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 ( 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...

April 3, 2017

Stone's Throw Brewing Event Calendar for April 2017

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

Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series: Melissa McCarthy Marathon

Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion

Razorback Sports on the Big Screen (subject to availability)

April Events:

Tuesday April 4, 6:00-8:00pm: Faith & Fermentation Small Group Gathering

Wednesday April 5, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Bridesmaids"

Thursday April 6, 6:00pm: Stone's Throw Night for "Jar the Floor" at The Rep

Thursday April 6, 6:00pm: Jeans & Bling at Centennial Valley Country Club Conway

Thursday April 6, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Brews & Barks and the Humane Society of Pulaski Co.

Friday April 7, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday World Premiere of That's the Way Love Gose

Tuesday April 11, 5:00-8:00pm: Pairing is Caring Beer & Girl Scout Cookie Tasting

Tuesday April 11, 6:00-9:00pm: 2nd Tuesday Cribbage Night

Tuesday April 11, 6:30pm: The Invisible War at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History sponsored by Stone's Throw Brewing

Wednesday April 12, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "The Heat"

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

Friday April 14, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Dunbar Wit

Friday April 14, 6:00-9:00pm: Food & Foamfest at Dickey-Stephens Park

Saturday April 15: Beery Baked Goods with Loblolly Creamery

Saturday April 15:  Springfest in Fayetteville

Sunday April 16, 11:00am: Easter Beer Brunch

Wednesday April 19 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Spy"

Thursday April 20, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansas Arts Center

Thursday April 20, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at The Southern Gourmasian

Friday April 21, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Tropical Stout & Mosaic Pale Ale

Saturday April 22, 10:00am-4:00pm: Handmade in the Heights

Wednesday April 26, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Ghostbusters" (2016)

Thursday April 27, 6:00-9:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery

Thursday April 27, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansongs

Friday April 28, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Release of Pit Boss Peach Hefeweizen & Bernoulli's Belgian Pale Ale

Saturday April 29, 11:00am-6:00pm: Etsy Fest in Hillcrest

Saturday April 29, 2:00-6:00pm: Brews & Barks at Diamond Bear Brewing

And Coming Up....

Saturday July 29: Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

March 16, 2017

March 14, 2017

Oat IPA Coming From Core Brewing

Core Brewing: "Coming to a Core Pub near you we have an Oat IPA, and this sonuvagun is a hell of a beer. It's sweet like the oatmeal stout, has this really weird but totally radical grapefruit juice color, and tastes like candied citrus rinds. It's an absurdly well balanced beer. In the brewing world you alter balance for artistic or creative reasons so much to create specific flavors to the point that this is weird because it just, does exactly what it's supposed to, be a balanced drinkable act of genius. Trent deserves your praise."

March 10, 2017

Video: Victory HopDevil Artwork Refresh

Found this video on Victory's Youtube channel. Fun stuff on a great brew...

#HopDevil IPA's got a new look and we're giving you a behind the scenes peek at how the new artwork was created! Learn about the thought process of updating these graphics, give the Devil his due, and enjoy!

"So, our beloved #HopDevil turns 21 this year. And you know, that's sort of a coming of age. We thought it was time to take his look and give it a new style." - Bill Covaleski, Co-Founder of Victory Brewing Company

March 9, 2017

Tap Time with Superior Bathhouse Brewing

Here's last March 8th edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guests from Hot Spring's Superior Bathhouse Brewing! We chat about the history of the brewery and what's coming up from them in the immediate future. Check it out:

March 8, 2017

Beers To Cheer: February 2017

Here's we go with another month's picks for our "Beers To Cheer" from the Arkansas brewing scene! And we've got a little treat for you this month... not only are Michael, Brian and I telling you what pair of brews we got giddy over this month, but we've also got our first GUEST PICKER, one Mr. Steve Shuler from Rock City Eats *insert applause*.

So check out a whopping 8 total choices from these 4 Arkansas beer lovers for you to get out and discover for yourself! And if you missed last month's edition, by all means check it out right here: Beers To Cheer: January 2017.

