Growlers: Black Apple Crossing Arrives, Stone’s Throw Anniversary, Rebel Kettle 6th and 9th

Springdale-based Black Apple Crossing cidery is expanding its distribution into Little Rock this week with a slew of release parties. There is a release event every night this week, starting with a Q&A session at Vino’s Brewpub tonight, then Lost Forty Brewing Tuesday, Petit and Keet Wednesday, Dickey-Stephens Park for the Travs game on Independence Day, Flying Saucer and Bar Louie on Friday, Whole Foods and Midtown Billiards on Saturday, and finally Loca Luna on Sunday. By the end of the week, you’ll find Black Apple Crossing on tap at dozens of restaurants in Central Arkansas. Later this summer, you’ll start seeing cans at your favorite Central Arkansas liquor store. We featured Black Apple Crossing in the latest issue of Brewed in Arkansas; you can check that out online here.

The Fourth of July marks both our nation’s birthday and the anniversary of Stone’s Throw Brewing’s first brew day six years ago. Stone’s Throw is celebrating in the grand style it always does: with the release of its Anniversary Stout. This is the imperial version of its beloved Shamus Stout, and at 8.5% ABV, it doesn’t hold back on flavor. As it did last year, Stone’s Throw will also release a 2018 version of Anniversary Stout that has been aging in a Rock Town Distillery whiskey barrel since last year. This release is only at Stone’s Throw’s MacPark location and starts at 4 p.m.

Stone’s Throw will also feature in this week’s new release at Rebel Kettle Brewing Company. The brewery is closed on Independence Day, so it’s a 4:30 Wednesday release for 6th and 9th Hazy IPA. Rebel Kettle brewed this one in collaboration with Stone’s Throw for its Block on Rock birthday party later this month. 6th and 9th is a big 7.7% ABV New England-style IPA packed with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and Amarillo Cryo hops. There’s also a little mango puree tossed in for an extra juicy profile. By the way, the name refers to the breweries’ locations: Rebel Kettle on 6th Street and Stone’s Throw on 9th. Rebel Kettle is closed both on Tuesday and Thursday, so make sure to get your fix on Wednesday.

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Lost Forty Brewing has a refreshing new small batch out today for its Freshcut Monday release. Backyard Blonde Wild Ale starts with pilsner and wheat malts, adds Noble hops, and then gets fermented with wild yeast from a persimmons tree that’s currently growing at Lost Forty. It’s a 5.7% ABV brew with fruity and floral flavors. Since it’s a limited batch, it’s only available by the glass at the taproom. Want some beer to go? Lost Forty is launching its Stock the Cooler promotion this week to get you ready for the Fourth. The centerpiece is a $25 mix-and-match case with your choice of Month of Sundays Amarillo Pale Ale, Blackberry Bramble, or Three-Day Weekend mixed pack. And if sour beers are your thing, you can get any two Wild Barrels Project beers and get a free pair of Lost Forty sunglasses. These deals last all week and through the weekend, so make sure to stop in and take advantage.

And if you’re looking for good catfish this week, stop by Flyway Brewing on Wednesday. Flyway has teamed up with Eat My Catfish for an All American Fish Fry from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Eat My Catfish will be cooking up catfish filets all evening that should pair well with $3 cans of Bluewing Berry Wheat. Flyway will also be setting up some outdoor games so the whole family can enjoy the festivities.

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Growlers: Black Apple Crossing Arrives, Stone’s Throw Anniversary, Rebel Kettle 6th and 9th