historic pub trail:flagstaff a.k.a historic route 66

Flagstaff, a college town situated on historic route 66. For a reasonably small place it is home to a number of unique breweries and taprooms. if you want to see old america whilst drinking good craft beer, surrounded by friendly people, then this is the stop for you. p.s. it's only 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from the grand canyon!



Craft beer

Super old

Historic Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a quirky, incredibly well-branded drinking spot with a range of beer tasting opportunities then Historic Brewing Company is the one for you. The staff are friendly, the building gives of a simplistic, industrial vibe, plus with their tongue-and-cheek beer and merch branding you’ll be forever entertained. Our personal favourites: the ‘Alternative Fact’s beer, along with ‘Everyone has the right to bear arms’. (Yep, like the grizzly bear).


Also, fun fact, this place has an awesome loft style apartment on AirBnB, if you want to stay above the bar. Our team can even vouch for how awesome it is as we spent two days there… and the kind folk at HBC even gave us a free growler.

Lumberyard Brewery

The Lumberyard Brewery and Beaver St Brewery are within the same awesome brewing family. The Lumberyard is situated near the railway and feels a little more mainstream than its younger bro at Beaver Street. However, it boasts amazing beers from the microbrewery, including a selection of wheat beer, red ales, kolsch and much more. Plus the staff were super friendly here - the name of our first bartender their always stuck with us. Thanks, Faith!

The State Bar

The State Bar is an excellent location on the edge of the historic old town area of Flagstaff. Opened in 2015 by a local lawyer, the name of the establishment is not only a delightful pun but only features beverages produced in the state of Arizona. You can choose from a range of beers, ciders and even wines that perfectly encapsulate the wide variety available through Arizona. The venue regularly hosts live music events and the staff are both knowledgeable and welcoming.

Flagstaff Brewing Company

A traditional American Bar with with a good range of quality food that you will come to expect from Flagstaff. A wide selection of craft beers brewed onsite and the spot really demonstrates the vibrant craft beer scene that the US has adopted in recent years.

Hops on Birch

Another fine craft beer bar with over 30 beers on rotation providing the best of American beers on tap. When you pair this with quality American cuisine, and live music most nights of week, it really is a must visit place.

Dark Sky Brewing

This place is simple, yet so so cool. They provide beer sampling boards so that you can try out their extensive collection, plus they have cool events like beer yoga on the go. Also worth noting that like most places in Flag, this bar is dog-friendly. You know how we know? Doggy VIP neck scarves were purchased for the HPT office mascots.

Gopher Hole

Far from the traditional pub that you would see in England, the Gopher Hole dates back to the post prohibition era of the 1930s. Its current incarnation opened in 2014 after a lengthy restoration project. It is connected to the historic and supposedly haunted Weatherford Hotel. This cellar bar has a ‘Cheers’ style entrance and is well liked by both the local students and visitors alike.

Beaver Street Brewery

As mentioned before, in the same beer family as Lumberyard, Beaver Street Brewery offers a quieter scene in the day, with a tonne of beers to choose from, and their outdoor seating area is so relaxing.

Mother Road Brewing

The trail would not be complete without a brewing company that is named after the legendary Route 66. The ‘Mother Road’ was coined by John Steinbeck in his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. The brewery and taphouse provides a welcoming atmosphere to those travelling the ‘Mother Road’ or simply anyone after a quality beer.

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