Steve Shuler (@Steve_Shuler):

Rebel Kettle Barrel-Aged Wake'n'Flake - Wake ‘n’ Flake is one of the brews that put Rebel Kettle on the map. Before there was the best taproom/patio in Little Rock, John Lee and his companions brewed this excellent coffee and coconut cream stout ale for festivals around the state, quickly earning a reputation for Rebel Kettle as an adventurous and fearless beer maker. February’s barrel-aged version pushes the envelope again in two important ways. First, it’s everything a barrel beer should be; full, robust, but letting the original brew shine through instead of submitting it. Second, it embraces the lower ABV that few barrel-aged brews enjoy. The flavor is as big as a 10-percent brew, but at less than 6 percent ABV, it’s a beer that lets you enjoy the big taste without making you stop drinking sooner than you’d like. This one is off tap now, but you’ll be able to taste it again at the brewery’s one-year anniversary on April 1st. It’s a beer that will be worth the April Fool’s trip all by itself.

Moody Brews Katchiri's Bier 2017 - Even though he’s departed Little Rock for Northwest Arkansas and Bike Rack Brewing Company, it’s safe to say we’re fortunate to have a brewer in our state like Josiah Moody. Very few brewers anywhere (and I mean anywhere) have his knack for creating perfectly balanced brews with both technical and artistic expertise. His latest iteration of Katchiri’s Bier is no exception. Originally envisioned as a nuanced farmhouse saison, Moody has developed it into this gorgeous monster of an ale. Eclipsing 9 percent ABV, this year’s Katchiri’s Bier is still mellow and smooth, with an unmistakably buttery finish. Moody decided to age this one in gin barrels from Rock Town Distillery, and my goodness, what a choice that turned out to be. The leftover floral notes are the perfect accompaniment in Moody’s final Little Rock symphony. This beer is almost gone (Legacy Wine and Spirits still has it for growler fill-up), but the impact Moody made on our beer scene won’t fade anytime soon.

Scott (@WooPigBrewey):

Stone's Throw Biere de Gras - This is one that was requested by the Cajun/Creole restaurants in town for release leading up to Fat Tuesday. It's based on their biere de garde recipe but made to a more "sessionable strength." It has a wonderful toasted aroma and the flavor is a super easy-to-drink sweet malt and toasty caramel with warrior and saaz hops dancing around in the mix. A great beer to drink during Mardi Gras celebrations or paired with crawfish and spicy gumbo dishes. It definitely made my Fat Tuesday a little (a lot?) fatter.

Flyway Lord God Imperial Chocolate Stout -This big 11% imperial chocolate stout was a lot easier to find than the elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker for which it's named, but it disappeared (from my glass) pretty quickly. Dangerously drinkable for a huge beer, only slightly boozy, it's a full-bodied chocolate stout aged on a copious amount of fresh roasted Izard Chocolate cacao nibs. Why yes, I'll have a glass of liquefied, chocolate alcohol please.

Brian (@EBSorensen):

Ozark Beer Co. Onyx Coffee Stout - Lost amidst the hype of bigger, bolder beers from Ozark – such as the Rogers brewery’s Double IPA and the forthcoming BDCS 2017 – are smaller, more sessionable beers that have been there since day one. My personal favorite, and one I filled a growler with in mid-February, is Onyx Coffee Stout. The cream stout base is superbly complimented by cold brewed coffee provided by on-the-rise roaster Onyx Coffee Lab. Some coffee beers are nuanced, but this one screams java in every way possible. A velvety backdrop of chocolate and dark fruit is punctuated by roasted coffee notes. I could literally drink this one all day long, starting alongside my bacon and eggs in the morning.

Flyway Bluewing Berry Wheat - Back on February 4th I attended Frost Fest 2017 in Fayetteville, a gloriously freezing beer festival hosted by Fossil Cove Brewing Co. I could name any number of double IPAs, sours, or barrel-aged brews that I sampled on that day, but cutting through the haze and standing out with its pure simplicity was the flagship beer from North Little Rock’s Flyway Brewing Co. – Bluewing Berry Wheat. This easy drinker provided the necessary balance to a boozy, high-consumption day. A crisp body and tart blueberry effervescence scrubbed the tongue. Witbier is a much-maligned style that gets no respect, particularly when laced with fruit. However, Flyway pulls it off in such a way that even the manliest of men can drink Bluewing without fear of embarrassment. It is – quite simply – a well-made beer.

Michael (@fayettebrew):

Apple Blossom Bloodhound English Barleywine - This barleywine from Apple Blossom’s Brian Youngblood was one of the first beers I had in February and it made an impression that has stayed fresh in my mind all month. The English style elements keep Bloodhound strong but malty and smooth - smoother than most American style barleywines - which is appreciable regardless of whether the February weather is frigid or friendly. For a style that does not always get a lot of play in our state, this is a welcomed sight on the Apple Blossom chalk board. [Still on tap at ABBC as of this post.]

