For the area of the country, this brewpub was pretty solid. Atmosphere was razorback collegiate territory for sure along with more of a restaurant type ambiance than anything pubby, although I’d imagine it gets pretty sports pubby during big games. The beer selection was pretty standard in terms of number of selections. Quality was good, yet short of excellent. The food was solid.
Alas for another silly pig-named business in Arkansas! Ah well. In spite of the name, this is a pretty fun spot. Their range house-brewed beer is on the predictable side of brewpub offerings, but mostly pretty solid stuff. In addition to their beer, there are another eight or so varieties on tap, and about fifty varieties of bottles available. Haven’t tried most of their menu yet, but the burgers are top-notch. (How many places these days will actually let you order a burger medium rare?) Very cool exposed-timber and brick building.
A pretty neat brewpub in the college town of Fayetteville. It is a large place with plenty of seating, TVs to watch sports on. There was a decent number of beers on tap (maybe 7-8), including some interesting styles like java porter and imperial stout. They offer a variety of sizes. The beers varied from decent to good and although there was room to improve, you could see they were going in the right direction. It seems they have improved compared to earlier ratings as well. I’m not sure how often the beers are rotated, I think there are are 1-2 seasonals. The food was good - I got a tasty salad. Overall, it is quite good for the area and I’d recommend it if you’re passing by!
Cool ambiance, with lots of old brick and huge wooden beams with cool bracing. Service was pretty good, substituting the barleywine into a sampler for me and even providing a snifter. I really liked the chicken bacon sandwich and the fries were excellent. My wife had a crab stuffed avacado which looked good, but I was busy sticking my nose into my glass.
Now, about the "too cold" thing. Why serve beer this cold? Here is a quote from their website: "New taps and beer lines have been upgraded to provide colder beer." Colder beer! We don’t want colder beer. I guess the good folks of Northwest Arkansas want colder beer.
The smell of wort greeted me in the oarking lot, always a good sign - and an extra point for atmosphere. The beers were decent enough with no stand outs. Food was tasty, classy pub grub, and the service was fine. Pay oarking only though.
Nice place, pretty decent beers. Not terribly adventurous though. The wait staff was excited about a barleywine that was going to be ready in a few weeks, so maybe I caught it at a bad time. I had a few beers in 15oz mugs, but beware - they serve their beers very cold in frozen mugs. So, I highly recommend asking for a non-frozen glass. The beer itself is still 10 to 20 degrees too cold, but at least it has a winning shot at making it to a decent temp. Seriously! A stout at 30 degrees? Argh. Anyway, neat ambiance, very cool building, and helpful staff. I’d go back.
Really more of a restaurant than a bar. Very corporate feel, as evidenced by the khaki and polo shirt staff uniforms that seem to be compulsory. All Hog Haus beers are now being made at Saddlebock, so I’m not sure this place should still be classified as a brewpub. In fact, there was a lot of confusion amongst the bar staff when I asked for a sampler of Hog Haus beers. They initially explained that none were available, then conceded that there’s a few beers that they’re still labeling as their own. There’s about 8 beers on tap, a few from ’Hog Haus’, the rest from Saddlebock. The beers I tried were uniformly disappointing, not a surprise given that most Saddlebock I’ve tried so far has been quite underwhelming. Prices on Dickson St in general are high for the area. Overall, really only a place to stop by if you want some Arkansas ticks. Otherwise, head elsewhere.