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Community.

A place for family and friends to come together. 

OUR HISTORY

History is famously known for repeating itself so when Fort Smith Brewing Company began, we dedicated our mission to the idea of pioneers – stemming from the early roots of westward expansion and the love of great beer. Fort Smith Brewing Company is Fort Smith’s ONLY brewery, brewing all our classic brews and beers on site.

Fort Smith, Arkansas has always been a pioneer in the brewing industry. Back in 1850, Joseph Knoble Brewery was the first brewery in Arkansas, brewing success until the age of prohibition. Like most breweries in the states at that time, prohibition forced Joseph Knoble out of business and doors were shut for over 70 years! It wasn’t until 1992 that Fort Smith saw another brewery, with Weidman’s Old Fort Brew Pub brewing in the very same building Joseph Knoble occupied years ago.

Weidman’s was ahead of its time, helping to usher in the modern brewpub era in Arkansas and hosted one of the first beer festivals in the region, with more than fifteen breweries attending the first annual Mid-South Beer Festival from across the South. By the turn of the century, big-name brands drastically altered the industry with the introduction of thirty-pack lagers that were cheaper than six-packs of microbrews. After nearly a decade of business, Weidman’s Old Fort Brewery formally stopped distribution in 2002, amid a gloomy market for many microbreweries.

In 2017, Fort Smith finally had a new brewery. This time Fort Smith Brewing Company opened its doors in the heart of Chaffee Crossing, focusing on the reinvigoration of the historic Arkansas National Guard training facility. David Weidman reached out to Fort Smith Brewing Company early on to support the new brew pub, and to offer its brewing equipment that once brought Weidman’s Old Fort Brewery its regional success. To this day, Fort Smith Brewing Company utilizes the same locally fabricated brewing equipment. Much like what Joseph Knoble used in the 1800s, this equipment used gravity to move liquid through the brewing process. Fort Smith Brewing Company pioneers change and continues its mission of crafting the future of microbrewing by providing individuals with unique experiences that promote growth within our community. 

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FAQ

Can I bring my pet to the brewery?

YES. We are dog and cat friendly. Relax and enjoy a beer with your four legged friends inside the brewery or outside on the patio. 

How do I schedule my event at the brewery?

You can call, email or visit us at the brewery to talk to someone about your next event. Click here to get started. 

Can I bring my kids to the brewery?

YES. Please bring your kids, your family, and your friends! All are welcome here. 

How do I book the brewery bus?

You can call, email or visit us at the brewery to talk to someone about renting the bus. Click here to get started. 

Do you serve food at the brewery?

YES. We offer a wide selection of small bites and full meals. Click here for our food menu. 

When is the brewery open?

Fort Smith Brewing Company is open every Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday to Saturday 12pm to 10pm, Sunday 12pm to 8pm and is closed on Mondays. 

RECENT MENTIONS

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Published September 9, 2022

"It's a big feat to be a local five-year manufacturer in Fort Smith, Arkansas," Willard said. "It's the same season as Octoberfest in Germany so it's a great way to celebrate and enjoy that with everybody."  Read More Here

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Published September 9, 2022

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Brewery names beers for local historical figures

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