Current local beer recommendation: Nighty Night Imperial Stout from Lost Forty Brewing (available at the taproom by the glass and in crowlers and growlers to-go)
Fans of North Arkansas brewery Gravity BrewWorks will get a chance to revisit some of their favorite beers in Little Rock this week. The Baxter County brewery run by Bill Riffle and Tony Guinn is holding a tap takeover on Thursday at Mockingbird Bar and Tacos in the SoMa neighborhood. The event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until the restaurant closes at 9 p.m. Gravity BrewWorks has posted it will be bringing Au NaturAle Amber, BelHop Belgian IPA, bourbon barrel-aged Humble Beginnings Porter, Saison Brune, and May the Schwarzbier With You to the event. Mockingbird usually has at least one Gravity BrewWorks offering on tap at all times if you can’t make it out Thursday.
Also on Thursday, a double release from Rebel Kettle Brewing Company featuring a debut brew and a highly popular special beer from last year. First, the new kid on the block: Rebel Kettle’s 4:30 Thursday kicks off with Campfire Pastries, its third pastry stout release of the past couple of months. Campfire Pastries is a 10.5% ABV imperial stout brewed with graham crackers, marshmallows and roasted cacao nibs. It joins Donut Stop Believin’ and Mouthful of Cookies as the brewery’s new pastry stout releases of the season. And making its return appearance Thursday is Whole Lotta Rosé, a 5.7% ABV golden sour ale packed with raspberries, strawberries and hibiscus. The adjuncts give the brew a blush-red color and a beautiful, bright, dry finish. In addition to being on tap Thursday, both Campfire Pastries and Whole Lotta Rosé will be available in 16-ounce 4-packs for you to take home.
Lost Forty Brewing today is tapping an experiment of one of its classic brews. Today’s Freshcut Monday release is Old Bones Wild Lager, a brew made by aging its Bare Bones Pilsner with wild yeast for 19 months. Old Bones is a 5.1% sour lager that layers tropical sour notes over the distinct malt flavors of a pilsner. Expect this one to finish dry and mildly tart. Old Bones is a small batch that won’t last long and is only available by the glass on tap, so make sure to stop by today if you’re curious about it.
Hop lovers should put a trip to Stone’s Throw Brewing on their calendars for this weekend. The brewery’s #NewBrewFriday is New Hops, Who Dis? Triple IPA, a massive 10% ABV ale with loads of hops. This brew was previously called Hop ‘til You Drop, and it was impressive when I tried it back in 2018, with a massively hoppy profile that kept the bitterness restrained. You can try it starting at 4 p.m Friday at Stone’s Throw’s MacPark location.
Finally, tickets are on sale for the first major beer event of 2020. Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest is coming Saturday, February 8, to Next Level Events in the downtown area. This is the seventh year for the festival, which features beers made by homebrewers around Central Arkansas. Judges at the event will pick one brew to be the “Official Beer of Kickball” for the 2020 season. Proceeds from the event go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP.
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