September 25, 2017

Sam Adams OctoberFest Hoist for Hurricane Relief

Sam Adams: Join us as we #HoistForHurricaneRelief! Take the personal hoisting challenge or attend a Stein Hoisting event across the country, where we will be donating $1/minute for every stein hoisted (up to $25K). 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim kicked off the #HoistForHurricaneRelief by challenging Freddy Bensch from SweetWater Brewing Company!

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.



​ 

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

Tap Time Radio from July 24th w/Stone's Throw & Independence

Check out the latest edition of Tap Time radio on 103.7 The Buzz from Monday July 24th, 2017. Our guests were Theron from Stone's Throw Brewing in Little Rock talking about their upcoming Block on Rock anniversary party coming up plus visitors from the new brewery to the state, Austin's Independence Brewing, in the studio. 
 

July 26, 2017

Independence Brewing Co. expands distribution throughout Arkansas

 
Independence Brewing Co. expands distribution throughout Arkansas
Austin-based craft brewery finds a ‘natural’ fit with first statewide territory outside of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (July 26, 2017) –  Independence Brewing Co., one of Texas’ original craft breweries, today announced the company will begin distributing its lineup of award-winning beers throughout the state of Arkansas. The new territory signals the brand’s first expansion of distribution outside its home state of Texas.

Independence’ Brewing Co.’s core lineup of craft brews, which include Austin Amber, Liberty Lunch IPA, Redbud Berliner Weisse, Power & Light Pale Ale, and the brand’s top-selling beer, Stash IPA, are available now in both on-premise bars and restaurants as well as off-premise retail stores. Little Rock-based Central Distributing have signed on as Independence’s wholesale partner throughout the Natural State.

“We had canoed and camp along the Buffalo River years ago, so when we began looking into new markets for Independence, Arkansas really stood out against the other states we were considering,” said Amy Cartwright, co-founder and president of Independence Brewing Co.

“The people of Arkansas really seem to hold similar values as we do at Independence; a love for the outdoors, supporting local music and the arts, and giving back to the community. We’re truly excited to hit the ground running in our first new state and hopefully become a part of its amazing culture for a long time ahead,”  Cartwright said.

Independence Brewing Co. was founded in Austin, Texas in 2004 by the husband and wife team of Rob and Amy Cartwright with the goal of brewing craft beers for “independent thinkers and independent drinkers.” The brand ranks among the top independent brewers of craft beer in the state of Texas with nearly 16 thousand barrels produced in 2016.

To celebrate the brand’s milestone, Independence Brewing Co. will host several events throughout the week in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. Individual event details can be found on Independence Brewing Co.’s Facebook page.

Media Contact:
Christopher Marsh
Tomahawk PR

About Independence Brewing Co.
Founded in 2004, Independence Brewing Co. is one of Texas’ original craft breweries. Based in Austin and brewed for independent thinkers and drinkers, Independence’s year-round offerings include: Austin Amber, Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, Liberty Lunch IPA, Redbud Berliner Weisse, Stash IPA and Power & Light Pale Ale - 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner. Over 21 and want more info? Visit IndependenceBrewing.com #ThinkForYourself #DrinkForYourself

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 (mcbess.com) 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)


Calendar:

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
House

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

https://www.victorybeer.com/beers/hopdevil

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!