The craft beer revolution has taken the nation by storm and Arkansas is no exception. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the Ozarks as well as discover great beer, the Fayetteville Ale Trail is for you!
Microbrew beer has been on the rise in the U.S since the 1990’s. All across the country, brewing artisans and beer enthusiasts alike have taken up the sudsy mantle. As a consequence, unique, regional craft beers are now available in America like no other time.
Arkansas is not immune to this trend and, as of this writing, boasts upwards of 30 craft breweries or brewpubs across the state. The artisanal brewing movement is so robust, by the time you’re done reading this, there may be even more!
The craft brewing has most notably taken hold in the Northwest Ozarks, with Fayetteville as its putative center. There are so many breweries popping up there that they created one of the first Arkansas beer trails: The Fayetteville Ale Trail!
Visiting a microbrewery or brewpub can be a rewarding experience – and not just because they serve beer!
First of all, it’s fresh, local beer. Whether it’s the local ingredients, the way in which the beer was brewed, or the fact that you’re tasting it in situ, regional beers are almost always unique. Even if it’s a style of beer you have had numerous times!
Another plus is the chance to tour the brewery. Many brewers are excited about their craft and eager to share it via tours of their brewing facilities. Seeing how the beer is made, meeting and talking with the brewmaster, and sampling their product all go towards making good, long-lasting memories.
Fayetteville Ale Trail Breweries
Apple Blossom Brewing Company
1550 East Zion Road, Fayetteville – appleblossombrewing.com
Columbus House Brewery
701 W North St, Fayetteville – columbushousebrewery.com
Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
2470 Lowell Rd, A3 Springdale – corebeer.com
Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
1946 N. Birch Avenue, Fayetteville – www.fossilcovebrewing.com
16600 Saddlebock Lane, Springdale – saddlebock.com
West Mountain Brewing Company
21 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville – www.facebook.com/tinytimspizza
Ozark Beer Company
1700 S. 1st Street, Rogers – ozarkbeercompany.com
Bike Rack Brewing Co.
410 SW A Street, Bentonville – bikerackbrewing.com
Bentonville Brewing Co.
1000 SE 5th Street, Bentonville – www.bentonvillebrewing.com
New Province Brewing Co.
1310 W. Hudson, Rogers – www.newprovincebrewing.com
Black Apple Crossing Cidery
321 E Emma Ave. Springdale – blackapplecrossing.com
The Fayetteville Ale Trail
Pick up your Fayetteville Ale Trail passport, map, and Ale Trail Silipint at the Fayetteville Visitors Center (21 S Block Ave.). Then you’re set to collect your passport stamps at each location. Completed passports can be turned in to the Visitors Bureau for a free prize!
Visit the Fayetteville Ale Trail website for more information.
Lodging in the Northwest Ozarks
Whenever you find yourself in our neck of the woods, don’t settle for one of those cookie-cutter hotels or motels. Try a locally owned and operated Arkansas B&B instead. Southern hospitality, personalized amenities, and an insider’s knowledge of the area will make your stay the best it can be. Find your Arkansas bed and breakfast inn now!