by David Koon
SCHLAFLY PUB CRAWL
6 p.m. Argenta. Free.
While the Times staff tends to prefer being anchored to a rock-solid bar stool while drowning our considerable sorrows in suds, we can't help but see the charm in a pub crawl, one of those shambling pilgrimages that — in our experience, at least — inevitably ends in prayer at the porcelain altar.
Now we've got a crawl of our own, a sorta-spinoff of our recent, wildly successful Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival. On Wednesday, Schlafly Beer of St. Louis and the Times will shepherd a North Little Rock pub crawl to benefit the Argenta Arts Foundation, with specials on Schlafly beers.
First stop will be Cornerstone Pub and Grill, where Schlafly Brewery co-founder Dan Kopman will debut a rare craft beer for the brew-geek faithful. Second hour will be at Reno's Argenta Cafe with yet another rare Schlafly brew on the menu, then a wobble up the street to Cregeen's Irish Pub for the third hour and yet another rarity.
There will be specialty and market beers at each stop, with Kopman answering questions and talking about the secrets of brewing. Bonus: Free Schlafly pint glasses while supplies last, and people who show up at all three bars will be eligible for a free raffle to win more Schalfly's gear, including T-shirts, caps and a personalized neon sign.