Fossil Cove Saturday Series #3: Shiny Green Bullet - Fossil Cove’s Saturday Series brings the staff who typically handle the non-brewing responsibilities of the business into the Brewdizzle (the name for Fossil Cove’s brewing space) to incorporate their style and flavor into the lineup in the form of a small batch release. The third in this series features the New Zealand Green Bullet hop in a way that lends a refreshing lime flavor to an overall easy drinking beer.  Seemingly readymade for the hotter months ahead, Shiny Green Bullet is also an excellent beer for introducing someone to the less bitter and dank side of hops.

Check back next month's for our March picks!

March 1, 2017

3 Big March Events At Hot Spring Craft Beer Cellar

If you live in central Arkansas like your's truly here, I hope you've already made a trip to Craft Beer Cellar in Hot Springs. It's a wonderful cozy place to sit and have a few beers while putting together a puzzle or hanging out with friends. It's got a great neighborhood bar feel and it's quickly obvious they know (and love) craft beer. You can actually pick out some take-home beer from the large collection of bottles and cans when you're ready to take the party to your house as well. Cool concept. I stopped in a few months ago and just love it so I suggest you visit soon. But hey if you're one of those people who need another reason, here are 3 this month for you.

Craft Beer Cellar Hot Springs March Calendar of Events:

Wednesday March 3rd @ 6:30PM - Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing launches in Arkansas and CBC has a Tap Takeover planned with live music and sampling.

Friday March 17th 4:00PM - St. Patrick's Day Beerfest with plenty of breweries represented, including Diamond Bear, Lost 40, Flyway, Core, Stones Throw, Blue Canoe, Bubba Brews, Superior, Goldcrest, Ozark, Lagunitas, Founders, Sam Adams, WiseAcre, Apple Blossom, SweetWater......and more. Plus live music, Arkansas Circus Acts, locally made items from local vendors, food trucks, and more!

Saturday March 25th all day - Orval Day! Craft Beer Cellar-Hot Springs, AR will be the ONLY place in the Great State of Arkansas that the monastery has asked to be involved and receive worldwide attention not only from Merchant du Vin but from the monastery itself! Orval Day is only one day where the monastery has asked select venues to handsell Orval Trappist beer and tell it’s story, and to proudly serve and enjoy with customers. The proceeds from this day for this monastery go to support MAP - a non-profit providing clean water and food to impoverished countries. Plus live music and games to celebrate this amazing brewery!

Give the Devil his Due - HopDevil IPA

Even before Victory Brewing started distributing in Arkansas about a year-and-a-half ago I was a huge fan of their Hop Devil, a 6.7% tasty full-bodied IPA. This year it's back in 12 oz bottles and cans (just clap yer hands!) and I need to get out and find it before it's gone. You too.
Here's something for you off their YouTube channel:
IPAs are more popular than ever, but let’s not forget about one of the IPAs that paved the way for this trend- our HopDevil IPA. Whether you’re an old friend of the Devil or you’re trying this Menacingly Delicious™ IPA for the first time, it’s time to give the Devil his due. American hops, malt sweetness and an aromatic punch explain why this IPA is a world class brew. #HopDevil #MenacinglyDelicious

"One of my favorite flavors of HopDevil is really the hop juiciness. I think there's a certain pine character there that makes it very distinct. It's very distinctive because of the whole flower hops and the type of hops that we use."

Stone's Throw Brewing Event Calendar for March 2017

Check it out y'all, lots to do at Stone's Throw Brewing in Little Rock (as usual) for the month of March! 

All events located at Stone's Throw Brewing, 402 E 9th St. Little Rock, unless otherwise specified. 

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

Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series: Brewers Choice

Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion

Razorback Basketball on the Big Screen (subject to availability)


Wednesday March 1, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Shaft"

Thursday March 2, 5:00-8:00pm: Food Truck Meet-Up at Good Earth Garden Center

Thursday March 2, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Old State House Museum

Friday March 3, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Centennial Pale Ale World Premiere; Mickey's Irish Red, Aurora Borealis Scottish Light, Cover Crop Rye IPA & Amarillo Warrior Imperial IPA Release

Sunday March 5: Little Rock Marathon Refreshment Station by the Arkansas Arts Center

Tuesday March 7, 6:00-8:00pm: Faith & Fermentation Small Group Gathering

Wednesday March 8, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Jazz Singer"

