An architect’s rendering of the planned Southern Tail Brewing. Arkansas Business (courtesy of Brent and Tracy Cryder)

Arkansas Business reports that Little Rock couple Brent Cryder and Tracy Cryder are applying for a permit from the city for an 11,000 square-foot restaurant and brewery at 900 E. Ninth St. to be called Southern Tail Brewing.

Brent Cryder told AB that the couple intend for the restaurant to be friend, family and pet-focused and that part of the business model will have a charity component focusing on animal nonprofits. The restaurant will seat more than 150 inside, AB reports, but there’s also plans for an outdoor concept.


As for the beer, Brent has experience as a home brewer and has certifications in the food and wine industry, and Tracy has been involved with the Central Arkansas Fermenters of Little Rock, a home brew club, and is vice president of the Arkansas chapter of the Pink Boots Society, which supports women in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry. She also has led Little Rocktoberfest for the past two years. Both Cryders are also involved with the Brewers Association.

The Cryders say they’ve been working with a brewer but aren’t ready to share his name.

The couple would like to begin construction in the next couple of months, AB reports and hope to open Southern Tail Brewing in 2024.