Flagstaff Brewing Company
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.99/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
Like others said right on the main drag, Rt 66 into town but off the shopping plaza while the brew house fronts the road. Decent vibe that really grew on me the longer we sat there. Wife sat at a table while I approached the bar to ask about seating and within a minute or 2 a waiter came around the corner and was right on top of things.
Selection was ok. Honestly the least amount of house beer choices I have ever seen in a brew pub. Sure I dont need to be overwhelmed with 12 to 15 beers but 5 is a bit sparse. There were more guest taps then house taps. Regardless-had the ESB and the porter which were both good. Selection wise aside...the single malt menu is just mindblowing. Sure my wife is from Scotland, have toured a few distilleries in my day, but this was just amazing.
Food was good-had a salad with grilled chicken, wife had some gravy fries.
Price was very reasonable-2 pints, a single malt, meals, a soda and coffee and I was out the door for under 40 bucks before tip.
Think we are going there tomorrow post Grand Canyon...
01-02-2013 03:59:22 | More by lackenhauser
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
3.74/5 rDev +6.3%
Stopped here for lunch with Da Boss today.
Atmosphere was interesting. Hippies, hipsters, and college kids were the primary customers. There was plenty of patio seating outside but the shady seats were all taken - shade being the name of the game when it is sunny and 85. So we opted to sit inside. In addition to the 4 FBC and 4 guest taps bottles of booze took a huge space on the wall. There were some old rustic signs hanging on the walls. inside seating was somewhat limited.
Quality of the beer was pretty good. I had the ESB and Da Boss had a Odell 90 Shilling.
Service was very good as our server had a good working knowledge of the beers available. She was also quick and courteous during a pretty busy late lunch hour.
Selection was pretty limited to the 8 taps.
Food was very good. We both had burgers that were cooked to order. Had the onion rings which were very tasty.
Overall value was reasonable. House brews were $4 and guest were $5. Burgers were in the $9-11 range. Definitely worth a stop and if anything watching the guests and servers was entertaining!
07-25-2014 23:42:12 | More by arizcards
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
3.73/5 rDev +6%
Stopped in here after a trip up to the grand canyon to have a few pints before dinner. It is a pretty average looking place inside but has a great location right along route 66 in downtown Flagstaff. The beer was quite good with a excellent porter as the standout for the evening. My only complaint is that they only had about five of their own brews on tap. They had a quite a few guest brews (all of them good) but I was interested in the local offerings and was a little disappointed to find more guest beers than house brews on tap. Service was good (I ordered at the bar) and everything seemed well looked after. We didn't eat here, but the food at the next table looked promising. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
04-10-2012 04:03:37 | More by nickfl
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
Flagstaff Brewing Company in Flagstaff, AZ
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.