It’s time for another roundup of happenings inside the local beer scene. Included below is a variety of tidbits from most of the area’s breweries, including a few items you might not know, and others that have been previously reported here on the Flyer or on social media.
Apple Blossom Brewing Company has announced yet another upcoming satellite location planned in Northwest Arkansas. Aside from the company’s plans for a taproom in south Fayetteville, the folks from Apple Blossom will soon open the Emma Ave. Bar & Tap at 111 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale. The new bar is expected to serve a variety of Arkansas beers, a full bar with wine, and a tree-shaded patio out back. According to a recent Facebook post, the plan is to open sometime in Spring 2016.
Bentonville Brewing Company co-owners/operators Katie and Beau Boykin were recently featured on James Spencer’s Basic Brewing Radio podcast. The episode, released on Feb. 11, includes an interview with the Boykins who were recruited from Fort Collins, Colorado to run the Bentonville-based brewery. You can listen to the episode on iTunes, or stream it from the Basic Brewing Radio website.
Bike Rack Brewing Co. sure does make the best of a tiny brewery. On a recent Hogshead Tours visit to Bike Rack, we were treated to a wonderful double IPA and a tour of the production facility. And by that, I mean we stood next to two Speidel single-vessel brewing units and then turned 180 degrees to see a tiny room with a three 7-barrel fermenters and a brite tank. In a recently released 5-minute video, owner Jeff Charlson gives a similar tour. Check it out on Vimeo.
Columbus House Brewery, located just off Scull Creek Trail in Fayetteville, will host the Nutty Runner 5k race this Saturday, March 12. Aside from a standard 5k race, a separate division (for those of legal drinking age) is available where participants will drink a 12-ounce glass of the brewery’s Nutty Runner Nut Brown ale at the end of each mile. In total, runners will down three glasses of beer before reaching the finish line. Registration costs $20-$35 depending on which race you choose. Sign up here.
Core Brewing will open its newest taproom in North Little Rock at 411 N. Main Street on March 11. It’s the latest in a string of satellite pubs opened by Core in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Fort Smith, and at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
Fossil Cove Brewing Co. will unveil yet another canned beer with the March 11 release of Hoppy Wheat. It’s the fifth canned release from the Fayetteville brewery, and it looks like a sixth will soon follow considering a label for The Whizzle White IPA was recently submitted for approval. The Hoppy Wheat release party starts at 7 p.m. Friday with food from the brewery’s Container Kitchen and live music from a couple of local artists.
New Province Brewing Company opened last week at 1310 W. Hudson Road in Rogers. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 12-10 p.m. on Saturday; and 12-9 p.m. on Sunday (closed Tuesday). New Province comes out of the gate with a massive 15-barrel system and a simple, four-brew initial lineup: a pale amber, an IPA, a porter and a Belgian Dubbel. They’re also hiring bartenders, according to their website.
Ozark Beer Co. unveiled the 2016 version of its annual Bourbon Double Cream Stout (BDCS) to a sold-out private party crowd on Friday, Feb. 26. The brewery staff arrived the next day to find a long line of customers waiting to purchase 4-packs of the bourbon barrel aged limited release. Two days later every case was gone, a feat that took nearly two months to accomplish last year. If you missed out, there’s a tap takeover at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night (March 10) at Puritan on Dickson Street featuring kegs of BDCS, Onyx (coffee) BDCS, and two other Ozark offerings.
Saddleback Brewery will host a contest this weekend to name a new creation that has been “aging to tasty goodness” in the Springdale brewery’s cellar. Details won’t be released until tomorrow, but a post on the company’s Facebook page hints at a possible beer-wine hybrid. The style, which uses grapes as a fermentable fuel, has been elevated in recent years by breweries like Dogfish Head and Odell.
West Mountain Brewing Company brewmaster Ryan Pickop teamed up with Apple Blossom’s former brewer Marcus Ward to brew a hop-heavy IPA featuring a ton of West Coast hops a few months ago. While it’s likely gone by now, it warrants a mention here because it was a real treat. If you hurry, you can try another local collaboration between Ward and James Spencer of Basic Brewing Radio. The two brewed Spencer’s fantastic cream ale recipe, and it’s on tap now at Apple Blossom.
Fayetteville restaurant Hugo’s has been on fire lately with its special rotating Tap 7, thanks to general manager Josh Alexander’s great taste in craft beer. On tap now is Bentonville Brewing Company’s Airship IPA, which marries Simcoe hops with Geisha coffee (not a typo).
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