Plans for Fort Smith Brewery On Tap

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 12:00 am  

“True Grit” country, Fort Smith specifically, may be getting its own microbrewery, if a man named Arthur A. Didion finds success.

Didion filed last month with the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for a permit to brew beer.

He told us that, though he couldn’t say much now about his project, he was planning a three-phase pilot project that if successful would find him investing $1 million to $1.5 million in a brewery.

Didion said it would be the first brewery in Fort Smith in many years.

Born in St. Louis, Didion said he moved to Fort Smith as a baby.

His pilot project includes just test equipment for now, along with the study of recipes and ways to develop customers. “In six months we hope to have bigger kettles, and that’s when we’re going to start producing for customers,” said Didion, a computer programmer. “And then we’ll do an evaluation … and if it’s feasible for a microbrewery, we plan on doing a $1 million to $1.5 million investment in commercial equipment.”

Stay thirsty, my friends.

 

 

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