Welcome to Growlers: your weekly roundup of news, events and specials from Little Rock’s breweries and taprooms. Little Rock’s beer scene is growing and improving at a rapid pace, and we’re dedicated to keeping you up to speed on all of it. Here’s what’s happening this week:
Blue Canoe Brewing Company will release a new Belgian caramel brown ale in a small batch on Thursday in the taproom. The most interesting thing Blue Canoe has this week, however, isn’t a beer. It’s soap. The brewery is using spent grains from its brews as an ingredient in specialty soaps it will sell to the public. The first soap will be made using Razorback Rye-P-A and will be available in a couple of weeks. Also, Blue Canoe will be using its spent grains to make dog treats called “Brew Doggies.” Blue Canoe will donate 10 percent of all sales of Brew Doggies to the Pulaski County Humane Society. And don’t forget about beer brunch at Blue Canoe, now on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Stone’s Throw Brewing has a couple of events you won’t want to miss. Tomorrow, the brewery is releasing its George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Historic Arkansas Museum. The beer release will be at the museum at 5 p.m. Also, for it’s #NewBrewFriday, Stone’s Throw will debut its rye whiskey barrel-aged 2015 Big Dam Horn O’Plenty Imperial Oktoberfest on Friday at 4 p.m. in the taproom. This will be a limited release, so be sure to get there before the end of the week.
Flyway Brewing is joining in with Cajun’s Wharf’s regular “Taster Tuesday” event. Flyway is coming to Cajun’s Wharf for dinner Tuesday, and $10 gets you a tasting portion of six of its brews. That will include the limited Bluewing Berry Wheat ale, which hasn’t been on tap in a while. Also this week, Flyway is bringing food and drink to Raduno Brick Oven and Taproom for Wednesday’s happy hour. Flyway will be serving up its nachos (including a new wild boar sausage nacho), as well as its Pintail Session IPA and Red Velvet Ale.
As usual, Rebel Kettle Brewing Company will be offering up two special bears during the week. For “Growler Tuesday,” the brewery is selling its Sassy Saison, made with citrus peel, ginger and cucumber. That beer will only be for sale in growlers. And on Thursday, Rebel Kettle will re-release its Berry Legal Dry-Hopped Blackberry Wheat beer. That release kicks off at 4:30 p.m.
Lost Forty Brewing is updating its Wandering White Hop Belgian golden ale for Fresh Cut Mondays this week. Wandering White Hop will be available in the taproom only this time around. Speaking of cans, Lost Forty has its (striking) orange cans in the brewhouse ready to fill up with its Hunter Oktoberfest beer for a release next week.
Diamond Bear Brewing Company is offering free tours every Friday at 5 p.m. during the summer. It’s a great chance to see one of Arkansas’ oldest and largest breweries in action.
I called Josiah Moody at Vino’s Brewpub/Moody Brews, who tells me Vino’s still has Moody Brews oatmeal pale ale and Half Seas Over, along with Vino’s Pulaski Pilsner and Belgian Pale Ale on tap this week. He also let me know that he’s working on barrel-aged versions of both his Cuban Coffee Pull and Katchiri’s Bier. Those likely won’t be ready before the end of the year.
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