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Anything good in Arkansas?

Discussion in 'South' started by MichaelBurns, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Haven’t been to Dos Rocas yet, but I’ve heard great things. Both of those breweries, Especially Gravity, are a considerable drive from LR. I’ve never been to either, but I’ve had solid beer from both.

    If I hadn’t taken tomorrow off work, I’d gladly have bought you a beer.
     
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  2. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,385) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Cool, I added Dos Rocas to the database here, and usually write reviews of the places I stop at in Little Rock. Will definitely report back.
     
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  3. ECOBOOSTINST

    ECOBOOSTINST Aspirant (211) Jul 7, 2016 Iowa
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    Any decent bottle shops in Fayetteville area??
     
  4. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    If you like legitimate barbacoa tacos, hit up Taqueria Guadalajara on Camp Robinson Dr. in North Little Rock.

    Authenticity credentials: I lived on the Mexican border for 12 years.

    Also, ZAZA is a great spot for Neapolitan pizza, salad, and gelato. District Fare has awesome sandwiches and charcuterie. Big Orange for burgers.
     
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  5. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,385) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Yep, I have been to most of those spots, will certainly check out the taqueria. I drive up from Houston (lots of authentic barbacoa there too ha) to see my family in Illinois, and usually always around Christmas. Which means I will stop in Little Rock when I can, love that town almost went to grad school at UALR a lifetime ago. Thanks for the recs.

    Edit: Oh yeah, when I stopped at Dos Rocas, saw Rock Town Distillery across the street. That is a legit distillery. Love the Sour Mash and Gin.
     
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  6. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Just saw Flyway posted on Instagram they will be open Monday from 11-6. Their food is really good. Get the gumbo fries if you go.
     
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  7. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (636) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    Thanks for the info. Hit Lost Forty and Bent Kettle, grabbed Nighty Night, hit a store and got a bunch of BDCS. Got invited to GArBF. Good day
     
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  8. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (636) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    So, opinions on Great Arkansas Beer Festival? That VIP list looked silly good last year, the general list not so much. What sort of turnout? Are there official/unofficial pre-events? Trying to gauge where to allot limited traveling time/budget for this year.
     
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  9. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    VIP alone is always worth the price of admission. General list is always pretty basic, but there are good beers to try (especially for an out-of-towner).
     
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  10. Compton25

    Compton25 Aspirant (239) Jan 25, 2011 Texas
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    So some background info on our fest. We’ve been doing it for 5 years, with the last two years bringing in 2,000+ people. The general list is a basic portfolio of everything sold in the state, along with a few special beers from local breweries (Lost 40, Rebel Kettle) The ticket is for entry, and there are unlimited pours once inside. I provide the VIP list each year, and try to make it memorable. Last year we incorporated tastings during the general admission hours for the VIP ticket holders.

    Something I’ve come to understand over doing this festival and the VIP section, is know your audience. I’ve always tried to make the VIP something for the hardcore beer geeks. Sadly that just isn’t the audience we’ve been getting the last two years. It’s mainly the bud light crossed into shiner and now looking for something else. Last year I had people shotgunning the Westvleteren lineup and trying to drink every single beer at the festival. Meanwhile the Cantillon and Hill Farmstead sat untouched.. except by @ElChuques This year I’m trying to find a balance between keeping the VIP execpetional and trying to get more people involved.

    If you come and get the VIP, you’ll most likely have unlimited pours of Cantillon and tons of great beer most do not care about haha. Feel free to PM with any questions!
     
  11. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (636) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    Does the VIP area/access end early, or is it open the entire time of the fest? Because I'd probably just want to spend all of my time in VIP.
     
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  12. Compton25

    Compton25 Aspirant (239) Jan 25, 2011 Texas
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    VIP initially was an hour early entrance into the fest, along with my list that was only available for that hour. Starting last year we expanded into a large roped off area where VIP have tables, snacks, and we did a special tasting each hour. This way the VIP experience wasn’t over in just the first early hour. Now the list probably lasted a little over an hour, but the special tastings went thru the entire event.
     
