There are many new beer releases this week to tell you, starting north of the river at Flyway Brewing where a small-batch hit from April is back for a full release. The brewery is putting Low Flock IPA back on tap starting Friday, and this time Flyway has created a full-size batch. Low Flock is a 6 percent ABV New England-style IPA loaded with plenty of floral and citrus notes. The name “Low Flock” keeps with Flyway’s wildlife-themed beer lineup, but it also refers to the low-flocculating yeast that gives the beer it’s juicy profile and hazy pour. IPA fans shouldn’t miss this one.
Flyway’s newest brewer Mark Sniff has his fingerprints on another release this week, this time at Rebel Kettle. For its 4:30 Thursday event, Rebel Kettle is tapping Ozymandias, which it brewed in collaboration with Void Cellars, of which Sniff is a founding brewer. Besides recalling the name of a timeless poem (and the greatest episode of television ever), Ozymandias is a mixed-culture French saison that Rebel Kettle says is dry, tart and “slightly funky.” Rebel Kettle and Void brewed this one on a half-barrel system, meaning there’s only around 15 gallons of Ozymandias available. You’ll want to be there Thursday if you are looking to get a taste of it.
Here in just a couple of hours, Lost Forty Brewing is putting out a small batch designed to beat the summer heat. For its Freshcut Monday, Lost Forty is tapping a Basil-Lime Gose made with lemon basil and lime basil grown here in Central Arkansas. This is a 4.5 percent ABV easy drinker that should have some good pucker to it. This is a true small batch; it will only be available by the glass in the taproom until it sells out. Basil-Lime Gose goes on tap at 4 p.m. today.
Speaking of light drinkers for the hot months, Stone’s Throw Brewing is putting out its Caddo Kolsch for #NewBrewFriday. This classic kolsch recipe comes in at a crushable 4 percent ABV and is more malty than hoppy, for those who are looking to avoid the bitterness. By the way, Stone’s Throw continues impressing folks at the pop-up event in Stifft Station. The event continues for a couple of weeks; you can find the Stone’s Throw folks out there Thursday through Sunday.
I got the chance to chat with Bubba Brews owner Jonathan Martin this weekend, and he says Little Rock could see a few kegs of Cherry Sandbar Pilsner in time for the 4th of July. Cherry Sandbar is a seasonal version of Bubba Brews classic pilsner recipe. The tart, slightly hoppy brew comes in at 6.2 percent ABV and has been well-received when it makes its way this far north. Martin also tells me he’s planning a beer and wine pairing dinner at the Spa City Taproom at the end of July, with just four seatings of 10 people each. Tickets for that dinner should go on sale this week; keep your eyes posted on the Bubba Brews Facebook page if you’re interested.
If you’re looking for an IPA to enjoy this week, consider the Double Rapids Imperial IPA, which is going back on tap at Blue Canoe Brewing Company. This double IPA is a hearty 8.5 percent ABV and 100 IBUs, so go slowly. Brewer Patrick Cowan says this is his favorite brew he makes. It goes on tap Wednesday at the taproom and warehouse.
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