Fest in Argenta

Friday October 28, 6:00-9:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery

Well, Add This To The Bucket List

So Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin is officially open for operations and I hope to get there one day and see the awesomeness for myself. Someday.

Stone Brewing: "A dream seven years in the making. A brewery producing beer for 18 different countries (so far). A restaurant with 75 total taps - giving it the largest beer selection in all of Germany.

We are thrilled to announce Stone Brewing Berlin is officially open and ready to welcome you!"

Arkansas Uptappd Check-Ins

It's been a few months, so I thought I could update my Arkansas Untappd check-ins list.

Not a lot of changes at the top, except Lost Forty jumped over Ozark, but there's a lot of shuffling at further down. Core is building the gap between them and #2 Diamond Bear, but Lost Forty is gaining quickly on both, and as the only brewery of the 3 not available outside of Arkansas. And 501 Brewing makes the list!

I did my share by adding to a lot of folks on this list, including my first 3 check-ins for Prestronrose.

Did I miss anybody?

Brewery Check-Ins
Core Brewery 28,948
Diamond Bear 25,224
Lost Forty Brewing 20,865
Ozark Beer Company 19,297
Fossil Cove 11,595
Apple Blossom 9,649
Saddlebock 9,284
Stone's Throw 6,732
Bike Rack 4,292
Superior Bathhouse 4,434
Bentonville Brewing 3,486
Rebel Kettle 3,111
Blue Canoe 2,967
Flyway Brewing 2,894
Vino's Brewpub 2,890
West Mountain 2,345
Moody Brews 2,002
Columbus House 1,844
Damgoode Brews 1,665
New Province 1,660
Black Apple Crossing 993
Bubba Brew's Brewing 931
Foster's Pint & Plate 810
Gravity Brew Works 188
Brick Oven 188
Prestonrose Farm 80
Refined Ale Brewery 55
Leap of Faith 49
501 Brewing 7

September 24, 2016

1 Brewer. 20,000 Brews by the Sea.

John "More Hops" Maier, Rogue Brewmaster since 1989, has now brewed 20,000 Rogue ales, lagers, stouts & porters. On August 18, John brewed his 20,000th beer, a special concoction made with 20 types of hops and 20 types of grain. Watch as John crafts this milestone brew.

September 23, 2016

New Release: Oskar Blues Brewery Hotbox Coffee Porter

Beer just got a caffeinated kick in the beans.

Oskar Blues Brewery and their in-house, coffee addiction-inspired Hotbox Roasters tag-team once again to pair roasted aromas, flavors and a frothy buzz together in Hotbox Coffee Porter.

Hotbox Coffee Porter (6.4% ABV/30 IBUs) has a malted base extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts, and is comprised of flavors like roasted nuts, crème brûlée, cocoa and caramel. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundian and Ethiopian beans and deals old flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate and hints of blueberry.

Video by Aspect 9 Design

Craft Beer Cellar is coming to Downtown Hot Springs National Park



Hot Springs National Park - Craft Beer Cellar’s new retail craft beer bottle shop and taproom, located at 120 Ouachita Avenue, will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st.

Craft Beer Cellar offers an intimate taproom setting, featuring a selection of 24 drafts and over 400 different bottled and canned craft beers in their bottle shop. Craft Beer Cellar Hot Springs aspires to bring you the most amazing local, regional, US and international craft beers available in the market.

Along with indulging in distinctive beer from a diverse lineup of breweries, beer enthusiasts will have access to packaged food products, branded apparel, general merchandise and educated Beer Geeks sharing a passion for beer and a spirit of hospitality. Growlers, kegs, and flights will be available, and all customers are encouraged to BYOF (bring your own food) or order to-­‐go from nearby downtown restaurants.

The grand opening day will include a free gift bag with specialty Craft Beer Cellar items to the first 100 customers, tastings from Lagunitas, Lost Forty and Superior Bathhouse Brewery, beer trivia, complementary food, and a raffle for a chance to win a Yeti cooler filled with good beer surprises.

“We believe that beer should deliver a memorable experience savoring every sip—bringing all people together one beer at a time. We will provide our customers with a craft beer marketplace, amazing hospitality and entertaining educational events,” said Jen Schalow, Craft Beer Cellar Hot Springs Bottle Shop Shrink. “We want our customers to feel like a valued partner, sharing in our passions, and feeling empowered to make confident selections.”

Craft Beer Cellar Hot Springs is independently owned and operated, yet part of the Craft Beer Cellar franchise that opened in 2010 in Belmont, MA, and now has 26 stores open within the US.

The store’s hours of operation are Monday-­‐Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30a.m. to 10p.m.; Sunday noon to 6p.m.

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