The Flagstaff Ale Trail is a walking tour of craft breweries in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our friends at Silipint informed us of the group while we were staying with friends in Cottonwood, AZ, about 20 minutes south of Sedona. The package gives you discounts on beer and appetizers and a Silipint, which is made of 100% food-grade silicone, meaning it’s a rubber-like product and super durable. No worries about having a couple of beers and accidentally dropping one of these suckers. The worst that will happen, is you spill your beer, which is horrible, we know, but the Silipint will stay in tact! We had already planned to check out what the Flagstaff breweries had in store for us so we figured this would be a great way to find them all and get discounts on our beers.
The Flagstaff Ale Trail was created by Geoff and Steele as a way to promote craft beer. Geoff originally got the idea from the Bend Ale Trail in Oregon, which has 10 breweries that you can hit. The great thing about the Flagstaff Ale Trail is that four of the 5 breweries are within a couple blocks of each other so it’s a walking tour that can easily be completed in one afternoon (the 5th brewery is off the beaten path and doesn’t technically have a tasting room, so the only way to visit is to call ahead in advance and hope to catch them at a good time).
The walking trail is perfect for travelers who might only have one day to visit like we did, but we strongly suggest you stay the night or have a designated driver if you plan to hit them all in one day! The walking tour is meant to be a fun, social way to experience all the breweries, they are by no means trying to advocate a drunken pub crawl, so be respectful and most importantly, be responsible.
Our day started out with plans to meet with Geoff at Lumberyard Brewing Co. to get our Ale Trail Passport and Silipint. We had a flight some of their flagship beers as well as a seasonal trippel. We visited on a Sunday where they also had specials on their Bloody Marys, which were delicious and equipped with a slice of bacon sandwiched between two slices of pepperjack cheese, which should pretty much be a requirement for all Bloody Marys in addition to the bouquet of olives, celery and pickles. While we sampled the beer and enjoyed our bloodys Geoff gave us a little more background on the Flagstaff Ale Trail which only started one month ago. Geoff’s ultimate goal, once the demand increases, is to provide order fulfillment responsibilities through an organization that helps employ people with disabilities. What a great backstory to the brewery trail I thought, awesome deals on beer AND it will help support a great cause, what could be better?!
After we finished up at Lumberyard we headed across the train tracks to Flagstaff Brewing and the two places couldn’t be more different. This place had a strong local vibe, packed with college students, families and friends, a great old-looking, nostalgic bar which probably had some really cool history behind it and they had a live bluegrass band playing. It took us back to our love for Free State, definitely the kind of brewery we love. We enjoyed several beers at FBC including the Fainting Goat which is a really tasty 9% bock.
We had to keep moving to though, there was more work to be done! So Geoff walked us over to Mother Road Brewing before departing to meet up with another group of Ale Trailers. MRB was the newest of the breweries on the trail and only has a tasting room right now. They had three beers on tap that we tried while the brewer entertained us with info about Arizona’s gun laws. Apparently, they are really lax, you can conceal and carry, and he said he had three guns near him at any time, upon which another local at the bar chimed in and pulled up pictures on his phone of all his guns. We decided it was best to have Brian conceal his guns, wouldn’t want the other guys to be jealous.
At this point in the day it was getting late and more importantly, cold. While it can get up to the 50s-60s this time of year it gets down to about 20 at night, which is why we didn’t bring Stanley up there. Our friends were excited to take us to this great greek place which was necessary, so we headed on over to fill our stomachs and rehydrate. We had heard snow was expected for the evening so decided to skip the fourth brewery (Beaver Street, which owns Lumberyard Brewing) to ensure a safe return back to Cottonwood.All in all the Flagstaff Ale Trail was perfect way to visit the breweries and see a bit of the downtown area. So in honor of the great time we had we are giving away an Ale Trail package to one of our lucky readers! If you have plans to be in Flagstaff this year or know someone that is, drop us a line to enter the drawing. We will pick the winner at the end of this month. The Flagstaff Ale Trail package comes with 1 Passport packed with great deals for each of the 4 breweries (5th one gets you a bonus!) and 1 Silipint. Good news is, if you aren’t the lucky winner of the package it is only $12 and you can find it at the Lumberyard Brewery or Flagstaff Brewery to own one for yourself. With $1 off pints your savings can add up pretty quickly, not to mention the Silipint retails at $9.95.