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The bird is the word

by Caleb Baumgardner | May 26, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

Have you heard about the bird? Sure! Everybody knows that the bird is the word!

Well, birds really. Three of them, in fact.

I speak, Faithful Reader, of El Dorado’s first brewery, Three Birds Brewing Company, which is now open where the old Quizno’s used to be on Northwest Avenue. I went there last Friday night and I have to say I love what they’ve done with the place.

As I’ve written in this space before, I’ve been a craft beer guy for many years now. I’m thrilled that El Dorado has entered the craft beer scene.

So, what have they got, you ask?

Well, if you’re new to craft beer (Welcome! You’ve taken your first steps into a much larger world.) but are still most comfortable with light beers like Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Light, fear not. Three Birds has got you covered. Their Sunny Deelite Hefeweizen, a crisp, light beer with a flavorful finish, will help you bridge that gap. We’re coming up on summer, and this is a summer beer if ever there was one. Give it a try.

It’s not a Three Birds beer, but the Ozark Beer Company’s Belgian Golden Ale is also another good gateway beer. You can get that at Three Birds too. If you’ve not heard of Ozark, they’re up in the mountains across the state in Rogers. Their cream stout is absolutely superb, by the way.

They also do a good Mexican ale (think Dos Equis) they call Eagle Powers. And you don’t even have to be the most interesting man in the world (or even really interesting at all) to drink it. But it helps. Their pale ale, Natural State of Mind NEIPA, is also worth trying.

Their best beer, though? For my money that title goes to their Bosco Brown Ale. Admittedly, I’m biased. I prefer darker beers. Irish reds are my favorite, but I’ll never say no to a solid brown ale and Bosco definitely fits that bill. It’s good and malty, as a proper brown ale should be. And bonus, it’s a chocolate brown ale. The chocolate aftertaste is definitely there, giving the beer just a tiny hint of sweetness. As the old jingle says, I like Bosco! That’s the drink for me!

Hungry? Well, I haven’t tried it, but their pulled pork sandwich looks delicious. I did try the cheese curds though, and I will definitely be getting those again. You can get them with beer cheese or ranch (Don’t be boring. Get beer cheese.). Their salsa ain’t bad either.

So spread the word. Three Birds is a great addition to El Dorado. Check it out.

Caleb Baumgardner is a local attorney. He can be reached at [email protected]

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