#130 – Stone’s Throw Brewing in Little Rock, AR

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(1) OUR EXPERIENCE

Our last brewery visit before returning home to Dallas for the first time since we left at the beginning of the year was to Stone’s Throw Brewing in Little Rock, AR. The co-owner we had been in contact with, Ian Beard, is a historian who was away for a conference about the Civil War, so we spent the day talking with Lindsay Brown and Devin Foster in the taproom. While there, we found out that the four owners were previously in a homebrewing group together and won multiple awards at competitions before deciding to open up Stone’s Throw with a 3bbl system. The brewery is located in the MacArthur Park Historical District of town, so extra steps had to be taken in order to open their business in the location it resides. Currently they offer eight beer taps – some of which are rotating local & regional guest taps – as well as different meats, cheeses, and regularly scheduled food trucks. Do yourself a favor and pop in the next chance you get and, if possible, walk or bike there to get a discount!

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(2) VITAL INFORMATION

Date of our visit: Thursday, 5/1/2014
Open since: August, 2013
Approx. Barrel (bbl) Output 7/4/2013 – 7/31/14: 193 bbl
Brewhouse size: 3 bbl
Owners: Theron Cash, Brad McLaurin, Shawn Tobin, and Ian Beard
Brewmaster: Theron Cash
Packaging: Kegs only
Distribution: Little Rock, AR

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Other things we learned:

* Ian is a living historian who also works at the Old State House Museum; Lindsay, who we spoke with, is an intern at the same museum
* Theron is a pilot by trade during the week, Shawn is an investigator, and Brad an architect
* Theron, Brad, Shawn, and Ian were all in a homebrewing group together before opening Stone’s Throw
* They just celebrated their first anniversary this past Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
* Have a kickball team and Stone’s Throw sponsors the entire Little Rock Kickball Association, which had 105 teams for the spring 2014 season
* If you walk or bike there, you get happy hour prices all day
* The brewery is in the MacArthur Park Historic District
* Have Arkansas History Trivia night on Thursdays
* Feature 8 taps, including exclusive Stone’s Throw brews and guest beers from local & regional breweries

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(3) BEERS WE TASTED DURING OUR VISIT

* Rene Descartes Dunkelweizen
* Waterloo Witbier
* Mickey’s Irish Red
* Brownstone Brown
* Bernoulli Belgian Pale Ale
* Queen Ruby Apple Cider
* Two-Timing IPA
* Complete listing of beers – under ‘BEER’

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What we learned about their beer during our visit:

* First few beers to be brewed included the Rene Descartes Dunkelweizen, SGP ESB, and Two-Timing American IPA
* Brewed an Anniversary stout and offered it on Nitro for their 1st anniversary
* Beers are constantly rotating; some are offered more often than others, but no true year-round beers
* The Brownstone Brown and Mickey’s Irish Red were new recipes at the time of our visit
* On Saturdays, they offer free guided tours at 1pm and Randall offerings at 4pm
* On Fridays at 4pm, they offer the first pour of their latest brew with a new recipe every first Friday

(4) BACKGROUND OF PEOPLE WE SPOKE TO

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[Haggis, Lindsay Devin, Michael]

Name: Lindsay Brown
Title: Bartender
Been with company since: 2014
Previous Occupation(s): Bar Manager at Tanglewood Branch Brewery in Fayetteville for 2 years; Intern at Old State House Museum
Favorite Superhero: Storm

Name: Devin Foster
Title: Bartender
Been with company since: 2014
Previous Occupation(s): Small Business Consultant
Favorite Superhero: Catwoman

(5) MORE LINKS ABOUT BREWERY

* Main Website
* Arkansas Times – “Stone’s Throw Brewing ready to rock craft beer” [April 11, 2013]

(6) You can find the rest of our photos here

Author: Michael Roberts

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