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Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe

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Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop CafeBeaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe
BA SCORE
88
very good

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 89
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

11 S Beaver St
Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001-5500
United States
phone: (520) 779-0079

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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!

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

Gavage, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +4.2%

I've made two visits to Beaver Street over the course of ~10 years. The first was a nightcap for a single pint. This time around, I stopped in with my wife and 10-month-old daughter after a day at the Grand Canyon (around 4:30 on a Wednesday).

I ordered half beers of...

Helles Bock
Octoberfest Marzen - outstanding, probably the best I've had
Hop Harvest which was not as "syrupy" as others I've had.

My wife had the raspberry ale which we both enjoyed.

We had an appetizer of sweet potato fries and one of the pizzas. The food was good.

They are a sister brewery to Lumberyard which we visited the next night. If I had to pick one, I'd go with Lumberyard as they had a lot of the same beers and more beers which were more interesting and more up my alley.

Yetiman420, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev -1%

The "granola" invasion in Flagstaff seems to have spared this place, at least relatively speaking.

Upon entering, the comfy lounge chairs and sofa to the right are a nice touch, and the bar has large, beautiful mirrors. Nice pool area, and overall a very clean place, uncluttered, and attracting a diverse range of age groups.

Beer selection is normal for a brewpub, with their GABF 2007 winning Hefe-Weizen leading the lineup, although the menu says that the locals prefer the Red ale.

Prices are reasonable, and menu fare is (again) not overly influenced by the granola culture. I enjoyed the pesto-cream cheese dip with warm bread & crackers, at a reasonable price as well.

This is probably the best place, overall, in Flagstaff for a BA to visit.

yemenmocha, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

Mothers day 2010. My wife and I had spent the day on the Grand Canyon Railway (Williams to the South Rim and back) and the shuttle bus dropped us off at the AmTrack station, 50 meters from here. Our hotel was just past the brewery and as we hadn't made it in here yet, we stopped off for our tea.

The place is more restuarant than a bar, although the brewing equipment is in full view if you get given a seat towards the windows, as we were. There were a couple of people sitting at the bar, so food isn't a must. The place was almost full, mothers being treated to a night off from cooking, families enjoying the evening together, nice, but annoying when you want a quiet pint and a pizza, we should have sat at the bar!

The place is open plan with the pizza ovens to your left on entering, the bar and brewing equipment to the right, semi-rustic-woody-homely look to it as a whole.

The waiting staff were fine and friendly, the pizza's too big, we needed doggy bags. Couldn't get excited about their beers though, nothing wrong with them, but nothing stood out about them either. The Brew and Cue part appeared completely empty (21.00 on a May Sunday), so after or meal we headed back to our motel beds via the fridge which I'd stashed some goodies into.

BlackHaddock, May 24, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Located just across the main Hwy from downtown Flagstaff, this is a medium sized place with a pretty standard brewpub atmosphere. They are apparently related to Lumberyard brewing company down the street and seem to have much of the same beer selection. This means they have some of the best beer in the area and everything that I had at Beaver Street was good.

Service was good enough, our bartender seemed to be under training but the place was mostly empty so everything worked out fine there. The beer selection was good with a larger selection than one would expect to find at most well established brewpubs and they even had some of their limited release beers available in bottles to take home.

nickfl, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ecoboy
3.34/5  rDev -13%

Visited at 4 p.m. on a spring Saturday.

Stamped metal walls and ceilings, and pot-bellied stove lend some sense of heritage and history to the bar area at this two-room joint just off the famed route 66 in Flagstaff. But aging furniture and aging fixtures suggest a different kind of age, the not-so-good kind. There is an inviting four-couch, feet-up area near the entry, but it looks more like a "waiting for a table" place than a comfortable supping zone.

The other room is a more boisterous billiards room with its own bar. Servers were efficient, if a bit shy (both host and bartender) to converse about the place with a curious customer.

I tried the IPA, and found its hops presence decidedly less than expected from the style. Most pales are hoppier. My companion had very kind words for the hefeweizen and its honeyish mouthfeel.

There are tons of places to eat in Flagstaff, but many of them are of the Carl's Jr. variety. I'd return to try the food on a future date.

ecoboy, May 08, 2003
Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cfrobrew, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of kvnklingler
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of timlyon
5/5  rDev +30.2%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -21.9%

When I rolled into Flagstaff I wanted to try two places but only got the chance to try one - Beaver Street Brewing Co. & Whistle Stop Café. The place is located in the trendy part of Flagstaff and blends well with all the other businesses. The décor is mostly wood and a tad commercial and bland in it's appearance, however, I did like the antique stoves that dot the interior. With the Beaver Street Brewing, what you see is what you get, a brewpub that produces a few middle of the road beers, OK food, and available T-shirts. Nothing wrong with that but I wish I would have had the time to hit the Mogollon and spiced things up a bit. I will give a special nod to the historic "porn" in the men's restroom.

TheEclecticGent, May 09, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

LXIXME, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Camjmorton
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Camjmorton, May 24, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Stopped at the Beaver St. Brewery on our way to the Grand Canyone from Scottsdale, good half way point. It was the start to a nice little beer tour of flagstaff, with another stop at the Lumberyard, Beaver St.'s sister production brewery down the street.

