July 22, 2015

Fox 16 Covers Arkansas Brewers Guild Conference

I have to admit, I recorded this shakey version of the coverage on a whim after rewinding it when I saw myself on the video a couple of times. But hey, at least I do have the coverage! I waited but never saw it uploaded to their website so you see I've saved this from extinction possibly and added it to the Interwebs!

It was a really fun day and I look forward to this yearly event getting better and better each year. The Arkansas beer scene (hey, they'd be a great name for a blog!) is becoming a player with plenty of great breweries and beers now thanks to some very talented people, like the ones who attended this.


Stone’s Throw Brewing to Hold Block Party Aug 1st

July 21, 2015

Annual “Block on Rock” Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Helps Charities

Little Rock, AR, July 21, 2015– Local neighborhood nano-brewery Stone’s Throw announced details for their second annual Block on Rock Birthday Bash today. On Saturday, August 1 from 3:00-10:00pm the 2013 opening of the brewery taproom will be celebrated with a street festival involving local food trucks, breweries, bands, artisanal vendors, and community groups. The event supports Preserve Arkansas, but this year will also benefit dozens of other local causes.

“Last year’s Block on Rock was a huge success, and we love giving back to the community.  Usually a festival as big is this would charge all the vendors to set up, but we wanted to take a different approach. So instead of vendor fees we’re asking everyone who is participating to give back to the cause of their choice."  ~ Ian Beard, Co-owner Stone’s Throw Brewing

Admission to the block party will be $5. Discounted armbands can be purchased ahead of time at the Stone’s Throw taproom for $3. A quarter of gate revenue and Stone’s Throw sales will be donated to Preserve Arkansas. At the first Block on Rock in 2014, $3000 was raised for the group.

“Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. Stone’s Throw has supported this mission both through their help with Preserve Arkansas’ projects and the work they’ve done on their own historic building. We are excited to be partnering with them for a second year on the Block on Rock Birthday Bash! ” ~ Vanessa Norton McKuin, Executive Director Preserve Arkansas

The first Block on Rock in 2014 was attended by over 1200 people, a number much higher than expected. In response to the event’s popularity, organizers have added a second block to accommodate more people, food trucks, and vendors. A stage has been added for the musical acts, a variety of local beer and cocktail choices will be available, and more necessities like porta-potties have been planned.

“Last 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 there will be more trucks, and I think we’re all planning on serving big numbers. After the Main Street Food Truck Festival this is probably the most trucks you’re going to find in one place.” ~ Justin Patterson, Owner The Southern Gourmasian

This year both the 800 block of Rock Street, located immediately west of the brewery, and the 300 block of E 8th Street will be closed off for the event. Entrance gates will be located at 9th and Rock Streets and 8th and Scott Streets, and participants are encouraged to bring chairs. The stage will be located on Rock Street, which is shaded in the afternoon; Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu will perform at 4:00pm followed by the Big Dam Horns at 7:00pm. Fifteen different food trucks will set up along 8th Street while six local beer & cocktail vendors will be in the parking lot behind the brewery. The brewery taproom will be open for festival goers as well.

“The response last year completely took us by surprise, so we’ve been working on improving things for the second Block on Rock ever since. We’ve been stock piling beer at the brewery for months in preparation. Along with all the great food and beers, we’ve got a stage this year with two local favorites: The Big Dam Horns, and Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu. We can’t wait!”  ~ Theron Cash, Co-Owner Stone’s Throw Brewing

Stone’s Throw Brewing is the product of four guys—Theron Cash, Brad McLaurin, Shawn Tobin and Ian Beard—who met in the local home brew club, the Central Arkansas Fermenters. After doing most of the work themselves to turn a century old building in Little Rock’s MacArthur Park Historic District into a production facility, they began brewing operations on July 4, 2013 and opened a taproom on August 1, 2013. Stone’s Throw Brewing specializes in small-batch, artisanal beers that are both creative and drinkable.

The Stone’s Throw Brewing tap room is open to the public Wednesday-Thursday, 4:00-9:00 pm, Friday 4:00-10:00pm, Saturday 12:00-10:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm. The tap room features different food trucks each day and offers all night happy hour on Wednesdays, #ArkiePubTrivia at 6:30pm on Thursdays, new beer releases every first Friday of the month, free brewery tours at 1:00pm and beer infusions at 4:00pm on Saturdays, and beer to go on Sundays. Current beer selection, food truck schedules, and upcoming events can be found at www.stonesthrowbeer.com, on Facebook at StonesThrowBrewing, Twitter @stonesthrowbrew and Instagram @stonesthrowbrewing.

