When you think of locations for breweries that have a chance to completely change the Arkansas beer scene, Morrilton is probably not high on the list. If Point Remove Brewing goes according to plan, it will have a significant impact on how the beer business in the state operates.
Point Remove is on schedule for a fall opening in a former Coca-Cola bottling facility in Morrilton. The brewery will be the largest brewing facility by square footage in Arkansas by quite a bit. We did a walkthrough and tasting at the facility last week and it has the potential to be a game-changing operation.
The brewery features a taproom, large patio, and multiple event and private party spaces that will be available for customers. They hope being positioned along the route to Petit Jean as well as being between Conway and Russellville, especially since Conway no longer has any active brewery projects, will help them draw a strong customer base. The building has room for multiple food trucks, and they hope to have some in house food service as well.
The beer initially will be focused on balance and approachability. We sampled a number of beers including a fantastic cream ale and several wonderful IPAs, all were very smooth with hop profiles that are both approachable for non-craft beer drinkers, yet respectable for craft beer fans. That fine line is one that Point Remove hopes to walk on their full beer lineup.
Along with brewing beer, they will also produce wine using Arkansas grapes. So it will be both a brewery and winery giving it a lot of flexibility to come up with unique cross collaborations between the two sides.
The biggest impact Point Remove Brewing will make, however, comes from the size of the building. In addition to their own brewing facility, Point Rock is looking to set up assets that other breweries around the state can utilize after opening. First, they are planning to set up a large canning line that will allow other breweries to remote can at their facility. Currently, several breweries go to out of state areas such as Memphis and Tulsa for remote canning.
“We looked at ways to utilize the space we have here to make a positive impact on all breweries in the state,” Operations Officer Lee Green says. “Remote canning is one of those ways that we can use our large space to help others and keep all operations inside the state.”
The space is large enough for breweries to bring in large can runs and easily accessible for transport due to being a former bottling plant.
The second area they are looking to make an impact, and it might be the largest, is by producing their own grains for brewing. Along with the brewery, the ownership group has access to locally grown grains. They are exploring the possibility of having their own malting house to convert those grains to be used for beer. It could one day easily produce an ecosystem where other breweries can easily get locally grown ingredients for their beer.
Even with all that, it is just a small utilization of the space. Green, along with president Eric Kremers, are committed to finding ways to enhance both the surrounding Morrilton community as well as the state beer scene as a whole. It is that type of outward thinking that could easily turn the small town of Morrilton into the most influential beer town in Arkansas. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.