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Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

A Glass of Arkansas Heritage

By Steve Shuler

Honey Bock

By now, you have probably heard about our state’s food scene and how restaurants around the state are showcasing Arkansas heritage and culture every day. But chances are that you don’t know as much about the Natural State’s beer scene. For the past ten years, craft beer in Arkansas has seen an explosion in both quantity and quality. In 2009, you would have been hard-pressed to name more than five Arkansas breweries. Now? The nearest brewery is likely very close by.

Central and Northwest Arkansas each have more than a dozen breweries open for business, but outstanding brews aren’t limited to the metro areas. Check out Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company in Paris. Or Slate Rock Brewing in Amity. Or Gravity BrewWorks in Big Flat. And the beer here is really good. Lost Forty Brewing has won multiple national awards for its beer in the past two years. Rebel Kettle Brewing Company has partnered with craft beer giant Mother’s Brewing in Springfield, Mo., for a special collaboration. And Ozark Beer Company regularly makes national best-of lists with its annual BDCS beer release.

In Arkansas, it’s easy to find what makes us special on plates around the state. But if you haven’t yet had a taste of Arkansas heritage by the glass, it’s time to fix that. Stop in soon at a local brewery and experience a sip of Arkansas’ beermaking excellence.

- Steve Shuler, senior writer at Rock City Eats