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 >
It seems like only yesterday Shea and I were narrowing our picks for the 32 brews competing in the 2014 Sync Craft Beer Tournament.
Now, the Readers’ Choice Bracket is down to the Final Four. Judging by these picks, y’all certainly like your local brews. Three of the four are Arkansas natives.
Thanks to everyone who has been voting online. Voting for the next round kicks off Tuesday, March 25 (aka tomorrow) and will end on Thursday, March 27. If you haven’t yet, register and vote at syncweekly.com/beer. Sign up to vote, and you’re entered to win a full-size kegerator.
And remember, if your favorite brewery or beer didn’t make the Final Four here, Shea and I have the Sync Craft Beer Staff Choice Bracket going as well. Our Final Four will be revealed in the latest issue of Sync, on stands March 26.
Readers’ Choice Final Four
Easy Drinking: Fossil Cove Paleo Ale
Hoppy: Boulevard Double-Wide IPA
Dark and Rich: Vino’s Lazyboy Stout
Wild Card: Core ESB… Read more >