Oak Creek Brewery and Grill

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3.48/5
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11 Beers
206 Ratings
Place Score: 83
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

336 Highway 179
Sedona, Arizona, 86336-6144
United States
phone: (928) 282-3300

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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This was my second visit to Oak Creek Brewery and Grill over the course of ~10 years. Stopped in with my wife and 10-month-old daughter after a half day of seeing the sights in wonderful Sedona. We actually tried to hit the brewery but it was not open until 4pm and I didn't want to sit around for 30 minutes when we had Flagstaff on the agenda for later and a baby to get to sleep.

Oak Creek is on the second floor and we saw some or all of the brewing equipment through an open door on our way up. We sat in the dining area right by the small outdoor porch. Ordered the seven dwarfs sampler which was seven five ounce samples for $11.95. Pints were $5.75.

Micro light - American pilsner with noble hopping. Slight buttery flavor and a touch of sweetness on the finish
Forty-Niner Gold Lager - clean and crisp, a good lager, nothing too flavorfull
Hefe - 03 GABF gold. I enjoyed the rich flavor but my wife, a hefe fan, did not care for it.
Pale Ale - 05 GABF silver - Centennial and Cascade. Nice hop flavor but buttery off flavor.
Amber - smooth rich and drinkable
Brown - nutty flavor which masked a hint of buttery flavor
Porter depth and roasty - the best of the bunch

Overall I was mixed on the beers and really would have preferred to visit the brewery for what I understand are more unique brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UncleAddie
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Went here for my birthday! Ordered the flight so I could sample as many brews as possible. Enjoyed each of the beers. Wish the samples were a little bigger but the presentation is pretty cool as they come in mini steins. Will return if I am ever in the area again! It was very crowded but we did not have to wait long!

Photo of polloenfuego
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75

Decent enough beer, the porter was probably the nicest of those available. Service was a bit sketchy and the food was not memorable. Possibly the biggest issue for me was the number of children present in this establishment. It lost a great deal of atmosphere because of the yelling and loud kids.

Photo of Bobhoya
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

We are "locals" - - living in Munds Park (just 14-miles up Schnebley Hill) during the summer. The Oak Creek Brewery And Grill is nice but styled more for the tourist trade. If you just want to get a good Craft Beer in Sedona, then go to the Oak Creek Brewery Co. tap room(2050 Yavapai Drive). This is the actual brewery, located is a small industrial area in west Sedona. No food, other than popcorn, nuts and perhaps hot dogs. There is live music some evenings and weekends. Great place to enjoy a brew in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Photo of beesy
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Staying in Sedona for the night, t looked like my options were fairly limited, so I gave it a whirl.

The brewpub was attached to some sort of resort or shopping mall. It actually is tagged as Red Rock BBQ on Google maps, so I had a few minutes of trouble finding it sitting in the lot of the real location of Red Rock BBQ.

Pulled up a chair at the bar to watch game 6. After a few minutes, met by a middle aged lady to take my order. Service was pretty luckluster as I sat beeless for a good 10 minutes when I finished my first beer. That type of service continued all night.

Ordered the bbq chicken, which was actually pretty good. One of the few non-red meat meals available. The food was expensive in my opinion and the menu, small.

Ordered a pale ale and a Snakecharmer IPA. The server indicated the IPA was seasonal - hmmm? Both were ok, nothing stellar. The hops aroma and flavor seemed a little muted in both, as if they were not the freshest things in the world.

The only beer glasses they served in were pilsner glasses, which is a major turnoff for me. I just dont understand why a microbrewer cant use approriate glassware - petty? probably, but it just irks me.

Overall, not bad food and a place to avoid BMC while in Sedona.

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I am finishing up a week's stay in Sedona and have visited Oak Creek twice now for diner and have been satisfied but not blown away. It is easy to find and had a basic but workable interior on the second floor of an outdoor mall.

Seven beers on tap is the norm and the Indian Pale Ale is highly drinkable. The food selection is basic but good quality. The Wicked Pickles are a strong choice as an appetizer. I found the service good but not real beer-centric for a brewpub but that could just be the tourist atmosphere of Sedona taking over. I don't think they get too many beer nerds in here.

