This 2007 GABF Gold Medal winner is a very nice looking brew, pouring a crystal clear golden copper with a fairly sizable off-white head that leaves good lacing. Brewed in the English Pale Ale style, we found the toasted malt undertones to be quite nice, with a healthy dose of lightly buttery caramel overlaid with earthy, spice-like hoppiness with a shade of nutmeg. On the palate, expect this beer to present a very balanced approach. The caramel malt backbone is quite robust and a touch grainy, while hop bitterness is appropriately moderate. Look for the hops to come through somewhat citric and floral, but mostly spicy and tea-like. Medium bodied and a bit slick, this brew finishes with a toasty, nutty, malt note and a bit of lingering bitterness. A great beer for a cheese pairing, try it with peppery Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar.
Built within what was once a Studebaker dealership, Diamond Bear Brewing Company became the first production brewery in Little Rock in more than 15 years when it opened in the fall of 2000. For a state that is not known for its craft beer culture, this small brewery is a quite a treasure trove for lovers of good beer. While Arkansas may not be home to many breweries or watering holes that serve up good local beer, Diamond Bear has managed to put the state on the map, bringing the region quality beers just as tasty as those of any other state in the union.
Arkansans have Germany and Russ Melton, the brewery’s CEO and president, to thank for the beer oasis that is Diamond Bear. It was during Russ’ four year stint in the military in Germany that he picked up a taste for high-quality beer (a story we’ve seen repeated numerous times with other microbrewery founders). In 1999, Russ and his wife Sue (both Little Rock natives) developed the idea for a local microbrewery. With the help of seven other owners, Russ and Sue built the brewery and began production in September of 2000. Their mission statement: “To provide the people of Arkansas and the surrounding region with their own local brewery, which produces great premium all natural beer products, which reflect favorably on Arkansas and the surrounding region.” Well, to that we say “Mission Accomplished!”
To learn more about the brewery and scheduled tours, contact them at (501) 708-2739, or visit their website at www.diamondbear.com.
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