Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +29.5%
A local tried to put me off of this place by referring to it as "corporate". As a result, I headed right over. This business of writing places off simply because they may be part of a chain, however small, is bogus! I embrace the chains and will continue to support the post-shakeout brewpubs until they prise the chain from my cold, dead fingers.
The windows fronting the place ran along Beaver Street and included the Beaver Street Brews and (Pool) Cues Lounge. As I continued south on Beaver Street, the restaurant and a few FVs were visible in the window. The entrance, however, was perpendicular to Beaver and accessed through their parking lot. Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate right and featured a cabinet full of logo items. Headed aft, in the centerline, was a working vintage cast-iron stove with "HOT" stamped on brass plates all over its belly. The place then became a "T"-shape with the kitchen to the left past Smoky Stover (the stove) and the long, polished dark wood bar to the right. Beyond the T-intersection was a sea of seating that ran the gamut from booths along the back wall to paddle tables and stools along the window to high tables and chairs in the center to standard tables and chairs comprising the restaurant area off to the left. The lavatories were in the right corner of the restaurant area, all of the way aft.
For supper that evening, I had the last order of the special - a Grilled Basil Salmon entrée. It consisted of a fillet basted in house-made basil pesto and then grilled, along with creamy red potatoes and sautéed fresh asparagus. It is now time for a digression and a P.S.A for the women in our audience. Hello, ladies! Your ideal boyfriend will be that fellow who professes to a love of salmon. It is a beautiful pink color; it has a fleshy, flaky mouthfeel; and a marvelously unique taste. If he eats salmon on a routine basis, then the chances are that he will enjoy munching something else that should seem eminently familiar at this point. C'mon, paired with asparagus?!? This was dinner for two at home. Take note all of you Romeo and Juliets. Man, I love eating ... salmon.
Who was it that tried to dissuade me from coming here by dissing it? Jagov! This would be my first stop in town, bar none.
I also stopped by the aforementioned billiards hall next door on my way back to the nearby youth hostel. The centerpiece was its long, dark, laminated wood, "U"-shaped bar with its equally elegant back bar with a huge arch above an equally large mirror. A plaque noted that it was built by Brunswick in St. Louis of handcrafted American mahogany. My server told me that it was around 120 years old and had been moved around a good bit until landing in its current location in 2001. I was also told that a bullet hole in the back bar was the result of a card dispute. F'in' impressive! They featured five billiards tables plus one British billiards table.
Beers: R & R Stout; Lager del Sol; HefeWeizen; Bramble Berry Brew; Railhead Ed; and Beaver Street IPA, plus growlers. I mostly stuck with the IPA, but I had a glass of the B3 out of curiosity.
Mom?: In a heartbeat!
06-10-2008 03:50:22 | More by woodychandler
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
We arrived after a trip to the grand Canyon and were afraid we would never get a seat. The place was full, but we only had a five minute wait. The crowd was very mixed: bikers, families, couples. Our waiter was Johnny on the Spot, delivering the sampler minutes after we ordered. As we finished the last glass he took our order, and then took our order. The copperhead pizza was well-made, and very filling. My friend had the brewmasters platter, full of brats and potates.
If you're in the area, you owe it to yourself to stop by.
06-16-2009 02:49:51 | More by hiikeeba
4.44/5 rDev +15%
I made it here about 6ish on a Tuesday. The place wasn't full but they were filling up after I arrived. I sat at the bar, it has about 15 seats. Large open room you can see the kitchen all seating and bar from almost anywhere. The brewing equipment is behind the bar visible through glass.
Bartendress was very attractive and on top of her job. Describing beers as a beer drinker would describe them. I had their Kolsch and IPA. Kolsch was pretty much average but the IPA blew me away.
Didn't try food on this visit, I had already eaten over at Flagstaff brewing. I think next time I will eat here, their food looks better.
If I found myself in this city with only time to hit one place this would be my choice.
05-24-2010 02:44:15 | More by Inflames
4.4/5 rDev +14%
This place was recommended as the must stop place in town for good food and beer. The place was quite crowded for a mid-week evening dinner and we got on of the last tables in the place. There is a nice outdoor seating area with picnic tables if you prefer some fresh air. The bar is large, overlooks some brewery equipment, and can seat about 15. An open kitchen shows the wood burning stove for pizzas and plenty of cooks working the area. I have to admit I have never seen so many waiters / waitresses in an establishment which provided quick and friendly service despite the crowds.
Beer wise there were 6 beers available, Hotshot IPA, Lumberjack Lager, Belgian Pale Ale, Railhead red, Stout, and a Berry flavored wheat beer. The beers were of good quality and were tasty.
