Good Things Brewing
The Natural State is right in the middle of a craft brew boom. With less than five in 2010, the past few years have seen an exponential growth in Arkansan breweries, each with a new take on craft beer. The Little Rock metro alone currently boasts nine breweries, and the Fayetteville Ale Trail is a fun way to travel around the region tasting beer made by 10 different Northwest Arkansas breweries.
Time to try your new favorite brew.
Bentonville Brewing Company
A relative newcomer on the block, Bentonville Brewing Company is known for its hoppy offerings, regular live music and Razorback watch parties. Pro tip: Try the West Fork Witbier.
Bike Rack Brewing Company
Bike Rack is Bentonville’s first brewery. Located next to Pedaler’s Pub and Bike Bentonville, the brewery attracts many a cyclist for a cold brew after a long ride.
Apple Blossom Brewing Company
Apple Blossom brews all styles of beer using traditional German techniques
with a modern twist. The brewery also offers evolving menu specials as well as fresh breads and pastries baked in-house daily.
Columbus House Brewery
Columbus House was the brain-child of two friends turned business partners. The brewery keeps it simple with four main beers on tap — an IPA, an oatmeal stout, a nut brown and a golden ale.
West Mountain Brewing Company
Pizza and beer: a match made in heaven. West Mountain Brewery is part of Tiny Tim’s Pizza, serving up pies and brews in downtown Fayetteville.
Hog Haus Brewing Company
A two-story New-Orleans-style building on Dickson Street is home to Hog Haus. The brewery boasts a second-story patio and full-menu to sip and eat on Fayetteville’s iconic street.
Fossil Cove Brewing Company
Fossil Cove’s tasting room boasts a bright, happy atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy a delicious pale ale (among other varieties) with friends.
Ozark Beer Company
With a commitment to hard work and good beer, Ozark Beer Company boasts unique offerings in the craft brew scene. Try the Onyx Coffee Stout, a collaboration with Onyx Coffee Lab. Think: cream stout base with Guatemalan french roast coffee.
New Province Brewing Company
What’s in a name? For New Province, quite a bit of history. When the citizens of Benton County voted to repeal prohibition in 2012, a New Province was born within NWA. New Province stepped in to give NWA diverse craft brew options.
Core Brewing & Distilling Company
Core has grown exponentially since opening its doors in 2010, now boasting eight year-round brews and even more seasonal favorites. Fun fact: The company mascot is a wiener dog. His name is Barney.
Black Apple Crossing
The premiere cider company in Arkansas was recently recognized by Nightclub & Bar Media Group as one of 2015’s “Top Rated New Hot Spots.” For those new to hard cider, flights are available so you can discover which one you like best.
Eco-friendly with a dedication to fine Euro-style beer? That’s Saddlebock Brewery. The tasting room features 18 taps containing an assortment of Saddlebock
dark, light and seasonal craft beer.
Gravity BrewWorks is a small nano-brewery with small batches of hand-crafted beer. With 45 different options, there’s something for even the pickiest beer-lover.
Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery
Fun fact: Superior Bathhouse Brewery is the only brewery in the country that’s located within a National Park. They keep it local by using the cities thermal waters for brewing and naming each beer for a person or place in Hot Springs’ history.
Lost Forty Brewing
This Little Rock favorite knows how to do it right. With crisp new brews like the Love Honey Bock, delicious food and an industrial atmosphere, this raved-about brewery lives up to the hype.
Blue Canoe Brewing Company
Blue Canoe is a nano-brewery and taproom in the heart of downtown Little Rock. The company recently grew to include a Mexican-inspired eatery next door called Taco Beer Burrito.
Stone’s Throw Brewing
This downtown Little Rock nano-brewery had its humble beginnings with a Kickstarter campaign, and quickly became a city favorite with its rotating craft brews and revolving schedule of on-site food trucks.
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
A veteran brewery in Little Rock, Diamond Bear came on the brew scene in 2010, and has since expanded throughout Arkansas and the South. Diamond Bear’s beer is produced by using only two-row malted barley, hops, yeast and Arkansas water.
Vino’s, which began brewing in 1993, is Little Rock’s oldest brewpub. The brewpub is home to a variety of delicious craft beers, a wide assortment of pizzas and live music.
Little Rock local, Josiah Moody, launched his own label, “Moody Brews.” One of the most popular beers is the Half Seas Over, which just happened to be Moody Brews’ first commercial beer.
Flyway Brewing Company
Located in North Little Rock near the Verizon Center and Dickey-Stephens Park, Flyway Brewing Company — which is named after the Mississippi Flyway — produces handmade, small-batch beers.
Rebel Kettle Brewing Company
The new brewery in town made a huge splash early with one of the best patios in town, according to Rock City Eats. The huge area offers plenty of seating and views of the Clinton Library and Heifer international.
Did you know parts of Arkansas share similarities in climate and soil with Switzerland’s and Germany’s winemaking regions? Dating back to the 1880s, the region between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains is home to several wineries, making Arkansas the South’s oldest wine-producing state. Paris, Ozark, Wiederkehr Village and Altus—located just off Interstate 40 northwest of Little Rock and east of Fort Smith—offer tastings, tours and events. Make a day trip or enjoy another glass and stay the night at a nearby bed and breakfast.
Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery
This winery is the world’s largest planter of Cynthiana grapes, the largest U.S. chardonnay vineyard outside California and the largest zinfandel planter in Arkansas.
Dionysus Wine & Brew
Mount Bethel Winery
This historic cellar has been making wine for more than 100 years.
Keels Creek Winery
Railway Winery & Vineyards
Small farm winery located near Beaver Bridge; its vineyards have 14 varieties of grapes and several fruits.
Cowie Wine Cellars & Vineyards
Best known for its uniquely dry Muscadine wine, this winery is located high atop Saint Mary’s Mountain.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
The Weinkeller Restaurant is housed in the original 1880, hand-dug wine cellar
Sassafras Springs Vineyard
The history room recounts the traditions of grape growing and wine making by the Italians who founded the town.
Movie House Winery
River Bottom Winery
For more information about these wineries, visit Arkansas.com/Dining.