Growlers: Block on Rock Saturday, Lost Forty’s Hunter is Back, Rebel Kettle Barrel-Aged Release

The summer’s hottest party is this Saturday when Stone’s Throw Brewing throws the Fifth Annual Block on Rock all-evening celebration. Stone’s Throw will shut down Rock Street in front of the brewery from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. for the party. Beer lovers will want to check out the new Collaboration Beer Fest at Block on Rock, featuring several creations that Stone’s Throw worked on with other breweries around town. Block on Rock will also be the debut for 2018’s Ales for ALS collaboration, where brewers from around town all work together on a single batch that goes to benefit ALS research. You will also find plenty of food trucks on hand, as well as live entertainment from The Creek Rocks and The Big Dam Horns. Gate admission is $5. Proceeds from Block on Rock go to benefit Preserve Arkansas.

It might seem to early for an Oktoberfest beer, but Lost Forty is doing its best to bring the flavors of fall to Little Rock today. The brewery’s popular Hunter Oktoberfest beer is today’s Freshcut Monday release. The Hunter is a classic Märzen-style lager brewed with Noble hops for a warm, lightly spiced sip. The Hunter is available starting at 4 p.m. today by the glass, in growlers and crowlers to go, and in its trademark orange cans by 6- or 12-pack or by the case. Expect to see cans start showing up around town next month.

Fans of Rebel Kettle’s delicious Dirtbag Double Brown Ale need to make sure they get to the brewery for this week’s 4:30 Thursday event. That’s when the brewery is releasing Fannie Lou Old Fashioned-Inspired Ale. This recipe takes Rebel Kettle’s traditional double brown and ages it in bourbon and rum barrels for eight months. The brew is then blended on top of fresh citrus peels to bring out more of the barrel flavors. In the past, Rebel Kettle has shown it is more than adept at creating quality barrel-aged brews, and this one seems like it will continue that trend. Expect a small-quantity batch that will only be available by the glass at the taproom.

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The release for Flyway Brewing’s Summer Tanager Tart Ale has been pushed back to this Wednesday. Summer Tanager is Flyway’s take on a Berliner Weisse that gets refermented on puréed sweet cherries. At 4.7 percent ABV, Summer Tanager should be a refreshing little crusher that helps beat back the Arkansas summer heat. It goes on tap starting Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Due to its unique setup, Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company is able to get brewing ingredients that nobody else can simply by growing them. But right now, the brewery has an ale on tap with something extra special: Arkansas-grown hops. Hops are notoriously tough to grow, usually taking two or three years before you can get a harvest big enough to brew with. Prestonrose has harvested its first hops of the season and brewed them into its FarmHop Norwegian Farmhouse Ale. If you are able at all, you really should make the trip out to Prestonrose for a one-of-a-kind beer at a brewery that is unlike any other in the state.

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Growlers: Block on Rock Saturday, Lost Forty’s Hunter is Back, Rebel Kettle Barrel-Aged Release