Beaver Street Brewing
11 Beaver St #1
Visited on October 14, 2011
A work conference a couple of years ago brought me into Flagstaff for a weekend. I was surprised at just how difficult it is to run long distances at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet and also how chilly it can get at night, even during the summer. What was less than impressive was the few microbreweries in town.
Nestled on the edge of a quiet, old downtown in the mountains just south of the Grand Canyon, Beaver Street Brewing offers a pretty solid brewpub option for the size of the city. A stone-walled exterior offers the look of an old building, which I’d love to believe, but the interior belies major redevelopment. The front entrance looks like a bit of a house sticking out of a fort wall, and I’ll buy that it’s old. I just wish they’d have kept some of the rustic charm inside. The interior isn’t too hip, upscale or trendy by any means. It’s pretty neat, tidy, organized and clean. I just feel that they could have done a bit more with an old building like this. Its like they were trying to be a chain instead of embracing their uniqueness.
The menu is large and inviting. There’s not much to expand one’s palette, but plenty of non-bland options seem to be available. I waffled between a margarita chicken sandwich and a wood-fired enchanted forest pizza with artichoke-olive pesto, portabellos, spinach, roasted peppers, brie, walnuts and fresh basil. What sounded like heaven turned out to be merely better than average. I had trouble tasting any of the unique ingredients. It could have been from Dominoes, except for the nice crust thanks to the oven.
The beer was also jut slightly above average. A Vienna lager, octoberfest, pilsner, oatmeal stout and red ale all proved good enough to order a second helping and to drink for long periods of time. But I went for the seasonal fresh-hop ale, which had a ton of flavor from using hops picked fresh off the vine. I’ll give an extra couple of points for the effort.