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
4.4/5 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
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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...
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.
10-17-2011 01:04:56 | More by Yetiman420
United Kingdom (England)
3.18/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
05-24-2010 12:39:52 | More by BlackHaddock
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-01-2008 03:05:15 | More by yemenmocha
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-10-2012 04:29:18 | More by nickfl
3.34/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
05-08-2003 09:17:59 | More by ecoboy
Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ
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