It’s finally getting hot here in Arkansas. We can now look forward to sweltering heat until Halloween…. Then some wonderful cool air, followed by more sweltering heart.
Many of us beer geeks change our drinking preferences with the weather. Some nights may call for something special, while days may call for something more appropriate or thirst quenching. We are here to give you the down low on two of the newest beers to hit Arkansas, and we like to call them festival beers.
What’s a festival beer? These are the rules: It must be delicious; you can’t go around and have amazing fun with boring and fizzy biff light. It must be thirst-quenching; you can’t really scratch that itch on a hot day with a stout aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, whale blubber, espresso and pig ears added. It must look cool; you just don’t look cool with a biff heavy unless you have a mullet. It must be sessionable; you can’t crush those delicious Belgians without running the possibility of falling back into your festival tent or chairs and making a really funny scene.
We have two amazing beers for you to look for this summer – or at a festival like the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest. (Yes! These beers WILL be there, and I WILL be crushing them!)
Evil Twin Bikini Beer
Per Evil Twin’s Website: “Named after atom bomb test grounds, designed by a French car engineer – the bikini was to many a disturbing and degrading creation but fortunately for others a symbol of emancipation. This is attractively light bodied, seductively well balanced and very drinkable Bikini Beer is anything but a sissy beer.” Those guys at Evil Twin know how to write a beer description, ya know? This is a beer that was made for long weekends accompanied by lots of beer drinking. It’s low ABV and low calorie – so you won’t add a gut to that bikini body you rock while dancing to yet another face-melting guitar solo.
Horny Goat Brewing Watermelon Wheat
Horny Goat brewing is new to Arkansas, and we are happy they are starting out strong with what may be the beer of the summer. With 100% natural watermelon juice added during fermentation, Vienna malt, and plenty of wheat, this beer goes down smooth and leaves your taste buds happy. Since this canned beer is so new, we couldn’t find a good photo…. luckily I snapped this one just before I crushed it. And if you find one of the ArkansasBeerBlog beer geeks at the Blues Fest this weekend in Fort Smith, expect to see this beer in-hand.
Pick up any of these beers and infuse flavor into your summer, fishing trip, festival weekend, camping trip, post-mow celebration, overtime office weekend, cookout or healthy jog. These two beers seem to make everything better…and you can now find them in our beautiful state.