Locally made drinks, no matter where you go
1. Bentonville Brewing Company
1000 SE 5th St., 479-464-0150
Bentonville Brewing is Benton County’s newest brewery, located in the heart of what once was Bentonville’s industrial district. It’s a simple taproom, but the quality brews are worth seeking out. Don’t miss their signature Pale Ale.
2. ONYX Coffee Lab
7058 W. Sunset Ave., 479-419-5739
This northwest Arkansas small-batch coffee roaster has won a national Good Eats award for their Julio’s El Zapote Gesha, and it’s obvious why from the first sip to the last.
What next? The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is home to a number of permanent exhibits about the long history of the Ozark Plateau. Of particular interest is the “Settling the Ozarks” exhibit, which examines what life was like for the first European settlers to make their home in the Springdale area. The museum is located at 118 W. Johnson Ave. in Springdale. Call 479-750-8165 for more details, or visit shilohmuseum.org.
3. Apple Blossom Brewing Co.
1550 E. Zion, Ste. 1, 479-287-4344
Bar fixtures imported from Ireland give this office park brewpub a classic feel, but it’s the excellent food and beer that make Apple Blossom a gem. Don’t miss their line of breads, made in-house by baker Cody Johnson.
4. Arsaga’s Espresso Café
548 W. Dickson St., 479-443-9900
Arsaga’s was a pioneer in small batch, ethically sourced coffee in Arkansas. Visit their flagship store in the renovated Fayetteville Depot for some of the best and most popular coffee in Arkansas.
5. Native Nectar
1442 N. College Ave., 501-681-0740
This juice company boasts a cold press process that puts the juice of around three pounds of produce into every 16-ounce serving. In addition to the tasty 100-percent organic juice, Native Nectar also offers a full line of cleanses, smoothies and one-ounce shots that are perfect for any taste or need.
6. Post Familie
1700 St. Mary’s Mountain Rd., 800-275-8423
Five generations of the Post family have made Altus their home and winemaking their business. Tours and tastings are available.
7. Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
3324 Swiss Family Dr., 479-468-9463
Whether it’s dinner at the on-site Weinkeller Restaurant, wine tastings or free tours of the wine cellars, visitors are sure to find something to love at the Wiederkehr Village.
Hungry? Located on the Altus square, the Kelts pub is home to great steaks, sandwiches and other bar fare, all served in a quaint and cozy Irish-style bar setting. Settle in with a Guinness and enjoy a piece of the British Isles in the Ozarks.
8. Lost Forty Brewing
501 Byrd St., 501-319-7335
Opened in an area of Little Rock known more for industry and warehouses than hanging out, Lost Forty changed the face of east Little Rock forever. The beer is outstanding, and the open face sandwiches served up in the taproom are worth a visit alone. The Love Honey Bock has become a local favorite, both on tap and in cans.
9. Rock Town Distillery
1216 E. Sixth St., 501-907-5244
No visit to Arkansas is complete without a little taste of white lightning, right? At Rock Town, the moonshine is totally legal and available in flavors like Apple Pie and Grape. Fans of more traditional spirits will be interested in the bourbon, gin, rum and vodka lines from Rock Town—including the Single Barrel Reserve, named 2015’s American Micro Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
What Next? Downtown Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery (10) is home to science and learning exhibits sure to please kids and adults alike. Director of Visitor Experience Kevin Delaney has been a frequent guest on the Tonight Show. The museum is at 500 President Clinton Avenue. Call 501-396-7050, or visit museumofdiscovery.org for more details.