Food was terrific as the appetizers and dinners were flavorful and well prepared. This is not a gourmet restaurant, but high end pub food.
Upon leaving I stopped by the large merchandise section to pick up a tee shirt. If I had only one place to stop in Flagstaff, this place is the one to select.
06-25-2009 14:24:55 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
After a long days drive from Vegas, we needed a place to decompress and relax with good chow and of course great beer. We found that place when we pulled up a Flagstaff brew pub signed with the words "beaver" and "beer". How could we go wrong?
Inside the spacious cafe, friendly staff consisting prominently of Arizona University coeds work the tables bringing fresh brew from the gleaming copper tanks situated behind the bar, and wood grilled pizzas from the brick ovens fronting the open kitchen. Square and round wooden tables accompanied with mismatched chairs complimented the casual family friendly yet college hang-out acceptable atmosphere.
I started off with the porter, and instantly the 4 1/2 hour drive was worth it. Full bodied, warm mouth feel, with chocolate notes with a sweet and balanced bitter taste warmed me right up. I continued warming up with the pale ale, very hoppy yet well balanced with grassy notes, full bodied and very drinkable. Quality beer all around. I may have had more beers but I don't remember. I do remember however we enjoyed thoroughly everything we tried.
The food was another story. The best way I can describe it is good but weird. Annette had an open-faced panini. Exactly, what is an open-faced panini? I sampled one of the many white pizzas offered from the variety rich menu, one with pesto, chicken and mozzarella I think. The beer battered onion ring appetizer was one of the best we've tried anywhere. The generous portions though somewhat eclectic were good, and the menu really seemed like it had something for everyone.
The fast and attentive service warranted a generous tip.
Definitely, the Beaver Street Brewing Co. is worth a return visit.
05-29-2006 14:41:10 | More by LeffeHanded
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Outfitted to look like a train station it sort of fails at that. It's too nice inside to be a train station. There's a big pot belly wood-burning stove near the front where you can sit and warm up (if need be) while waiting to be seated.
The beers and specials are well-noted throughout the restaurant so you don't even need to have your waitperson explain them to you.
The food is really good. Their signature burger is really tasty and their soft pretzels make for great appetizers. Their sandwiches are also inventive and tasty and they are kid-friendly with a decent menu for them. The kitchen is pretty open so you can look into pretty easily. That kind of confidence in their food prep is impressive.
The beer is really good. The Hop Shot IPA and the R&R Oatmeal Stout were my favorites, but the Hefeweizen was a little lacking as I have found all hefeweizens in the Western US to be.
They say that their cobbler is "divine" or "awesome" depending on which menu board you read, but the one I had (peach-blueberry) was not. The topping was mealy and the blueberries overpowered the peaches entirely. I love blueberries but I had expected a balance with the peaches and got none.
Overall a great experience for a great price. Two adults, two kids and a baby...three beers, one appetizer, two kids meals, two entrees, two kids desserts and one adult dessert all for under $90, including a good tip.
11-08-2010 16:39:13 | More by Naugros
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Beaver Street is one of the three-brewpubs/beer bars in Flagstaff. It always strikes me as a little weird because all three are within 4-5 blocks of the other. They are very distinct and different. Beaver Street is the most upscale of the three. The food is always excellent, I always love the salmon BLT, served on a beer bread. The beers are a little above average and on a whole cover a wide range of styles. A sampler tray is available for $4-5. Ive been there several times and the service has been good to excellent. The crowd is mostly fairly laid back and the noise level inside allows for conversation.
08-25-2003 04:06:29 | More by beerguy101
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Stopped in here on the way back from visiting the Grand Canyon and must say that I was pleasantly surprised! The atmosphere was typical pub feel, lots of rustic wood, some memorabilia lining the walls and a nice big open feel. We opted to eat out back on their patio which was pretty great except for one couple who insisted on smoking throughout the duration of our meal. I love OR and the fact that you can't smoke anywhere you please! Tough to smell the aromas of a nice beer with smoke filling and burning my nostrils. Anyway, the quality of the beers was solid, I had a sampler and enjoyed them all and then ordered a pint of the ipa on tap and it was delish. The service was pretty attentive and the selection of food and beer was great. I chose a wood fired pizza and it was one of the best pizzas i've ever had at a pub, crispy crust and fresh toppings, very nice! Overall the experience was great and I will be sure to stop in here the next time I'm in the area. Very cool vibe, good food, and solid beer!
01-16-2010 22:21:12 | More by RedBrewer83
Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.