Thursday March 9, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Friday March 10, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Out on Blonde, the Official Beer of Kickball Release

Saturday March 11, 12:00-6:00pm: Argenta Irish Fest

Sunday March 12: Opening Day of the Little Rock Kickball Association

Tuesday March 14, 6:00-9:00pm: 2nd Tuesday Cribbage Night

Tuesday March 16, 6:30pm: The Real Inglorious Bastards at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History sponsored by Stone's Throw Brewing

Wednesday March 15, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Beavis & Butthead Do America"

Thursday March 16, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Friday March 17, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday The Liereman Belgian Brown Release

Wednesday March 22, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Saving Silverman"

Thursday March 23, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansas Arts Center

Thursday March 23, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at The Southern Gourmasian

Friday March 24, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Jar the Floor Peach Saison Release

Wednesday March 29, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Sling Blade"

Thursday March 30, 6:00-9:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery

Thursday March 30, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansongs

Friday March 31, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Bruxelles Belgian Blonde & Bremerhaven Alt Release

And Coming Up....

Friday April 7, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday That's the Way Love Gose World Premiere

Saturday July 29: Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

February 28, 2017

Arkansas Beer Buzz Podcast #9 With Rebel Kettle

We're talking with John Lee from Rebel Kettle Brewing Company in Little Rock about their one year anniversary party coming up on April 1st, Beer And Loathing In Little Rock. There will be a lot of live music, barrel aged beers, food trucks and a hog roast. You don't want to miss this one!

February 27, 2017

Columbus House Brewery Creates Commemorative Beer for JMSR 40th

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – (Feb. 27, 2017)Columbus House Brewery in Fayetteville announced that it will create a commemorative craft beer in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Joe Martin Stage Race, one of America’s most popular stage races that takes place in Fayetteville every year. 

The commemorative beer will be called “Piles of Miles,” a common phrase used by the late race director, Joe Martin, and for whom the stage race is named.  Martin often referred to the “piles of miles” cyclists would ride when participating in the race.  The Joe Martin Stage Race was originally known as the NWA Classic and was renamed after Martin in 1989 after he lost a battle with cancer the previous year.

The founders of Columbus House Brewery, a member of the Fayetteville Ale Trail, are avid cyclists and are well connected to the cycling community. 

“This is an honor for us to have another opportunity to honor Joe’s contributions to the sport of cycling,” said Jason Corral, co-founder of Columbus House Brewery. “Joe was keen on ‘what was cool before it was cool,’ so we decided to brew a trendy beer style that hasn't quite reached Arkansas yet, a New England-style IPA. Known for being hazy, juicy, full of hop flavor and low on bitterness, it’s a perfectly refreshing fit for cyclists coming off of a ride, or anyone who enjoys dry-hopped IPAs, pale ales, fruit-influenced beers, or the next big thing in craft beer.”

Corral says production of the Piles of Miles beer has already begun and will be available on tap at Columbus House Brewery, located at 701 W. North Street in Fayetteville, during special events in March and throughout the race weekend, March 30 – April 2.  It will be sold in the beer gardens at the race as well.

The Joe Martin Stage Race celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its two-day, three-stage race for amateur men and women cyclists that now attracts participants from all 50 states and 27 countries.

In addition to the amateur race, JMSR has included a four-day, four-stage race for professional cyclists for the past 15 years. The race is part of the USA Cycling Pro Racing Tour, the national governing body for the sport of cycling that operates under the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The race also is part of the Union Cycliste Internationale American Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale is the international governing body for cycling that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.  Joe Martin Stage Race is recognized nationally as one of the leading stage races in the country on the professional and amateur cycling circuit.

The 2017 race is expected to attract approximately 750 cyclists. The route weaves through numerous locations throughout Fayetteville and Devil’s Den State Park, and culminates on Dickson Street, the heart of the city’s entertainment district.  Spectators are welcome at various locations along the route.  The event also includes a Gran Fondo, a children’s ride and a Townie Ride. 

To register or to learn more, visit

For more information on Columbus House Brewery and other members of the Fayetteville Ale Trail, visit

February 11, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Collaborator Announcement

Beer Camp is back and this time it's bigger than ever. Introducing: Beer Camp Across the World, an international collaboration project, coming June, 2017.
Avery Brewing Co.
Boneyard Beer
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Surly Brewing Co.
The Bruery
Tree House Brewing Co.
Ayinger Brewery
Garage Product
Lots more info right here from All About Beer!

