Featuring an abundance of adrenaline pumping activities such as skiing, hiking, biking and sightseeing, Flagstaff, Arizona is a utopia for the outdoor enthusiast. Surrounded by seven national parks and monuments – including the Grand Canyon – and the world’s largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest, Flagstaff is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks.
” There is no right or wrong way to experience the trail, just pick your own starting point at one of the seven featured breweries where you collect passport stamps, which are later redeemed for a souvenir pint glass.
At nearly 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is also one of the highest elevation cities in the country. However, the real adventure begins downtown with the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, a self-guided beer tasting tour where lovers of barley and hops can discover locally brewed craft beer while enjoying delicious food in the officially designated “Leading Craft Beer City of the Southwest.”
Savor the suds at Historic Brewing Company, a 15-handle taproom, or wander over to Wanderlust Brewing Company whose specialty is Belgian and German inspired beers. Mother Road Brewing Company’s Butler Brewery features the famous Tower Station IPA, Lost Highway Double Black IPA, and Kölsch Style Ale with orchard-fresh aromas, while Mother Road Brewing Company’s Downtown Brewery serves India Pale Ale with aromas of tangerine and pineapple. Beaver Street Brewery is Flagstaff’s first brewpub and has remained a local favorite for award-winning craft beers in the tradition of Railhead Red, R&R Oatmeal Stout and Red Rock Raspberry.
Lumberyard Brewing is located in one of the last standing buildings from Flagstaff’s Lumber Era and need something here about its beer and awards. With its courtyard patio and casual, friendly pub atmosphere, Flagstaff Brewing Company has been delighting locals and visitors with small-batch, hand-crafted beers since 1994. Flagstaff is the world’s first international dark sky city, home to Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered, and Dark Sky Brewing Company, too, where hundreds of experimental recipes have been responsible for quenching thirsts since its opening in 2014, and the brewery strives to introduce three new craft beers each week.