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International Beer Day serves as a great excuse to take in local beer

Today is International Beer Day. This weekend, look no further than Little Rock for a smattering of good beers to help you revel. Diamond Bear, Stone’s Throw Brewing and Vino’s all have beer for even the pickiest palates.

LOCAL BREW - A chilly pint of Firehouse Pale Ale from Vino's Microbrewery. From Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LOCAL BREW – A chilly pint of Firehouse Pale Ale from Vino’s Microbrewery.
From Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

First things first, Vino’s started crafting brews in ’93 when they started calling themselves a brewpub. Their most popular beer is their Firehouse Pale Ale. IPAs have seen resurgence in recent years as craft breweries are taking up the task of making hoppy beers, but this beer doesn’t bombard mouths with unmitigated hops. Instead this subtle brew uses light, pungent flavors to fill gaps left by the hops. While you’re out, you might as well get one of their pizzas, too.

1/16/14 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Little Rock brewed beer flowing from the taps Thursday at Stone's Throw Brewing.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON
Little Rock brewed beer flowing from the taps at Stone’s Throw Brewing.

Stone’s Throw is a year old Saturday and they’re celebrating with their Block on Rock Birthday Bash. Beer lovers will be remiss if they don’t go visit this brewery and watering hole. The local, craft brews on tap vary widely, and brewmasters often infuse beers behind the counter. One time they took to infusing hops into an IPA, to my delight. The block party will have food trucks, vendors and live music. 

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR.  - Russ Melton of Diamond Bear brewing.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR. – Russ Melton of Diamond Bear brewing.

Diamond Bear started brewing in 2000 and they distribute to many local stores. But if you want to go to the source, they just opened a restaurant. The Arkansas Ale House complements the brewery’s tours nicely, giving tourists a place to sit and enjoy the beer with traditional fare. The Presidential IPA and the Diamond Bear Pale Ale are my favorites, but they just started canning their Southern Blonde, and the Irish Red is nothing to sneeze at. Read the rest

Poll: Thoughts on the U.S. in the World Cup

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Maya Angelou’s living words

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis. Her 86 years of life were heartbreaking and inspiring, she passed sometime before 8 a.m. Wednesday. The 1970 autobiography of her life in the American South, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, captured her life in Arkansas and thrust her onto the national stage. Though she lived through a great deal of hardship, Angelou consistently espoused forgiveness and love as her way of life. Through these quotes the world can keep alive Angelou’s ideas about how to live in the world.

Courtesy of Adrian Castillo/Flickr

Courtesy of Adrian Castillo/Flickr

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Read the rest

Back to first meal

Image from tacobell.com

Image from tacobell.com

On Feb. 24, Taco Bell announced a new breakfast menu to be released nationwide on March 27.

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Say “Sochi!”

Women's supercombined bronze medalist United States' Julia Mancuso poses with the U.S. flag after a flower ceremony at the Alpine ski venue in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

American bronze medalist Julia Mancuso poses with the U.S. flag after a flower ceremony at the alpine ski venue on Feb. 10 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

What's your favorite part of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics?

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