When you think of award-winning bourbon, Kentucky might be the first state that comes to mind. But Arkansas has a craft spirits scene of its own, led by Rock Town Distillery
. Founded in 2010, Rock Town’s mission is to make spirits from corn, wheat
and rye that are all grown within 125 miles of the distillery for an end product that’s truly local.
This Arkansas distillery does more than just whiskey, though. Top-shelf rum, vodka
and gin are also crafted on-site. Distillery tours and tastings are a popular way to spend an afternoon in Little Rock.
White River Distillery in Gassville
produces several varieties of handcrafted corn whiskey — also known as moonshine. Tours and tasting events are available by appointment, so call and set one up! The Distillery’s products aren’t available for sale on-site,
but can be found in many Arkansas liquor stores.
Looking for something a little sweeter? Black Apple Crossing
in Springdale is Arkansas’s first cidery. The team ferments its delicious blends of apples and spices on-site, and there are always a few different varieties to taste. Black Apple Crossing features a bike-friendly outdoor space, live music and more. Stop in for a crisp, refreshing and gluten-free beverage!
Of course, there are plenty of Arkansas craft breweries
if you’re in the mood for other Arkansas-made beverages.