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Arizona Beer Week 2014 – Flagstaff Events

Arizona Beer Week 2014 comes to the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail!

It’s finally here! Arizona Beer Week is the chance for Flagstaff beer lovers to enjoy beer tastings, beer dinners, special releases, and conversations with local brewers.

We’ve compiled all events happening in our neighborhood this week so you don’t miss out. Don’t forget that your passport is accepted at all Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail locations during Arizona Beer Week, so buy yours for only $3 this week only!

Lumberyard Knotty Pine Pale Ale Release Party

Feb 17 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Funkin GoNuts Sneak Release

Feb. 17 | 7:00pm

Hops on Birch

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Lost Highway Dessert Celebration

Feb. 18 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Mother Road Brewing Company

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Sticks & Steins

Feb. 19 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Uptown Pubhouse

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Wanderlust + Four Peaks at Hops on Birch

Feb. 19 | 7:00pm

Hops on Birch

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Historic Tap Takeover

Feb. 20 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm

The State Bar

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Meet the Brewer – Urs Riner

Feb. 20 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Mother Road Brewing Company

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Beer Trivia Night

Feb. 20 | 9:30pm – 11:30pm

Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Northern Arizona Beer & Gear Expo

Feb. 21 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Orpheum Theatre

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Wear Your Beer Shirt

Feb. 22 | 11:00am

Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Pub Crawl on the Alpine Pedaler

Feb. 22 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Mother Road Brewing Company

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3 Reasons You Need To Snag A Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail Passport

Why buy a Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport? We'll give you three reasons.

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Reason 1: Discounts Around Town

You read that right: the passport gets you discounts on beer—even food at some locations! You’ll get the same great beer at a lower price—up to $25 in savings.

Reason 2: Proof That You Visited All Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Area Breweries

The passport acts like a checklist. After you visit one brewery and redeem your discount, you get a stamp inside your passport. So collect your discount, your stamp, and your great beer.

After your collection is complete, show off your Flagstaff souvenir on a mantelpiece or in a scrapbook—or to your pals at one of your favorite Flagstaff breweries.

Reason 3: Try A New Beer

Breweries in Flagstaff are always brewing something new or seasonal. Why not try it at a discounted price? Many seasonal beers are only available for a limited time, so you’ll have to get out of the house to try it before the tap runs dry. And wouldn’t it be nice to be the expert on all things beer—in Flagstaff?

This month we have another reason. In anticipation for Arizona Beer Week, we’re offering the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport at a discounted price: $3! These passports will be accepted at all participating breweries during Arizona Beer Week, so get your even bigger discount while you can.

New Breweries In Our Neck Of The Woods

Do you know where you can get your Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport?

Much has happened in one year along the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail. You’ll notice changes to our website, our logo, and our passport. We even have a display explaining the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail at the Flagstaff Visitor Center.

But that’s not all.

You’ll find new breweries added to the trail. Give a warm welcome to these breweries in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Williams now part of the ale trail experience:

Grand Canyon Brewing Company

Williams, AZ

Grand Canyon Brewing Company is now part of the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail!

The Grand Canyon Brewing Company is only a quick drive to the national park in its name. You’ll find a range of light, dark, and seasonal beers on tap. Make sure to try something on their menu and stop by their gift shop. You can even order Grand Canyon Brewing Company beer online for your friends who live out of reach from this brewery’s tap handles.

Discount: $1 off one pint AND 10% off your food order

Oak Creek Brewing Company

Sedona, AZ

Oak Creek Brewing Company is now part of the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail!

The Kraus family brought their beer brewing expertise from Germany to Sedona when they opened up Oak Creek Brewing Company. Sample their beer selections at their tap room or brewpub. Order food off the brewpub’s full menu or get yourself a hot dog from Simon’s Hot Dogs at the tap room. Make sure to check out their events calendar for upcoming performances.

Discount: $1 off one pint (only at the taproom)

Historic Brewing Company

Flagstaff, AZ

Historic Brewing Company is now part of the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail!

Just south of the tracks in Flagstaff’s industrial park, brewing is a family affair at Historic Brewing Company. Play ping pong between pints and snag yourself some Historic Brewing Company swag. Did we mention that you can sample a flight of beer for free? You can always check out what’s on tap everyday before heading over.

