Arkansas Alehouse, a brewpub restaurant based in the new North Little Rock headquarters of Diamond Bear Brewing Co., is set to open as soon as next week. UPDATE: June 12 is the opening date, according to Diamond Bear owner Russ Melton.
The new brewery and restaurant are located at 600 N. Broadway St. in North Little Rock.
The restaurant will serve up European pub fare with a Southern twist, said general manager Matt Beachboard (previously of Big Orange) – savory snacks, sandwiches, soups, and indulgent desserts. “It’s all brewpub, beer-centric, and beer inspired food,” Beachboard said. That includes a planned collaboration with Arkansas Fresh Bakery to offer freshly baked German-style soft pretzels, as well as Beachboard’s take on Borrelnootjes, a Dutch version of beer nuts that Beachboard fell in love with in Amsterdam on a recent trip to Europe. The same trip inspired takes on Parisian sandwiches and pub grub in Scotland.
“It will be a little bit of of everything, a shot across Europe, plus my own upbringing in the South,” Beachboard said.
Some highlights to look forward to: a veggie sandwich featuring an olive tapenade with fig jam; a Cuban sandwich with smoked pulled pork from Hoggs Meat Market and sour dough bread from Arkansas Fresh; wings — Southern-style mustard-and-vinegar barbecue, or Thai-style garlic chili; and for a sweet treat — a double-chocolate deep-fried moon pie with salted caramel ice cream from Loblolly inside.
Beachboard will also be employing Diamond Bear in his cooking — the red beans and rice get a chocolate-malty kick from Diamond Bear Two Term Douple IPA; the root beer float features Diamond Bear Big Rock Root Beer.
Also available at the Alehouse, of course, will be all of Diamond Bear’s beers on tap. A pint (or three) of craft beer, with some addictive snacks to match? We can’t wait.
In addition to the bar and restaurant, the Alehouse will do retail sales, which are already open for business: six packs, cases, kegs, and growlers to go (including on Sundays!). Hours are still being firmed up, but the plan for now: the Alehouse bar and retail will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. The restaurant will be open for lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m.-9 p.m.) Tuesday through Sunday.