So it’s funny, because I just wrote a blog – here – , about breweries in Flagstaff.
We took a mini-trip to a distance not far from home, Williams, AZ. We thought we’d wander the streets, pop in and out of the charming, kitschy Route 66 junky souvenoir-y stores, and generally tourist in our not-too-far-from-home town.
One store in particular, The Gallery, really caught our eye with truly creative and talented local artists. It was like going through a unique art gallery with merchandise you can buy… easily the best shop in this outpost south of the Grand Canyon South Rim.
But the subject of this blog entry is the food! We had planned to go to Red Raven restaurant for dinner. It was recommended to us, so we were set to go. While it looked great, we were more in the mood for something casual and light. So we wound up at this cute brewery (I think John steered a bit). The menu was appetizer-ish, with plenty of interesting sides and salads.
They sell all sorts of merchandise: t-shirts, wines, beer, glasses, etc. … and locally brewed beers – lots of it. They have cute names like Undercover Cucumber, the Deer Lord, Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, Joy Ryed, and Raisin Da Roof, among many others. Their wine comes in names like The Traveller and Voyager, grown by Page Cellars (a local AZ winery).
We were surprised to hear that this brewery was one of 3 such outfits, with this one in Williams, one in Flagstaff, and one in Sedona, AZ. It was started by a group of friends and family who are passionate (and a little crazy) about beer and marketing. It works. We loved it.
And the food?
As far as we were concerned, it was just what we were looking for. It was perfect. We had the AZ Caesar Salad with fried avocados over a bed of fresh mixed greens with a spicy jalapeño dressing. We also had the charcuterie board which was a mix of house cured meats, house made mustard, an amazing cherry mostarda, and artisan cheeses. It was great. We’re glad we didn’t order an more, and it was quite plentiful and absolutely delicious.
I’d be remise if I didn’t mention our great waiter, Joe, who was super accommodating, friendly, and helpful. He was just awesome. We will totally be trying their outlet in Flagstaff. (And this coming from someone who doesn’t like micro-brew beer). It was atmosphere in your face, full of character and personality. We were very comfortable there… and will definitely be back. Go.