I had the pleasure of going to the Windy City in March for a nice little getaway. Amid the sightseeing and copious amounts of deep dish pizza, I got to check out a few breweries. Off Color Brewing and Ballast Point's Chicago location were two of those I got to visit.Read More
Those of us who live in Little Rock but have spent time traveling outside the state have almost certainly drawn the same conclusion: as cities go, Little Rock is, true to its name, rather tiny in comparison. That’s not to say our city lacks charm, personality, or modern and historical significance, but compared to semi-nearby cities like Dallas, St. Louis, or even Memphis, it can feel like a quaint hamlet in comparison.
But as a beer enthusiast, one thing that excites me about Little Rock is that the area has recently been a growing presence in the craft beer world. Diamond Bear is a long-standing central Arkansas institution, and there are a few other local breweries that have become major players in the last few years.
If you’re a local craft beer fan, chances are you’re already familiar with Lost Forty (their Love Honey has become a staple of virtually every local eatery). Established in 2014 at 501 Byrd Street, their taproom has a cozy industrial-rustic aesthetic and a food menu that will put a smile on any carnivore’s face (the salads are also fantastic, if meat isn’t your thing) and their desserts have never failed me. The waitstaff is reliably great and with sports on TV and free arcade games to play, it’s a perfectly welcoming place to bring the little ones. If you’re one of the over 26,000 people following Lost Forty on Facebook and still haven’t been for a visit, you’re depriving yourself of an enjoyable afternoon.
Another local brewery that I am crazy about is Flyway. Their Bluewing has picked up steam in the local market, but I feel they’re still slept on by locals. Conveniently located at 314 Maple St in the Argenta district within walking distance of Verizon Arena and Dickey Stephens Park, I can’t imagine many better places to meet before a concert or post-game to celebrate a Travelers victory. There’s nothing on the menu that doesn’t make my mouth water but you should absolutely try the Pretzel Tree. And at the risk of breaking impartiality, the Magdalene Tripel is, without qualifiers, one of the best beers I have put in my mouth in the last several years.
Full disclosure: I have not yet visited Rebel Kettle at 822 E 6th St, but I plan to correct that in the very near future. However, I’m willing to make a recommendation in good faith based on the strength of their reputation and the quality of the Rebel Kettle beer I’ve tried. Plus I’m a sucker for a crawfish po’boy, and their beer menu is large, varied, and robust.
Next time you’re in the mood for a cold beer and a good meal, supporting any of our local breweries is a good way to assure that Little Rock’s footprint in the national beer scene continues to grow. We may never be a metropolis full of towering skyscrapers or professional sports teams, but I think light traffic and a reputation as a birthplace for great breweries is an excellent tradeoff.
Monks have had a hand in the beer making process for hundreds of years, going back to the 12th century. A Trappist beer MUST be made by monks within the walls of an abbey and must be certified by the International Trappist Association. As it stands, there are 11 Trappist breweries that are allowed to have the Authentic Trappist Product stamp on their labels. Six are in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, one in Austria, one in Italy and one in the USA. Fortunately, at Colonial, three Authentic Trappist breweries are available.Read More
Beer styles can be confusing, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between them. Depending on the brewery, brewers will have different answers for your questions about styles. The lines get quite blurry. Fear not! This is a quick guide to telling the difference between the many beer styles available at Colonial.Read More
Different beer styles are differently suited for the foods, activities, and weather of different times of year.Read More
Featuring Core Brewing’s new IPAs that are awesome – I have been blown away by them. Core has really stepped up their game, and I recommend that you give these a try.Read More
In December, we welcomed Toppling Goliath Brewing into the state! I am very excited to have these guys in store now. If you're an IPA fan, this beer is for you.Read More
It's the most wonderful time of the year... for beer! The holidays are upon us and what better gift for your special beer nerd than beer? This gift guide will showcase some limited releases and beers new to Arkansas that are great stocking stuffers or last minute gift ideas.Read More
Now that the long, blistering days of summer have gone into dormancy, I find myself invigorated with cooler nights begging to be enjoyed with one of my favorite pastimes: cigars and beer. One of my favorite aspects of having a beer with my cigar is the almost unlimited combinations of flavor profiles that can be paired and interchanged.Read More
Fall is just around the corner and we’re here to help you celebrate! With all things pumpkin in the form of decorations and edible treats available everywhere, why not talk about the fall stuff you can sip on? From pumpkin beers to ciders, Oktoberfest beers, wine, and even Bourbon – we’ve got you covered!Read More
Calendars have been flipped to the month of September, and for the continental U.S. this means all things pumpkin! In this season of all things orange and nutmeg, one category for us at Colonial shines above the rest: pumpkin beer!Read More
Guten tag! It's that time of year again! Oktoberfest is upon us. The 185th festival begins this year on September 22nd and ends October 7th. We have a plethora of Marzen lagers (the true name of Oktoberfest beers) to choose from.Read More
Here's how you take the burn off a hot Arkansas summer day with beer: explore a few different, delicious styles.Read More
Yuengling brings new flavor to classic cheese soup. Plus, BACON!!!Read More
If you're a fan of craft beer in Arkansas, you've probably had--or at least heard of--Lost Forty. For many craft beer drinkers in the state, Lost Forty is synonymous with Little Rock craft beer.Read More
Summer time is upon us! I don't know about you, but to me that means spending every free minute by the pool with my favorite beer. With that sun beating down, I need something nice and refreshing and this list provides just that!Read More
Barrel aged beer is quite the interesting brew! This is an interesting topic to write about because of the immense possibilities that this process can produce. Bourbon barrels, Scotch barrels, whiskey barrels, and even all the different variants of wine barrels--in barrel aged beer, the possibilities are almost endless.Read More
The Holidays are upon us! If Santa is needing some last minute gift ideas for the beer nerd close to you, then he's come to the right place! We have quite a few gift sets to offer. Here is the list; check it twice to find them something very nice!Read More
I don't know about you, but when it starts to get colder, I tend to gravitate towards stouts. More often than not, I tend to reach for the higher ABV ones as well. A nice, strong, stout goes perfectly with the cold weather. Here are some of my favorite stouts with high ABV that we offer at Colonial.Read More
Mead is one of the most ancient brews ever concocted by humans, and traces of it have been found in ruins of all the cradles of civilization. With shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, and video games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, mead is a very popular beverage, with a lot of love given to it it many forms of media. It's only natural that we have seen increased interest in this ancient beverage.Read More