Three Sams BBQ Joint is finally starting to look like its old self again. Construction crews have begun work on rebuilding the front porch, which will be screened in to provide some new outdoor seating. The walls are up around the kitchen, and a new metal roof has been installed. Three Sams owner Annette Jones says she is close to announcing a reopening date, though there’s no indication how far out that might be. Three Sams has been closed for 10 months after burning down in a fire that started in one of the restaurant’s smokers. It is still open for lunch from a concession trailer in the parking lot every Wednesday through Friday.
At its winter meeting Monday, the Arkansas Brewers Guild released updated statistics on the state of brewing in Arkansas. The guild says 28 breweries produced more than 24,000 barrels of beer in Arkansas in 2015 (a barrel is 31 gallons). That total represents a 63-percent increase in production over 2014, which is an impressive jump in just one year. There are now craft breweries in nine of Arkansas’ 75 counties, and the guild says at least eight more are in the planning stages. The Arkansas Brewers Guild estimates Arkansas breweries had more than half a billion dollar impact on the state’s economy in 2015.
Justin and Andrea Wilson of Hot Rod Wieners food truck have opened a new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cabot. Pea Farm Bistro opened earlier this year on South Pine Street. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and serves a trim menu of soups, sandwiches and side items. Already, the Wilsons are working with local vendors to make their products, including Honeysuckle Lane Cheese. They say they will be adding new items to the menu in the future, including more vegetarian options and new sandwich recipes.
Speaking of sandwiches, you can now find a lineup of paninis at Juice Bar Little Rock in the Midtowne Shopping Center. Paninis & Company sells directly beside Juice Bar with a lineup of paninis and salads with housemade dressing. I got to try the turkey salad last week and found it really enjoyable. Be warned, if you buy something from Juice Bar and from Paninis & Company at the same time, you will have to make two separate transactions. Paninis & Company is developing a catering menu, as well as several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
Locally Labeled, a promotion of Little Rock and North Little Rock, has expanded its passport program to 14 breweries, wineries and distilleries. Newly added are the area’s most recent breweries: Flyway Brewing, Rebel Kettle Brewing Company, The Water Buffalo and Buffalo Brewing Company, and Core Public House in Argenta. You can now pick up a Locally Labeled Passport at every adult beverage maker in town. With every visit, you’ll add a stamp to your passport, getting you closer to souvenirs, including a Locally Labeled coaster and t-shirt.
- March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Flyway Brewing
UPDATE: The Audu-Blonde Release has been moved to Wednesday, March 21. Audubon Arkansas and Flyway Brewing are partnering to celebrate our feathered friends AND the beer they inspire! Join us Wednesday March 21 for the 2018 release of Audu-Blonde Ale! Play some ‘Year of the (Arkansas) BirdR...
- March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
It’s time to PUCKER UP and POUR IT DOWN! Our PLUM SAISON is a Farmhouse style ale aged and re-fermented with plums. The plums in this beer add a sweetness that softens the edges and enhances the fruity and funky qualities of the beer. With PATIO SEASON in full swing, ...
- March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Flyway Brewing
Join us for game night at Flyway Brewing’s tasting room! Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, March 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...
- March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Growler USA
REBEL KETTLE MAKES ITS WAY TO ROGERS!! Join us at Growlers USA, Saturday, March 31st, at 4pm, for a Tap Invasion and the opportunity to meet our brewing team, Josh, John and staff. Opened in February of last year, Growler USA Rogers is dedicated to pouring 100 percent American-made craft ...
- April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
Beer Yoga is back, people! And just in time to help kick off the Rebel Kettle anniversary party! Meet us in the beer garden for some yoga, beer, and good times! Then, stick around after class for the rest of the fun events that Rebel Kettle has planned that day! ...
- April 7 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
It’s time to come help us celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary with our SECOND ANNUAL BEER & LOATHING IN LITTLE ROCK Music and Craft Beer Festival!! We are kicking off the day with the return of BEER YOGA by Cheers and Namaste Yoga at 10 am. The rest of the ...
- April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at
Join us Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing.
- April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Dickey-Stephens Park
Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.