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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 >

Stone’s Throw Brewing: Welcome to the neighborhood

Stone's Throw Brewing is now open in downtown Little Rock.

Stone’s Throw Brewing is now open in downtown Little Rock.

If you’ve kept up with Sync, you’ll know that our staff has been looking forward to the opening of Stone’s Throw Brewing since long before I was around.

Shea Stewart has followed the group of four homebrewers as they planned to expand into a nano-brewery, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, and began work on the space at 402 E. 9th.

Last weekend, as several Sync staffers sat at the taproom bar enjoy our first taste of Stone’s Throw, we all agreed on one thing–this was a spot worth waiting for.

As a beer lover and downtown worker, it’s the location and atmosphere that excites me most. Where some brewery taprooms feel like little more than a spot to fill a growler, Stone’s Throw’s light-filled bar area begs to you stay for another round. The spot is welcoming, with snacks (pickles from Natchez and plenty of pretzels during our visit) and guest taps from Arkansas breweries Diamond Bear, Core and Fossil Cove to round out the selection if their own offerings don’t do it for you.

Which they should. Their American IPA and Belgian Pale Ale both had people … Read more >