Little Rock’s beer scene is diverse and quirky, with brewers experimenting with all aspects of fermentation. From light to sour, dark to heavy, there’s a beer and brewery in Little Rock for every palate. Here are some of this season’s beers that we’re the most excited about.
Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
Winter weather tends to mean darker, heavier beers, and Diamond Bear’s oatmeal stout is a perfect example. With toasty notes of oatmeal and brown sugar and a long, chocolatey finish, it’s easy to see why this is a state-wide favorite.
Flyway Brewing Company
And what if you’re someone who doesn’t like dark beers? Then Flyway Brewing’s Magdalene Tripel is perfect for you. This high-alcohol style of pale ale is full of flavors like banana and anise that hint at spicier, more tropical locale. And at 9.6% ABV it’s perfect for keeping warm this month.
Ask almost any local drinker and they’re likely to tell you that Forest Queen is one of Lost Forty’s most popular beers. With S’Morest Queen, they’ve taken things to a whole new level with the addition of chocolate, graham crackers and, of course, marshmallow. This one is just begging to be opened by the campfire.
Rebel Kettle Brewing
Do cooler temps have you dreaming of white sands and ocean breezes? Then head over to Rebel Kettle for their Wake and Flake, a coffee coconut cream stout. Rich, toasty coffee aromas blend with warm, lush coconut flavors to make the ultimate vacation in a glass.
Stone’s Throw Brewing
Head to Stone’s Throw’s news tasting room in Stifft Station to find The Big Dam Autumn Amber, a beer that shows just how fun and willing to experiment the team at Stone’s Throw really is. Two beers, the Big Dam Horn of Plenty and the Autumn Amber, are blended together and aged in used barrels from Rock Town Distillery. The final beer is malty, boozy and definitely not like anything else you’ll find in Little Rock.
Vino’s Six Bridges Cream Ale is light gold in color with a slightly hoppy flavor, and despite its name, doesn’t contain any actual cream. This light and eminently drinkable beer is the one we reach for time after time to wash down a slice of Vino’s in-house pizza.
Whatever brewery you end up at, be sure to grab a Locally Labeled passport, your pocket-sized guide to Little Rock’s craft adult beverage scene. Get enough stamps in your passport and you can redeem the booklet for t-shirts and other