I think the beer and food is overpriced, even for a beautiful but bonified tourist trap in Sedona. Worth a shot if in the area but this is definitely not one of the many reasons to come here.

Photo of koopa
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Imagine a fairly nice diner with Oak Creek beers. Food was pretty good and a bit pricey. My smokey mountain burger was decent but overpriced. The service was also diner like...it definitely felt like we had a food server more than a person who knew anything about beer taking care of us. While the booth seat was very comfortable, the Oak Creek Brewery (other location) was much more my speed. The place is run by a German family and the menu sometimes reflects that (more so in the beer department but still some German food dishes are available). This location had less than 1/2 the Oak Creek beers available at the brewery location. The restaurant is fairly centrally located and easy to find.

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My wife and I went to Sedona for a week and of course we had to go to the brewpub. For anyone who hasn't been to Sedona it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, tall red canyons, picturesque mountains, etc.

The place has a real pub feel, many seats by the windows with amazing views.

I had the sample, which included a light lager, a wheat, pale, amber, nut brown and a porter. All were typical but none were really outstanding. I think I liked the amber and wheat best. Also the nut brown is great for those who like that style.

Food was pretty good. we had the pretzels with a cheese dipping sauce and I had the wurst. Both were ok, not great but good. I hear the crabcakes are good but we weren't in the mood.

There was a very large group of non english speaking Japanese so the service suffered as a result.

In general I would recommend this place as it's the only one of this type in the area.

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Since it's in Sedona it is a bit upscale but it was still family-friendly as well as beer geek friendly. In the mens room is a poster of a bulldog with a milk mustache that reads, "Had milk...want beer." Amen puppy, amen!

The place is busy, but the wait wasn't long to be seated. We went there twice for dinner. We waited to be seated the first time and the waitress had a little time to talk to us. The second time there was no wait, but the waitress seemed very rushed, but remained attentive to our needs. Maybe she wasn't as friendly as the first one or maybe they were short-handed...who knows? But overall they're pretty good for such a busy and popular place. I can't imagine this place in the summer since it was that busy in November.

The food is really good and you must get the soft pretzel with beer-infused cheese fondue for an appetizer. Their pizza is really good and the best I've had outside the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The Meat Lovers' has bratwurst and Canadian bacon on it! How can you go wrong? The Dudley Do-Right also has Canadian bacon, but it's topped with dollops of ricotta, roasted garlic and fresh basil...one winning combination.

The beer is the highlight though. Always try their seasonal. I was so impressed one of the year-'rounds (Amber) that I didn't try the seasonal the first visit. I did on the second visit and was blown away by the American-Style Wheat with Mandarin and Vanilla. Read my review of it to get an idea what it was all about. The Pullman Porter and the Oak Creek Village Nut Brown Ale were also very good, but the Hefeweizen was lacking as I've found is prevalent amongst hefes brewed on the left side of the country.

You're in Sedona to expect to pay a little more, but it's worth the experience and the beer. Oh, to save money, split a pizza, they're enough for two decent-sized guys or three lighter eaters.

It is not the easiest place to find unless you catch the sign on the wall for Tlaquepaque. It's in the Tlaquepaque shopping area, which has limited parking. Be forewarned that the turns are tight so RVs and larger pick-ups will have trouble navigating and parking.

Photo of Fillpott
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife, daughter, and I visited the Grill specifically because we enjoy trying and supporting local brewers wherever we travel. The Grill is in a very trendy shopping plaza that has very tight parking for my truck. We walked upstairs to get to the Grill, and were immediately greeted and seated. My daughter is 8-months old, and the staff was very accommodating. The waiter was very considerate about my wife's food restrictions. We tried their Seven Dwarves sampler, and found the 5oz glasses to be filled w/ about 4oz, especially with the beers with higher carbonation. The beers were average. I settled on the Nut Brown Ale, but wish I had done the porter. The food was excellent. Their special that day was a blackened salmon with a caesar salad. The fish was cooked perfectly, as was my wife's salmon with a citrus salad. The special was $12.95 and my wife's was $16.95. With a beer going for $5.75 a glass, it was a little pricey. My recommendations would be for them to offer a discount for AHA members, especially since this is the only brewery in town. It might also get them some more people that are passing through but don't know about the Brewery.

