While each area brewery tends to have a core lineup that it keeps on tap at all times, there’s still plenty of room for creativity and experimentation. You’ll generally find something new each time you visit, so this week we take a look at what’s on tap right now.
Apple Blossom Brewing Company
1550 E Zion Rd, Fayetteville
Brewmaster Nathan Traw tells us that there are a number of beers on tap or in the works at A.B.B.C. Available now are Wild Boar Belgian IPA, Mockingbird Black IPA, Armstrong American Pale Ale, Fayette-Weisse, Hazy Morning Coffee Stout (a winter seasonal), Trouble with Trippels (a Belgian-style ale), Bonfire ESB, and Selkie Scottish 90. Next week A.B.B.C. will put the Mockingbird Black IPA on a nitrogen tap – which is an awesome idea – and introduce Old Iron Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Ouachita Dunkelweizen, Rover Red Ale (a spring seasonal), and Kessler Trail Ale (another Belgian-Style). Wow! Does Traw ever leave the A.B.B.C. brewhouse?
Core Brewing & Distilling Company
2470 Lowell Rd, Springdale
Business continues to go gangbusters up in Springdale. Core is expanding distribution into Southwest Missouri, and will soon add canned versions of Bohemian Pilsner and Hilltop IPA to its lineup. Watch for a new Core-branded pub on New Hope Road in Rogers soon, too. In the meantime, you will find the following beers at the brewery’s tasting room – Bohemian Pilsner, Leghound Lager, Hilltop IPA, ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Red IPA, Black Lightning 2XIPA, Hazelnut Brown Ale, Scotch Wee Heavy, and Oak-Aged Barleywine. Currently in the final stages of conditioning, Toasted Coconut Ale will make its tasting room debut the first week in April.
Fossil Cove Brewing Company
1946 N Birch Ave, Fayetteville
Ben Mills and the guys over at Fossil Cove are hitting their stride right now. Currently on tap are Imperial Stout, Paleo Ale, La Brea Brown, IPA #3, T-Rex Tripel, Oatty Stout, Birch Avenue Blonde, and Winter Ale. Fossil Cove also has a couple of test batches going, with Spring Test 1 (a session IPA) and Spring Test 2 (a hoppy wheat ale). They’ll keep one of those around based on customer response. A nitrogen tap was recently installed and is currently hooked up to the Birch Avenue Blonde. The plan is to rotate all the beers through the nitro tap at some point.
Hog Haus Brewing Company
430 W Dickson St, Fayetteville
Though the brewhouse in no longer in operation (beers are brewed at Saddlebock and shipped to the restaurant), the offering at Hog Haus is still pretty dependable. You will always see Curly Tail Ale, Woodstock Wheat, Fat Boy Blue, Ruby Red Ale, Pale Rider, India Pale Ale, and Java Stout on the menu.
Ozark Beer Company
1700 S 1st St, Rogers
Brewmaster Andy Coates reports that OBC is sticking with its lineup of India Pale Ale, Cream Stout, American Pale Ale, and Belgian Style Golden Strong for now. The popular Onyx Coffee Stout – brewed with Guatemalan French Roast coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab – is also available in the brewery’s tasting room. Coates said that the first batch of cans have been ordered, and we can expect to see them hit the market in May.
18244 Habberton Rd, Springdale
Monday was a special occasion for Saddlebock as it sold its 10,000th bomber (22 oz. bottle). Owner and brewmaster Steve Rehbock has been a brewing machine, keeping 12 beers on tap at the brewery at all times. Maibock will be ready in a week or so, and the brewery will host a party for its release. Expect a double IPA soon, too. Rehbock also told us he’s busy getting ready to expand into a new 10,000-square-foot building. Saddlebock’s growth is amazing!
Tanglewood Branch Beer Company
1431 S School Ave, Fayetteville
J.T. Wampler is ramping up production after a successful crowd funding campaign kept the brewpub from closing its doors in January. Currently available are Pale Ale, Apple Ale, Brown Ale, and a limited supply of Basil Blonde. And yes, beer and bacon happy hour is still on Mondays from 4-7 p.m. Drop by Tanglewood in the morning for some Jammin’ Java coffee, which has a kiosk inside the pub.
West Mountain Brewing Company
21 W Mountain St, Fayetteville
As reported in last week’s interview with new brewmaster Will Gallaspy, West Mountain will keep IPA, Brown, Blonde, and either the Stout or Porter on tap at all times. Look for a dry stout on tap soon.