Apple Blossom Brewing Company is set to close this weekend, but the building at 1550 E. Zion Road in Fayetteville won’t be without beer and food for long.
North Little Rock-based brewery Flyway Brewing owner Matt Foster confirmed to us this week that his business plans to soon move into the space, which will be its first location outside of central Arkansas.
“Apple Blossom was a pioneer in NWA, and it is sad to see them go,” Foster said. “However, we’re thrilled at the opportunity to carry the torch and keep the brewpub-restaurant going.”
Foster said the Apple Blossom owners have a new project in the works, and he just recently learned the space would become available.
“When we learned that Tony and his team are working on an exciting new project themselves and were looking to move out of the brewery space there, we leapt at the opportunity,” he said. “With the road improvements coming to completion on Zion Road, the location is fantastic–literally backing up to Veterans Memorial Park, with disc golf, beach volleyball, and biking and hiking trails all around, right on the banks of Lake Fayetteville.”
Foster said Flyway will utilize the existing brewing system in the building. They’ll also take advantage of the full kitchen to continue to offer food at the location, he said.
“We’ll have a killer brewing system and facility, and the big kitchen will allow us to continue to refine the compelling food program we have at our brewery in Argenta,” he said. “We have some serious talent lined up to lead and to guide operations there.”
Flyway got its start, Foster said, brewing tiny batches of their Free Range Brown Ale in the back of Loblolly Creamery to provide a single house beer for the South on Main restaurant in Little Rock. A couple years later, he built Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock’s Argenta district in 2015, offering food and local brews at that location. The company is distributed in Arkansas by Central Moon Distributing Company.
Foster said locals can expect to find all of their favorite year-round and seasonal brews they are used to from Flyway, along with some beers that will be exclusive to the Fayetteville location.
“So many people have helped us get to where we are today, and we’re just thrilled to have this opportunity to bring even more great beer and great food to Northwest Arkansas,” he said. “It’s gonna be fun.”
Foster said no timeline for opening the Fayetteville location has been established just yet, but it’s early.
We’ll keep you posted.