Stone’s Throw Brewing now plans to add a beer garden to its brewery after the Little Rock City Board of Directors approved plans to allow the brewery to “add outdoor seating, increase indoor seating, expand hours of operation and open any day of the week,” according to a news release.
The brewery has long talked about adding a beer garden as a nod to the MacArthur Park Neighborhood’s German roots.
“My old landlord from when I lived in the neighborhood, Chuck Heinbockle, showed me a photograph he had of Papa Geyer’s beer garden when we first moved into our building,” said brewery co-owner Ian Beard in a news release. “That planted the seed to try and replicate that kind of community experience down the road. We liked the idea so much, we even named a beer in his honor: Papa Geyer’s Pilsner.”
More from the release:
“The new beer garden will be located in the open space between the building and the street corner. Stone’s Throw regulars know this space as where the food trucks park, but it was originally created as a drive-thru for Baker’s Liquor store in the late 1950’s. Repurposed barrels will create the perimeter for the … Read more >
With the ever-expanding wave of central Arkansas craft breweries comes a new way to visit them without having to draw straws for designated driver. The Little Rock Brew Bus, driven by owner Donavan Dossett, will take its maiden voyage on Feb. 14, offering a ride through downtown to the city’s main breweries and beer bars. Here’s what you need to know:
1. This will be a “Hop On/Hop Off” experience
Saturday’s “soft opening” will start at 2 p.m. at Diamond Bear in North Little Rock. For $20 per person (cash or charge), you can get on board the 15-passenger van and be driven from the North Little Rock brewery in a circuit that includes Flying Saucer, Lost Forty, Blue Canoe, Stone’s Throw and Vino’s. There’s an option to stop at Rock Town Distillery as well. If you don’t get there at 2 p.m., it’s fine. You can jump on the bus as it circles back to Diamond Bear every hour. New groups will be picked up at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Everything wraps up at 8 p.m., when all riders will be shuttled back to Diamond Bear.
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Starting 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 >
I’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 >
Diamond Bear’s new canned version of Southern Blonde may already available at the North Little Rock brewery, but the brew will be officially welcomed into the fold with a party on Monday, July 28.
The party is set from 6-9 p.m. with tickets available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door for food, music and plenty of Southern Blonde. Proceeds will benefit the Arkansas Brewer’s Guild.
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Details have been rele ased on Stone’s Throw Brewing’s first birthday bash, set for Saturday, Aug. 2 from4-9 p.m.
A block party along the 800 block of Rock Street will include live music, food trucks, craft beer and more. And, yes, in true block party fashion, the street will be closed to traffic.
A $3 admission will benefit the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. Owners suggest BYO lawn chair to use as The Cane Hill Engagement and Flight Machine perform. Food trucks on hand will include Southern Gourmasian, Luncheria Mexican Alicia (which is new to us!), Waffle Wagon, BlackHound Bar B Q, Loblolly, Hot Rod Weiners and The Pie Hole.
The event will also feature twelve Stone’s Throw beers on tap, which a news release notes is the most ever available at one time.
“Our families and friends, the neighborhood, the brewing community, our partners on the Kickstarter campaign, all the great local businesses that have supported us, we just want to thank them all and have a beer and a good time with everyone who has made this year a success,” co-owner Ian Beard said in a news release.
For more on Stone’s Throw, check out Facebook.com/StonesThrowBrewing.
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Stone’s Throw Brewing is expanding capacity in downtown Little Rock.
In a press release Friday, Little Rock’s Stone’s Throw Brewing announced plans to expand their brewing capacity in their second year of operation.
The brewery added two new fermenters in October, and now plans to increase brewing capacity from 24 to 48 barrels per month. Other upgrades include adding a larger glycol chiller, bigger pumps, more kegs, an automated keg cleaner and more.
The release states that the increased tank space will “allow Stone’s Throw to produce beers that need more time, like German Lagers and higher gravity beers.”
Also in the works for the Ninth Street brewery: An ‘Ales for ALS Hoppy Wheat’ to be released July 18 with partial proceeds donated to Lou Gehrig’s disease.
A block party to celebrate the brewery’s first anniversary is scheduled for August 2.… Read more >
North Little Rock-based brewery Diamond Bear is moving into the world of craft cans this summer. The brewery’s Southern Blonde will be available in cans by the end of July.
Diamond Bear Brewing owner Russ Melton says that the recipe for the brew has also been “tweaked to make it more like a session beer, more of a Caribbean lager than anything else.”
The cans are being manufactured in Olive Branch, Miss. Melton says Southern Blonde will now only be distributed in cans, while the rest of Diamond Bear’s line will remain available in bottles.
“The canned segment is 60 percent of the market, and we’re excited to really open that up,” Melton says.
Look for the cans to hit Arkansas shelves around July 14.… Read more >
Eureka Springs Ale House and Distillery
Arkansas beer lovers who like to weekend to our northwest will enjoy the news that Eureka Springs has a brewery on the way.
The Eureka Springs Ale House and Distillery is set to open at 426 W. Van Buren (just a half mile or so from Thorncrown Chapel) during the first week of July.
Owners Conn Hutzell and Tara Puzey plan to feature local craft brews on tap while they get their brewing operation off the ground.
“I’ve been around brewing as long as I can remember,” says Hutzell, who explained that the operation will be a true nanobrewery, brewing around a barrel at a time.
The ale house will also feature a menu of pub classics like burgers and fish and chips, sourcing locally as much as possible. The space is set to include a large patio and outdoor beer garden, complete with bocce court.
“The beer garden itself will be the largest in Arkansas at over half an acre,” Hutzell says. “We want people to feel comfortable bringing in lawn chairs or blankets and just hanging out.”
Once the brewing operation is up and running (expect a kolsh and brown ale to … Read more >
Looking for a way to help area tornado victims this weekend?
River Market beer bar Flying Saucer will be collecting nonperishable food, pet food, bottled water, clothing and other items Sunday between 7 p.m. and midnight for the American Red Cross. Those who donate will be entered in a drawing to win beer swag at 7 p.m. Glassware (think printed pint glasses) will also be available for $1 with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.… Read more >