Monthly Archives: November 2014

Big Orange launches growler sales

10750399_319931394879105_6675209297675038019_oStarting today at Big Orange Midtown, you can take your beer to-go. Kind of.

The burger-and-milkshake spot is now offering growler sales. To kick off the new program, they’re hosting a Stone’s Throw Brewing tap takeover today (Nov. 17) at 5 p.m. with $4 pints of the local brewery’s Decimal Hoppy Wheat, Big Dam Horn O’Plenty Imperial Octoberfest, Smokeboard Rauchbier and the ESB.

Growlers of Stone’s Throw are $15, which includes a refillable Big Orange growler. Look for updates on what craft brews Big Orange has available in growlers on Twitter @BigO_Midtown.… Read more >

Raimondo Family Winery relocating to River Market

40312_452580532175_459677_nThe Little Rock metro is gaining its first winery as Raimondo Family Winery relocates to a production facility in North Little Rock and a tasting room in the Little Rock River Market.

The winery, owned by Margie Raimondo, has been open near Lake Norfork since 2008, but Raimondo says she had always wanted to relocate to a more urban setting. The winery produces a selection of red, white and sparkling wines as well as olive oils and vinegars. The grapes for Raimondo’s wines are grown, harvested and processed in Lodi, California before being shipped to Arkansas for bottling and aging. The oils and vinegars are also mostly imported, with Raimondo infusing and aging the products in Arkansas.

The River Market tasting room will be located in a now vacant storefront next to the Marriott Residence Inn at River Market Avenue and 3rd Street. The location should be open by February, and will include a retail space and bar.

For more on Raimondo, her winery and details on her products, be sure to pick up the Nov. 19 issue of Sync Weekly.… Read more >

Damgoode to open brewery in Boscos River Market location

1656118_10152286151734532_1119256651_nI’ve had this post in my drafts since late September, and while the rumor had been circulating for months now, Damgoode Pies owner Jeff Trine has finally confirmed that Damgoode Pies will be taking over the old Boscos location in River Market with a restaurant and brewery.

Trine said in a news release that the pizzeria will feature a “Slice Bar” and will include a private party room, mixed drinks and nine housemade brews on tap.

“Oh, and you know that great patio at Boscos that overlooks the amphitheater, that’s ours now, too,” Trine said. ” Jeez, and about 1000 Boscos pint glasses.  What the (expletive deleted) are we gonna do with those?  And I think it’d be boss to get some retro cabinet video games, but we’ll see.”

The restaurant is set to open by New Years. The brewery will open sometime after.

According to the release, Damgoode is aiming to “brew a select few of its own beers and will be tapping the local brewing community to create recipes for the remaining tanks.  If any brewers or other beer aficionados would like to contribute a recipe or give some input on the styles of beer Damgoode serves, send … Read more >