Craft beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in Fayetteville is definitely not a passing phase. Just within the confines of the city itself you’ll find several breweries and their public taprooms with atmospheres exhibiting personalities as distinct and diverse as the beers they produce.

It’s impossible to choose a favorite, so we humbly suggest you try them all. If you do see an exploratory brewery adventure in your future, make sure to check out the Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ original craft beer tour of Northwest Arkansas. Get your passport to collect stamps from 15 stops, and you’ll receive a prize. Here are the first six locations to get you started…Salut! Prost! Slaynt! Cheers!

Columbus House Brewery

Owned by a couple of University of Arkansas grads that are self-professed “loyal Fayettevillians who love everything about the city and want to capture its essence,” Columbus House Brewery has a decidedly laid-back vibe. Currently operating a three-barrel brewhouse, visitors find five permanent taps ranging from light and refreshing to bold, dark and complex.

The brewers also like to keep things fresh with a few rotating taps to occasionally woo folks away from old favorites with smaller batch releases. Known for being very dog-friendly, it’s common to see people stop in with their pups to enjoy a cold pint—right on the Razorback Greenway trail system in central Fayetteville.

701 W. North Street

Crisis Brewing Company

The newest kid on the block wasted no time at all in gaining a solid reputation—Crisis Brewing Company is affectionately named after a midlife crisis, and a loyal following of suds lovers is reaping plenty of benefits. Tucked into what feels like a secret little hideaway in south Fayetteville, the brewery’s cozy pub features great indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy nine craft beers on tap.

The owners aren’t focused on gaining the widest distribution, but they do put their energies and a percentage of profits toward directly supporting one global and two local nonprofit organizations. Guests will immediately feel at home at a place designed for spirited conversation and community.

210 S. Archibald Yell Boulevard

Fossil Cove

The name for this small but mighty brewer of independent beer comes from a fossil laden cove on a bank of the Northwest Arkansas region’s beautiful Beaver Lake. A visit to most area adult beverage stores offers craft brew aficionados a sampling of Fossil Cove’s selections, packaged in immediately recognizable cans covered in cool dinosaur and paleo era-inspired art.

Plan on having to choose from a dozen rotating beers in the tasting room—and also keep an eye out for one of their special events. You might luck into a culinary focused pairing or even Arkansas’s premier winter beer festival, Frost Fest, presented by Fossil Cove in support of area nonprofit Apple Seeds.

1946 N. Birch Avenue

JJ's Brewing Company

We’re thinking this whole scene might just be a little glimpse of heaven—a full brewery located in what could only be described as an adult playground complete with shuffle board, baggo, ping pong, bocce ball, sand volleyball and a wading pool. As fun as this is, it doesn’t distract from the tasty craft brews produced in this 12,000 square foot uptown Fayetteville destination.

Guests can see all of the brewing action through glass windows that separate the large pub food dining area from the fermenting tanks. JJ’s regularly features nine of its own beers on tap or in take-home growlers: light lager, wheat, rasp wheat, Belgian white, IPA, red, pumpkin, milk chocolate stout and double IPA.

3615 Steele Boulevard

West Mountain Brewing Company

Upon entering West Mountain Brewing Company for the first time, there may be some question as to whether you’re visiting a pizzeria or a brewery. Both are true and many locals will be happy to tell you how much they love this down-to-earth spot located directly on the Historic Fayetteville Square.

Tiny Tim’s Pizza, a longstanding beacon of comfort food for generations, became one of the region’s brewing pioneers in the space next to the restaurant…and the rest is history. Plan on a colorful collection of regulars seeking conversation, alongside newcomers stopping in while enjoying the Fayetteville Farmers Market, Lights of the Ozarks or any number of other events in the beautiful downtown.

21 W. Mountain Street

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