The following is a complete list of festival vendors and the causes they have chosen to support.

Black Hound BBQ, Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club
The Clean Eatery, Out of the Woods Animal Rescue
Solfood Catering Emporium, Southern Center for Agroecology
BEAST Food Truck, Diverse Youth for Social Change
Jackie's Mobile Cafe, Humane Society Of Pulaski County
Luncheria Mexicana Alicia, TBD
Waffle Wagon, Kanis Skatepark
Southern Gourmasian, Arkansas Rice Depot Food for Kids Program
Fork n the Road, Diverse Youth for Social Change
Katmandu MoMo, Nepal earthquake relief
Pie Hole, The Van
Hot Rod Wieners, Group Living, Inc
BBQ for Change, Arkansas Food Bank Network and Rice Depot
Loblolly Creamery, Lucie's Place
Slader's Alaskan Dumpling Co., Mission Machine

Stone's Throw Brewing, Preserve Arkansas
Rock Town Distillery, Preserve Arkansas
Ozark Beer Company, Arkansas Brewers Guild
Bubba Brew's Brewing Company, Arkansas Brewers Guild
Diamond Bear Brewing Co., Arkansas Brewers Guild
Lost 40 Brewing, Arkansas Brewers Guild

Homayd Natural Care Products, Heifer International
J. M. Stevens Knives, Wounded Warrior Project
ArkieStyle, Out of the Woods Animal Rescue

Groups & Causes:
Preserve Arkansas
Legends of Arkansas
Rock City Rescue
First Lutheran
St. Edward's Catholic
Local. Magazine
Bacon Fest
Little Rocktoberfest
First Presbyterian

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ian Beard at 501-908-1816 or email at ian@stonesthrowbeer.com.

July 16, 2015

Dear Stone Brewing Company... WTF??!?!

So one of my favorite breweries on planet earth, Stone Brewing Company, has recently launched in Korea. Yes, Korea. Hey, I've never been there and I'm sure it's a fine country. But, Korea? They're still not in Arkansas! We have some kick ass world class breweries that are doing just fine here, like Victory, Sixpoint, Founders, Lagunitas, New Belgium and Oskar Blues. But we can always use more awesome liquid. And Stone makes awesome liquid. I'm tired of driving hours to get it.

So here are 10 things I'm pretty sure Arkansas has that Korea doesn't...

1. Millions of Americans
2. Thousands of American Craft Beer Lovers
3. We gave earth Johnny Cash, Bill Clinton, John Grisham, Sonny Burgess, Glen Campbell, Levon Helm, Conway Twitty, Mary Steenburger, Charlie Rich, Justin Moore, Sonny Boy Williamson, Joe Nichols, Albert King, General Douglas MacArthur, Lou Brock and a guy named Paul Bear Bryant.
4. Diamonds. Yes, DIAMONDS.
5. A president. See Bill Clinton above.
6. World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest
7. Ernest Hemingway wrote parts of his classic novel “A Farewell to Arms” at his studio in Piggott, his wife's hometown. How much writing did he do in Korea?
8. Um, ever hear of WalMart? They sell a lot of beer you know. THEY ARE BASED HERE AND ON EVERY CORNER.
9. Sure, there are tough people in Korea, but we have the American Taekwondo Association National Headquarters.
10. Watermelon capital of the world.

July 13, 2015

Apple Blossom Is Having a Porter Homebrew Competition

 ABBC Porter Homebrew Competition

Apple Blossom Brewing Company is hosting our first ever statewide homebrew competition!!!  This go-around we are inviting any and all Porter style entries, with prizes as follows:

  • 1st  place:  Brew a 10bbl batch on the ABBC system, ABBC shirt, and a 1/6bbl keg of your beer when it comes out.
  • 2nd  place:  Dinner for Two certificate valued at $75, ABBC shirt, and a 64oz growler and fill.
  • 3rd  place:  ABBC shirt, and a 32oz growler and fill.

Judging will be held at Apple Blossom Brewing Company at 2pm on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 for brewing a 10bbl batch on the Apple Blossom system on Friday, November 13th, 2015. 

Judging will be conducted by a panel of judges, one of whom will be an ABBC representative.  The ABBC judge will have the right to exclude any beer from consideration if it is deemed unsuitable for any reason.  The winning recipe will become the property of ABBC.

