Lumberyard Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 282
Beer Avg: 3.58
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4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited this place twice in 3 days in between fly fishing expeditions in Oak Creek Canyon.
My brother in law and I had about half an hour on a Sunday the first time we stopped in before our party was leaving back for the cabin. We swing in really quick and ordered a sampler. Out of the sampler our favorites were the Tripel and the IPA. I ordered a pint of the IPA before we had to leave.
Skip ahead two days later, on a Tuesday around noon. We stopped in for lunch and to really get a good look around this new place. I believe it is a 'sister' brewery to Beaver Street Brewery which is literally 2 blocks down the road. This used to be a lumberyard (duh) for many years due to its proximity to the railroad tracks, which are literally alongside the parking lot.
As you walk in, to your left is a nice taproom with seating for approximately 15 people as well as some tables behind. There is a large patio which is really nice to enjoy during the summer. Also near the entrance is the to-go shop. You can buy an assortment of t-shirts, polos, hats and the like. The best part is that they have 2 large coolers with all of the to-go beers easy to see and prices clearly posted. They offer 22oz bombers as well as their Red Ale in CANS, which I thought was genius, being a fisherman and all.
To the right of the entrance is the general restaurant seating area. There are tiered levels of tables which allows you to look across the restaurant into the actual brewery. One entire wall is a glass window which you can stand up there and look into the brewery with all the equipment easy to see. It would be really cool to see when they are brewing. The decor is fairly typical of a brewpub but not cluttered. Some signs, industrial corrugated metal dividers, and lots of wood construction. There are flat screen throughout the place but not too many where it feels like a sports bar.
The Food. The appetizers we ordered were the hummus plate which came with 2 different kinds of hummus. One was a black bean, which apparently was the best (I didn't actually have any). I was busy digging into the other appetizer which was called "The Mess." It is a giant plate of french fries covered with brown gravy, onions, queso fresco (I think) and some other goodness. I thought it was really good, however unhealthy it was! For the entree, I ordered the California Tri-tip sandwich, that apparently is their house favorite. The tri-tip was well cooked and came on a garlicky roll. I found it to be pretty run-of-the mill and didn't 'wow' me.
The beer. During the lunch, I had the Imperial Red which came in the proper glassware. This beer was freakin' AWESOME. This is by far the best Red I have ever tasted. I actually picked up a bottle from their cooler to bring home (will review). For dessert I had the Imperial Porter. This one was good, but not outstanding, pretty run of the mill. The IPA I had a few days earlier was also very good, nice hops but a little weak on the malt (tasted all hops).
Overall, I really enjoyed my visits here. I think this brewery is clean, great atmosphere, decent food, and very good brews. I love the fact that they have a gigantic window into the brewery. The wait staff were nice and provided suggestions on food and beer if asked. The large outdoor patio is a great idea, especially in the summer. If I was an out-of-town visitor, I would definitely come here over the other breweries in town, some of which are directly across the street...
Good job Lumberyard and I'll see you next time I'm at the cabin...perhaps you'll have a stout or IIPA by then?...
09-17-2010 14:22:47 | More by OakedCanuck
Lumberyard Brewing Company in Flagstaff, AZ
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.