It is officially fruit beer season, and Rebel Kettle Brewing Company has a brand new one in store this week. For its 4:30 Thursday event, the brewery is releasing Strawberry Fields Whatever, both a play on the famous Beatles song and a sneaky strong ale. This one features more than 400 pounds of strawberries along with flaked wheat, lactose and vanilla. It’s Rebel Kettle’s take on an adult strawberry milkshake. For an added creamy texture, the brewery is putting this one on a nitro tap. This is a very small batch; it’s available in 8-ounce and 12-ounce pours, but not in crowlers or growlers to go. Get there at 4:30 on Thursday if you want to try this one.
Also on the fruit front this week is today’s Freshcut Monday release at Lost Forty Brewing. The brew teams is bringing back its popular Teeny Tiny Umbrella, a pineapple beer made with the brewery’s cream ale recipe. It’s a 5 percent ABV brew that packs sweet tropical flavors into a smooth, easy-drinking brew. This one is getting the full Lost Forty treatment, with crowlers, growlers and 6-packs to go in addition to pours by the glass at the taproom. It’s only available at Lost Forty today at 4 p.m., though you can expect to see it around the state later this month.
Stone’s Throw Brewing this week is debuting a brand new beer that has some ties to another new styles they put out earlier this year. The MacPark location’s #NewBrewFriday release is called Pale Kellerbier. This one is a pale lager that is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Typically, kellerbiers come in around 4 or 5 percent ABV and have a creamier texture than most lagers due to the yeast character. Earlier this year, Stone’s Throw released a kellerbock, which featured the same brewing technique with a different grain bill. Pale Kellerbier goes on at 4 p.m. Friday at the MacPark spot.
The floodwaters have receded enough for Buffalo Brewing Company to continue the relocation of its brewing operations to the Riverdale area. The flooded Arkansas River spilled into the parking lot of Buffalo Brewing’s new spot, making it impossible to access the building. Construction is back underway there. It is also ongoing in the Heights, where Buffalo Brewing is opening a new taproom. Sheetrock has been placed on the walls and checkered tile is going down on the floor. We’ll let you know as both locations get closer to their opening day.
And for those of you planning on hitting the lakes around Hot Springs, consider stopping at Slate Rock Brewing in Amity first to get some beer for the boat. Slate Rock now has a crowler machine and can send you out with 32-ounce cans of any of its beers. The brewing team has also come up with a few beer cocktail recipes and can make any of those available to go as well.
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