Anything good in Arkansas?

Discussion in 'South' started by MichaelBurns, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. MichaelBurns

    MichaelBurns Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2011 Indiana

    Heading to Arkansas for a few days. Will be staying near Mountain Home (north and middle of the state).
    Looking for any stores or breweries I should specifically hit up to find anything not normally distributed to Indiana.
    Will be close to the Missouri border too if I should cross the line for something.

    Thanks
     
  2. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (624) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    Arkansas is a beer wasteland, in the cities. Out there? I wish you luck.
     
  3. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    The Northwest Arkansas Beer scene is thriving despite what some might say.
     
  4. memphischas

    memphischas Zealot (514) Apr 15, 2008 Tennessee

    I was impressed with Lost Forty but I think they're only in Little Rock as of now.
     
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  5. memphischas

    memphischas Zealot (514) Apr 15, 2008 Tennessee

  6. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (624) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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  7. MichaelBurns

    MichaelBurns Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2011 Indiana

    Thanks. I'll be sure to check these things out before I leave.
     
  8. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I would probably hit Brown Derby in Springfield MO & stock up. Not sure what you will find in the sticks. Good luck.
     
  9. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (167) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    AR is far from a beer wasteland. I am here right now, and I've been enjoying good brews. Even saw several packs of KBS sitting on a shelf.

    To be fair, I'm in the Little Rock area. I don't know much about the Mountain Home part of the state. I believe Ozark recently canned a bourbon barrel something.
     
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  10. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    There are approximately 10 breweries and brewpubs in NW Arkansas, and several in LR. Good bottle shops in NW Arkansas (Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville) and Central Arkansas (Little Rock, North Little Rock). Mountain Home is a little bit off the beaten path. However, Harrison 45 miles to the west have good bottle shops. Springfield Mo boasts several breweries (Mothers, White River, and Springfield Brewing), good bottle shops and lots of bars and pubs. Eureka Springs has several good bars and restaurants serving craft beer and one brewpub.
     
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  11. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Seriously look up Gravity Brew Works in Big Flat, AR. They are south of Mountain Home. Bill Riffle is the proprietor and a GABF Winning brewer, formerly with Vino's in Little Rock and studied under the current head brewer for the new Lost Forty brewery in Little Rock which is getting high marks. I have not personally made the trip yet, but I would try it if I were in Mountain Home, having had his Vino's beers which were all very good. It's a tiny operation in a remote area, so call ahead to make sure they are open and have beer on tap.

    http://www.gravitybrewworks.com/
     
  12. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Also, If you ever find yourself in Interstate 30 in downtown Little Rock near the Clinton library, you must stop at Lost Forty.
     
  13. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Hell, not much more a of a beer wasteland than Kentucky (and I hear KY is growing like AR too, so good on them!) . We are not Colorado or California, but neither is most of the rest of the country. Your statement was closer to the truth about ten years ago about AR but not today.
     
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  14. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    Gosh, I forgot about them. Much closer to Mountain Home.
     
  15. MichaelBurns

    MichaelBurns Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2011 Indiana

    Thanks for all the info. Wasn't able to go anywhere this time but going back in July and will be making a day or two dedicated to beer.
     
  16. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Lost Forty just showed in NW Arkansas (cans). I like the Pils, the bock I could take or leave.
     
  17. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    The Lost Forty Pils took me back to 1997-99 when River Rock brewery was in business. Anyway the head brewer for RiverRock (which eventually became Bosco's and is now Damgoode Pies) is now the head brewer for Lost 40. I had not tasted a RiverRock beer since 1999 and what I had easter weekend from L40 instantly reminded me of those riverrock brews.
     
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  18. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Just to kind of keep some monetum on this tread. I finally made it by Bike Rack Brewing Co. in Bentonville. They had 5 beers on tap. The stout & IPA were pretty good. The place right next to it, Peddlers Pub does some killer wood fired pizzas. Worth checking out if in the area, you get a min pub crawl in between hitting those 2, the Pressroom & Tusk & Trotter. If you can't find a good food option between those 3 then you're probably never gonna be happy...
     
  19. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    You are absolutely right Russ! I liked Bike Rack's Amber Ale, Stout and the Golden Ale. I would add Table Mesa to that mix good Mexican/Southwestern food and lots of good beer particularly from Ozark Beer Co.
     
  20. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I've yet to check out Table Mesa, the only thing we have worth a damn in our town is Tex-Mex, so I rarely eat it out of town:grimacing:
     
  21. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (67) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas
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    I just had a BDCS 2015 from Ozark Beer Co and it was very good!
     
