McGaughs Smoke & Bottle

McGaughs Smoke & BottleMcGaughs Smoke & Bottle
McGaughs Smoke & BottleMcGaughs Smoke & Bottle

218 S San Francisco St
Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001-5741
United States

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Reviewed by coldriver from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This place is fantastic. It's rather small but packed with nothing but great beer and cigars. I was the only one in the shop and the clerk (believe her name was Laura) was incredibly helpful in pointing out all the local offerings and then just talking beer. She was very knowledgeable but not at all beer-snobbish and I must say it was the best beer buying experience I've ever had. They also have a nice wall with all sorts of rare-ish bottles on hand and when Laura mentioned that they have great relationships with their reps which gets them access to all kinds of great stuff I definitely believed it. They also do mixed-six singles, which is a great way to sample the Arizona breweries which don't get much out-of-state distribution. Bottom line is that this is the kind of place I would love to have in my own neighborhood.
Jul 15, 2013
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Reviewed by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
This was our favorite place in Flagstaff to get our selection. It had the largest amount of singles by a wide margin, and stocked many beers that you would have to go to Phoenix to get otherwise. They were always up to date on the most recent releases from at least the western U.S. breweries, and their cigar selection was a treat as well. They had fine staff who were always friendly and willing to lend a hand if needed. It still bothers us deeply that they went out of business, because we don't know how long we will have to wait for someone to even come close to filling their shoes. RIP.
Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
This was a cool place, definitely a unique entry in the “keep Flagstaff weird” category. It looked like an old mining shack from the outside, with a number of flags flying on the porch. Inside it was a little tight, there were about 5 people buying cigars and that was a crowd.

Very solid beer selection with the majority available as singles. Some stacks of 4/6 packs up front by the register. Only one from Mother Road, the Kolsch which was a little disappointing. Highlights included Breakside and Superstition behind the counter. Mostly the same stuff I saw in Phoenix save for a couple of things. The Breakside session IPA I picked up seemed a little faded.

Service was great, the two ladies at the counter helped out by grabbing cold beers from the back and were knowledgeable about the local scene. Great little beer shop in Flag, keeping it weird for the rest of us.
Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 4.63 by TheCrowsEye from California

Jan 15, 2018
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Reviewed by RonKutz from Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
This place is small, appears to be an old house converted in a Craft Beer convenient store, very cool. Found this place quite by accident as I was looking for a place to pick up a six pack in Flag and glad I did. the place has a giant cooler with individual cans/bottles that you can mix and match (charged for whatever 1/6 of a six pack of that beer would cost for each one). They also had, bombers, 4, 6 or 12 packs and some cases. I'm from the Chicago area and they had some great midwest beers along with tons of west coast and local beers. The guy I talked to knew his stuff and steered me onto some great local beers. It's also a smoke shop.
Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 4.57 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jun 19, 2017
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Visited on a recent working trip to Flagstaff, AZ. Not a big place, but the number of excellent beers per square foot is great. We got there late, but the guy at the counter was friendly and very helpful. Took four great beers that are not available to me in Texas. I very much recommend a visit!
May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeReserva from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This shop has an amazing selection of smaller bottles, and sells them by the piece as well instead of strict six packs. If you fill up your own mixed 6-pack you'll get 10% off the total, which is a great deal!

Everything was sorted out perfectly. They have an excellect selection of local beers as well as craft from other states, including the core range of Founders and Bells, which I like very much. Bells Two Hearted Ale was 2 weeks old. All beers are stored refridgerated. Pricing was very reasonable, staff was very friendly & enthousiastic.

I bought a mixed 6 pack including some stouts, because I'm travelling / backpacking for three months I was not hauling a glass around. When mentioning this, the guy behind the counter gave me a free new pint glass, while I was only buying for $15 in total, so I could drink my Founders Imperial Stout and Ten Fidy out of decent glassware. Def. recommended when you are in town.
Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by fredmugs from Indiana

Jun 08, 2015
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Craft beer oriented bottle shop in Flagstaff, AZ located in a tiny little square building. Tiny parking lot but we got lucky as someone was leaving as we showed up; street parking as well.

Large selection of singles on a large shelf and in two dairy style coolers. Six packs and such stacked all around the store. The clerk was attentive and struck up a conversation with us and was kind of surprised by how much beer I bought. That being said, the selection is great and I loved the fact that you could get anything in singles. Tons of AZ breweries represented as well as the larger national breweries I can't find in MA. I can imagine they carry just about anything you can find in AZ. I also can't imagine a better store in a 50 mile radius of this place. If you are visiting the Grand Canyon/Flagstaff stop here even though the Grand Canyon General Store has a ridiculous selection itself. Everything seemed clean and rather fresh, it looks like this place moves craft beer in large quantities. Picked up 3 mixed six packs, a Deschutes limited release bomber and a four pack of Two Hearted tall boys; really was great for the three days we spent at the Grand Canyon.

