Stone Brewing coming to Arkansas in late March

Posters advertising the arrival of Stone Brewing began appearing last week across the state, including this one at Liquor World in Fayetteville.

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It looks like Arkansas beer drinkers will soon have access to Stone Brewing without having to cross the state line.

Signs of the brewery’s imminent arrival were spotted last week on posters placed at select locations in central and northwest Arkansas.

Known for producing full-bodied, aggressively hopped ales, Stone is frequently mentioned among the shrinking wish list of local craft beer fans.

The California-based company, listed as the 9th largest craft brewer in the nation in The Brewers Association’s most recent rankings, is the latest in a series of national brands that have flocked to The Natural State in response to the growing palates of beer drinkers across the state.

Stone will mark the third Top 10-ranked brewery to expand distribution into Arkansas in the past nine months, including Lagunitas (No. 6) which arrived in August, and Bell’s (No. 8) which should be here in a few weeks.

Other major brands to hit state shelves in the last couple of years include Oskar Blues, Victory, Clown Shoes, Sixpoint, Founders, Summit, and Prairie Artisan Ales. And those are just the national players.

From the looks of the posters, Stone and its iconic Arrogant Bastard Ale should arrive on March 28.

Stone Brewing launch events in Fayetteville

Monday, March 28
4-6 p.m. at Liquor World in Fayetteville
8-11 p.m. at Puritan Brew Co. in Fayetteville

Tuesday, March 29
2:30-4:30 p.m. at Dickson Street Liquor in Fayetteville
5-8 p.m. at Sideways in Fayetteville

Wednesday, March 30
6-8 p.m. at Brewski’s in Fayetteville

» See full list of Arkansas events