Flagstaff Brewing Company
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev +6%
Flag brew is a great spot to hang at and see some music or eat. The beer is moderately good...
I've had the IPA there and it's pretty bangin'
Their esb is all right too.
This being said, that's about it. They have a great selection of bourbon there if you're into that.
It's definitely worth a stop if you're in Flagstaff. Centrally located, you can enjoy a nice meal and some decent brew.
Also, this place throws some mighty nice shows. I saw Mike Clark's headhunters there, which was a treat.
02-06-2011 09:33:22 | More by DPFRD
4.28/5 rDev +21.6%
Despite the mediocre reviews on BA, I stopped in for dinner on a recent trip to Flagstaff. I am really glad I did, as this was my favorite brewpub of the three I visited while in town.
I visit AZ often, and this brewpub seems to be the only restaurant or bar in the state that actually has some personality. I dig the laid back, non-chain restaurant feel. The entire establishment is well worn, but it's also very clean. Also of note, was that the bartender actually had good, non-generic top 40's music playing. Up until this point, I thought it was against state law to play music that is remotely decent in public.
Service was good. Unlike the other brewpubs in town, I got the impression that my server actually knew a thing or two about the brews he was serving.
Tap selection was maybe 4 or 5 house beers, and 4 or 5 guest taps in addition to a small bottle list. I get the impression that they have a very limited brewing capacity, but they did a nice job of filling out their guest taps to ensure that there is something good to drink. I had their Special K.'s Sitka, which was tasty.
The food was a pleasant surprise. It was cheap, and very tasty. I had low expectations after reading off a menu that look as if it was laminated 10 years ago, but it was one of the better meals I had on my trip.
12-17-2010 21:16:19 | More by RoryGilmore
3.86/5 rDev +9.7%
My train back to CA got delayed an hour and a half so I decided to walk across the street and check out Flagstaff Brewing.
Walking in there's a mountain motif, with lots of old breweriana and old cans/bottles above the bar. Not a huge place, but cozy, it was nowhere close to capacity on a Sunday night. I opted for a Ska Modus Hoperandi in a can and one of their beers the Special K's Sitka Spruce. The Modus was stellar, the brewpub's one was solid but outmatched by the Ska. Both beers were well under $5, a steal compared to CA prices.
They had about 5 of their own beers, with guest beers including Odell 90/-, Green Flash Hophead Red, Full Sail Session/Black, Ska Modus/ESB and Stone IPA.
Bartender was friendly, we talked about IPAs a bit, and he got me my beers promptly.
I only ended up spending about 30 minutes there, but if I'm in the area I'd go back, it beats waiting in the train station by a ton.
08-03-2010 21:38:07 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.43/5 rDev -2.6%
A graduation weekend Saturday afternoon and there is nowhere to sit outside, inside is pretty busy too, most people appeared to be eating, so we did too, after trying some beers. They had 12 taps and a huge whisky selection.
I had their four beer taster (Great Golden, Bukkaganouj Pale, Agassiz Amber, Sasquatch Stout) and although not overly impressed myself, the wife liked the Great Golden Ale. I choose to have a Limited Edition Full Sail Ale after the tasters, I'd spied it on tap and followed it with an Anderson Valley Boont Amber (bottled) as I didn't fancy any of their other draught offerings.
We both had salads to eat, the wife a Garden, mine a Greek one. Ideal for our needs and plentiful without filling us (we were, after all, on a drinking mission).
The place is modern with that semi-old-frontier-look. A canoe hangs above the main bar, we sat next to an evil looking skunk picture, set in a night sky. I noticed an Everards (from Leicester in the UK) pump clip on another wall as well as other beery bits dotted about. All in all a strange collection of tat seemed to be randomly perched around the joint, there is a mini stage and table tennis area in the backroom too.
The staff were busy, friendly and as quick as they could be, gave good directions to the Greenroom as well.
05-24-2010 12:02:27 | More by BlackHaddock
3.16/5 rDev -10.2%
As others have noted this is your typical local hangout with a Grateful Dead atmosphere with the music and wall decorations. The bar is large and wooden and seats about 15. The back room has a ping pong table, and there are plenty of outdoor seats. There is a kayak hanging right above the bar too.
Beer wise they only had 4 in house brews here - a Hefe, ESB, Golden Ale, and a Spruce Ale. There were 5 guest taps mostly dedicated to Ska Brewing and a selection of 10 bottles and cans. We had the ESB and Spruce Ale and they were decent and fresh.
Service was awfully slow as the bartender seemed to spend time washing glasses rather than focus on those waiting at the bar wanting a drink.
Personally I prefer the Beaver Street brewpub over this one as the beers were a bit better and atmosphere was more upbeat and lively.
06-24-2009 23:43:24 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
This is the "granola" brewpub of Arizona.
This place offers a small assortment of their own beers, together with a short list of "guest" beers - Dogfish, Lagunitas, Oak Creek, etc. Beers are rather average, and the guest list is too easy to substitute for your full pint once you've sampled their own offerings.
Food is quite good for such an unassuming place. Appetizers & menu choices are interesting, creative, and reasonably priced. Many traditional pub fare items are available too.