Photo of brewman63
3.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here for lunch one day while vacationing in Sedona. Beer selection and quality are typical for a brewpub - good but not great. Food was very good as was the service. Planned to come back Friday evening for their advertised May 4th Cinco de Mayo party. Got there at 8:30 PM and were told it was closed. Tried to explain we didn't want food but to just sit at the bar. "No" the man at the door exclaimed, "Everything's closed"! Talk about a bummer. This seems to be typical of most bar/restaraunts in Sedona.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in to eat here after a jeep tour of Sedona. It's across the street from a big psychic center. It's reasonable quiet, no TV's blasting sports stuff, which is nice. The menu has your basic bar selection of appetizers, sandwiches, a good selection of pizzas, as well as steaks and some other pricey entrees. As a matter of fact, everything is pretty pricey. A draft beer is $5.75. Ouch. The beers are OK, but nothing great. Too bad they don't have an IPA.

The menu tells us to ask about the seasonal beers, but when I asked, there were none! My wife ordered the BBQ pizza, and I got the fish and chips. The fish was pretty good, and the fries were decent, but the fries outweighed the fish by about 3 to 1. My amber was good, but a little sweet for my tastes. I also had a porter, which had an unfortunate Robitusen aftertaste which pretty much spoiled it. My wife's hefe was good, she said. Her pizza was also pretty good.

The place is in the middle of tourist central, and so there were a lot of vacationers there. Our total bill for two entrees and three beers was $53. Ouch! It shouldn't have been more than $30. I assume the real estate is pretty pricey, but damn.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped in here while visiting sedona with my in-laws. I think this is the only place to grab a decent beer in the entire town so I was hoping for a little more than I got. Anyway, you go upstairs in what is essentially a mall and find yourself in the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. Lots of stained wood, a big bar, a few tv's around and overall the place looked nice. We checked out the menu and saw that they offered samplers so of course we ordered a couple. Needless to say the options were fairly dismal, pale ale, pilsner, hefe, lager....etc....where is the variety and do they not get hops delivered to this part of the country? The beers came and they all tasted virtually the same, light, crisp, slightly watery. We didn't bother ordering food as we were on a time schedule, but needless to say I'm glad we didn't have to be there longer, it wasn't a terrible experience, just lackluster. Turns out this is the best place in town to grab a beer, save for the brewery itself which unfortunately offers the same lineup...

Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Have visited here several times over the years with the last being on Monday of this past week with a visiting relative.
Atmosphere is good, big wooden booths dominate the dining side. Bar side is long and narrow. Quality is good, this is located in Talaque-spendy plaza, an upscale shopping area in Sedona. Service has been OK the last two times, we were there mid-afternoon on a Monday. Service was slower than desired. Selection is good, at least eight beers on tap including an Octoberfest. The Hefe is a must try as the banana and clove esters make this brew! Food selection is good and the quality is near perfect. This is a pricey place with pints going for $5.50 and entres not cheap either. But it is the old adage you get what you pay for!

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

While some of the beers were of a passable quality, this brewpub suffers from the same problem as many tourist trap restaurants: there's no real incentive to be good when tourists are going to eat and leave. The Micro Light lager was the best beer, which I thought was a good sign at first, and then it went down hill from there. In spite of clean glasses (clear lace),

Our food, beer battered onions rings, were bland and the dipping sauce runny. Service was fine, but slow--even though we were sitting at the bar. While watching a baseball game, we noticed a pile of shavings from the ceiling, seemingly when the TVs were installed or dust, on top of the medal display. In the bathroom, the layer of dust on the towel dispenser was thick and seemingly undisturbed.

Easily one of the most disappointing beer stops in a long time. If you truly must hit a pub while in Sedona, it's better than wine, and maybe no worse than other tourist spots. Or, go to Prescott.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Multiple visits in one week and it was spectacular each time. Great little location at Tlaquepaque, just south down the hill from the intersection of 89A and 179.

All beers are above average but not exceptional. Doc's pale ale had a good hop profile, Amber is widely distributed in AZ (as is the nut brown). If you're a BA and in Sedona, you'll want to at least try this place.

