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Big Orange team to open Little Rock brewery ‘Lost 40’

A new brewery is set to join the Big Orange/Local Lime restaurant group

A new brewery is set to join the Big Orange/Local Lime restaurant group

Local beer in Little Rock is getting another big win:

Yellow Rocket Concepts, the team behind Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa is working on a new venture, Lost 40 Brewing Company.

Owned by Scott McGehee, John Beachboard and Russ McDonough, the Yellow Rocket restaurants all focus on craft brews, so it’s not a huge surprise that they’d branch off into brewing their own.

A few details: The brewery will start as a 30-barrel brewhouse located in downtown Little Rock. The brewery will be run by master brewer (and former LR resident) Omar Castrellon, who was most recently at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery in Indianapolis.

Lost 40 is set to open late summer or early fall this year and will include tours and a tap room on-site. The brews will also be available in the Yellow Rocket family restaurants, and distributed to other restaurants across Arkansas.

An email from the group also noted that they are planning new concepts in the works for 2014 and 2015, including new locations of the existing concepts (Local Lime II, anyone?).

Is the Yellow Rocket group taking over the world? Possibly. … Read more >

Big Orange Midtown is ready for your happy hour

I’ve been hearing good things about Big Orange since I first moved to Little Rock last fall.

But every time I was about to check the place out, their then freshly-opened sister-restaurant Local Lime would suck me in for a can’t-be-beat margarita and I was done for.

A lengthy wait for a seat combined with the drive out to West Little Rock was always enough to keep groups from heading that way, especially for happy hour.

The Barrel-Aged Negroni at Big Orange Midtown is happy hour-worthy

The Barrel-Aged Negroni at Big Orange Midtown is happy hour-worthy

Cracking open the menus for our first taste of Big Orange Midtown last week (review in the next issue of Sync!), I only had one true moment of disappointment: It was noon, on a weekday, my boss was sitting across from me and I had an interview scheduled that afternoon. In short: This was no drinking lunch.

That the Big Orange group of restaurants serve up some serious drinks is nothing new. Bar manager Lee Edwards and their team of bartenders are being constantly (and rightfully) praised for their work in bringing quality craft and classic cocktails

to central Arkansas. They also have a hard-to-beat beer lineup. Really, there is no good reason you’re … Read more >