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Episode 263: Ozark Beer Company: Brewing Tradition and Building Community in Northwest Arkansas

Lacie Bray, co-founder of Ozark Beer Company, unveils the inspiring story behind one of the Ozarks’ most beloved breweries. With a deep-rooted passion for sustainable brewing and community building, Lacie and her husband Andy Coates have transformed their vision into a reality since 2013. Originating from the picturesque settings of Walla Walla, Washington, their journey led them to establish a community cornerstone in downtown Rogers, Arkansas. Throughout the conversation, Lacie highlights the brewery’s dedication to traditional brewing techniques, eco-friendly practices, and a keen responsiveness to the tastes and values of their local community. Whether it is their staple beers or the innovative introduction of kombucha on tap, Ozark Beer Company’s mission is to craft not just exceptional beverages but also a space where community thrives. This episode not only celebrates their journey but also reflects on the integral role of craft breweries in fostering communal ties, underscored by terms like “craft beer,” “sustainable brewing,” and “community-focused brewery.”

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Episode 262: Capturing Essence: BLK ELK Media’s Visual Storytelling in NWA

In this episode of ‘I Am Northwest Arkansas,’ host Randy Wilburn delves into the extraordinary story of Daniel Mitchell and Trent Sugg, co-founders of BLK ELK Media. Their ascent from local enthusiasts to globally recognized documentary filmmakers is a testament to their dedication to storytelling and the natural beauty of Arkansas. Discover how they’ve forged a path to success, bringing the adventures and allure of the great outdoors to audiences everywhere.

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Episode 261: From Farm to Fork: How Spring Creek Food Hub Supports Local Agriculture in Northwest Arkansas:

Randy Wilburn delves into the world of Anthony Mirisciotta, the driving force behind Spring Creek Food Hub. Anthony’s journey from Vermont’s organic farms to California’s wholesale markets has equipped him with invaluable insights into the essence of local food systems. Through their conversation, listeners are invited to explore the critical role of sustainability, the nexus between technology and farming, and the promising future of the Spring Creek Food Hub. As they discuss the upcoming expansion to the Market Center of the Ozarks, Randy and Anthony paint a vivid picture of how this initiative will bolster food security and nurture community ties in the Ozarks, highlighting its significance for the region’s agricultural evolution.

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