Jan 17, 2021

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bourbon

By Griffin Coop
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  • So, in January 2021, the Arkansas Times raises a glass to all things boozy with a series we’re calling Drink/Drank/Drunk : our city’s great cocktails and mocktails, the history of temperance in the state, brews to try before you die, a boozy playlist and more.
  • That’s why you find distilleries producing bourbon all around the country, including here in Arkansas.
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Pawpaws and Pilsners: A Q&A with Jason Aamodt of Norfork Brewing Co.

By Stephanie Smittle
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  • You could say Aamodt dabbles in brewing beer as a side venture, but it’s pretty evident after talking with him for a few minutes that “dabbling”’ isn’t accurate; Aamodt’s degrees in biology and chemistry mean he’s the sort of person who can rattle off the average attenuation rate of a particular yeast strain and use the word “saccharomyces” in a sentence.
  • After trying an at-home “flight” of all four Norfork Brewery cans on the shelves at Colonial Wine & Spirits — the smooth Black Oak Stout, the funky Woodsman Pilsner, the easygoing EZ Ryder Lager and the citrusy Scurvy Dog Ale — I talked with Aamodt over the phone about brewing, business and how a member of Southern rock outfit Black Oak Arkansas ended up as the stout’s namesake and ambassador.
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The timeless appeal of Newport’s Postmaster Spirits

By Jordan P. Hickey
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  • But despite Postmaster’s decidedly news-hooked product, there’s an aspect of the business that’s far more timeless than timely: the place which lends Postmaster Spirits its name — and where Jones had answered the phone.
  • Some 17 years later, when Jones and his former business partner, having dabbled in beer brewing and opted for liquor, were looking for a place to house their new venture, they decided to set up shop in the old post office — even though it would require no small amount of work.
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Little Shop of Horrors (Arkansas legislature) convenes amid pandemic limits. Election challenge opens House work.

By Max Brantley
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  • The House must decide whether to follow the recommendation of the Republican-controlled state Claims Commission and take no action on Republican Rep. Jim Sorvillo’s attempt to get a new election in his race with Democrat Ashley Hudson, who won by 24 votes.
  • The Arkansas House and Senate convened at noon today for a session in which interaction between the public (including lobbyists) will face pandemic-forced limitations on entry to the capitol and attendance in committee hearings.
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A Trump attorney quits his election challenge lawsuit; Leslie Rutledge still pursues

By Max Brantley
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  • In Philadelphia, one of the cities where President Donald Trump’s legal team has been making baseless and debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, Trump campaign attorney Jerome Marcus has asked to withdraw from one of the campaign’s Pennsylvania-related election lawsuits.
  • Jerome Marcus, an attorney for Donald Trump in a lawsuit seeking to overturn election results in Pennsylvania, has asked to quit the ongoing case.
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