Arkansas Rice Has Fun With Craft Rice Beer in Downtown Little Rock
From USA Rice’s August 1, 2018 e-newsletter:
Grain to Glass, Local Brewery Debuts “Golden Grain” Ale Made with Arkansas Rice
By Lauren Waldrip Ward
LITTLE ROCK, AR — More than 2,000 Arkansans attended the fifth annual Stone’s Throw Brewing Block on Rock festival here last Saturday where they had the opportunity to drink their rice. Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Rice Council, the street festival is a celebration of the brewery’s “birthday,” offering a giant biergarten, and, new this year, the Block on Rock Collaboration Beer Fest that benefited the Ales for ALS fund and local non-profit, Preserve Arkansas.
The official beer of Block on Rock is called “Golden Grain,” and made with Arkansas-grown rice. The rice beer got a big thumbs up from the partying crowd as attendees consumed 480 pints of the locally-sourced ale.
Rice from Cross County, Arkansas, is an integral part of Golden Grain, creating a light-bodied ale with a smooth flavor that has a splash of color and breadiness from the malt. Pound for pound, this is the most locally-grown of ingredients found in an Arkansas beer.
“Consumers are increasingly interested in the entire farm to table process including from grain to glass,” said Eric Vaught, Arkansas Rice Council member and Cross County rice farmer. “Our partnership with Stone’s Throw Brewing is an excellent opportunity to tell that story. Arkansas is the top rice-producing state, and this local collaboration is a natural fit for us.”