Rebel Kettle is about to expand in a big way. Our friend John the Beer Snob first broke the news of Rebel Kettle signing the lease on a warehouse near the airport that will great expand brewing operations for the company. The East Village taproom will stay put, and some beers will still be made on location there, but look for a large portion of Rebel Kettle’s beers to come from the new 30-barrel facility. You can also expect a new canning line to be installed. There is also the possibility for expanded barrel-aged projects and sour beers from the space. There’s still a lot to do to get the new location ready, so don’t expect anything for several more months. In the meantime, you should head to Rebel Kettle this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for the release of A Salt and Splattery Watermelon Gose. The brewery is holding a watermelon-eating contest to mark the special release.
Today at 4 p.m., Lost Forty Brewing is offering one of its previous small batches on a much wider scale. Month of Sundays Amarillo Pale Ale is the brewery’s Freshcut Monday. This is a light pale ale that is easy to drink, with plenty of citrus-forward notes to enjoy. The first time Lost Forty released Month of Sundays, it was only available in the taproom. This time, you’re going to be able to find it everywhere, including six-packs at the taproom, grocery stores and liquor stores, as well as growlers to-go. Also, you can find Lost Forty on Tuesday at Dugan’s Pub for a tap takeover. Blackberry Bramble, Love Honey Bock and Easy Tiger Mexican Lager will be on tap, and Day Drinker and Look-See Hefeweizen can be ordered in cans. That’s on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Core Brewing is taking a different take on a beer release with their Battle of the Brewers. Four of their brewers worked up a take on Double IPA that are all released simultaneously at each of the pub houses. Guests can order a flight and vote for their favorite, the best will be brewed on a larger batch later this year. I (Greg) gave the four beers a go last week and they are all extremely different despite the same beer style. It is available at both the Argenta and SoMa tap rooms.
Be sure to check out #NewBrewFriday at Stone’s Throw Brewing this week for a unique brew you likely won’t find anywhere else. The taproom is releasing Delta’s Best Ale, an English best (or special) bitter ale brewed with rice. The rice comes from Cross County in the Arkansas Delta region, and the style means this one should be an easy drinker at a relatively low ABV. It goes on tap Friday at 4 p.m.
This weekend is the Natural State Beer and Wine Festival in Hot Springs, which purports to be the only festival in Arkansas that will carry only Arkansas beer and wine. The festival is from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hot Springs farmers market area. Tickets are on sale now for $40 or $60 for VIP, which includes early admission and access to some rare beers. However, the festival has not yet posted a list of the VIP beers, or even a list of festival attendees, so at the moment it’s hard to judge how good of a value the ticket will be. Proceeds from the festival go to support the Spa City Blues Society, which contributes to cultural events around the city.
I’m not the first to enjoy a beer at Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company and wish I didn’t have to go home. Soon, you might not have to, at least not right away. The Prestons are updating some existing structures on the farm with the purpose of offering Airbnb accommodations. That means you’ll be able to stay the night at Arkansas’ most scenic brewery, then wake up and do it all again the next day. The updating and renovation process could take months, so don’t go trying to book your stay just yet. You can read about the plans for Airbnb and everything else happening at Prestonrose on their recent blog post.
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