Lost Forty Brewing today will be testing your taste buds. The brewery’s Freshcut Monday release is an event titled “A Day of Fire and Ice” and features its latest small batch project Ice Day Arkansas Winter IPA. Ice Day is a malt-forward IPA brewed with caramel malts for a sweet base. Tropical and citrus notes from the hops give the beer a classic IPA profile, and at 6 percent ABV, you won’t feel guilty having seconds. The “fire” part of the event comes in the form of six chicken wings coated in an insanely hot sauce that the kitchen staff created. Naga Jalokia, Carolina Reaper and Pot Primo peppers went into this nuclear-hot sauce. There are 20 orders of the wings available, and those who finish off the whole plate will win a Lost Forty Ice Day prize package worth $50. Everything gets started at 4 p.m. today. Ice Day will be available today by glass, growler and six-packs to go; you’ll start to see Ice Day in grocery and liquor stores around town later this month.
Stone’s Throw Brewing this week will release a new take on one of its classic brews. For #NewBrewFriday, Stone’s Throw will debut Urquhart Wee Heavy, a heavily malted Scotch ale that is similar to its Lil’ Peaty brew, but without the peat-smoked malt. Five different malts went into this 9 percent ABV ale. Urquhart Wee Heavy will debut alongside the seasonal release of Ripple Effect Rye, a beer Stone’s Throw has been making since it first opened. Rye makes up half of Ripple Effect’s grain bill, and a classic Hefeweizen yeast brings a sweet fruitiness to help frame the spice from the rye. You can try both of them on Friday starting at 4 p.m.
One of Flyway Brewing’s biggest beers is back on tap this week. Magdalene Tripel, which was one of Flyway’s original offerings, is back on the wall for the winter. This 9.6 percent ABV Belgian beauty has long been a favorite of the beer community, and it’s now available again by the glass and in growlers to go. Flyway is also being featured at Cantina Laredo as that restaurant’s beer of the month. You can find Honeybird on tap at the upscale Mexican restaurant in Midtown throughout December.
Buffalo Brewing Company at The Water Buffalo has a new brew slated to arrive this weekend. It’s an imperial IPA called Flying Monkey Venom (not a typo). This big brew is over 9 percent ABV and approaches 100 IBU, so you can expect a ton of flavor and bang for your buck. Check The Water Buffalo’s Facebook page for the official release date. Also, just a reminder that The Water Buffalo has 16 taps of Arkansas beer. Most are Buffalo’s own creations, but there are also brews from beermakers all around the state.
This weekend, I got my first taste of Dos Rocas Beer and Tacos in the SoMa neighborhood. The new Latin restaurant has 16 taps, most of which are dedicated to Arkansas brews. Two of them you won’t find anywhere else. Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company has its Dragon Volant saison on, and Gravity BrewWorks out of Big Flat has an excellent ESB on tap called Falling Star. Dos Rocas is a good restaurant on its own, but the fact it appears to be devoted to showcasing beer from all over the state means we’ll be coming back soon and often.
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