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  22. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I liked it better on draft, but held up well in the can...
     
  23. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Reminds me of the typical flagship offerings of the brewpubs and production micros of the 1990's. I mean that in a positive way. Glad to see that this formula still works.
     
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  24. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I like the fact that they are mastering the basics first. There is much virtue in that.
     
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  25. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Sort of off topic, but Victory coming NW Arkansas ( & hopefully everywhere else) in June!
     
  26. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Great news. I will pick some up when I make it back there. Haven't seen it in OK yet.
     
  27. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Sort of on topic: I was cleaning out the garage last night and found some 6 pack carriers for Weidman's Arkansas Ale. It wasn't a bad recipe for a blonde ale but the quality control was terrible. Lots of infected bottles out there, but the few times I had it on tap it was clean and crisp. Does anybody remember them? They also had Danny Boy Stout, Naked Nut Brown Ale and Rope Swing Red Ale. They were in operation as a brew pub in the early 90's and became a production-only facility around 1997. They closed in 2000, a few months before Diamond Bear took it's place as the only production micro in the state for many years.

    Back then, around 1998-1999 there were a massive FOUR breweries:
    Ozark (now Hog Haus) in Fayetteville,
    Weidman's in Fort Smith, and
    LR had Vino's and
    RiverRock.

    Nowadays there are around 17 active breweries in the state with several others planning or building. So if someone's impression of Arkansas beer was made on the Weidman's stuff, they are a million miles behind.
    [​IMG]
     
  28. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I don't think they are going in to OK. LaGunitas is though...
     
  29. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    Weidman's was in Fort Smith in the late 80's, it may be the first brewery of this era.
     
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  30. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    I did not know Weidmans went back that far. I do recall it started as a brewpub. Little Rock had a little production micro from 1984-87 called Riley-Lyon. They made a pale ale called Red Lyon and a couple of lagers under the White Tail name. By all accounts nobody "got it" back then and it did not catch on. I was too young and my dad would not bring it home, otherwise I would know what it tasted like because he would split a beer with me once in a great while.
     
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  31. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (318) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I didn't know about the existence of Riley-Lyon as far back as 1984.
     
  32. jmryan8

    jmryan8 Disciple (331) Aug 30, 2014 Louisiana
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    Can Ozark, Lost River or any of the other Arkansas breweries of note be found in stores and bottle shops around Hot Springs/Lake Catherine?
     
  33. BrewAskew

    BrewAskew Meyvn (1,438) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    There may be some stores in the area carrying Lost Forty cans. The Kroger stores in Little Rock have it. Don't know if it made it to Hot Springs. Diamond Bear is available in most decent stores. Their Porter is excellent and their Irish Red, Dogtown Brown and Oatmeal Stout are tasty as well if you are looking for malty brews. Ozark distribution is doubtful in that area. Does anybody know?

    Lost River. I assume you meant Lost Forty. The head brewer at Lost Forty was the Head Brewer at the defunct RiverRock brewery I mentioned earlier. I see the connection.



     
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  34. jmryan8

    jmryan8 Disciple (331) Aug 30, 2014 Louisiana
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    Thanks. I did mean Lost Forty.

    Lost River would be a good brewery name, though.
     
  35. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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  36. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (355) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    I will be in NW Arkansas running War Eagle 50K beginning of June. Peddler's looks like a pizza joint I can't pass up. I plan on going to Fossil Cove, Columbus House, and Bike Rack. Any recs for bottle shops would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  37. jcdgoad

    jcdgoad Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2008 Arkansas

    Lost Forty is currently only available in Pulaski and Saline counties. Cans are currently sold in about 50 locations. Supply is currently very limited......but a lot of cans will hit the market in the next few weeks!!
     
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  38. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,441) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Liquorworld in Fayetteville & Walton Boulevard Wine & Spirits in Bentonville are my 2 "go tos". You will find it worth your while to make a run across the border to Macadoodles in Jane/Caverna, MO.
     
  39. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (355) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    Thanks dude - I was wondering if it would be worth the drive north or the border.
     
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  40. DTRoman

    DTRoman Initiate (39) Mar 3, 2011 Minnesota
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    I will also be travelling to Arkansas from indiana (ironically) and will also be staying out in the sticks but down south (Crossett to be precise). I figure there isn't much out there but I'm flying into little rock and driving down from there. Was hoping to stop at a bottle shop on the way down or back up. Will certainly look for the brews you guys have suggested but was wondering about prairie availability in state? Would love to grab a couple bomb! Etc If possible
     
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