February 9, 2017

Press Release: Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery Brings Odd Couple Together With Hotbox Coffee IPA


Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC & Austin, TXOskar Blues Brewery, the original innovators of craft beer in a can, are making strange bedfellows of uppers and downers again.

Hotbox Coffee IPA (7.2% ABV, 70 IBUs) combines a burst of pine, citrus and mango from simcoe hops and blends them with a cold brew extract from Hotbox Roasters' Ethiopian beans, which bring cream, blueberry and cocoa notes to the mix. The beans were sourced from a family farm in the East African nation exclusively for this beer.

Hops and coffee = the perfect odd couple.

“We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer,” said head of brewing operations Tim Matthews. “The combination of coffee and hops in the Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up.”

Since the in-house coffee roasters at Hotbox Roasters share a space in Oskar Blues Brewery’s Longmont facility, it was a no-brainer to go back to the mat and follow up on the fall seasonal, Hotbox Coffee Porter.

“Teaming up with Oskar Blues to make an IPA is a great opportunity to show off the versatility of Ethiopian coffee beans,” said Matt Herren of Hotbox Coffee Roasters.  “I had just 'cupped' this Ethiopian coffee and was blown away by the obvious aromas of fruit: bright cherry, blueberry, and citrus jumped right out of the cup.  Since Tim enjoys Ethiopian coffees I knew the fruit-forward qualities of this particular one would make an awesome IPA.”

Hotbox Coffee IPA will feature as Oskar Blues’ new spring seasonal in cans from March to May; replacing GUBNA Imperial IPA, which will shift to a limited, national draft-only release with 12 oz. cans only available for retail in the ColoRADo and North Carolina Tasty Weasel taprooms.

Oskar Blues’ three taprooms will each host simultaneous release parties to launch the Hotbox Coffee IPA.

    Friday, February 24, 2017 – Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, ColoRADo)
    Friday, February 24, 2017 – Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina (Brevard, North Carolina)
    Friday, February 24, 2017 – Oskar Blues Brewery Austin (Austin, Texas)

Hotbox Coffee IPA will be available in all 50 states on draft and in 4-pack 12 oz. cans beginning in March. Beer drinkers looking for a unique mix of uppers and downers can hop on over to to locate their nearest watering hole or store carrying the new brew.

February 7, 2017

Beers To Cheer: January 2017

When Michael (aka @Fayettebrew on the Twitterer) approached Brian Sorensen and I about a new feature he was wanting to give a go to show Arkansas beers some love, we were both instantly all about it. His idea? All of us pick two Arkansas beers every month that we feel were some of our favorites over that month, be they new releases or already "classic", and say a little bit on what we loved about them. Sounds pretty simple for three Arkansas beer geeks right? Well, maybe it would have been a few years ago, but right now I have to say with all the breweries and all the beers coming out it's pretty damn tough to narrow the list to a six-pack every month. But we'll try. At least we'll hopefully get to spotlight 72 beers this year right?

So here's our first go at it to kick off 2017, and Michael even made a fancy header. What can't this guy do?!?!

Michael (@Fayettebrew):

Airship IPA, Bentonville Brewing Company - This coffee IPA has returned after debuting last winter and balances the coffee and hop bitterness more confidently than it did before. With local coffee roasters dotting the map in northwest Arkansas with a similar frequency to breweries, it is no surprise that there are no less than six local coffee beer/ cider offerings available in the area right now (including another coffee IPA at Fossil Cove). Airship IPA, a collaboration between Airship Coffee and Bentonville Brewing, makes a place for itself by virtue of being a big IPA (7% abv) with fresh coffee snap to it.

Coffee Brown, West Mountain Brewing Company - This easy going brown ale with coffee (once again featuring Airship Coffee) accentuates more of the roasty characteristics of the coffee-beer relationship, making it great for those evenings when the temperature drops with the sun. More than another coffee beer, it is representative of revival West Mountain Brewing Company has had in the last three months since Casey Letellier came on board as the brewer. The taps at this brew pub are, for the first time in a while, loaded with West Mountain beers thanks to Casey’s efforts, including West Mountain staples like the IPA and new additions like Meribel (a Belgian pale) and the Double Wheat IPA.

Brian (@EBSorensen):

Double IPA, West Mountain Brewing Company – As Fayettebrew already pointed out, brewer Casey Letellier is keeping the taps full at West Mountain. I have enjoyed just about every beer I’ve tried from him so far, but the one that really caught my attention in January was the Double IPA. The style can range from syrupy sweet to dry as a bone, with my personal preference being the latter. Letellier’s version trended towards dry (but not too dry) with some of the pine and dank characteristics that many west coast IPA drinkers have come to love.

