It’s a wonderful time in the Natural State right now. You may be agreeing with me in your head, and why wouldn’t you? The cool fall weather is wonderful, the Hogs have won a few games, your spouse is distracted with parent teacher conference stuff, and everyone seems in a great mood. The real reason everyone is in a good mood is simple: beer. The surge in Arkansas beers is continuing, and we have nothing but delicious nectar of the goods to reap. Whether it be wonderfully skilled brewers like Core and Ozark Beer Company or promising new breweries like Lost Forty and Blue Canoe.
Yes, my dear friends, it’s good to be a beer-loving Arkansan. Finally!!
On that note, let’s kick this blog into gear. We have some new fresh beers in our area, and we want you to know about them. Pick them up and try them. If you don’t like the beer, you’re a communist and you should get outta town before we Red Dawn Wolverines on your rear.
START THE REVIEWS!
Prairie Artesian Ales Funky Gold Mosaic
Perhaps one of our most favorite new beers from this bright shining star of a brewery, this dry-hopped sour ale knocks a home run with an amazing balance of tart, dry, funky and hoppy flavors. It’s like having your cake and eating it too. The guys at PAA decided to give us this cake by dry hopping their Prairie Gold beer. Enjoy pungent tropical mosaic hops and flavors like lemon, grapefruit, hay, barnyard funk, grape, and some small malt notes of cracker. If sour beers are your bag, this is a must-have. If you’ve never had a sour beer, what are you waiting for?
Caldera Brewing IPA
Football is here. We all know what happened that one time you drank four bourbon barrel aged imperial stout beers before the game last year. Listen, and learn: give a beer the time it deserves. Otherwise you can end up like Darren and Chad. They have matching tattoos of final score of the 2013 Razorback VS Alabama game. On their lower backs. Anyhow, this is where Caldera Brewing IPA comes in handy. Clocking in at a reasonable 6.1% abv, this beer packs a wonderful hop profile that seems to go amazingly well with pre-game trash talk. The Caldera folks know what they are doing, and you can rest easy picking up two or three sixers of this delicious IPA for the game. Enjoy your smack talk with wonderful flavors of pine, citrus, pineapple and biscuit.
Horny Goat HornyCopia
‘Tis the season for pumpkin beers. Horny goat has proven exceptionally reliable when it comes to good beer at good prices. We’ve never had the option of their pumpkin beer here in Arkansas, so make sure you pick up a sixer and kill it ASAP. I once heard that pumpkin beer never gives you a hangover. That is wrong, of course. But don’t let it stop you from enjoying a nose that reminds you of, yes, pumpkin pie, and flavor notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, caramel and brown sugar.
Horny Goat Strawberry Saison Song
Yet another perfect tailgating beer, Saison Song will surprise you with tasty Belgian saison notes rounded off with an interesting strawberry component. This beer quaffs beautifully and leaves a delicious berry note in the end. As a side note, I’ll say that this beer also pairs well with chasing after children who may or may not have eaten a rock. Who eats a rock? Take this easy-drinking beer for a drive and enjoy nice flavor scenery.
Don’t forget to take advantage of this wonderful time! The more beer you buy, the more our Natural State beer scene will grow.