The Flagstaff Ale Trail is a fine way to relax after a hiking excursion in northern Arizona. But you don’t need to be a hiker to enjoy Flagstaff Ale Trail. Located in the historic district of the mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ you’ll stroll along the less than one-mile route of sidewalks that connect four Flagstaff craft beer breweries. (The fifth “bonus” brewery is only a 12-minute drive from downtown.)
Each brewery is located in a historic Flagstaff building and offers a taste of history to accompany the taste of finely crafted brews. The self-guided walking tour follows historic Route 66 and railroad spurs from Flagstaff’s past lumber era.
“With the fifth brewery starting up here last fall, we now have enough to be a destination for beer lovers,” said Al Henes, one of the owners of Flagstaff Brewing Company, a Flagstaff icon since 1994. Henes and partner Jeff Thorsett started the brewery in their early 20s. “We were young enough to get carded in our own place,” laughs Henes as he relates a story about when Thorsett actually did get carded by an employee new on the job.
Flagstaff Brewing Company — located right on historic Route 66 — brews on premise, which, it turns out, is one of the requirements of the Flagstaff Ale Trail. “If not, then it is just a pub crawl,” says Henes.
“It’s not a pub crawl,” explains Flagstaff Ale Trail founder Geoff Barnard. “It is designed to be a tasting experience, much like a wine tasting. It’s really a social thing.” You’ll make memories as you relax with family and friends.
Beaver Street Brewery – serving up award-winning craft brews and great food since 1995. Enjoy the outdoor Beer Garden’s view of the San Francisco Peaks.
Flagstaff Brewing Company – a fixture in this thirsty mountain town offers beer lovers a place to sit back, pull up a pint, enjoy great pub fare in a casual pub atmosphere, inside or out.
Lumberyard Brewery –Opened in 2010, Lumberyard is actually in an 1890 lumberyard building. Enjoy food and brew indoors or outdoors.
Mogollon Brewing Company – located 4 miles east of downtown Flagstaff. This is your Bonus on the Flagstaff Ale Trail craft-brew tour. Please call ahead to schedule a tour and tasting.
Mother Road Brewing Company – the most recent addition to Flagstaff’ stable of fine craft-breweries celebrates the spirit of the original Mother Road, Route 66. Family-friendly tap room.
Register online and you’ll get a Flagstaff Ale Trail passport, easy-to-follow map, squishy souvenir pint and special discounts at breweries.
“The beer pours well and tastes good in this pint cup,” says Beaver Street Brewery owner Winnie Hanseth as she squeezes the revolutionary unbreakable, silicone cup embellished with the Flagstaff Ale trail logo.
Pick-up your passport and souvenir pint at either the Lumberyard Brewery or Flagstaff Brewing Company where you can also pay for the Ale Trail paraphernalia without having to go online. The passport affords you discounts on beer and ale at each of the breweries. You may take your time with the tastings – try them all in one day, or spread tastings out over your visit to Flagstaff.
Each brewery stamps your passport with its own unique stamp. Passport stamps were designed to convey the uniqueness of each brew house. You can even squeeze tasting notes onto the fun, official-looking document.
“Don’t leave your Flagstaff Ale Trail cup on the bar,” warns bartender Pete Daggett. “It’ll get stolen – people like them.” The Flagstaff Ale Trail pint cup and passport are “hot” items with Flagstaff locals. In more ways than one.
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