Huge selection, tons of AZ brews and a craft oriented bottle shop in Flagstaff. Must visit.
Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 5 by Lobina from Arizona

Nov 28, 2014
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Reviewed by blindpiggie from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Weird little hut of a building on the edge of downtown Flagstaff, I wanted to hit a store while we were in town and this one was well reviewed and looked interesting. This is a small store, but it's well organized and clean and makes the best out of what it has. Selection was seemingly very good for the area with a nice mixture of local offerings and national brands like Founders and Bells that aren't available in my home state of CO. The store breaks a lot of beers into singles so it was a nice way to get a lot of beers to try and the clerks were pretty helpful, if a little limited in their beer geekery. Overall a cool little place that would be a frequent stop if I lived in the area.
Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BobbySue22 from Oregon

May 20, 2014
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Reviewed by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
My absolute favorite place to stop when in Flag. If you're passing through Flag and you're looking for a brew, don't bother going anywhere else but here. I've always had good luck w/ excellent service, prices are never unreasonable and they let me have more than 1 bottle of special release beers AND I didn't have to ask for them like a child. Stop in, by some shit and enjoy Flag!
Dec 21, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Oct 23, 2013
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Reviewed by Tfpracing from California

3.18/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4
I usually have had a nice experience here and spend quite a lot of money on beer to bring back home with me to California a few times a year. My uncle and mom were driving through and wanted to stop here to bring me some beer on their visit. They were immediately insulted by a very snobby beer guy working today. Not everyone is a know it all craft beer expert and it doesn't make you better than anyone else to treat customers like crap if you know a bit about beer. Its a business right? Treat your customers right.
Aug 06, 2013
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
Stopped by this place based on the BA reviews, and I was not disappointed. Made a special stop on my way back to San Diego from the Grand Canyon, and pulled up as the door was opened at 9:00am. Small little shop, about 2/3 dedicated to beer, and 1/3 dedicated to smoking. The selected was nice, with a good amount of the beer being refrigerated and a large shelf section full of six packs. Their mix-a-six deal is great, with a 10% discount for each pack you fill. The guy working there was incredibly helpful, pointing out all of the good local stuff, and recommending a few others based on my favorite styles. He really took the time to show me around and I came away with about 15 new beers. Perhaps I am a bit spoiled from the massive selections I see in San Diego stores, but I sort of expected a bit more in terms of volume. However, I feel like the quality more than made up for the quantity. It was definitely worth the trip.
Jul 02, 2013
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Reviewed by lackenhauser from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Wow!!! As others have said what a great place crammed into a small space. Get rid of the cigars and expand!!!!

Atomosphere? Eh...almost convenience store like inside. Seems like you are in someones personal beer/cigar cave actually.

Nothing but top shelf stuff here. I am not from the area or even close but man o man they had all the heavy hitters if you want them-Sierra, Bells (and I was told they only distribute to AZ out west) DFH, Odell's, Lagunitas, Ballast Point. Great variety of locals for sure, including some Santa Fe and others I was looking for.

The young kid working was just great and really knew his stuff. Said he had been there 3 or 4 weeks. Plenty of recommendations for me. Even suggested where to go around the corner when I asked about any Abyss.

Wish I was driving, not flying home. I could have done serious damage in here. Not being from the area I do not know how they stand up overall but I would have to think these guys knock it out of the park!!!
Jan 03, 2013
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Reviewed by IEatHobos

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
McGaughs Smoke and Bottle is officially my new Mecca. You never knew you could fit so much amazing in such a tiny place! The staff are knowledgeable and always ready to help you pick out the perfect brew for your taste and mood. Laura (one of the proprietors) is especially helpful. I'm relatively new to cigars but she always helps me pick out something I love. She can pick something based on your price range, flavor preference and how long you want to smoke it.

I always leave happy. I would be lying if I told you that I have never skipped to my car with my bag of goodies...
Oct 27, 2012
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Reviewed by airbag11 from New York

4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Wow. What a gem! Mcgaugh's is a tiny place for sure, but man do they have a great selection: Bell's, Odell's, Deschutes, Lost Abbey, Oscar Blues, DFH and even some vintage bottles of Avery (sonce they stopped distributing to AZ). The staff is very friendly and super knowledgeable (I met a gal named Laura) and their mix and match 6-packs are a great value. They also have sweet discounts based on the amount of beer you buy. Coming from NYC, I wasn't expecting much out in Arizona, but this little store blew my mind away. I can't recommend this place enough!
Mar 07, 2012
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Reviewed by chibeers from Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Was on my way to Pay-N-Take in Flagstaff when I drove by this store. Made my way back there after Pay-N-Take and was pleasantly surprised when I walked in.

The store itself is not huge but they use the available space well. I headed right for the six-packs as that is what I am into. I drink the beers, save one side of the carrier, laminate it, then hang them in my garage. I'm currently around 980 labels after about 12 years.

Anyways, back to Smoke & Bottle. There was another customer checking out as I walked in but before long the employee asked if I needed help. I didn't catch the employees name (my screw up) but we struck up a conversation about collecting. He was very knowledgeable regarding beer/breweries/styles. He also brought up this website (as he is a member) so if you see this post-thanks for the help.

The store is clean and laid out well. It is also a smoke store (as the name suggests) so I blew right by that area and headed for the beer coolers and shelf. I proceeded to take down room-temp sixers from the shelf (since I was traveling for another day by vehicle) and he rang them up and started placing them in larger boxes for me.

Since my field of view is narrowed down to sixers only, I don't pay much attention to singles/cans/bombers/ etc. I know there was a relatively extensive selection on-hand but I can not provide any details on those.

So after checking my list of what I already own, I walked away with 12 new sixers, mostly from Left Hand, Wasatch and Great Divide, and received a 5% discount for volume purchasing. I needed to hit the road as I had to get up to 4 Corners before sunset but the next time I am in Flagstaff-this will be my first stop.
Aug 17, 2011
McGaughs Smoke & Bottle in Flagstaff, AZ
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 21 ratings