NWA Daily's Brewery Guide
By NWA Daily | Published March 12
If you don't already know about the extent of Northwest Arkansas' beer scene, live in the dark no longer because we have created a list of local breweries for your education and pleasure. Take part in the "Arkansas original craft beer tour" on the famed Ale Trail which covers ground all the way to Eureka Springs, or pick a new spot from below and invite your friends. Whatever may be your vibe we're just glad you're drinking local - cheers!
Photo courtesy of New Province Brewing Company
New Province is independent and locally owned, each ounce of beer made on-site in a brewery viewable by customers who come in and drink one or a few of the available beers. Every Wednesday from 7-9p New Province hosts a trivia night and local food trucks make an appearance and add to the evening!
Natural State Beer Company is known for its "rigorous quality standards" for its beer, and multiple awards attest to the deliciousness of its ales. NSBC is easily accessible off the Razorback Greenway and not far from Pinnacle Hills Promenade, making it a perfect location for a pitstop on any type of day. We recommend trying a flight of their German ales.
Hawk Moth is a locally owned small-batch brewery and beer parlor located in historic downtown Rogers dedicated to enhancing your experience of beer. You'll find here old-world beer styles with a modern American twist. Hawk Moth focuses heavily on barrel aging and blending as well. Our beer of choice from Hawk Moth is their Hazy IPA.
Ozark Beer Company is the home of "Hard Work" and "Honest Beer." This brewery offers a variety of year-round and seasonal beers aged in the Ozark Celler. Ozark Beer Co marks another central location, just across from the Railyard, Lake Atalanta, and a few miles from Beaver Lake. Recognized by Southern Living, Men's Journal, and Food & Wine, Ozark Beer Co is a top 5 brewery in NWA.
Photo courtesy of Rendezvous Junction Co.
Rendezvous Junction is just that -- a junction for people brought together by great beer. It is located across from the Pinnacle Hills Promenade "crafting beer that brings taste & buds together." RJBC started out as home brews being shared with friends and evolved into a neighborhood brewery that invites people to join the TasteBuds to keep the tastes as good as they can be.
Bentonville Brewing is right off 14th St. in Bentonville next to Climb Bentonville. You'll find food trucks parked in the lot outside offering great grub before or after you sit down for some authentic and unique beers. Take a tour of the brewery before you try what's on tap for the whole experience. The beer is great here, but what might be better is the family environment. With an outdoor play area for kids and large beer garden, it is great for the family.
Bike Rack Brewing is Bentonville’s oldest brewery, continually crafting new ales using local inspiration and quality ingredients. If you like dark beer we recommend give the Coler Coffee Stout a try! It is a winter seasonal with espresso, crafted in collaboration with Airship Coffee. Known for its overlap with biking, you'll find beers here named Slaughter Pen, Urban Trail, and the Derailleur.
Photo courtesy Bentonville Taproom
The Taproom in Bentonville is a state-of-the-art, family-friendly facility with play areas inside and outside as well as a dog park on-site for your four-legged furry friends. Music and events are regular affairs at The Taproom which include trivia, Euchre night, cornhole tournaments, and more. Grab food from food trucks nearby or order some German-style pub food from the kitchen inside.
Ozark Beer at Rope Hounds is an iconic Dog-friendly taproom in downtown Bentonville right next to The Fire Truck Food Truck. The taproom features year-round, Small Batch and Pilot Batches of Ozark Beer Company’s taproom only draught. Cocktails, wine, and ciders are also on the table.
Social Project Brewing Co. was founded on love for craft beer as well as community. If you like hop-heavy brews, you'll enjoy what Social Project has to offer. Go with friends or with the intention of meeting new ones, because in tandem with sensational beers, growing social circles is what this place is all about. They have an active rotation of beers, always trying variations. In our opinion, this might be one of the most overlooked and underrated breweries in NWA.
Photo courtesy of Fossil Cove
The people behind Fossil Cove Brewing Co. love NWA and this little corner of the world, naming their brewery after a fossil-laden cove on the shores of Beaver Lake (the brewery's water source). They have a solid selection of 8-10 beers annually with seasonal rotations. If you're feeling like some grub, we definitely recommend a pizza from the food truck Wicked Wood Fired Pizza on site. Our beer of choice is the T-Rex or Birch Ave Blond.
Photo courtesy of West Mountain Brewing Co
West Mountain Brewing Co. is right next door to Tiny Tim's Pizza on the Historic Downtown Square of Fayetteville. This brewery is Northwest Arkansas' oldest brewery and has become a Fayetteville tradition with a wide selection of top-notch beers.
Photo courtesy of Boston Mountain Brewing
Boston Mountain Brewing offers a small in-house menu and additional offerings on the weekend. Enjoy the ever-changing array of beers throughout the week, and go on a Friday for some 99 cent wings. Hang out on the patio, and/or call ahead for a tour of the full space!
Photo courtesy of Apple Blossom Brewing
Apple Blossom Brewing Company, named after the state flower, is the largest of its kind in the state of Arkansas with 8,500 SF of space and over 250 seats. There's a large patio, full bar, and great food so there's room for whatever time you're looking to have. It's also along the Greenway and walking distance from Lake Fayetteville trail making it a convenient location.
Photo courtesy of Crisis Brewing
Crisis Brewing is one of the more unique breweries in the area, nestled in a patch of trees almost hiding it from view in the summer months. It was named "lovingly after a midlife crisis" and created for the love of the craft of brewing and community. Crisis is the type of place only locals know about and serves up some of the best beer in the state. Hot take, this is the best beer in NWA.
Photo courtesy of Columbus Hous Brewery and Tap Room
Also right off the bike trail, Columbus House Brewery and Tap Room is an intimate, 3 barrel space with rotating and permanent taps run by NWA natives and University of Arkansas alum. The space is friendly and right next to Fayetteville Funky Flea Market. Columbus is perfect stop along the Ale Trail and encourages cyclist and runners to stop by at their leisure.
Photo courtesy of Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Core Brewing & Distilling prides itself in crafting beer with the diligence and pride of small-town America. If you're looking for somewhere that embodies southern vibes and hospitality, this is your place. Core is the official craft brewery of the Razorbacks and has their own beer to show for it. All in all their beer is solid, but what they might most be known and loved for is their Scarlet Letters.
Photo courtesy Saddlebock Brewery & Restaurant
On the shores of the White River, Saddlebock Brewery built a state-of-the-art and environmentally conscious brewery on a farm in Springdale. It is the first production brewery in Northwest Arkansas and is committed to brewing fine, European-style beers brewed in small batches without artificial ingredients or preservatives. These folks know how to handle the brewing process with care, and it's such a uniquely Arkansan location, you ought to give it a try.
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