Cute second floor location among many little shops and art galleries. This is the only brewpub in town, and offers the freshest beer in town as well - the Amber & Nut brown ales are fairly well known.

Service was prompt and courteous, and I loved how the waitstaff on the whole was more advanced in years than most places today.

The menu & food has a focus on rich flavors and I loved this aspect of the restaurant. The beer pretzels are served with fondue, the beer battered onion rings are served with a spiced ranch, and the pizzas have fresh and flavorful ingredients. For example:

Smoking Gun pizza: Smoked Gouda and provolone cheeses with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil pesto.

My favorite pizza: Crimini mushrooms, fresh spinach, Fontini and Brie cheeses, red onions, roasted garlic and toasted pine nuts with garlic olive oil.

I'd like to add that the cheese is generous on the pizza as well, similar to what you get when ordering extra cheese from a typical pizzeria.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Beer was solid, nothing earth shattering. Food was pretty good. We had a tasty pizza. Kids enjoyed their food as well. I had a pear hefe that was pretty strangely spiced, but props to them for trying something different. That was the seasonal beer, other than that, they had your standard Amber, Pale Ale, brown, porter, etc. Located in a touristy shopping area, and the prices reflected that. Server seemed knowledgable about the beer, plus he was a ringer for Billy Mays! Worth checking our if you are in the area, but not worth a special trip.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is located in the upscale and artsy Tlaquepaque Shopping area. You will see the brewpub sign once you park in the big lot. It is located on the second floor.

The place was mobbed when we entered around 1:00. There was a wait so we opted for the bar. The bar seats about 15, has some small TVs and is located across from the open kitchen.

There were 7 beers on tap 49er Golden Lager,Oak Creek Amber, Village Nut Brown, Pullman Porter, Micro Light, Doc's Pale Ale, and Horseshoe Hefeweizen. The beers were had were fresh and delicious.

The service was prompt and they knew the beers. Only issue I had was that they treat all customers as if they have never stepped foot in a brewpub before. I ordered the Porter first and the bartender stated "this is a dark beer". I politely stated I understood the offerings and he was fine after that. But the customer base was quite macro oriented and did not understand the beers so I shrugged off the intial comment. Plenty of Micro Lights were being served.

We had some appetizers and they were good. Other food was enjoyed by those around us with postive commentary.

Overall a very nice experience.

Photo of 12vman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wifey and I came back to visit Sedona again, 16 years and 2 kids later. Saw this place on Beerfly and had to give it a try.

Arrived on a Weds night in October, around 7pm- approx 1/2 full, mix of locals and travlers/tourist. Not a bad crowd, but got right in.

Service-
Good service. Waitress was pleasant and helpful. Asked some questions about the seasonal beer- a belgium, and she got the manager over to talk beer with me. You can tell this isn't just a job for him, and he knows the beer, as well as the brewer. Timing was good on the ordering, and service.

Food-
Kids enjoyed their usual chicken tenders. I got a cup of the soup of the day, which was Soup du Jour (just kidding), spicy chicken corn chowder. Very good. I could pick out the chili, chipolte and the cumin, but wifey nailed the "Bell's Seasoning". She had the french onion soup- I thought it was good, but she thought it was a bit weak. But that was after trying my spicy soup. We shared a chicken quesadilla and a Oak Creek Greek pizza, which had tomatoes, olives, capers, red onion and feta cheese- very good pizza. Overall, food was good.

Last, and certainly not least- Beer!
I tried the beer of the season, a belgium, served on a goblet. Definitely tell the layer of hops from the dry hop process, and the rich malt. ABV was around 7%. Definitely a good beer.

Next tried the Doc's Pale Ale- Liked this one a lot- well balanced. Probably not enough hops for real hop fiends, but I enjoyed it. Some citrus notes, good aroma, nice finish. I'd have another.

Finished with the Nut Brown Ale- Tasted good, but it was served too cold, to the point where you really couldn't get into the layers. With the kids ready to hit the sack, I didn't have time to let it warm up a bit. I'd like to try it again, as I think it had some good flavor.

