Anything good in Arkansas?

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

  1. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Yeah, that’s a big step/risk with the garbage ass laws in this state.
     
  2. AugustWest1

    AugustWest1 Initiate (55) Feb 23, 2016 Texas

    This is good news. I’ve been in DFW the past three years now moving to Conway.
    Anyone willing to give me an update on the craft scene in Arkansas? New beers or breweries I need to try.
    I’m excited about TG. That’s one of the larger crafts that doesn’t distribute to North Texas. It seems like Lost Forty continues to improve as well.
     
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  3. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    The scene is steadily improving. Our market has finally shaken out some of the pretenders. Our distribution remains decent with plenty of room for our distributors and retailers to improve turnover and inventory management. I doubt there is much we get that you haven’t seen in NTX. Seems like for every few new breweries we get, a couple pull out. Just the pains of a smaller, developing market.

    Faulkner County is still dry, in case you didn’t know. I really hope the days of dry counties are almost gone, but the church has a crushing grip on this area. So dumb.
     
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  4. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,655) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    That too bad. I don't buy a ton of CS, but they have good stouts. I can't imagine Sam Adams leaving. That would be just weird.

    Prepare to be disappointed. It's miles better than it was even three years ago when I moved here. But having lived in four different states, this is the worst. (Arizona wasn't great either though.). We have some good breweries that have moved in, but not compared to Texas. And the local scene is generally pretty bad. Rebel Kettle is good but doesn't can. Lost Forty is the biggest and are getting better, but not great. Keep an eye on Ozark. They keep improving.
     
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  5. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Went to Hawk Moth in Rogers, very cool place. Bottom line is unless you are in Franco/Belgian Influenced beer it may not be your cup of tea. I enjoyed it. Read my review if want more details.

    Same day I had Ivory Bill's Extra Extra! IPA, 8.0% ABV IPA. Easily my favorite 2 beers from those guys. I am positive I would enjoy their cask offerings, but it appears you have to be there on a Friday. I had their Dark. which I believe id their Mild. Would love to try that on cask, a little to over-carbonated for the style for my liking, but well worth a try
     
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  6. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    New place open in Fayetteville; Boston Mountain Brewing. It is just off of College on West Township. Might hit this this weekend, close enough
     
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  7. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (821) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Travelling to Bentonville area for work in 2 weeks. Best store to pickup beer at? Do places sell on Sundays? Will be there Sun-Wed afternoon. I'll try to hit as many breweries as I can but will probably miss a few. Any recs on those would be appreciated, as well as best "to go" options. Thanks!
     
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  8. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    I’ll let locals make recommendations, but only breweries can sell on Sundays.
     
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  9. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (821) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Ok cool, thanks for the tip! Looking up brewery hours now.

    Seems like Walton Blvd Wine and Spirits in Bentonville has closed permanently? Would have been about 5 min from my hotel there (Doubletree). Any other good stores nearby?
     
  10. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
    Trader

    Cheers in Fayetteville/Johnson is open on Sunday. Ozark is the best brewery around these parts IMHO. Hawkmoth is good for Belgian style beers. Bikerack is also decent.
     
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  11. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    It's becoming a pot dispensary. it will Be missed. Guess Who & Macadoodles are alright
     
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  12. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    The wife & I went to Boston Mountain Brewing in Fayetteville Saturday night. 8 beers on tap. The winners were the dark beers, the Coconut Port, Coffee & also the Chocolate Stout were all good to very good. The IPAs were passable to pretty good
     
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  13. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Maybe consider a short trip into Missouri to widen distribution options.
     
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  14. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (821) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Cool, thanks for all the recs! I'll probably hit Bike Rack on Sunday night and check out Guess Who? on Monday for some hotel beers since it's right across the street. Will try to hit Ozark Brewing on Mon or Tues night as well.
     
  15. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    There’s a killer taco spot next to one of the Bike Rack locations. It’s called Yayo’s, and I think it’s the 8th Street location.
     
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  16. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    The Cajun food truck that was at Ozark on my last visit was good
     
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  17. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,016) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    If you decide to hit the Macadoodles in Missouri ( state line ), they are very open on Sundays. I would tell you to go throught their hoppy stuff with a fine tooth comb, they will keep stuff on the shelves that should've been pulled or firesaled 3 months prior
     
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  18. AndrewNations

    AndrewNations Aspirant (203) Aug 16, 2009 Louisiana
    Industry Trader

    Might find some fresh Rhinestone Life NEIPA around Little Rock and NWA. We sent some up late last week.
     
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  19. ElChuques

    ElChuques Initiate (89) Oct 8, 2014 Arkansas

    Man, thank you. Been a minute.