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Welcome to the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail! Visit our website and Facebook page for the latest updates and everything related to the craft beer hub of the Southwest!

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?

The Tale of Christmas Beer: A History

History of Christmas Beer

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’Tis the season for holiday beer! Gather around with your favorite Flagstaff brew as we tell you the tale of Christmas beer, how the history of Christmas beer has evolved into our own holiday traditions this season.

Our story begins many centuries ago in the Scandinavian countries. Vikings merrily drank strong, malty beer during their Jul (or Yule) celebrations. Their holiday, held on December 21, included “drinking Jul” while offering drafts up to their Norse gods.

Even after Norse gods were replaced by Christianity, Christmas beer continued to be brewed—but not by choice. In the 10th century, Jul was moved several days in order to be incorporated into the new Christmas festivities. Norway’s King Haakon I decreed that every household must brew beer for Jul. This legal tradition, backed by the Gulathing Laws during the 13th century, required each household to brew Christmas beer and host a party—or punished. Not abiding by this law meant fines or a loss of property.

That’s a hard fact to swallow.

Our story doesn’t end there. These harsh laws are now erased from the books, but the traditional enjoyment of Christmas beer never faded. In fact, Christmas beer spread to England and across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Now, with the talents of craft brewers in Flagstaff as well as across the country and the world, the tradition of Christmas beer is another reason to be merry this Yuletide.

Why Seasonal Beer is Seasonal

Seasonal beer is a four-season cycle: spring, summer, fall, and winter

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We’ll admit it: sometimes a winter lager sounds delicious in the summertime. So why are seasonal beers seasonal and not served year-round at our favorite Flagstaff breweries?


It all comes down to the supply of beer ingredients.


Back in the day, brewing was a fall and winter activity. That’s because new barley was harvested and workers no longer needed to put in long days in the field.


Cooler weather was better to store beer longer, so high-alcohol beers like stouts and double bocks were brewed. By the summertime, lighter and quick-fermenting beers like pilsners and pale ales were brewed with what barley and hops were still left.

We have the technology today to brew winter lagers in the summertime. But breweries don’t. Why not?


Today, it’s all about pleasing the palate.


We crave lighter beers in the summertime and heavier beers in the winter. So brewers serve beer to please customer demand.


But that’s not the only reason.


Seasonal beer means brewer experimentation. Breweries in Flagstaff brew their signature beers year-round, the ones that keep us coming through their doors for all seasons. Brewing a smaller batch of a seasonal beer lets our local brewers experiment. If a seasonal brew sells well, it has a better chance of earning a permanent spot on the menu.


The truth is that we enjoy the anticipation. There’s more meaning to the season with a seasonal beer, be it summer or winter. A seasonal beer may only be served for one season, and that gives us more incentive to try it before the tap runs dry.


What is your favorite seasonal beer? Is it a summer ale or a winter lager?

What is Beer Lacing?

So what is beer lacing? Check out the foam in your pint glass.

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Ever taken a sip of a beer at a brewery along the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail and come up with a beer mustache? Then you look down and see a pretty white pattern spiderwebbing your glass?

That’s called beer lacing. But what is beer lacing? Why does beer lacing happen? And why is beer lacing important?

So, What is Beer Lacing?

Beer lacing is the leftover foam inside your pint glass after you take a sip. It can leave designs along your glass from the rim down to the level of beer in your pint glass. Sometimes you’ll find beer lacing at the bottom of your glass after you finished your beer. The foamier the beer, the more beer lacing left when you drink it.

Why Does Beer Lacing Happen?

Foam is a result of the hops in your beer. When you pour a beer, the proteins in the beer (mostly the protein found in barley) link, stick together, and cling onto the beer bubbles and the pint glass.

Why is Beer Lacing Important?

Think of beer lacing like a foam blanket. The beer stays bubbly and cream while you drink it because the foam keeps the carbon dioxide in your beer.