Growlers: Flyway Expands Production, IPA Thursday at Rebel Kettle, Superior Comes to Little Rock

Flyway Brewing is expanding its beer production this month with the addition of a new 30-barrel fermenting tank that will be delivered on Wednesday. This new tank will increase Flyway production by 40 percent (more Bluewing Blueberry Wheat, anybody?) and guarantee you’ll see more of their beers at restaurants and growler stations around town. Flyway says it will be able to put the new fermenter to use pretty quickly.
IPA lovers, this is your week at Rebel Kettle. For its 4:30 Thursday event, the brewery is releasing two India pale ale versions, starting with C Street Block 4, the fourth iteration of Rebel Kettle’s successful IPA series. Block 4 dials back the alcohol considerably to a sessionable 3.3 percent, though Rebel Kettle says there’s no mistaking the IPA flavor. There will definitely be no mistaking the second release, the Spring Cleanin’ double IPA. This one comes in at 7.9 percent ABV and promises a ton of citrus hop notes from the four pound-per barrel dry-hop addition. By the way, if you haven’t been by in a while, you’ve missed Rebel Kettle building a stage in the backyard area. The stage has been complete for some time, and I’m told live music could begin as soon as this weekend.
It’s not every day that we in Little Rock get to enjoy beer from Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs, but there’s a great chance to do so this Friday. That’s when 2nd Friday Art Night will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum. No word on what beer Superior will be serving, but if you have never tried them before, you should go check it out. The museum is opening two new exhibits that night: Traces Remain by Dawn Holder and Melissa Cowper Smith, and Portraits of Friends by Dani Ives.
Fruity notes are certain to be front and center in Lost Forty’s Freshcut Monday release today. It’s the Pineapple Day Drinker Belgian Blonde, and you’ll only find it at Lost Forty’s taproom starting at 4 p.m. today. Low alcohol and bitterness means the tangy citrus flavors of the pineapple and Day Drinker should be prominent in this easy drinking brew. To accompany the beer, Lost Forty will be cooking up some Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage Pizzas as a one-time special.
Speaking of fruit beers, Stone’s Throw Brewing is releasing one of its more popular ones for #NewBrewFriday when it puts Pit Boss Peach Hefeweizen back on tap. Pit Boss was created alongside Bubba Brews for Stone’s Throw’s third birthday celebration. It hasn’t been on tap since last August, so if you liked it the first time, make sure to get back to Stone’s Throw this Friday.
Bubba Brews Brewing Company in Bonnerdale has an interesting event coming up this week at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Bubba Brews chef Porter Montgomery will be holding a cooking class on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Montgomery will teach the class how to prepare three courses, which the class will then enjoy paired with a beer from Bubba Brews. Tickets to the event are $100 each, though that price drops to $78 for members of Garvan Woodland Gardens.
Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company is a step closer to expanding its operations in Paris, Ark. The brewery just received its permit to sell food on location, meaning you will soon see snacks at the brewhouse and likely beer pairing dinners to come over the summer. The brewery is working on a taproom expansion to accommodate more diners and drinkers. Prestonrose is also putting its Hefeweizen on tap later this week, and its Blue-Eyed Susan Brown Ale in the weeks following that.
By the way, Riverfest is coming up in about a month, and if you want to enjoy some Damgoode Brews while listening to the music, you need to buy tickets now. Damgoode Pies in the River Market sells tickets to its patio area, which allow you a great view of the amphitheater stage while you dine on pizza and enjoy the restaurant’s in-house brews. By the way, Damgoode has two new ones on tap right now. Trips to Win is a Belgian Trappist ale weighing in at a hefty 8.7 percent ABV. Its now C4 IPA is slightly less at 7 percent, though it does bring more of the bitter flavors than the Trappist ale.

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