Both men, who each had a long history of distilling before the law allowed them to drink it themselves, saw the operation as one of artistry, as opposed to manufacturing. Visitors can see that as soon as they set foot in the small-batch distillery: it appears more like a cabin than a factory, with live music welcoming them in the wraparound porch. Here, distillers can frequently be found playing the bass or picking a guitar.
Tours are run every couple of hours but the staff are more than willing to go downstairs to show visitors where the magic happens- two stills, a mad scientist, an unorderly collection of beakers, recipes jotted down on Post-It notes, medicine bottles, and a machine where the workers can operate from while always tinkering in pursuit of the perfect result.
Bottles of aged whiskey, un-aged whiskey (moonshine), rum, and special releases like “hopped” wheat whisky are available in limited quantities: the limestone contained within the water from the area make these spirits highly drinkable. When fall arrives, it’s hard to beat the taste of a cocktail composed of moonshine, vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh apples.
Downtown Eureka Springs
In the northern Arkansas hills lies a place that been referred to as somewhere “where misfits fit”. It’s Eureka Springs where you’ll find lawyers, accountants, artists, bikers, and a large and thriving gay community.
There’s also no shortage of apparently haunted hotels and lively restaurants, all featuring Victorian architecture, along downtown’s charming streets. You’ll see plenty of art, too, not just in the galleries but also in the shops. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the natural springs’ healing waters, and even a tarot reading should you be so inclined.
Dickson Street in Fayetteville
This thriving city, which is where you’d find the University of Arkansas, is a combination of a metropolis and Main Street as a result of the increasing number of large businesses, such as Tyson Fields and Walmart that have come in and provided a boost to the local economy.
You could spend the entire day investigating the town, in which case you’d first-rate independent design stores, which are supported by local vendors. Dickson Street, however, is where you’d likely want to spend half of your day. The street, which is located just by the university, is full of bars and restaurants, numerous food trucks, independent bookstores, galleries, and boutiques.
The Hive at the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
The Hive restaurant, found on the first floor at the hip hotel that is 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, features a number of modern add-ons, such as the neon green penguins, yet also stays faithful to Ozark culture.
Matthew McClure, the restaurant’s executive chef and a native of Arkansas, is in charge of the venue that pays tribute to the South with its refined country cooking, and features such ingredients as black walnuts, sweet onions, peaches, hickory-smoked hams, and freshly milled corn. There’s also an impressive selection of wines and an innovative cocktail list to make things more interesting.