Growlers: Rebel Kettle and Moody Brews Collaboration, Lost Forty Wild Barrel Project #3, Diamond Bear Cans IPA

Central Arkansas beer lovers should mark Thursday on their calendars. That’s when Rebel Kettle and Moody Brews release their collaboration brew Hive Riot, a hoppy honey rye ale. Josiah Moody came to town a few weeks ago and worked with the Rebel Kettle team to put this one together. Hive Riot is described as having plenty of hoppy aromas, a nice malty foundation and a sharp flavor from the rye. It’ll go on tap Thursday at 4:30 in Rebel Kettle’s taproom. By the way, you can still pick up cans of Headbanger’s Ball in the taproom that were released on Saturday. Quantities are limited, so customers can purchase a max of four 4-packs.

Lost Forty Brewing today releases the third edition of its Wild Barrel Project sour series. For this one, the brewing team took three red wine barrels used to make 2016 Nighty Night and filled them with its Look-See Hefeweizen. The barrels were then inoculated with two strains of yeast and allowed to rest for four months. Lost Forty says the final product is something completely new, with a wheat flavor profile that has notes of vanilla, citrus and stonefruit. Wild Barrel #2 was one of my favorite beers of the year, and I can’t wait to see how this one turned out. It’s on sale in bottles only starting today at 4 p.m. Each bottle is $13.75, and guests are limited to two bottles to-go.

In Friday, one of the longest continually brewed IPAs in the state will get its canning release. Diamond Bear Brewing Company is releasing its Presidential IPA in cans for the first time. The cans will be available in the taproom at Arkansas Ale House to start; no word yet if you’ll start seeing the cans at grocery stores and liquor stores around town. There’s no Cubby Series small batch from Diamond Bear this week; head brewer Nathan Greubel is working on several ideas for the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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This week, Stone’s Throw Brewing has a new release of a style that we don’t see all that often in Central Arkansas. The brewery is putting out its Kavanaugh Kristallweizen for its #NewBrewFriday event. A kristallweizen is a wheat beer that is filtered to remove the yeast and give the final ale a clear appearance. This is a beer style with low bitterness and typically low alcohol, making for an easy drinker for this hot August. You can try it out starting at 4 p.m. in the taproom.

And a quick update on the little brewery everyone is cheering for in Amity, Arkansas. Slate Rock Brewing has turned in its paperwork for its federal license to brew beer and has purchased dozens of kegs in preparation for a potential opening at the end of the year. Slate Rock has built its brewhouse and begun preparing test batches at its location. The husband-and-wife team has been a part of the state’s beer scene for a couple of years now, and it’s exciting to see Clark County’s first brewery getting close to becoming a reality.

Do you have some beer news you would like to share with us? Email me at steve@rockcityeats.com.

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Growlers: Rebel Kettle and Moody Brews Collaboration, Lost Forty Wild Barrel Project #3, Diamond Bear Cans IPA