Welcome, boils and ghouls, to the official “Return of the Students” edition of The Live’s monthly craft beer/demonology-themed column, Masters of Brewtality. You can expect a total lack of format, inconsistent execution and complete disregard for most standards because the only thing that doesn’t stand here with the creeps and freaks that staff the MOB crypt is rules. This September, we’re spotlighting a few of our favorite haunts around Flagstaff, the sort of sordid places where our kind of weirdo can sit in the dark, drink heavily and listen to the almighty Black Sabbath like the consummate professional beer hounds we are. Without further ado, and in no particular order, these are the Beasts of Flagstaff!
Museum Club: We’re listing this first solely (soul-y?) because it’s the most haunted bar in town with regular sightings of their three “permanent” residents. Miss Jane the bartender is also one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet, and its signature Zoo Brew is a fantastic red. Dime Beer Night is always a wild party, too.
Majestic Marketplace: The owner Sam Cappo is a Flagstaff mainstay, being one of the first to hop on the craft beer and liquor train way back when it was the Majestic Mobile on Butler Ave. Now located off Sawmill, Majestic Marketplace has got one of the best selections in the city complete with a bar and patio right there for your drinking enjoyment.
Beaver Street: This bar has the distinction of being the first craft brewery in Flagstaff, and its brews still stand the test of time. Beautifully decorated with shining copper brew kettles in full view, the fantastic food and its IPA and Red Rock Raspberry are not to be missed!
Flag Brew: If we had a quarter for every afternoon spent lazily drinking on the best patio in town, we’d buy the place and do it all over again for free. This place is quintessential Flagstaff, complete with Grateful Dead memorabilia on the walls, ski and outdoor collectibles everywhere, and the best selection of whiskey around. The beer ain’t bad, either!
Hops on Birch: Easily one of the most expensive selections in downtown, there’s always live music, games and a fun crowd of locals, students and tourists.
Wanderlust: Located a little off the beaten path, Wanderlust’s selection mirrors that spirit of adventure. Specializing in Belgium and farmhouse ales, this spot nestled over on the east side is what we imagine when we think of the classic craft beer experience: no frills and focused solely on the beer.
Mother Road: Mother Road makes Tower Station, the best-selling beer in the city. ‘Nuff said.
Historic: Undercover Cucumber has been the official taste-track of warm days in Flag since it came out.
Dark Sky Brewing: You’re going to be hard pressed to find a more innovative brewery on this side of the country. Dark Sky has the distinction of being the only brewery to make over a hundred different beers in their first year, and now, after year number three, it show no signs of slowing down. It’s a new brewery every week, but its passion fruit and hibiscus-infused Blood of my Enemies is a mainstay not to be missed.
Pay N Take: A local favorite and the essential bicyclist hangout right across from the Orpheum, PNT features a great Happy Hour, take-home beers, gourmet coffee and a staff that’s one of the friendliest you’ll meet. This has been one of our hangouts since the dawn of time and is always stocked with characters.
Rendezvous/Monte Vista: Pool, live music, trivia and also notoriously haunted. The staff of Masters of Brewtality is usually found haunting Rendezvous’s Tappy Tuesdays $3 pint specials. One of the oldest hotels in the city, just follow the sign!
Southside Tavern: This is the place to be if you’re 21 and looking to party with absolutely remorseless drink specials on Wednesday and Saturdays at 10 p.m. No beer specials, but we were young once and if the ol’ liver could still handle it, this would be the spot. It’s $5 for entrance and then $2 wells, $3 Long Island Iced Teas, and $4 doubles. Enjoy while you’re young because, spoiler alert, the hangovers kick in at 25.
The Green Room: We’re metalheads and punk rockers here and the Green Room is the only bar in town that regularly offers both, complete with a thorough selection of local and national craft beers. Get heavy!
Naturally, this is just a smattering of the amazing beer scene our humble mountain town has to offer and the word count is limited. Like we always say, let the night take control and see where it takes you. Next month, we’ll be featuring a specific beer from one of our local breweries and dissecting the flavors, ingredients and the brewer’s beer-soaked brains. Until then, cheers!