Chocolate Ghost, Foster's Pint & Plate – One of the overlooked breweries in Northwest Arkansas is Foster’s Pint & Plate in Rogers. Perhaps more known for its food, Foster’s is putting out some interesting beers thanks to brewer Kyle Brummal. One of those interesting beers is Chocolate Ghost. This brown ale weighs in at 6.8% and 27 IBU, and uses ghost pepper to provide some bite. Subtle sweetness and faint hints of coffee greet you on the front end, with a peppery kick on the backside. Not for the weak or timid!

Scott (@WooPigBrewey):

Barrel-Aged Love Honey Bock, Lost Forty Brewing Company - Love Honey Bock is arguably the most popular beer from Arkansas at the moment, but it's actually not even one of my personal favorites from Lost Forty. So I guess that had me not expecting to like this beer as much as I've ended up liking it, truth be told. This sat in charred oak barrels and it seems to have really toned down the sweetness and added a nice, smooth booziness to it with nice hints of oak and vanilla. The nose has a nice eye-opening whiskey aroma, adding up to just an outstanding brew. Look for this around in cans and at the brewery.

Winter Plow, Rebel Kettle Brewing Company - In their nearly one year of serving beer out of their taproom, Rebel Kettle has introduced some crazy styles and cranked up the hops in some already familiar styles, but it's this Winter seasonal farmhouse-style  brewed with sweet orange peel and ginger that really got my attention lately. It's got a nice spicy finish that leaves me wanting another one while coming in at 7.8% alcohol by volume, it's a bit "sneaky" as well, being just so easy to drink. I guess I should say it would be easy to "get plowed" by this. Ha. See what I did there?

And there you go, the first all-Arkansas Beers To Cheer of the year! Let us know what you think and come back next month for another six-pack!

February 6, 2017

Sweetwater Brewing Coming To Arkansas in March!

Arkansas Craft Alliance Delivers 420 Extra Pale Ale, IPA & Seasonals Statewide
ATLANTA (2.6.17) – SweetWater Brewing Company announces distribution to Arkansas with the Arkansas Craft Alliance, consisting of Arkansas Craft Distributors and O'Connor Distributing.  Starting March 6, Arkansans will be able to find SweetWater’s signature 420 Extra Pale Ale, award winning IPA, Hash Session, Goin’ Coastal IPA with pineapple, plus seasonals and limited release styles like Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Pit & Pendulum.   SweetWater will be on draft at bars and restaurants, in grocery stores, package stores, and specialty bottle shops.  
“For the Arkansas Craft Alliance, bringing SweetWater to Arkansas is the culmination of years of preparation. We are honored that our friends at SweetWater are partnering with us.  The people of Arkansas know SweetWater, and we look forward to fans finally raising 420 Extra Pale Ales all over the state, beginning on March 6.” says Trav Baxter, a partner of Arkansas Craft Distributors. 
Craft beer drinkers interested in finding SweetWater in Arkansas should follow SweetWater’s Facebook page for information on launch events, and where they can spot the brewery’s iconic rainbow trout tap handle.
To learn more about SweetWater Brewing Company and its full lineup of brands, visit

February 4, 2017

Iconic Rogue Dead Guy Gets Facelift

Keep swimming or you'll drown. That's gotta be the mantra of all the OG breweries out there, and some of them are certainly trying to always keep things fresh. One of my original craft beer loves, Rogue Dead Guy, even recently got a bit of a face life and also is being canned now. I love it. Love the cans. Love THESE cans. The beer itself is just as good as it ever was so of course. Check it out...

From Rogue

"We are proud to showcase our brand new, state of the art canning line from the wonderful peeps at Wild Goose Canning in Boulder, Colorado. Watch it in action as we can our Dead Guy Ale."

"After 25 years of dedication, our iconic Dead Guy Ale has a new look. Same Maibock-inspired Ale, fresh new packaging. Also now available in 6pk cans."

Molson Canadian Global Beer Fridge

This commercial makes me smile. Have a beer. And a hug.
"What makes someone a Canadian? It’s the willingness to come together and show the world just how proud of a country we really are."

February 1, 2017

Arkansas Beer Buzz Podcast #7 with New Belgium

Randy and I talk to New Belgium Beer Ranger Daniel Bennett about their new beer line-up and a couple of launch events in NWA at Sideways Bar and North Little Rock at The Joint. Check it out!

