STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

By Dylan Whitsett

There are so many craft breweries out there, and it's a tragic fact of human nature that once we find something we like, we are loathe to step out of our comfort zone to try something new.  A byproduct of this means that a great many excellent breweries get lost on the shelf, never to be picked up. Well dear readers, I'm here to shine some light on three breweries that don't get the love they deserve and to encourage you to give them a try.

3. Sudwerk

"We choose to brew lagers not because they are easy, but because they are hard."  This is the attitude that defines Sudwerk -- hard work and dedication to their craft. They are also determined to undo the damage done by Macro brews to the reputation of the noble lager. Sudwerk just werks!

2. Piney River

Piney River is the lovechild of two home-brewers who made it to the big time. Joleen and Brian Durham turned their old, rundown barn into an open and inviting brewery and taproom that they dubbed The BARn.  Made in the Ozarks, these brews are full of Southern charm!

1. Caldera

Caldera was the first west coast craft brewery to can instead of bottle. They are VERY focused on being as green as possible, showing that civic pride and responsibility can go hand-in-hand with drinking a few brewskies.

There you have it folks! Three breweries that (in my humble opinion) do not get the praise they deserve. Come by any Tuesday and take advantage of Tuesday Brewsday to get 10% off! 

Some restrictions may apply. See a Celebration Specialist for details. 

Some restrictions may apply. See a Celebration Specialist for details. 

BELGIAN BARREL AGED GULDEN DRAAK – THE BELGIAN BEAST!

By Dylan Whitsett

I've learned over the years that Belgian beers are my real favorite in the beer world. The Gulden Draak is consistently among my top 3 picks. So imagine my delight when I discovered they make a whiskey-barrel aged version!

The barrel aging takes this animal of a beer and turns it into a true mythical beast. The beast has very fruity aromas, strongly reminiscent of apples, with that classic Belgian yeasty goodness that I love so well. There are strong notes of toffee, caramel, and nice tingly spiciness throughout. What strikes me most about this beer is how insanely creamy it is! At an ABV of 10.5, and in a 750 ml bottle, this is a beer to sit down and have a long conversation with. 

$18.99 a bottle, but if you come in on Brewsday Tuesday, you'll enjoy a 10% discount on Gulden Draak and all other craft beers.

Celebrate more friends!

ARKANSAS BIDS FAREWELL TO A TITAN

By Colin Maxwell

The world of craft beer is in constant flux.  As competition becomes increasingly stiffer, and as breweries young and old, big and small find themselves stretched beyond their capacity to supply these ever-emerging new markets, even some of the largest players have begun to feel the pinch.  Often for a new brewery to rise, another must inevitably fall.  And so it is with heavy hearts that we must announce the departure of the venerable Summit Brewing from the Arkansas market.  The St. Paul, Minnesota brewery, having seen their growth in steady decline nationwide during recent months, has chosen to pull back and focus on their home market. 

Summit is a brand that we at Colonial Wines and Spirits supported from the moment they landed.  We lauded them for both their dependability and their innovation.  Saga IPA, among others, became a staple in the homes of many a Colonial employee.  The good folks at Summit, for their part, were always appreciative of Arkansas and the business we did for them here, never taking our fair state for granted while we consistently outsold some of our neighboring states with the brand.  And while we are certainly sad to see Summit go, as we have been for so many others, we would also like to thank them for providing us with some of our favorite beers during their time here in Arkansas, and to wish them well in the coming years, whatever they may bring.  

However, every story should have a silver lining and, though ours is bittersweet, we are happy to announce that, for now, there is still plenty of Saga IPA and Extra Pale Ale available, and that Colonial Wines and Spirits would like to celebrate the brewery’s time in Arkansas by offering some unbeatable sales on our entire remaining inventory of Summit beer.  

Until the moment they’re gone, all 6 packs of Summit Extra Pale Ale and Saga IPA will be featured in our store for $6.99, while 12 packs of Summit Saga IPA will be discounted to $11.99.  Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to these titans of beer as they begin their next journey. 

Thanks again, Summit.  We’ll see you around.

THE 'PUMPKING' OF BEERS!

It's fall folks, and that means pumpkin spice is a fact of life. Rather than resist, why not enjoy the ride with this list of my top 3 pumpkin beers!

3. New Belgium Pumpkick! Slides in at #3. The Pumpkick is a solid pumpkin brew that I enjoy quite well and at a nice price of $9.39.

2. O'Fallon Pumpkin Patch Mix Pack!  This is excellent! Four different varieties of pumpkin beer: Vanilla, Pumpkin Cream Ale, Apple Cinnamon and Pumpkin Peach! On sale for $16.99.

1.  Schlafly Pumpkin! This is my favorite pumpkin beer...the Pumpking if you will. Coming in at the reasonable price of $11.39, this is truly liquid pumpkin pie. 

There you have it folks, my 3 favorite pumpkin beers here at Colonial, so come in and let us help you Celebrate More!

Cheers!

Dylan

ALE AND LAGER - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

By Dylan Whitsett

A common question for beer is --  "What is the difference between Ales and Lagers?"

The easiest answer is that Ales are top-fermented at warmer temperatures, while lagers are bottom-fermented at cooler temperatures. 

This means that ales tend to be more aromatic, have more nuanced and complex flavors, and include such styles such as IPAs, Tripels, Porters and Stouts. Lagers, on the other hand, tend to be smoother, more crisp, more highly carbonated, and show a more subtle flavor. Beers in this style include Pilsners, American Adjunct Lagers and Bocks.

These are general guidelines, but there are always exceptions and complications in the world of beers. 

Colonial's staff is passionate about all beer styles.  Stop by and let's continue the conversation.

Celebrate More!  And always Celebrate Responsibly.

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