Review of Flagstaff Brewing

[AZ Flag]

Located at 16 East Route 66, this building is right at home with its neighbors in Flagstaff's historic downtown. The down-to-earth look and feel attracts a large college crowd from Northern Arizona University a short walk or bike ride away. The outdoor tables offer the opportunity for people watching as well as catching some rays when the sky turns a clear deep blue. The small stainless brewery is visible from the main street as well as from one end of the long wooden bar. Behind the bar stands an eclectic collection of Western memorabilia and full liquor selection, including 12 single malt Scotches and 8 Bourbons, and a choice of California wines. At the center of the bar and the center of attention is of course the beer. The norm seems to be four or five house beers, a guest Arizona micro, and four guest micros.

The Agassiz Amber showed a hazy amber color with a medium body, good carbonation, and a nice hop presence. The Moustaffa's East IPA had a medium body and a balance toward the sweet side with light hops. The Sasquatch Stout was opaque, chewy, lightly carbonated and offered an agreeable roasted flavor. The Blackbird Porter and Bubbaganouj Pale Ale were off-line at the time. From nearby Sedona, Arizona was Oak Creek Bavarian Dark. Its clear dark red color was well matched with its medium body, low carbonation, hoppy flavor and dry finish. Good timing led to the availability of the Oak Creek Seasonal. First impression was a dark brown, lightly carbonated brew. The big question, would it be spiced? The aromas were the first clue; ginger, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon The flavor followed through and the malty, medium-bodied brew finished with a clean aftertaste. The Pyramid Best Brown stood out for its dark amber color, hoppy flavor and slightly chocolaty finish. One patron was observed insisting on a canned Busch from deep in the cooler. Must have been a fraternity initiation.

The CD sounds get replaced on weekends by live music from the stage adjacent to the dartboards. A Wednesday happy hour produces $2.00 pints and 50 % prices on appetizers. The lack of televisions went unnoticed as people enjoyed the pub fare of sandwiches, salads, pasta and bratwurst. After a serious game of fussbol you can pick up a half gallon to go for $12.00 til your next visit. The bar is open 11:30 to 1:00 am and the kitchen (subcontracted) is open 11:30 am to 9pm.

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March, 1996

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