January 31, 2017

Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl Commercial - “Born The Hard Way"

I'm sure this will be met negatively by the Bud haters, of which there are many, but it doesn't concern me. I don't mix my politics and beer. If I did of course I might see how timely this is for the #OrangeHitler supporters, of which there are many, and again it doesn't concern me. Drink or don't drink whatever you like.
But this is damn cool. Cheers Budweiser.
Budweiser: "This is the story of our founder’s ambitious journey to America in pursuit of his dream: to brew the King of Beers."

Beer Bulletin - Boulevard American Kolsch

Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels introduces their new beer, American Kolsch.

Stone's Throw Brewing Event Calendar for February 2017

Plenty to do in February, as always, for 
Stone's Throw Brewing lovers!

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

Every Wednesday, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie Series: Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Every Saturday, 4:00pm: Randall Beer Infusion

Razorback Basketball on the Big Screen (subject to availability) 

Wednesday February 1, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "North by Northwest"

Thursday February 2, 6:00pm: Stone's Throw Night for Sister Act at The Rep

Thursday February 2, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Big Red Ball Charitable Foundation & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Friday February 3, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Baltic Porter & Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Pie Porter World Premieres, Mosaic Pale Ale Release

Saturday February 4, 7:00pm: Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest at Next Level Events

Sunday February 5, 5:30pm: Super Bowl LI Watch Party

Tuesday February 7, 6:00-8:00pm: Faith & Fermentation Small Group Gathering

Wednesday February 8, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Rear Window"

Thursday February 9, 4:00-7:00pm: Rare Beer Tasting at 107 Liquor

Thursday February 9, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansas Public Media

Friday February 10, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Biere de Gras World Premiere & Wallonia Dubbel Release

Tuesday February 14, 4:00-9:00pm: Be Your Own Main for Valentine's Day 

Tuesday February 14, 6:00pm: 2nd Tuesday Cribbage Night

Wednesday February 15, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "Psycho"

Thursday February 16, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Historic Arkansas Museum

Thursday February 16, 6:30pm: #5Beers5Bites Dinner at The Southern Gourmasian

Friday February 17, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Magnum Trip Belgian Trippel Release

Wednesday February 22, 6:00pm: #BetterWithBeerFreeMovie "The Birds"

Thursday February 23, 6:00pm: Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery

Thursday February 23, 6:30pm: #ArkiePubTrivia hosted by Arkansongs

Friday February 24, 4:00pm: #NewBrewFriday Mickey's Irish Red Release

Saturday February 25, 12:00pm: Mardi Gras in SoMa and 5th Annual Beard & Mustache Contest

January 27, 2017

Founder Barrel-Aged Beers: Masterfully Crafted. Patiently Perfected.

Founders Brewing Co.: Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

See more about the Barrel-Aged Series:

Arkansas Beer Buzz #6 with Josiah Moody and Brandon Mize

Recorded Jan 25th, 2017: Randy and I chat with Josiah Moody of Moody Brews about his upcoming move from Vino's to Bike Rack Brewing and also Brandon Mize about his move from Lost Forty Brewing to Vino's to replace Josiah! Lots of changes in the Arkansas beer scene to discuss while we drink a delicious Moody Brews 2017 Katchiri's Bier. Check it out!

January 20, 2017

Dale's Pale Ale Becomes Nation's #1 Selling Craft Can 6-Pack

Press Release (Jan 19th, 2017):


Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC & Austin, TX - Oskar Blues Brewery, the innovators behind the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse, finished 2016 strong eclipsing 200,000 barrels shipped with several significant milestones achieved throughout the year including the addition of a brewery in Austin, several new SKUs, expansion of its barrel-aging program and the completion of its U.S. footprint. Flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale became the bestselling craft can 6-pack in total U.S. Food.  
In August of 2016, Oskar Blues' brewery and live music venue opened its doors in Austin, TX while a 21,000 square foot expansion took place in its Brevard, NC brewery raising the potential capacity amongst all three breweries to 500,000 bbls and adding 43 jobs. The brand also completed its 50 state U.S. footprint with distribution in Montana and further expanded internationally with the addition of Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium, totaling nine international markets.
Oskar Blues continued to push innovation through new beer offerings and packaging.  The Can gROWLER (CROWLER®) from Ball Corporation and Oskar Blues grew to over 1,000 installations to date.  Many of the last year's installations were due to new locations choosing aluminum over glass for their growler choice and many established locations discontinued offering glass growlers altogether.  CROWLER® has quickly shown how far cans have come and how beneficial the evolution of CROWLER® cans are to the growler customer.
The brewery launched four new SKUs, including year-round offerings BEERITO Amber Mexican Lager and Priscilla White Wit Wheat, while launching limited release cans of Passion Fruit Pinner IPA and Hotbox Coffee Porter. The expansion of its barrel-aging program resulted in national distribution of Barrel-aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout in 19.2 ounce, single-serve cans and limited taproom-only releases of rum barrel-aged Death by Coconut, rum barrel-aged Ten FIDY and Java Ten FIDY. The team at Oskar Blues didn't stop there, recently launching Pinner Throwback IPA in new packaging - resulting in the first American craft beer 16-pack**.
Ancillary brands also saw growth, including four new flavors of B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Soda Pop and the launch of new Oskar Blues Fooderies concepts in its home market of ColoRADo, which includes a CHUBurger/Hotbox Roasters Café brick and mortar location in the RiNo district of Denver.

