Lost Forty Brewing is getting you ready for Labor Day weekend. It starts today with the Freshcut Monday release of a new batch of Month of Sundays Amarillo Pale Ale. This is the third release of this citrus-forward beer, which uses 100 percent Amarillo hops for a crisp, light pale ale. To celebrate, Lost Forty is holding a couple of hop tours at the brewery to show how they make beer and why hops are so important to the brewing process. The tours are at 5:30 and 6 p.m. today. You can enjoy Month of Sundays by the glass, in six-packs to go, and you can get fresh cans right off the line for $4 to sip on during the tour. There will also be free pizza slices on hand. Then starting Thursday, Lost Forty is throwing in some extras when you buy a case for Labor Day weekend. Buy one case and get a free Lost Forty water bottle; buy two cases or more, and Lost Forty will throw in free trucker hat. That deal is good Thursday through Monday at the taproom.
Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is continuing its tradition of experimental sour beers with this week’s 4:30 Thursday release. Smooth Mooves is a pineapple tangerine sour IPA. In addition to the pineapple and tangerines, Rebel Kettle brewed and kettle-soured Smooth Mooves with lactose and Madagascar vanilla beans. This one should be a juicy, tart and fruity IPA that ends with a smooth, hoppy finish. Rebel Kettle brewed a full batch of this one, so you can get growlers to go in addition to enjoying it by the glass. And for those of you who can’t wait for fall to arrive, Rebel Kettle says its annual Oktoberfest release should be coming in a few weeks.
For years, Ozark Beer Company has stocked Central Arkansas shelves with the same four brews: American pale ale, India pale ale, cream stout and Belgian golden ale. Now, there’s a fifth coming. Ozark Lager will be available in the Rogers taproom starting today and will be coming to shelves in Central Arkansas over the next few weeks. This is a smooth, refreshing lager that Ozark has been working on for several months. Ozark’s Marty Shutter tells me that cans will start showing up on shelves soon in a limited capacity. Expect the amount of Ozark Lager in Central Arkansas to grow as people find out about it. If you’re up in Rogers on Sept. 9, the taproom will be holding a special Lager Day celebration that will be announced in the coming days.
Also in Northwest Arkansas, the state’s beer scene continues its expansion next month with the opening of Hawk Moth Brewing in Rogers. Hawk Moth is a small batch brewery that will focus on taking European beer styles and giving them a modern twist. Expect some blending a barrel aging from Hawk Moth as the brewery gets its feet underneath itself. So far, the only beer that Hawk Moth has revealed for its line-up is a Solera sour blonde ale; the rest is under wraps for opening day. Those of you in Northwest Arkansas should make it a priority to check out Hawk Moth when it opens on Sept. 15.
Along with Hawk Moth, Ivory Bill in Siloam Springs is nearing launch. They sampled their first official brew, a pilsner, at Roots festival this past weekend. It was clean and crisp, about the perfect textbook example of a pilsner. They will start soft openings next month. Expect three year-round beers and some seasonal rotations once they get going.
And in some behind-the-scenes news, the Arkansas Brewers Guild has hired its first executive director. Sylvia Blain is the first professional executive the nonprofit guild has hired. Blain has worked for 15 years in the nonprofit sector as well as seven years for the city of Little Rock. Blain will work to help the guild promote Arkansas brewing to the public and help advance legislation to encourage growth in Arkansas’ beer scene. The Arkansas Brewers Guild is the official trade group of brewers in the state of Arkansas.