Podcast Episode 210: Lacie Bray and Andy Coates of Ozark Beer Prove that Accessibility Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Character – Craft Beer & Brewing

This Northwest Arkansas brewery strives for a threefold balance, focusing on agreeable beer for those new to craft as well as distinct character and technical function.
Jamie Bogner Oct 23, 2021 – 6 min read

When Lacie Bray and Andy Coates, founders of Ozark Beer in Rogers, Arkansas, began planning their brewery, it wasn’t yet legal to sell beer in Benton County, and you could count the number of breweries in the state on one hand. But cultural and business changes were underway near the home of retail giant Walmart, and over the past decade they’ve grown in concert with the population and the culinary/hospitality world around them.
In this episode, Bray and Coates discuss:
And more.
For much more on Ozark Beer, see the cover story in the Fall 2021 issue of our Brewing Industry Guide.
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Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].
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