Discount: $10 growlers

Not only is there more great beer in our community, but you can also get generous discounts at these new places in town with your Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport. For a limited time, you can buy your passport at a large discount starting January 28—just in time for Arizona Beer Week!

The 3 Causes of Beer Head

What your beer head says about how your beer is made and poured

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See that foam crowning the beer in your pint glass? That’s beer head! But what causes beer head? Well, that all depends on your beer. Sometimes beer head happens naturally—and sometimes by mistake.

Reason 1: The Gas Factor

If your beer is flat, you’re not going to see a frothy beer head.

That’s because beer head comes from carbon dioxide dissolved in the liquid. Once you pop the bottle open, the pressure is relieved and the carbon dioxide is released from the brew in the form of bubbles.

Carbonated beers produce beer heads with large bubbles. Nitrogenated beers produce beer heads with small bubbles, creating a creamy appearance.

Reason 2: Beer Ingredients

Drinking a wheat beer? You’ll notice a distinct beer head. That’s due to the wheat, barley, or another malted grain within your brew. The proteins, polypeptides, and polyphenols found in malted grain and hops naturally create a beer head. The more proteins in the malted grain and the more hops added to the brew, the better the head retention.

So why isn’t there wine head or soda head? Because these drinks don’t have these two ingredients!

Big commercial brewing companies commonly add chemicals to their beer to enhance head retention. Not craft brewers! Breweries along the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail choose their ingredients carefully so that head retention is natural and chemical-free.

Reason 3: Poor Pouring

Not all beer heads are created equal. A beer head that’s larger than normal happens when beer is agitated during the pouring process. In other words, pouring beer straight down into the middle of the glass. Reduce the head by tilting the glass then straightening out as the beer nears the rim of the beer glass.

New Year, New Brews

Is your New Year’s resolution this year to collect more stamps on your Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport? Alongside the signature brews at your favorite Flagstaff breweries are seasonal beers only around for a limited time. So start this year right with a pint of new beer while it’s still on tap and in stock.

Beaver Street Brewing Company

Beaver Street Brewery's Holiday Jubilee is on tap!

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’Tis the New Year season at Beaver Street Brewery! Stop by for a seasonal pint of Winter Lager and Holiday Jubilee as shown above.

 

Flagstaff Brewing Company

Flagstaff Brewing Company's Kolsch is on tap!

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Flagstaff Brewing Company’s Kolsch may traditionally be a summer beer, but it’s a pint worth drinking during all four seasons.

 

Hops on Birch

Check out what's on tap this week at Hops on Birch!

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Hops on Birch keeps us guessing what our next pint will be! Their beers on tap rotate continuously, so check out their beer list before you stop by (unless you’re like us and enjoy the surprise).

 

Lumberyard Brewing Company

Lumberyard Brewing Company's Knotty Pine Pale Ale is on tap!

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Lots of seasonal beers on tap at the Lumberyard Brewing Company! In addition to their award-winning Knotty Pine Pale Ale (that won’t last on tap long!), you can also request their Imperial IPA, American Brown and Amber Lager.

 

McGaughs Smoke & Bottle

Come check out the beer selection at McGaugh's Smoke & Bottle this month!

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McGaughs Smoke & Bottle has so many beers in stock that we don’t know how to pick just a few to feature! Swing by and peruse their collection of local and regional beers.

 

Mother Road Brewing Company

Mother Road Brewery's Stranded Ale is on tap!

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Looking for some new Mother Road Brewing Company beers? Try their Stranded Ale or their 2nd Anniversary Ale this month!

New Year’s Resolutions for Craft Beer Lovers

Do your New Year's resolutions renew your commitment to Flagstaff craft beer?

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Make your New Year’s resolutions exciting this year! What better way than revolving all your promises for 2014 around your favorite beverage? Add one (or many!) of these craft beer New Year’s resolutions to your list this year:

 

  1. Introduce someone to Flagstaff craft beer
  2. Try at least one new Flagstaff craft beer a month
  3. Visit all breweries along the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail and get all stamps in your Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport
  4. Attend a local beer tasting at one of our Flagstaff breweries
  5. Cook with craft beer
  6. Experience at least one local beer festival
  7. Read one book about craft beer or brewing
  8. Drink Flagstaff beer from a Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail silipint
  9. Visit a new brewery on your next vacation
  10. Bring Flagstaff craft beer to a dinner or housewarming party

 

Did we miss any? What are your craft beer New Year’s resolutions for 2014?