All beers must arrive at ABBC by 5pm Friday, September 11th (1550 East Zion Road, Suite 1, Fayetteville, AR 72701).  Beers may be shipped or delivered, and packaged in either bottles or growlers.  To get labels to be adhered to your submissions, please go to: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BottleID.pdf

Two submissions per contestant maximum.

Within reason, the winner will be invited to provide the name for their brew (no vulgarity, etc.).


Yeast: Wyeast 1728 (Scottish ale), Wyeast 3522 (Belgian ale), and GigaYeast 054 (Vermont ale).  We will make any of these available to home brewers by appointment.  Please bring your own container for transport (we can sanitize it for you here).  Other commercially available dry yeasts are also an option as long they are financially feasible.

Grain: We deal with Country Malt and Brewer’s Supply Group.  We get all of our grain pre-milled.  Please use their product lists when formulating your recipes.

Hops:  If we have it in inventory, we are happy to sell it to you at cost for use in your brews.  We currently have the following: Belma, Falconer’s Flight, Centennial Type, Zeus, Equinox, Citra, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic, EKG, Gr Herkules, Gr Northern Brewer, Gr Hallertau, Gr Perle, Bravo, Centennial, Columbus, Hersbrucker

As long as prices are reasonable, and there is ample spot purchase availability, we are happy to buy any other hops ya’ll choose to brew with!

Agents & Adjuncts:  We typically use YeastEx 82 and Whirlfloc, as well as Phosphoric acid, Calcium Chloride, and Calcium Sulfate, in every brew.  If you would like to use other yeast/fermentation agents, flocculating agents, or water treatment chemicals, please run them by us first. 

If you’d like to use flavoring adjuncts, please keep cost and feasibility in mind.  As you can see from our selection of beers, we have done quite a bit of work with adjuncts!  We are comfortable with each of the following methods of making such additions: loose in the mash, in large strainer bags in the boil, in small strainer bags in the fermenter, loose in the fermenter, inline through our hop-back during knockout or FV to Brite Tank transfer.  Also, keep in mind that we have a full kitchen that is capable of toasting grains, cracking beans, making syrups, preparing and pulverizing fresh herbs & spices, etc.

Misc:  The ABBC brewhouse vessels are all steam jacketed.  We pitch our yeast from chilled kegs of each pure culture.  All cellar vessels are fully glycol jacketed.  We have a plate-and-frame filter available for use with 700 or 1,000 micron pads.  We force-carbonate all of our beers.

We look forward to tasting your delicious brews, and getting a chance to work together!!!

To arrange to pick up yeast, or if you have any questions or comments, please be in touch with Sammie and Marcus at abbcbrewmaster@gmail.com.  Please give at least two days’ notice for picking up any ingredients.

July 11, 2015

Cool Mother's Video From VisitMo

Check out this really cool video for Mother's Brewing posted on the VisitMo Facebook page. You should definitely go visit their brewery in Springfield if you haven't. It's easily one of my favorite breweries and I've made the trek 3 times now... number 4 coming soon. Great beer and great people.

Crafted in Missouri: Mother's Brewing Company
Mother’s opened on the “Mother Road” Route 66. With a public tasting room, free guided brewery tours, weekly events and a large luscious backyard for family fun, Mother’s has something for everyone.
Posted by VisitMO on Friday, July 10, 2015

