Drink your way through Flagstaff, Arizona, on the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, a self-powered brewery tour
The Flagstaff Brewery Trail is part brewery tour and part drinking game with all of the best craft beer that Flagstaff has to offer. The rules are simple: Fill up a brewery passport and receive a souvenir pint glass. This tour is done at your own pace as you make your way to nine different locations throughout the town.
Don’t worry about having to drink a beer at each location. No purchase is necessary to receive a sticker on your passport, although it might be hard to pass up a beer when each place offers their own unique selection and inviting atmosphere.
So grab a passport from the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau (or print one out ahead of time at www.craftbeerflg.com), and let’s go!
Stop 1: Historic Brewing Company
Fun Fact: Historic Brewing also has a taproom in Williams, Arizona. They make a mean Bloody Mary if you’re not in a beer mood.
Favorite Beers: Salt River, salt and lime Arizona Lager; Opposable IPA
Tip: Start with this brewery first, as it is the farthest away from the rest, and work your way downtown. Happy Hour is a good time to go.
Stop 2: Wanderlust Brewing Company
Fun Fact: Wanderlust Brewing prides themselves on specializing in old-world style beers (think Farmhouse Ales, Saisons and Belgians).
Favorite Beers: 928 Local Farmhouse Ale; Banjo Bill’s Blackberry Sour
Tip: Wanderlust Brewing is a tricky one since it lands right between Historic Brewing and the rest of the stops downtown. It’s only open 4-9 p.m. on weekdays and 2-8 p.m. on the weekends, so some strategic planning is needed for this stop.
Stop 3: Mother Road Brewing Company – Butler
Fun Fact: This taproom location allows you to see the brewing process for Mother Road Brewing’s beer. This is their second location.
Favorite Beers: Daily Driver Session IPA; Conserve and Protect Kölsch Ale
Tip: This is a good place to stop and relax. Family friendly with board games provided.
Stop 4: Mother Road Brewing Company – Pike
Fun Fact: This is the original brewery of the two Mother Road locations (see stop 3).
Favorite Beers: Since we named our two favorite flagship beers above, ask them about their seasonal beer offerings.
Tip: Hungry? Try the wood-fired pizza from Pizzicletta and enjoy out on the patio.
Stop 5: Beaver Street Brewery
Fun Fact: Beaver Street Brewery is Flagstaff’s oldest brewery, first opening its doors in March 1994.
Favorite Beers: Railhead Red; HopShot Red IPA
Tip: Beaver Street offers a pool hall called Brews and Cues right next door to the brewery itself. If you like to play pool, this is a must.
Stop 6: Lumberyard Brewing Company
Fun Fact: This is the sister brewery to Beaver Street Brewery (see stop 5) opened in 2010.
Favorite Beers: Humphrey’s Hefe; Red Rock Raspberry
Tip: This is a great spot to grab dinner. We recommend the wings and tri-tip steak with a side of mac ‘n’ cheese.
Stop 7: Flagstaff Brewing Company
Fun Fact: Like whiskey? Along with a good beer selection, Flagstaff Brewery also offers collections of single malt whiskeys in the country.
Favorite Beers: Agassiz Amber; Three-Pin Pale Ale
Tip: Locals know this location as “Flag Brew.”
Stop 8: Dark Sky Brewing
Fun Fact: Dark Sky Brewing is always coming up with something new, having brewed over 500 different beer recipes to date!
Favorite Beers: It’s difficult to pin down one beer, since DSB’s selection is never the same. For a current beer list, check their Facebook Page.
Tip: Get a taster flight and make choosing a beer less difficult.
Fun Fact: Grand Canyon Brewing’s “Kachina Throwback Ale” is the official beer of the Arizona Coyotes hockey team.
Favorite Beers: American Pilsner; Sunset Amber Ale
Tip: Grab this sticker at lunchtime and enjoy a burger or calzone.