Get ready for some Rock City Eats brew! We worked on a collaboration beer with Rebel Kettle over the weekend in what will hopefully be the first of a collaboration series with local breweries. The result is a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk Porter. The dark, creamy beer has a huge cinnamon nose and finishing flavor thanks to the cereal and cinnamon sticks added into the brew, while still being a touch sweet and around 6.5 abv. Think cereal milk in a beer. We are working up a special release dinner for the ultra small batch sometime in December, so keep an eye out.
Speaking of Rebel, they will skip their normal 3:30 Thursday release this week. It will still have beer yoga this coming weekend. They are planning a large black Friday release the day after Thanksgiving instead with several ultra dark beers. Details should be out soon on that.
Lost Forty Brewing has a fun tradition of riffing on its seasonal brews for small-batch releases, which it continues today with its Freshcut Monday release at 4 p.m. The taproom is releasing a limited batch of Forest Queen Raspberry Milk Stout, which partners Lost Forty’s excellent seasonal stout with fresh raspberries for a tart, sweet brew. This one is only available by the pint in the taproom, and since it’s likely to run out, you might want to stop by today if you want to give it a taste. Speaking of running out soon, there are only a few cases of The Hunter Oktoberfest left at the taproom and around the city, so stock up now if you’re a fan. Also, if you’re making a trip to Northwest Arkansas this week, you can find Lost Forty at a tap takeover at Tap and Keg in Fayetteville on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.
Over the next week, Flyway Brewing will rotate out some of its fall seasonal brews for some colder-weather beers. The excellent Thrasher Black Lager and Dowitcher Pumpkin Ale are coming off tap soon. In their place come two winter beers: Fruit Cake Dubbel and Flyway Double Bock. The Fruit Cake Dubbel is a modification from last year’s Fruit Cake Old Ale, which weighed in at a hefty 9.2-percent ABV and featured loads of spice and nut notes to enjoy. The double bock, however, is brand new to Flyway, and should be a fun new addition to the lineup. By the way, Flyway is set to announce some exciting news that we will have for you tomorrow, so make sure to check back here.
Lest you think beer festival season is over, the Paris Farmers Market and Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company is bringing some Arkansas brewers together for a craft beer garden on Sunday. Prestonrose is welcoming Fort Smith Brewing Company, Buffalo Brewing Company and Stone’s Throw Brewing for a special craft beer event from noon until 6 p.m. The market will also feature two food trucks and dozens of vendors with local produce and crafts, so there will be something for everyone. By the way, make sure to stop by Stone’s Throw for #NewBrewFriday before they head to Paris Sunday. The taproom is debuting The Gift of the Magi Winter Warmer in conjunction with the play’s opening at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
Blue Canoe is getting into a rhythm brewing in its new warehouse on 15th Street near East Village. This past weekend, Blue Canoe released its winter seasonal Portage Baltic Porter at the taproom and the warehouse. At 7.5 percent ABV, this one is a body warmer with plenty of toasted malt notes that encourage slow sipping. Also, Blue Canoe on Sunday will be releasing its new Weizenbock ale at the warehouse. Weizenbock is a relatively uncommon style that brews a wheat beer in the style of a German bock. This easy drinking style is typically low on ABV, making it ideal to introduce to new craft beer fans.
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