Growlers: Rebel Kettle Birthday Party, Flyway Red Velvet, Lost Forty's First Tripel

Rebel Kettle is the focus of Central Arkansas’ beer scene this week with the second annual Beer and Loathing in Little Rock block party set for Saturday. The event celebrates Rebel Kettle’s second birthday with a bevy of events that start in the morning and go on well after sundown. Beer Yoga kicks things off at 10 a.m. with the party officially getting underway at 11. The barrel-aged booth is back with half a dozen brews, including Black Reign barrel-aged Russian imperial stout and Preachers and Pimps barrel-aged Belgian quad. There will be a host of other Rebel Kettle brews released that day to pair with food from Katmandu Momo and Sauce(d) food trucks, as well as live music and kids activities from Heifer International. The event is free to attend; all beers during the party are $5 each. Last year, this party was a huge success, and this one should be no different.
A seasonal favorite is back at Flyway Brewing this week. Red Velvet Imperial Ale, one of the most popular entries in Flyway’s cake series, hits the taproom on Tuesday. This is an 8.2 percent imperial red ale brewed on vanilla beans and Izard Chocolate cacao nibs. Simply put, it is highly reminiscent of biting into a red velvet cake. It’s also a deceptively smooth brew for its ABV. While you’re there this week, make sure to check out Flyway’s new menu, featuring four new French fry dishes and a few other fried plates. We took a look at the new menu last week; check out our write-up here.
They’re calling it “Baby’s First Tripel” at Lost Forty’s Freshcut Monday release today. The brewery is putting out a small batch of Belgian Tripel for the occasion. It’s the first time that brewer Dylan Yelenich has ever created a beer in this style, so he decided to stay true to the original recipe. This is a big brew; at 10.5 percent, you’re going to want to take it slow. Lost Forty says this one has tons of fruit flavor and some extra sweetness to go with a heavy malt profile. This one is getting the canning treatment in addition to going on tap, so you’ll be able to pick up a four-pack to-go. The event kicks off today at 4 p.m.
The weather is turning warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, and Stone’s Throw Brewing is certainly ready to take its beers to some outside events. This week, Stone’s Throw is at the year’s first Good Earth Garden Center food truck event on Cantrell Road in West Little Rock. Stone’s Throw is joining Excaliburger, Adobo To Go, Ocko’s Hibachi Island and more trucks at the party. The food truck festival is Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Then for #NewBrewFriday, it’s the debut release of Zapust Kotbusser and the seasonal release of Pear Guevara, Stone’s Throw’s pear cider. Zapust Kotbusser is an old German style wheat beer brewed with oats, honey and molasses. It’s named after a spring festival held by a Slavic minority population in Germany. Lastly, keep your eyes out for a special release of Jean Claude Van DAMN some time this week. It’s a Belgian dark strong ale aged in wheat whiskey barrels from Rock Town Distillery. It’ll go on tap as soon as the barrel-aged Big Dam Horn O’ Plenty taps out.
After a huge party this weekend at the warehouse, Blue Canoe Brewing Company has officially adopted its spring hours. The warehouse on 15th Street will now be open Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. While you’re there, make sure to check out the brewery’s Raspberry Blackberry Gose, which was extremely popular at the party. Blue Canoe’s Patrick Cowan says he’ll be brewing another batch of that this week. And if you’ve been unable to get to the warehouse or the taproom to pick up cans of 4×4 Pale Ale, you should start to see those on store shelves around Central Arkansas some time this weekend.
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