• Arkansas,  craft beer

    Exploring Central Arkansas’s Locally Labeled craft beer scene

    As microbreweries continue to grow across the country, craft beer has blossomed in parts of the United States that people don’t usually associate with beer.  Central Arkansas is one of those places.  To help promote its growing craft beer scene, the Little Rock and North Little Rock CVBs partnered to create the Locally Labeled Passport.  So next time you’re in the Greater Little Rock area, you need to pick it up to help you explore the region’s craft breweries, brewpubs, wineries, and distillery. Although the program focuses on breweries, there are two wineries and a distillery are also part of the program.  The inclusion of wineries and a distillery really…

  • Arkansas,  craft beer

    A pint at Diamond Bear Brewing in North Little Rock, Ark.

    For people driving through Central Arkansas searching out craft beer and food, there are about a half dozen breweries/brewpubs that are open for lunch during the week.  Perhaps the easiest to reach is Diamond Bear Brewing Company.  Diamond Bear is located in North Little Rock about two miles from the intersection of I-40 and I-30, so it’s easily accessible for people driving through.  The brewery is also located just under half a mile from Dickey-Stephens Park, home of the Arkansas Travelers.  So it’s easy accessible to local residents, too.  My visit this summer was instigated by the desire to stop for lunch and some beer. So pulling into the parking…

  • Arkansas,  craft beer

    A pint at Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock, Ark.

    When visiting Central Arkansas, it can be easy to overlook North Little Rock unless you’re attending a baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park or a concert at Verizon Arena.  North Little Rock has a population of 62,000 compared to Little Rock’s 194,000.  However, downtown North Little Rock is a very vibrant area with connections to Little Rock via the Metro Streetcar.  The life of the party is clearly on North Main Street, but one block away visitors will find Flyway Brewing Company at the intersection of Maple and West Fourth streets. The brewery clearly plays up it name in its decor, as evidenced by the geese featured on the building’s awning…

  • Arkansas,  ballparks

    My night with the Arkansas Travelers – July 1, 2017

    The second stop on the road trip from Alabama to Oklahoma was Little Rock, Ark.  I wanted to stop because I have never thoroughly written about my experience at an Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park, and this trip seemed like a good opportunity to write about the park and explore a city my wife and I had not visited together. We also got assistance from the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, and spent the night at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock.  To see a view from the room, check out my post on Twitter (here).  The hotel recently underwent a massive renovation, sits right on the Arkansas…