One of the reasons I subscribe to beer of
the month clubs, and find them to be well worth the average expense of $25 a
month or so for 12 beers shipped is that you often receive beers that you
might not otherwise try. This is the case for me with this particular beer,
which I just received today. Though I have sampled about 2400 different
beers so far in my beer drinking career, I am ashamed to say that this is
the first Arkansas-brewed beer I have come across so far. Actually, that
shouldn't surprise me, since brewing after prohibition has only been legal
in the state since 1991.
Weidman's Old Fort Brewpub is Arkansas's one and only, and is located in Fort Smith. They built their brewpub in the old Joseph Knoble Brewery that dates back to 1848.
Arkansas Ale is light golden in color, an extra pale ale to be sure. There's a big and long lasting light foamy head on this brew, probably some wheat used in the mash. The nose is lightly malty, like sticking your nose into a mash tun. The palate is fresh, crisp, and packed with pale malt and just a touch of fruit yet still very light and drinkable. There aren't a lot of hops to speak of, but the beer is balanced and refreshing. All in all, a perfect beer for hot Arkansas weather.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.