Diamond Bear Brewing Company - Southern Blonde
- Alcohol by Volume: 4.2%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 21
- Serving Temperature: 40-45º F
- Suggested Glassware: Flute, Pilsner Glass
- Malts: 2-Row, Pilsen
- Hops: Nugget
This pale lager from Diamond Bear presents a bright golden hue with a hint of haze, capped by an effervescent crop of white foam. On the nose, we picked up inviting notes of pear and apple skins along with a crackery, lightly bready undercurrent overlaid by some herbal and mildly woody Nugget hop notes. Look for the theme to continue in the flavor, which comes across really well balanced among that simple bready core malt character, the herbal hop notes, and tree fruit impressions. Balanced, tasty, and super easy to drink, this sessionable lager can be enjoyed by itself – one after another – but it’ll make a nice accompaniment for lighter foods, as well. German sausages with soft pretzels and spicy mustard, fish & chips, and fried chicken sound good to us. Cheers!
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 was not known for its craft beer culture, this small brewery became quite a treasure trove for lovers of good beer. With multiple gold medals from the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, Diamond Bear managed to put Arkansas on the craft beer 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 founder, 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.” In 2013, the team moved production to a new, larger facility in North Little Rock, and opened an on-site restaurant, the Arkansas Ale House, the very next year. 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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