Over the past couple of years the craft scene has hit Rock City hard, making every beer lover and enthusiast a little happier. There is no shortage of choices when it comes to local breweries and tap rooms, and sometimes, those choices can be a little overwhelming. We’ve organized a list with beer facts, brew choices, and other fun tidbits, so you, the drinker, can pin-point exactly where you want to go to match the mood you’re in.

L40Rebel Kettle
Tap Room: 
822 E 6TH ST
Distribution:
Tap room only
Take Home: Growlers

Year Around:

  • Cream Stout: Rebel’s cream stout is smooth sipping and full of flavor.
  • Dirtbag Brown: The Dirtbag may be Rebel Kettle’s most popular beer. Keep an eye out for the Clockwork which is the dirtbag infused with blood orange
  • Blonde: Their blonde is one of the best blonde ale’s on the market. Low ABV and strong in flavor.

Seasonal:

Rebel Kettle specializes in seasonal and short run options. Their menu is constantly changing and beers are always fresh and new.


L40Flyway Brewing
Tap Room:
314 Maple St North Little Rock
Distribution:
Tap room and local distribution in select restaurants.
Take Home: Growlers and Bottles in some local liquor stores

Year Around:

  • Migrate Pale Ale: The Migrate is a great all around beer that stays approachable with a low 5.1% ABV
  • Free Range Brown Ale:  Flyway’s first beer brings in a strong complex hop flavor while still being approachable 5.5%ABV
  • Shadow Hands Stout: The smooth American Stout features roasted barley with chinook & cascade hops for a great all around flavor 6.4%ABV

Seasonal:

Flyway frequently features seasonal beers that stay on rotation for several months along with short runs that last a week or less. Keep a special eye out for collaborations, especially with gypsy brewer Leap of Faith. These are small volume, but often are the most unique experiences in the local beer scene.


L40Lost Forty Brewing
Tap Room: 
501 Byrd Street
Distribution:
Wide distribution, available in a number of restaurants and bars
Take Home: Cans (available in most liquor stores) and Growlers

Year Around:

  • Bare Bones Pilsner: The Bare Bones Pilsner carries a 5 percent ABV count, and pairs well with most anything. This beer finds a nice line between light and heavy, sweet and mild, and makes for easy-sipping.
  • Pale Ale: The Lost Forty Pale Ale comes in at 5.4 percent ABV. The brew is smooth for its type and comes with a finish that combines hops with a hint of fruit flavors.
  • Love Honey Bock: The Love Honey Bock measures 6.3 percent and is a fan favorite. Both velvety and smooth, the honey bock is a great beer for those new to the craft scene.

Seasonal:
If they’re on draft, catch summer’s Belgian White Hop Ale or winter’s Forest King Stout. The stout mixes chocolate and coffee with a twinge of bitter hops. The Belgian, on the other hand, is a refreshing mixture of citrus and grapefruit zest perfect to beat the heat.

Every Monday afternoon Lost Forty features their “Fresh Cuts”. These are short run or barrel aged beers, and often are available only for that day.


stonesthrowStone’s Throw Brewing
Tap Room:
402 East Ninth Street, Little Rock
Distribution:
Medium, several bars and restaurants throughout the city feature a limited selection.
Take Home:
Growler fills only at Stone’s Throw and select bars/liquor stores,Check here for an updated list.


Year Around:

  • Petit Jean: The Petit Jean Pear Cider is a great refreshing option without the overwhelming sweetness you find in most national brands.
  • Common Sense: Common Sense is a great choice that is still on the lighter side. The California Common style brew is 5% ABV with just the right blend of hops to produce a beer for any occasion
  • Amadeus Vienna Lager: The Amadeus Vienna Lager is an excellent choice, and comes with an ‘elegant complexity’ finishing with just enough hops to balance the overall taste.
  • Shamus Stout: If you’d like a darker drink, try the Shamus Stout, a take on the classic oatmeal stout. Silky, smooth, and rounded out with just the right amount of malt and coffee notes shining through.

Seasonal:

Stone’s Throw frequently offers seasonal beers rotating through their tap room. They do a different limited release lager about every 6 weeks, and then have dozens of limited release ales in rotation at any given time.


11073494_10153314272974131_8301589477874905493_oDiamond Bear Brewery / Arkansas Ale House
Tap Room: 600 North Broadway, North Little Rock
Distribution:
Wide distribution, available in a number of restaurants and bars
Take Home:
Bottles (available in most liquor stores) and Growlers

Year Around:

  • Pale Ale: The Pale Ale pairs an earthy malt against bright hops, making it highly drinkable, even at 6.2 percent ABV.
  • Dogtown Brown:  The Dogtown Brown, a tribute to North Little Rock, is a sweetly smooth brown ale that many locals call their favorite.
  • Presidential IPA: The Presidential IPA comes with big hops and barley malt goodness. It’s rumored to have been a former president’s favorite brew.

Seasonal:

Seasonal favorites include the Strawberry Blonde, a light colored crisp German lager infused with real strawberries, and Rocktoberfest, a delectable brew made in the classic Marzen/Oktoberfest style.


vinosVino’s Brew Pub
Tap Room: 923 W 7th St, Little Rock
Distribution:
Exclusive, found only at their tap room
Take Home:
Growler fills only at tap room

Year Around:

  • Firehouse Pale Ale: The Firehouse Pale Ale is a medium-bodied amber ale, more suited for the beer enthusiast who wants that slight fruit taste accompanying their hops.
  • 6 Bridges Cream Ale: Try the 6 Bridges Cream Ale if you want something that is golden and light-bodied with the tiniest hop aroma.
  • Lazyboy Stout: The Lazyboy Stout is a great dark beer without that bitter aftertaste. The chocolate flavor is not overwhelming, making this a velvety, medium-bodied brew.

damgoode
Damgoode Brews
Tap Room: 500 President Clinton Avenue #105, Little Rock
Distribution:
Exclusive, found only at their tap room
Take Home:
Growler fills only at tap room

Year Around:

  • Red Ribbon: The Red Ribbon comes in at 4.5 percent ABV with a cheeky, “almost won the blue ribbon” description. The Ribbon is a fairly gentle drink, which would pair perfectly with any pizza topping choice, anchovies included.
  • Pale Ale: The Pale Ale is one smooth drink. At 5.5 percent ABV, it’s perfect for cooling off from the Arkansas heat.
  • Slam Dunkel: The Slam Dunkel, a darker wheat beer, is the way to go if you are craving a brew that harbors a hint of sweetness. The beer has a velvet-like consistency, and at 5.2 percent ABV it’s the perfect solution to a long day.

moodyMoody Brews
Tap Room: None
Distribution:
Medium distribution, available in a number of restaurants and bars
Take Home:
Bottles (available in most liquor stores) and Growlers

Year Around:

  • Half Seas Over: The Half Seas Over is loaded with hops and comes with a citrus kick. Surprisingly the brew has quite the drinkability factor, even with its 8.5 ABV.
  • Sixes and Sevens: If you’d like to try a serious porter, pick up Sixes and Sevens. Coming it at 10 percent alcohol, it’s nothing short of complex. The beer is a sipper, and as it warms, the chocolate flavor from the cacao nibs reach a fuller flavor.
  • Arias Bier: Catch Arias Bier, a petite Saison brewed with orange and hibiscus flowers, if you’re into Saisons. Be on the look out for Katchiri’s Bier, as well. The Belgian Saison is hopped exclusively with American floral, citrusy, berry-like hops.