The Natural State is right in the middle of a craft brew boom. A few years ago, there were only a handful of brewpubs crafting and selling their own creations. But in the mid-2000s, a craft beer renaissance was born, and as of 2016 there are more than 30 breweries in Arkansas. You can find at least one in each major city in the state — each with a unique take on craft beer and local flavors.
And beer isn’t just for parties anymore; we’ve elevated it to a sophisticated drink that can be enjoyed in between shops or art galleries. Our beer offerings also pair well with the great outdoors. It’s common for visitors and locals alike to grab a pint after a particularly strenuous hike, bike ride, day on the lake or other outdoor activity.
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. And these aren’t your average breweries — many of the beer offerings are built from creative recipes, with unusual (and delicious) results. Most of them also change their menus with the seasons, so you’ll always find something new to try.
Whether you want to sip a saison in summer time, or share a stout with friends as the snow falls, these Arkansas craft beer destinations have just the right drink for you. Find your new favorite beer now!