Northwest Arkansas, raise your glasses to Social Project Brewing Co. and welcome them to the esteemed ranks of the Fayetteville Ale Trail! Within two years, they’ve already opened a second taproom location in their quest to make the area a beer destination.
This modern and unique brewery, which first opened its doors in September of 2021, maintains their original taproom location in Bentonville as well as a second location in downtown Springdale. They both feature the same great beers (or at least most of them – kegs do as they will) but with slightly different amenities. Even cooler? Both locations are trailside, so you can actually bike between taprooms, from door to door.
Bikeability is just one part of what makes Social Project a social project – the brewery is dedicated to being socially conscious, sourcing from local makers, and creating a space where social moments can happen organically. The “project” part of their name is also apt, as the brewery is constantly experimenting with new ingredients, collaborators and flavors. You’ll find a new release in the taproom at least once per week, and sometimes more! Each beer comes with its own unique name and vivid label, reflecting the creativity and passion that goes into every batch.
Social Project Brewing Co. is the brainchild of owner Chris Spence, whose passion for craft beer and community impact gave birth to a brewery with a profound purpose. His journey into the craft beer world began back in 2015 while living in Nashville, TN. Inspired by the thriving brewery scene, plans for a taproom that could combine his love for beer with genuine social impact began to take shape.
The original location in Bentonville is a true testament to the social project ethos, with a family-friendly atmosphere and a range of offerings that go beyond just beer. Alongside their ever-rotating selection of craft brews, the taproom proudly features popsicles and Capri Sun on the menu, ensuring that every member of the family can find something to enjoy. Don’t worry parents – there are alcoholic slushies available too! The brewing equipment is on full display through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, where you can watch the magic happen in real time, or you can claim the patio space in the front of the taproom.
Meanwhile, the Springdale taproom, situated in the heart of downtown, boasts even more space both indoors and out. With a small patio dedicated to yard games, it’s the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and sip on one of Social Project’s new beers. The space is quieter, but also features a few less beers on tap than the Bentonville location. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Beyond crafting exceptional beers, Social Project actively lives up to their name, supporting local charities and causes that matter. Even tours are reserved specifically for charitable purposes only! With each pour, patrons can walk away knowing they’re contributing to a larger mission. If you’re someone who appreciates the value of giving back, a craft beer connoisseur, or a combination of the two, Social Project Brewing Co. is a must-visit destination on the Fayetteville Ale Trail.