I thought it was odd that they served all their beers (except for the Belgium) in tall narrow glasses that looked like Pilsner glasses. I don't think that did the beer justice, as it was tough to appreciate the aromas.

Overall, I'd hit this place again. Wifey enjoyed it, the kids liked it, and Dad got to try a few new beers. Priceless.

Photo of eztommyd
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went there with friends as one of the highlights of our week in Sedona, and it didn't disappoint. It's tucked away in the Tlaquepaque shopping center, and almost unnoticed if you're not looking for it. The food selection was good, as was their wine selection. We of course had to try the 7-beer samplers, which ranged from a light hefeweizen to a deep, rich porter - all in all, 7 very good beers. They had a dubbel in the cask, which was also exceptional - I highly recommend this place, even if just for the environment and a chance to lift a cool glass after a day in the hot sun!

Photo of xymyl
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like this place because it has food to go with the beer. The food was quite good. The beer was anywhere from ok to very good. Here are some brief notes...

Shwartz Lager: which was very dark reddish brown with caramel and smoke notes, turned out a bit lighter than I expected, nice but I had hoped for more.

Micro Light: Just as it seems, not much to say.

Horseshoe Hefeweizen: Cloudy light amber/gold, a big banana clove aroma and other spices in the background, perfection in my book.

Docs Pale Ale: Nice light pale with with a more American Micro hop profile than I expected. Very good though.

Village Nut Brown: Nice, pretty standard nut brown.

Pullman Porter: Good as well, but I'm losing my tasting judgement so I will stop here.

Photo of mghotbi
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Found myself visiting Sedona, AZ during Spring Break this year. Great place to go hiking before it becomes unbearably hot in the summer.

Oak Creek is the name of the river that cuts through the canyon and the town of Sedona. Oak Creek Brewery and Grill is located in Tlequepaque (pronounced TEL-A-KE-PACK-EE), a mission-style plaza with touristy shops and a few eateries near the junction of routes 179 and 89A. The Brewery and Grill is located upstairs.

The room is expansive with great views of the red rock canyons. Emphasis is on brass and wood - a comfortable and casual elegance. Outdoor seeting is also available. Service is attentive and professional. We went at 5 PM on a Monday and had no wait for a table of 3.

The menu is typical Americana - few things really jump out. Nothing special about the pizzas, burgers and pastas we had. Price is reasonable for a tourist locale. However, the reason to go is clearly the beers.

We ordered the sampler of eight Oak Creek microbrews: The Light Pilsner, Golden Lager, Heffeweizen, Doc's Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Porter, and Seasonal Irish Stout. All were excellent, smooth beers with a predominantly malty profile. The Heffeweizen was quite citrusy and effervescent and remarkably refreshing. A fantastic quaff at the end of a long hiking day. Another highlight was the Nut Brown Ale, with it's caramel and chocolate tones and clean crisp finish.

Oak Creek also has a less touristy Brewpub located a couple of miles away - lots of locals and beer afficionados go there for lower prices and fewer tourists. The Nut Brown and Amber are also available on tap at nearly every restaurant in Sedona and in bottles in many of the local grocery stores - look for them.

Overall, a great place to take the wife and kids and enjoy a decent meal and excellent craft brews. If you're alone or with a couple of buds, the Brewpub location will probably be more to your liking.

Photo of jrancan
4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After spending several nights at the Oak Creek Brewery, we decided to try the more touristy "Brewery and Grill" which is located in an upscale shopping, tourist mecca. While the atmosphere is all copper brewing tanks and attractive tile, etc., it wasn't the same as the original brewing company as far as an "authentic" brew pub. Prices were higher for the same items on the menu, as expected. Compared to the original brewery, there were more beer selections overall, hefe, amber, nut brown, porter, apriwheat, lite lager, etc. The hefe, amber, nut brown and apricot wheat were sent over from the original brewery. The lite lager and porter, etc. that were brewed at the "touristy" site, didn't seem to have as much character as the smaller brewery. Overall, the atmosphere is attractive and is definitely the second best place to drink in Sedona. Don't forget to try the giant soft pretzels that are dipped in melted cheese, although they are three dollars cheaper at Oak Creek Brewery.

Oak Creek Brewery and Grill in Sedona, AZ
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.