Press Release: Arkansas Brewers Guild to Hold Festival

Arkansas Brewers Guild to Hold Festival
Growing Local Beer Community Featured, Industry Leaders Meet
Little Rock, AR, July 9, 2015– Details were announced today for the first Arkansas Brewers Conference & Festival to be held Saturday, July 18 at the Arkansas State Fair Complex in Little Rock. The evening festival will be open to the public and feature breweries from across Arkansas. A conference for the local brewing community will proceed the festival.
“The brewing industry in Arkansas is experiencing record growth, and it is important that we all work together to promote the craft within the state. This conference & festival will connect members of the brewing community to one another while offering a unique experience to the public to sample a variety of local beers in one place.”
Russ Melton, President Arkansas Brewers Guild
The Arkansas Brewers Festival is designed for the general public to taste beers from a number of different local breweries and in a variety of styles. Breweries both small and large are participating from around the state. General admission to the festival includes 10 samples; VIP admission features 25 samples and a commemorative glass. The Arkansas State Fair has free secure parking while Uber has a promotion on rides to the event, which runs from 7:00-10:00pm on July 18.
“The Arkansas State Fair is a perfect host site for an event like this. The variety of facilities & convenient location are a great fit for what the Arkansas Brewers Guild has planned. We’re looking forward to many future partnerships with the local brewing industry.”
Will Hornburg, Arkansas State Fair
During the day members of the local beer community will gather to network, share, and conduct official business as part of the Arkansas Brewers Conference. The program features sessions, panel discussions, and workshops on a variety of topics. The Guild’s annual business meeting includes remarks from Gary “Bud” Roberts, director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, and Dan Kopman, board member for the national Brewers Association and co-founder of Schlafly Beer in St. Louis, MO.  
“The Guild by-laws require us to have an annual meeting. We thought since the industry is growing so fast with so many new faces popping up it would be great to offer more than just a business meeting when we all gathered. Out of that the Arkansas Brewers Conference was born!”
Ian Beard, Chair Arkansas Brewers Conference & Festival
Festival tickets are available online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5215055/arkansas-brewers-festival-little-rock-arkansas-state-fair through July 17. Tickets will also be available at the gate on July 18. General Admission is $9.99 online, $15 at the gate; VIP Admission is $19.99 online, $30 at the gate. Tickets include parking and beer samples, concessions will also be available for purchase.  
“I think festival goers will be delighted and impressed at the variety and quality of beer that Arkansas has to offer. It’s a great deal and we’re going to have a great time!”
Ian Beard, Chair Arkansas Brewers Conference & Festival

The Arkansas Brewers Guild is organized to promote, in every lawful manner, the common interests of the members of the brewing industry in Arkansas. It is recognized by the Brewers Association as the official trade group for the industry in the state. The Guild operates as a non-profit corporation and pursues its mission through public events, industry initiatives, and governmental action. Find out more about upcoming Guild events at https://www.facebook.com/arkansasbrewersguild
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ian Beard at 501-908-1816 or email at ian@stonesthrowbeer.com.

July 9, 2015

Interview With KARN About Central Arkansas Beer Scene

Here's a quick 5-minute interview I did on local newsradio KARN 102.9 this morning talking exclusively about the central Arkansas beer scene. I always sound so cool in my head then I playback the interview and sound like such a tool. *sigh* But alas, I did work in a lot of our breweries and get a few updates across. Short and sweet! Well, short at least.

Heh heh "guru"...

July 5, 2015

Beer School: how does barrel ageing work?

Here's a new fun informative video from the good folks at The Craft Beer Channel and their Beer School series of YouTube videos. 

"Once upon a time all beers were barrel-aged. Now we have big metal fermenters and kegs instead, but some brewers are going back to the wood.

In this episode of Beer School Jonny visits Brewdog and Siren Craft Brew to talk about barrel-aged beers – brews given extra depth by time spent mixed with wood and spirit.

This alchemy creates some of the most complex and exciting beers in the world."

July 3, 2015

Ozark Beer Company Welcomes Three New Tanks to the Family

Ozark Beer Co. expanded yet again! Check out the video of more new equipment arriving at the northwest Arkansas brewery as they try to keep up with the demand for their fantastic beer.

Ozark Beer Co.: 

"Three new 30bbl tanks, exactly 50% of Ozark Beer Co.'s current production were gently loaded into the brewery last week. Once installed, Ozark Beer Co. will be poised to meet more of the growing demand for great beer in Northwest Arkansas.

The stainless steel tanks are 13.5 feet tall and hold over 900 gallons.  They come to Arkansas from Karbach Brewing Co. in Texas, a growing brewery itself that Ozark Beer Company has purchased tanks from before."

More pictures and information about the current expansion can be found at: http://ozarkbeerco.tumblr.com/post/122777800830/ozark-beer-company-to-increase-production-by-50

July 1, 2015

3 Days Left For Asana Alehouse on Kickstarter

With just 3 days to go on their Kickstarter campaign, hopeful Little Rock brewery Asana Alehouse needs your help! They're almost at the halfway point of the $15,000 they are seeking with $6,926 currently pledged. Go give if you haven't and would like to support a brewery from 2 really good people who dig craft beer and yoga. And of course, they have a pig.

If you haven't tried their beer yet or met them, you'll have one more chance before the Kickstarter expires tomorrow from 6-10pm at Idlewild Park in North Little Rock.

Follow the links below for more info: