From flavorful ales, porters, stouts, and sours to saisons, breweries in Arkansas have upped their game by making everything available around the year, in liquor store coolers and taprooms. With each brewery set to outdo the other, deciding the best place to go for a night out can be hard. Don’t just take our word for it; go out, test these recommendations, and let us know which ones of these fine breweries are now your new favorite hangout spots.
If you’re looking for something more local, you can check out our other Arkansas brewery articles below.
You can also look at our best breweries in America article if you are looking for something in a different city or state.
We’ve reviewed the highest-rated breweries in Arkansas to help you with your brewery selection while you’re in the Natural State.
- Bike Rack Brewing Company
- Stone’s Throw Brewing
- Fossil Cove Brewing Company
- Gravity BrewWorks
- Rapp’s Barren Brewing Company
- Lost Forty Brewing
Ozark Beer Company
Awarded Best Brewery in Arkansas by the Thrillist, Ozark’s cellar is famous for brewing wild and unique flavored beers in combination with Kentucky bourbon and California Pinot Noir. From year-round to seasonal beers, order yourselves flights, pints, cans, and growlers. Sip your drinks in the taproom and take them with you. Immensely proud of their Arkansan roots, the owners at Ozark do their part to support local food businesses by featuring their trucks for meal times.
You can’t go to Ozark and not order the signature Onyx Coffee Stout. It is a must-have beer with a milk stout base and layers of coffee flavor and aroma. BDCS (Bourbon Double Cream Stout) is a seasonal beer made in small batches with a huge fan base.
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Honoring the Arkansan heritage with their beer, Diamond Bear Brewing aimed to provide Arkansans with a beer of their own. It took time to introduce a new beer style to the locals, but European-style beers soon became the talk of the state. If a brewery has won the Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, and its beer has won multiple national and international awards, does it require any other introduction?
Try the locally brewed, finest quality Pig Trail Porter for a perfect balance of sweet and bitter and the award-winning Victory (pale ale) to see if the beer is worth the praise it constantly receives.
Bike Rack Brewing Company
A group of locals based in Northwest Arkansas homebrewing in their free time gained so much popularity for their flavors that they decided to expand. Taking inspiration from local ingredients, Bike Rack brewery in downtown Bentonville brews its unique and seasonal ales on-site. Aiming to provide a memorable beer experience to all visitors and community members, Bike Rack is a great spot for friends or family to craft beers and enjoy talking or playing games.
BRB’s beer list can easily cater to a diverse palate. If traditional flavors are not your thing, the highly fragrant and mildly bitter Slaughter Pen Ale is just what you need to try. Angus Chute American Stout, on the other hand, has a rich aroma of dark roasted to almost burnt malts, so if that’s your poison, drop in and enjoy.
Stone’s Throw Brewing
Theron, Shawn, Brad, and Ian are to be credited (or blamed) for the throngs that now gather at 9th and Rock St, Little Rock. One of Arkansas’ newest nano-breweries, Stone’s Throw Brewing. If you share a passion for craft beer, go hang out at Stone’s Throw and enjoy the delicious brews at their taprooms with quaint historic storefronts.
A tall stein of Sausagefest Hefeweizen from Stone’s Throw Brewing pairs perfectly with schnitzel at The Pantry Crest. It has a refreshing flavor with a slight hint of cloves and bananas and is available year-round.
Fossil Cove Brewing Company
If you love craft breweries, this will be your new favorite place to hang out. A brewery with a true Fayetteville vibe, with moderate prices, the owners are focused on improving the quality of the offered beers. The large tap rooms at the Fossil Cove Brewing Company have plenty of options for you. The brewery managed to triple its beer output within two years of being founded. They must be doing something right!
Brewed with Belma hops and Calypso, the popular seasonal Whizzle is a summertime favorite of locals. It is a white Indian pale ale flavored with citrus and pear hints.
One of Arkansas’ hidden gems, accessible through an off-the-beaten-path, Gravity BrewWorks is a locally-owned nano brewery headed by the award-winning Bill Riffle. Together with the assistant brewer, Tony Guinn, Riffle plans on changing the brewery game in north-central Arkansas. It is a must-stop if you are headed north from central Arkansas or on your way to Buffalo. With everything brewed on the premises, their beer is not packaged, but growlers are available to go. They make their lagers and handcrafted ales in small batches, so if you’re traveling from afar or it’s peak winter season, don’t forget to call ahead.
The most popular of their beers, Brown-Eyed Girl is a medium-bodied brown ale whose flavor rests between amber and porter. It does what it’s supposed to do without being overly hoppy.
Rapp’s Barren Brewing Company
SIP | SAVOR | SOJOURN
Take a sip of their craft beverages, savor the experience with your friends and family and remember this little sojourn for a long time. Rap’s Barren Brewing company is known for incorporating delicious beers, affordable meals, fantastic flavors, and eye-catching plates into its craft menu.
Prepare yourselves for an out-of-the-world experience when you order food at Rapp’s! Order their Cajun Chili Dog and pair it with their best beer: Buffalo Blonde Ale and polish it off with homemade hot chocolate cheesecake with marshmallow drizzle. Trust us. You’ll come back here to thank us for making this recommendation.
Lost Forty Brewing
Lost Forty Brewing is the brewery on our list with the most interesting historical background. Tucked away in a forty-acre forest that survived a tree massacre by staying hidden from timbermen, the beers at Lost Forty Brewing are as epic and wild as their history. In a true Arkansan spirit, the owners of Lost Forty Brewing aim to strive for this land’s survival for the next generations of Arkansans. If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, they have a pet-friendly patio so your furry friends can also accompany you on your outing.
When hunger strikes, get a smash burger with an all-beef patty, topped with double Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, Onion, Lettuce, and house-made Thousand Island Dressing on a Sesame Seed Bun, paired with a Have an Ice Day beer. Nothing can top this. Take our word for it.