Oskar Blues Holding Company, a strong group of craft brewers, including Wasatch Brewery, Squatters Brewery and Perrin Brewing furthered its mission to maintain symbiotic partnerships with like-minded craft brewers across the country with the addition of Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. While Dales Pale Ale is the bestselling craft can 6-pack in the U.S., Cigar City has the number two spot, with Jai Alai IPA.  Oskar Blues Holdings grew collectively to nearly 350,000 barrels and is the number two overall craft can vendor and number 15 overall in total U.S. Food.  That's a particularly good spot to be in, as craft cans have been up 55% over the last 52 weeks. 

Oskar Blues continued to spread do-goodery with its nonprofit arm, CAN'd Aid Foundation. In 2016 alone, the organization raised $768,000, built & donated nearly 600 bikes to underprivileged children, put 100 instruments in budding musician's hands, recycled 155,000 lbs. of waste through its #CrushItCrusade and donated 330,000 cans of drinking water to areas in need including Flint, Michigan during its water crisis. Soul-founder of Oskar Blues Dale Katechis founded CAN'd Aid in 2013 following the Colorado flooding that devastated Oskar Blues Brewery's hometown in Lyons, Colorado. To date, over $2.6 million has been raised to support its efforts.
As for 2017, Oskar Blues has already set its sights on further growth, celebrating the 20th year of what started as a funky little brewpub in Lyons, CO in 1997. International markets to launch distribution in include Brazil and Japan. The brew team, not to be outdone by 2016, has announced the limited release of Hotbox Coffee IPA cans in March as well as a CANspiracy rare beer club at the North Carolina and Colorado Tasty Weasel Taprooms.  The Oskar Blues Fooderies restaurant group has already announced a Colorado Springs, CO location that will expand its footprint to over nine locations in 2017.  - stay tuned for more details at
**Data Source & Set IRI Data, 2016 52 WEEKS TTL US FOOD.

Arkansas Beer Buzz #5 with Mother's Brewing Co.

Randy and I talk to Stan from Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, Missouri about their plans for their first collaboration with Little Rock's Rebel Kettle plus some new and current releases like MILF, Winter Grind and plenty more.

January 19, 2017

Arkansas Beer Buzz #4 with Stone Brewing

On the latest Arkansas Beer Buzz podcast, Randy and I talk with Josh from Stone Brewing Company about Enjoy By 2-14-2017, new Megawheat Double IPA and the Ripper pale ale events in Argenta coming up on Thurs, Jan 19th. Plus talk of Rebel Kettle Brewing and more!

January 12, 2017

Tap Time from Jan 11th, 2017

Here's the latest edition of Tap Time radio on 103.7 The Buzz. We chatted with Greg from Rock City Eats and Jess and Ryan from North Little Rock's Flyway Brewing. Check it out!

The Rogue Hop Experience

Rogue grows its own hops on a 42-acre hopyard on the banks of the Willamette River in Independence, Oregon. The 8 varieties include Alluvial, Freedom, Independent, Liberty, Newport, Rebel, Revolution, and Yaquina hops. 

January 11, 2017

Eleven Year Goose Island BCS Vertical!

Resident beer tasters and guinea pigs, Quinn (Brewer) and Wally (Safety Guy) taste through an ELEVEN year vertical of Bourbon County Stout. Bourbon County Stout is our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Let Quinn and Wally take you on a trip back in time with Bourbon County Stout and let us know what Goose Island Vintages they should taste through next!

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