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Panera Bread Co., Diamond Bear Brewery, Cantina Laredo and others will gather when A Taste for Business, formerly known as Taste of the Town, visits Verizon Arena to feature more than 30 eateries from 5-7:30 p.m. On the concourse level of the arena, a mix of local restaurants and caterers, national chains, and drink distributors will provide samples, and local businesses will have vendor booths. A $20 ticket — $15 in advance — gets you in the door of this annual food showcase presented by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.


The Museum of Discovery hosts another installment of its monthly Science After Dark from 6-9 p.m. With a little help from local breweries, SeptemBEER will present the science of brewing beer. Demonstrations, samples and games will be available during the 21-and-up educational event. Science After Dark also allows adults to experience exhibits within the museum. Entry is $5 and free for museum members. Bring extra cash for drinks and pizza.


The Alchemy Songwriting Showcase is the closing of the 2015 Alchemy Songwriting Competition. In Conway’s The Brick Room Event Center at 7:30 p.m., the Top 10 songwriters from the competition will perform for a … Read more >

Celebrate Black (Hops) Friday at Stones Throw Brewing

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While everyone else is fighting over big-screen televisons and PlayStations on Black Friday, you can be celebrating Black (Hops) Friday. Or at least that’s what Stone’s Throw Brewing suggests. The nanobrewery invites you to skip the leftovers and come out the day after Thanksgiving to sample its new Black Hops Cascadian Dark Ale. Hot Rod Wieners will be there slinging hot dogs, and the brewery promises to have the Arkansas Razorbacks versus Missouri Tigers game on. What’s not to like? The brewery opens at 11 a.m. Friday.… Read more >

Blue Canoe Brewing Co.’s Laura Berryhill is making a name for female brewers

This Q&A was first published in the Oct. 15, 2014, issue of Sync

Laura Berryhill of Blue Canoe Brewing Co. // Photo by Arshia Khan

Laura Berryhill of Blue Canoe Brewing Co. // Photo by Arshia Khan

No, Laura Berryhill isn’t just the merch girl. In fact, she might just know more about craft beer than you do.

Having been around the homebrewing process since childhood, Berryhill, 31, jumped at the chance to start brewing again about a year ago when her friend Patrick Cowan mentioned he had some old brewing equipment lying around. Now, the two are close to opening Blue Canoe Brewing Co. at 425 E. Third St. in downtown Little Rock. While Berryhill juggles the hobby-turned-side-business with her work as a private scrub tech at Arkansas Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgery, she’s crossing her fingers that all the brewery’s paperwork goes through in time to open the tap room’s doors Nov. 1.

Q: How did you get into brewing beer?

A: I actually brewed beer with my grandparents. My grandpa, my grandma and my dad [brewed] when I was growing up. My papaw and my dad were real big into brewing, and I was just the capper at the end of the assembly line. My dad was a … Read more >

Travel: Chattanooga

My first mug of beer at the 19th annual Southern Brewers Festival.

My first 6-ounce pour at the 19th annual Southern Brewers Festival.

From Little Rock: 474 miles

Time: 8 hours there, 6 hours back (change to EST right outside of Chattanooga)

Occasion: Chattanooga Southern Brewers Festival. What caught my eye about this fest was the lineup of North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Galactic. The brewfest aspect was an added bonus, and since a few of my friends who are from there rave about Chattanooga’s awesomeness constantly, I figured this was a good chance to see what this little Tennessee town was all about.… Read more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.