Get ready for three upcoming beer events in Fayetteville

We’ve spent the last couple of beer posts talking about new breweries in Benton County – Bike Rack and Foster’s – but don’t worry, Fayettevillians. Your town has plenty of beer happenings, too.

Here are some noteworthy events on the horizon:

Home Grown Brewhaw – Sunday, March 1

The Chancellor Hotel is hosting a local beer celebration called Home Grown Brewhaw on Sunday, March 1. The event will showcase Northwest Arkansas breweries, including Fossil Cove, Ozark Beer Co. and the recently opened Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville. Flyway Brewing Company and Stone’s Throw Brewing, both from Little Rock, will also be featured.

Aside from beer tastings, area bartenders will choose a local brew and develop a beer cocktail to be featured on the bar menu throughout the evening.

The event is free to the public (ages 21 and up).

St. Patrick’s Day on the Hill – Saturday, March 14

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day on the Hill event kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, followed by a festival on the Fayetteville Downtown Square from 1-7 p.m.

Last year’s beer garden was extremely popular, with an estimated 1,100 people in attendance. Expect the 2015 version to be even bigger.

Also, expect the return of the stout brewing competition for both professionals and amateur brewers.

First Annual Brewha Bushwack – Saturday, March 21

OK, it’s not technically in Fayetteville, but it’s close.

Pack Rat Outdoor Center and Fossil Cove Brewing Company are sponsoring an adventure race called Brewha Bushwack on Saturday, March 21 at Byrd’s Adventure Center on the Mulberry River near Cass, Arkansas. Teams of 2 to 4 people will perform various tasks – fire building, rock climbing, knot tying, canoeing/kayaking, etc. – to earn points. It’s not a timed race, but rather a competition for total points.

The day will be capped off with a party for participants and volunteers (where I’m sure plenty of Paleo Ale and La Brea Brown will be served). Entry is $55 per person, and proceeds will go towards the construction of a permanent shelter on the Ozark Highlands Trail.

For a schedule and more information, visit

Brian Sorensen (@EBSorensen) is an admitted beer geek, occasional home brewer, and member of the Fayetteville Lovers of Pure Suds.