Atmosphere is casual, somewhat messy in appearance, and the staff is very "granola". I can appreciate the vegetarian offerings on the menu, but the unkempt hair & food/drink stains on employee clothing has to make you question the cleanliness of the place - especially what happens back in the kitchen.
Similarly, if you're dressed in smart casual clothing or better, you're going to feel out of place. Sandals, shorts, hemp shirt, and tattoo on display is par for the course here, so let it all hang out and enjoy their excellent food!
07-01-2008 03:13:25 | More by yemenmocha
3.99/5 rDev +13.4%
The brewhouse and fermenters were visible in a window along Route 66, but the brewpub was to the left and the entryway was inside the Gateway Plaza mini-mall. The doorway opened right onto the server's break in the long, blonde wood, "U"-shaped bar. The right end of the bar featured windows overlooking the street, fronted by high tables, as well as a pooched-out area with standard tables and chairs. On the left end of the bar, the windows continued, again with high tables and chairs, but now overlooking their outdoor fenced-in patio area with waitress service. Down a short flight of steps to the left of the bar area was a ping-pong table (!) and a short, small stage for live music about three times weekly. The back bar was a wood shelf construction with not just liquor bottles and taps, but also an eclectic array of vintage cans, trophies, and a canoe with its paddle in the overhead. Also in the overhead were an American flag, a Grateful Dead flag, and a Jolly Roger. A Raven map of Arizona hung under the only television monitor. A small growler collection was in the overhead above the ping-pong doorway. Growlers! Several BNSF freight trains went by as I gazed out the window.
Beers: Only four on my visit - Special K's Sitka Spruce Tip Ale; Blackbird Porter; Bubbaganous' Pale Ale; and Weisspread Wheat. Five rotating guest taps. Seven guest bottles and four guest cans.
Mom Test: She might tag along, but this was not her scene - bohemian, crunchy, etc. Their motto: "Beer like your mom used to make." I wish.
05-31-2008 09:19:49 | More by woodychandler
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
We stopped in last Monday (4/21) in the early afternoon on our way to Sedona from the Grand Canyon. We drove into downtown Flag and were kind of lost, but saw the place and went there.
They had four house brews on tap, and my wife and I tried all four: she had the Golden Ale (which was more flavorful than the style usually is), and I had the ESB, which I thought was great, and the Amber, which was about average. I sampled the Stout, which also was about average. They had guest brews on tap, but I didn't try any.
We sat at the bar, and the service was pretty good, but not overattentive. There were very few people there. My wife got a glass of water that had some type of dead bug and other detritus floating in it, but that was after we finished eating, so we didn't split. The bartender was friendly, but, as previous reviews have mentioned, there was a definite stoner vibe to the place.
The food was pretty good: I got the catfish poboy and my wife got a roast beef dip with the poutin fries. The catfish poboy was better than the one I had a few days earlier at Baby Kay's in Phoenix, but not by much. The poutin fries were the best of the food that we got.
I enjoyed it over all, but have been to better and worse brewpubs. Having now seen that there are others in the area, I would try a different place if I were in the area again.
04-22-2008 22:22:48 | More by Tchuck
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
The final brewery I hit in my short stay in Flag. The brew pub reflected the dominant theme of the town - low key atmosphere in an awesome low key hippie/yuppie ski town. The place doesn't have a great deal of seating and it was hard to attract the attention of a server (because they're all low key), but other than that it was a nice atmosphere. Located right on the main street in Flag, it's very convenient and a comfortable place to chill. I looked as though they have lots of live music and entertainment in the evenings. Their food was good - they're famous for their burgers, so I had a pear burger and...in an act of respect to our neighbors to the north...a plate of poutine. Both were very good.
03-13-2007 18:26:38 | More by kdoc8
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
On this April afternoon we visited the outside seating area, between the "no smoking" sign and the "no dogs allowed" sign. The unplanned entertainment consisted of a loud mouthed woman puffing her parliament lights while her friend restrained her dog from attacking would-be customers.
The porter had kicked, so naturally I requested the Sasquash Stout as a consolation. Due to technical difficulties behind the scenes, I was awarded with an amber on the house for my enduring patience. This tasty appeasement, with a rich deep amber color and floral notes went down smooth, and almost made the women's ridiculous commentary enjoyable. Finally, after perhaps 45 minutes, the now highly anticipated darkest of ales arrived.
The Stouts bubbly head gave way to a roasted malt aroma, rich deep black in color, light bitterness, and smooth finish. It was worth the wait.
Flagstaff Brewing also offered a handful of guest beers from the south west region along with its 4 main offerings, including beers from New Belgium and Boulder breweries, keeping the 8 or 10 taps fully occupied.
Inside the atmosphere was bland, a bit hippyish, and a constant clacking sound revealed a ping pong table. Well I guess it makes more sense than darts.
I definitely recommend sampling the brewpubs house beers, but no need to make it a night when there are several other atmospheric establishments dispensing equally fine frosty brews close by.
05-29-2006 15:30:30 | More by LeffeHanded
Flagstaff Brewing Company in Flagstaff, AZ
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.