Northern Arizona is known for jaw-dropping landscapes, cosmic geologic structures, heavenly skies, and more recently, good beer. So if you enjoy a cold pint after a long day of exploring the many wonders of Northern Arizona here are three microbreweries that will serve ‘em cold and please your palate.
Beaver Street Brewery
11 S. Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Beaver Street Brewery is the oldest brewery in Northern Arizona, and is located in one of the oldest buildings in Flagstaff along with the Whistle Stop Café. Beaver Street boasts a wide variety of tastes and styles of beer with four regular brews, and four seasonal ales; six to seven of them on tap at all times. The Big Rapid Red ale recently won a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, and was rated number one by Flagstaff locals. Beaver Street Brewery also has two other medal winning beers available.
The Whistle Stop Café has a full menu, but is famous for their wood-fired pizzas with a southwestern kick. The restaurant has an open kitchen with a wrap-around-bar so you can watch chefs perfect their craft, or enjoy your meal in the beer garden overlooking the San Francisco Peaks during the summer months.
Looking for some late night activity? Check out Beaver Street Brews & Cues, located on the northeast side of the brewery and restaurant. Brews & Cues offers a full adult gaming bar and lounge, and serves the same great food and beers from next door. Happy hour runs daily from open to seven, plus there are nightly specials.
Beaver Street Brewery’s newest project is The Lumberyard Brewing Company Taproom and Grille, which will be opening in May 2010 located on 5 S. San Francisco Street. The Lumberyard will be a full scale bar and restaurant featuring the beers of Beaver Street Brewery.
The Lumberyard is a renovated lumber mill, and is another historic building in Flagstaff. Beaver Street Brewery will be canning and kegging beer at the Lumberyard for distribution, and hope to be statewide by early 2011 said Mike Darby, General Manager of Beaver Street Brewery.
Flagstaff Brewing Company
16 E. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Nestled between Route 66 and Downtown, Flagstaff Brewing Company (FBC) offers a friendly atmosphere and a wide variety of tasty handcrafted English-American ales. First opened in July 1994, FBC used its first batch of beer to pay workers that helped with the construction and remodeling of what is now FBC.
Flagstaff Brewing Co. has four to five traditional and seasonal ales on tap at any given time, and can brew more than ten different styles of beer within a year. Among some of the most popular are the Bitterroot ESB, Spruce Tip seasonal ale, and the IPA that has been brewed the same way for 15 years. The porter is also a local favorite, which co-owner Al Henes says he would proudly put up against any porter because of its unique and distinct rich flavor. Growlers can also be purchased for $15, and $12 to refill.
Be sure to try one of FBC gourmet burgers, sandwiches or salads to compliment your brew. FBC serves large portions at a fair price. “We serve basic pub grub turned up a few notches,” said Henes. Need a suggestion? Try the black-n-blue burger.
Flagstaff Brewing Co. also hosts Party on the Patio Saturday nights during the summer. Party on the Patio gives local bands a chance to share their music while giving spectators an opportunity to dance under the starry skies of Flagstaff.
Not ready for a beer? Walk next door and check out Flagstaff Coffee Company, the only coffee shop in Northern Arizona with a liquor license. Flagstaff Coffee Co. has an array of liquor infused fruit and coffee drinks, including an Irish coffee that looks too perfect to drink, but will melt in your mouth with a perfect combination of coffee, cream and fine whisky. Flagstaff Coffee Co. only buys fair trade, organic coffee beans for coffee that is pleasing to the palate and light on the conscious.
Oak Creek Brewing Company
2050 Yavapai Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Oak Creek Brewing Company is one of the best-known microbreweries in Arizona because of their commitment to brewing delicious beer and statewide distribution. Brewed in Oak Creek Canyon and surrounded by beautiful Sedona Red Rock, Oak Creek Brewery is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy one of many delightful brews after a long day in the sun. Whether you just want a pint, or are looking to fill a keg, Oak Creek Brewery does it all.
Oak Creek serves and distributes a variety of ales and lagers, many of which are gold, silver or bronze medal winners from around the world. The most popular brews are the Nut Brown Ale, Gold Lager, and the Amber Ale, which pair nicely with all types of food. Oak Creek Brewery brews small batches of beer at a time for a richer and more consistent taste. If visiting the brewery be sure to ask what beers are on tap since not all beers are bottled and distributed.
Although only peanuts are served at the brewery, be sure to check out the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill located in Tlaquepaque, the only brewpub in Sedona. Oak Creek Brewery opened the grill in 2000 with the goal of combining great beer and good food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Fire kissed pizzas are their specialty, but don’t overlook the rotisserie chicken or pork ribs.
Are you a regular at the Oak Creek Brewery? Be sure to check out the Mug Club. For a yearly membership of only $75 you get your very own, personalized, half-liter Oak Creek Brewmasters Mug. With your membership you also receive one dollar off all tap beers and get an Oak Creek Brewery T-Shirt, and never have to pay cover charge for events and shows.
These three breweries all offer unique styles and tastes of beers that you can only find in Arizona, so come enjoy a tasty brew in a friendly atmosphere. You’re bound to have a good time and meet some friendly people.