  13. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Probably too late, but Liquor World & Dickson Steeet Liquor are my 2 go tos.
     
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  14. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Anyone going to Frostfest in Fayetteville? Planning on it, buthaven't purchased a ticket yet. Last year's was fun
     
  15. ECOBOOSTINST

    ECOBOOSTINST Aspirant (211) Jul 7, 2016 Iowa
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    Will keep it in mind for next visit. Wife's father lives down there, so we make a few stops a year.
     
  16. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,153) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Been a while since I've checked out the Arkansas brewing scene. Anything new in the Bentonville/Fayatteville area?
     
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  17. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Crisis Brewing in Fayetteville, Ivorybill in Siloam Springs are two that spring immediately to mind. New Providence may have not been around the last you were through.
     
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  18. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Barring any last minute change I plan on hitting Ivory Bill in Siloam tomorrow. I will let y'all know what I think. There are a couple of other decent places in that compact downtown area, you could certainly get a decent pub crawl if you plan accordingly
     
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  19. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Quick & dirty after action report: 9 Beers on tap, all beers solid, nothing growler worthy though. My Favorites were the Alt, The coffee dark ale & the the stout with chilles. The coffee shop next store looks good as well.
    Some spurious side notes: Went to the tap room down the street from Fratellis ( phenomonal pizza across the board & great gelato, some alright bottled beers as well ); had the Hawkmoth Saison,
    f-ing awesome. 20 Arkansas beers on tap there!

    Siloam Springs is pubcrawl worthy, 28 Springs & Ziggywurst also good with good beers & food on offer.

    I will re-hit Ivory Billed in the summer before I come to any real conclusion, they are 4 moths old. Check the web before visting any of these joints, schedule is not big city for sure.
     
  20. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    4 months, not moths
     
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  21. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas

    Lost Forty just released their Forest King. Its an Imperial Stout that shares its roots with Nighty Night. It was released at 4:00 Monday afternoon. Its a limited run and will probably go fast.
     
  22. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Toppling Goliath has been sampling KBBS, Assassin, SR71, etc at their tasting events around the state.

    I didn’t go the the one at the Saucer in LR. I’m sad.
     
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  23. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    This is the time I decided to lay off, damnit
     
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  24. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Went to the Frostfest beer festival in Fayetteville yesterday. A good time was had & it was interesting to seen new breweries popping up in state to include some in Harrison ( pretty good beer ), Ozark & few in Rogers that weren't on my RADAR.
     
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  25. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,537) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I missed all of them. Sounds like it was pretty quiet.
     
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  26. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (636) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    I see I can't beg for someone to hook me up, but how is the BB Barleywine from Fossil Cove, anyone?
     
  27. RedhawkPoke

    RedhawkPoke Aspirant (260) Jan 30, 2017 Oklahoma
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    Anyone get BDCS tickets yesterday? I will be at the Friday party.
     
  28. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    shoot forgot all about it
     
  29. c-rum

    c-rum Defender (662) Apr 13, 2013 Missouri
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    Tickets are still available
     
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  30. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I will miss the party, I will be elsewhere... Hopefully I will remember to purchase an allotment
     
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  31. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Sounds like even wider distribution this year, and quite a lot went out last year. Should be pretty easy to get.
     
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  32. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Hope so, that is the one I like throw in as an extra on trades or such. Still the best beer made in the state to me
     
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  33. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Flyway just put out BBA Lord God Stout in cans. It’s a contender.
     
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  34. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Will keep my eyes peeled
     
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  35. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (88) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Brewery only, I believe. 60 cases expected to sell out this weekend.
     
  36. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,975) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    bummer
     
  37. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (636) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    If anyone has any current/future BDCS variants available for a homesick beer nerd, PM me.

    WPS!
     
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