We entered from the side parking lot side; setup from this entrance is the bar to your right with about 15 seats and the dining room to the front and left and kitchen to the far left. Brewery operations are setup behind the bar to the right from this entrance. One offputing feature is the carpeted floors, not exactly ideal for an establishment that serves mass amounts of liquids. Anyway, the food and beer far outweight this downside.

I think we were the first customers of the day, at just before noon, which made it a bit subdued but it warmed up as the lunchtime crowd filled in.

Quality of the serving of food and beer was well worth noting. Beers were served in appropriate glassware and the food was all done well with generous portions.

Service was great, very knowledgeable of the beer selection with some good suggestions for pairings.

Beer selection was great, about 10 or so on draft. I tried the Helles Bock which was great presentation of this style. Other beers to note were the pale ale, IPA, and stout.

Food was great, everyone of the 6 of us enjoyed our meals. The brewer's wurst plate is a feature to take note of.

Very good value, reasonable beer and food prices make this a great experience.

mvanaskie13, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

This is Da Boss and my second trip to Beaver Street. The atmosphere is very welcoming when you first walk in. Right ahead of you as you walk in is a wood burning stove with comfortable chairs to wait in. The bar side does not lend a cozy atmosphere as does the dining side. Quality of food and beer are good. Service is good as we were greeted by our server and given a beer quickly despite the busy late lunch crowd. Da Boss had the Berry Bramble which was quite good from what she said. I had the IPA which was right up there with a number of West Coast IPA's I have had. Overall menu was very good for food and beer. Selection of food was good. We chose the chicken chili which went real well with the IPA I had. Prices were fairly reasonable as we spent about $30 for lunch and three beers. Would recommend if you are in the Flag area.

arizcards, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of johnyeast
3.84/5  rDev 0%

Really enjoyed this brewery. Very close to the place we were staying. Ended up closing the place and going next door to the pool hall/ bar attached called Brews and Cues. Our bartender was great. True, we were the only ones in the place on a Sunday night, but, he was attentive to our needs. Let us sample. Blended a couple of beers for us also. Did I mention that we closed the other side as well. Beers were decent. Had one or two really good ones. What we really enjoyed was a fruit beer combined with the stout. I would recommend this place.

johnyeast, May 09, 2010
Photo of Inflames
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Inflames, May 24, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

This was my 2nd time visiting the brewery and my opinion hasn't changed much. The beer selection is decent, usually 6 on tap or so. The wait staff was courteous, but not always prompt. The atmosphere was cool. It wasn't too noisy, and there was no smoke where we were seated. The brewing equipment is proudly displayed behind glass. They have amazing wood-fired pizzas, wood booths with very comfy seats (thank god) next to stone coffee tables. The wait staff was friendly, but the prices were inflated. Try their homemade pretzels!

Mitchster, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of heytomcat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

heytomcat, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of kdoc8
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

The second of the three breweries I hit during my short stay in Flag. It's a very large place with lots of seating - large dark wood bar and tables as well as some nicely placed wood-burning stoves that one could sit by in a comfortable chair and enjoy a beer. It had an extensive menu, much more than a usual brewery. I had the Beaver St. Pizza with roasted tomatoes and goat cheese which was really good. Their beer was good, not spectacular, but I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and some good brews.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

hiikeeba, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -21.9%

t2grogan, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

On our little cross country trip, we stopped at Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff. I liked the atmosphere in there. It was nice. I had a Hopshot IPA which was really good and I tried my wife's Brambleberry Brew which was pretty good too. The food was awesome. We all had different pizzas and the one I had was awesome. I would love to go back there next time I am in Flagstaff but it probably won't be for a while. The IPA was very good and so wa the Brambleberry Brew. I picked up a tshirt there too which they only had in white but it was still a cool tshirt.

jeffjeff1, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of wieserjd
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

We stopped here on our first night in Flagstaff after visiting the Grand Canyon. This place was a short walk from our hotel in old downtown. The selection here was good. I had the Hopshot IPA and their Oatmeal Stout and my Wife had the Big Rapid Red and their Hefeweizen. All were solid beers and quite tasty. The IPA was actually comparable to some of the west-coast IPA's I have had which was somewhat surprising.

It was somewhat crowded when we arrived but a table opened up quickly. Service was attentive and friendly. The menu was quite extensive but we both ended up selecting one of Woodfired Pizza's. I had the three sausage and Wife had the Beaver Street. Both were delicious.

This was quite a nice place to have a few beers and eat some quality food. I would definitely recommend it to others passing through town.

wieserjd, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Must try their Sweet Potato fry's! They also have a fairly good meatloaf.

We summer in Flagstaff from Phoenix.

Another great spot, except for coffee, is across the street at Macy's.

A point so history - - The building that Beaver Street Brewery is located in used to be a neighborhood grocery market.

Lastly, if you are a fan of Mexican breakfasts, and know Chilequiles, then you absolutely must, And I mean absolutely must, go to MartAnnes. It will change your life.

Bobhoya, Mar 16, 2014
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Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ
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