Gravette High School graduate, Ben Mills, has started his very own beer company in Fayetteville, and while no official events are being held in Northwest Arkansas as a part of American Craft Beer Week, Mills hopes the future of this event is bright.
He said, with the help of other local breweries, he is, "Trying to create a guild, a brewers guild. Every other state has one, Arkansas doesn't. And we will just work together, more as a unit next year, and have events, maybe have a festival for Craft Beer Week."
Mills, founder of Fossil Cove Brewing Company, talked about his drink, saying, "It will be a local beer. It will be a Fayetteville-made beer, sold in Fayetteville, brewed in Fayetteville."
In college this biology major tried, and failed at making wine, he said, "The wine never turned out that great, and I had some roommates that said, 'we never drink this stuff, so why don't you make something we would drink'."
He then went to brewing school in California, from there he moved back home to Northwest Arkansas and started Fossil Cove.
"There was the college town, a lot more people, the culture, Fayetteville's got kind of the funky culture."
"It's a local thing, so for me the first couple of years it is going to be this area."
Fossil Cove's first batch of beer will be ready in two weeks, and Mills hopes to open the doors on June 2nd.
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