The Fayetteville Ale Trail, the state’s first craft beer tasting adventure featuring all seven Northwest Arkansas breweries, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a series of events and giveaways Sept. 15-18.
Since launching last year, the ale trail has garnered local, regional and national media attention while distributing more than 17,000 passports, said Jessica Leonard, communications manager for the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The self-guided craft beer tour includes Apple Blossom Brewing Company, Core Brewing and Distilling Co., Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Ozark Beer Company, Saddlebock Brewery, Tanglewood Branch Beer Co. and West Mountain Brewing Co.
“We’re very proud of the Fayetteville Ale Trail’s success and the positive impact its had,” said Fayetteville A&P executive director Marilyn Heifner. “We want to celebrate with the community and the breweries that have helped make it so successful. We hope that locals and visitors alike will join us to celebrate this anniversary milestone.”
A full schedule of events is included below. All events, other than purchases, are free to attend.
One-year anniversary event schedule
Date: Monday, Sept. 15
Location: Ozark Beer Company, 1700 S 1st St, Rogers
Details: At Ozark Beer Company, there will be trivia, giveaways and a food truck.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16
Location: Fossil Cove Brewing Co., 1946 N Birch Ave, Fayetteville
Details: The Fossil Cove Brewing Co. event will feature a screening of the film, “Strange Brew,” giveaways and food truck.
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17
Location: Core Brewing and Distilling Co., 2470 Lowell Rd, Springdale
Details: Core Brewing and Distilling Co. will host a game night with yard games, giveaways, barbecue and live music.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 18
Location: Apple Blossom Brewing Company, 1550 E Zion Rd, Fayetteville
Details: The culminating event of the celebration will be a birthday party with food, giveaways and birthday cake hosted by Apple Blossom Brewing Company (by reservation only).
About the Fayetteville Ale Trail
The Fayetteville Visitors Bureau launched the Fayetteville Ale Trail – Arkansas’ first craft beer tasting adventure featuring only local breweries – in August of 2013. This self-guided craft beer tour gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas.
Participants can pick up a passport at participating locations, and then collect stamps at each brewery location. Nearing its one year anniversary, the ale trail has garnered national media attention and a boom in culinary tourism in the area.
20,000 passports have been printed so far, with 2,000 given out in the first two weeks and 17,000 in the first eleven months.
There is no cost to participate, and those interested can pick up a Fayetteville Ale Trail passport at the Visitors Center on the Downtown Square, located at 21 S. Block Avenue or at any of the participating breweries. Completed passports can be mailed or brought to the Visitors Bureau for a free chrome metal bottle opener and an ‘I Completed the Fayetteville Ale Trail’ decal.
For more information about the Fayetteville Ale Trail, profiles of each brewery and updates, visit www.fayettevillealetrail.com.