With 11 craft breweries, two wineries and a distillery operating in Little Rock, Arkansas, groups can find a drink to fit all—well—tastes.
“Whether you like a hefeweizen, an IPA, a pale ale, a stout, a porter, a Vienna lager, a doppelbock, trippel or even a quadruple ale, there’s a craft brewery in Little Rock with a brew just for you,” says Bill Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing and communications with the Little Rock CVB.
The bureau put together a Locally Labeled passport so visitors can sample them all. At each stop, they receive a stamp on their passport, and once they patronize every brewery, winery and distillery, they’ll receive an exclusive Locally Labeled t-shirt and sandstone coaster. They can also visit fewer and get less swag, but still have a great time, Fitzgerald says.
One of those stops is Vino’s Brewpub. It was converted from Vino’s Pizzeria into the city’s first brewpub in 1993 (not long after brewpubs were made legal) and is still considered one of the local favorites. Others include Lost Forty Brewing and Rock Town Distillery.
Fitzgerald says the growth of the craft beer scene is parallel to the rise of the city’s food scene, as local, organic products are always preferred on the table—and in the beer.
“Arkansas is an agricultural state, and we’ve always enjoyed high-quality local produce,” he says. “Best of all, you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy truly gourmet meals and beers here. From neighborhood diners to white tablecloth fine dining establishments, local is a thing here. A big thing.”
Top photo: Lost Forty Brewing
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