Where to Drink Craft Beer in Arizona

The 7 Best Craft Beer Bars In Flagstaff

Flagstaff is one of the most densely populated cities in terms of craft beer breweries per person. It’s got six craft beer breweries per 50,000 people, making it one of the best cities for craft beer lovers in the United States.

And, along with brewing up some pretty wicked, flavourful beers, you’ll also find that this Arizona city has quite a few delightful craft beer bars to visit and enjoy. You don’t even have to be in the mood to sample the local brews; you’ll find just about any kind of craft beer here.

Thirsty yet? Treat yourself to a cold one at one of the seven best craft beer bars in Flagstaff.

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1. Mother Road Beer

If you’re travelling through Arizona and looking to try true local brews,  Mother Road Beer is the best place to go. They’re fierce in their dedication to providing high-quality brews but also in providing the absolute best service you’ll find around. Their taproom feels relaxing and familiar. And it’s there where they serve a cask-conditioned version of their delicious Tower Station IPA. You’re definitely going to want more than a sample.

Best Craft Beer Bars In Flagstaff

2. Hops on Birch

Rustic-chic decor welcomes you to Hops on Birch, one of the best craft beer bars in Flagstaff for those interested in bringing their furry friends along to sample some world-class beer. Yep, this is a dog-friendly beer bar in Flagstaff, meaning that you don’t have to leave Fido at home just to taste some of the unique beers they serve from their 34 rotating taps. Live music and beers from around the world? We’re in.

Best Craft Beer Bars In Flagstaff

3. Lumberyard Brewing Company

A sample platter of beers at the Lumberyard Brewing Company will allow you to treat yourself to an array of some of the best craft brews in America. This Flagstaff brewery serves up something called a Flagstaff IPA, which, honestly, if you’re in the area is a definite can’t miss. The locale itself is super cosy and spacious enough to bring a few friends to and enjoy the afternoon.

Flagstaff's Best Craft Beer Bars

4. Wanderlust Brewing Company

This craft beer brewery specialises in “distinctive Old World-inspired beers brewed in the heart of Northern Arizona.” In a brew culture filled with hoppy West Coast IPAs and some crazy new concoction each week, it’s extremely refreshing to head here and indulge in some classic Old World brews. And, they’re dedicated to supporting local; they frequently showcase local artists’ work in their taproom.

5. Historic Barrel + Bottle House

The Historic Brewing Company is one of Flagstaff’s most unique and inventive breweries. And, while you can certainly visit their brewery, it’s the barrel and bottle house we suggest for eager, thirsty travellers. They offer a super modern space that showcases a cocktail area with a full liquor bar, arcade games, and close to 16 beers on tap. From the beers to the food and even straight down to the boozy cocktails, it all feels extremely local as everything is infused with Arizona culture and flavour.

6. Dark Sky Brewing

Dark Sky Brewing is a lot of things, but creative is one of the best words to describe this brewery and taproom. They claim to have brewed over 500 different recipes to date, and honestly, it’s no surprise with the kind of range in flavour and style they consistently produce. What we feel makes this place so great, however, are their weekly events. You can join in on everything from Pints & Poses yoga classes to a Bring Your Own Vinyl night.

7. Pay N’ Take

Now, this is an interesting concept. Pay N’ Take might not sound like it’d be one of the best craft beer bars in Flagstaff. However, this trendy bar slash market slash hip hangout spot was actually Flagstaff’s original craft beer destination. They offer ten draft beers, wine, coffee, and a pretty great place to sit and hang out for a while. Travellers note that this is a great spot to meet friendly locals, too.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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