Growlers: Lost Forty Wild Releases, Rebel Kettle Summer Jam, Buffalo Taproom Nears Opening

Lost Forty Brewing has a busy week that kicks off today at the taproom. For its Freshcut Monday release, Lost Forty is putting out a couple of large-format bottles. The first is Saison Victoria, a 6.3% ABV farmhouse-style ale with notes of allspice, red apple and tangerine. The brew team says this one finishes dry and crisp. It is only available in 750mL bottles. Lost Forty is also releasing its third iteration of TWIG Solera Table Bier. If you haven’t tried this one before, it’s a light 4.3% ABV brew that gets its mildly sour profile from an open fermentation setup called a foeder. TWIG has been a hit since its debut, and with summer months here it should be extra refreshing. It’s available by the glass and in 750mL bottles to go. Then on Saturday, Lost Forty is teaming up with Arkansas-based heavy rock group Pallbearer to debut The Legend Pilsner that will be available at the band’s concert at The Rev Room and then again next week at the taproom. We’ll have more on that special release tomorrow.
One of the state’s best summer seasonal releases is back this week at Rebel Kettle Brewing Company. For its 4:30 Thursday event, the Rebel Kettle team is bringing back Summer Jam. It’s a 4.5% ABV raspberry sour saison brewed with 600 pounds of raspberry puree. Summer Jam has been one of my favorite Arkansas beers since it first came out, so needless to say I’ll be grabbing a growler very soon. It’s available starting Thursday by the glass and in growlers and crowlers to go.
We are getting close to Buffalo Brewing Company announcing the grand opening of its Heights taproom. Owner Nolen Buffalo tells me his crew is working on getting the décor and final trim installed this week before getting tables and barstools set up. It’s likely we will get an announcement before the end of July at this pace. Buffalo is also building a new brewing facility on Cantrell Road in the same shopping center that Cajun’s Wharf used to be. The brewing facility will also feature a tasting area that will be open to the public. The flooding of the Arkansas River delayed construction there; we’ll keep you posted on when that facility is ready for business.
Stone’s Throw Brewing this week is releasing its tribute to Little Rock’s original brewers. For its #NewBrewFriday release, Stone’s Throw is tapping George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale. The beer refers to Alexander and Henry George, German-born brothers who operated the first biergarten in Little Rock in the mid-1800s. It’s a 6% ABV saison that mirrors what their beer would have likely looked like, using ingredients available at the time and modeling the brew after the brothers’ regional stylings from their hometown in Germany. You can check out George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale at the MacPark location on Friday at 4 p.m.
For those of you who enjoy running, Fleet Feet Little Rock is doing a special pub run starting and ending at Flyway Brewing tomorrow night. The 3.4-mile run leaves Flyway for the Broadway bridge, then heads east to the Clinton Center before doubling back and returning to Flyway. The run starts at 6 p.m. Then on Wednesday, its the return of Flyway’s Red Velvet Imperial Red Ale, part of the brewery’s ongoing cake series. This fan favorite is a 8.2% ABV red ale brewed with caramel and chocolate malts and finished with cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans. It tastes just like a red velvet cake, which is a win in my book. That one hits the tapwall Wednesday at 4 p.m. While you’re at Flyway this week, make sure to pick up a 6-pack (or more) of Honeybird Blonde Ale, which is back in cans at the taproom and an ideal brew for sipping during hot weather.
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