Inside the Tlaquepaque shopping complex, beer scientists conduct careful alchemy. Their fermentation process results in six regular microbrews, including the spiced Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale, and seasonal offerings such as a chocolate porter made with Ecuadorian cacao. Sip your chosen beer to the beats of Irish music, or shimmy along on Drums & Dance Tuesdays.
Flagstaff nature trails feature scenic cross country skiing and hiking, set in the wilderness of Coconino National Forest. Unlike a jaunt around the world's largest Cheerio, the facility features 40 km of nonredundant trails, all traversable by classic and skating skis, or a pair of snowshoes. There are trail passes for adults, children, and students/seniors. Flagstaff's equipment rentals include pulk sleds and ski packages.
Beneath the gaze of the numerous chimps painted on Nimbus American Bistro N' Brewery’s walls, the Tuscan-based brewery's craft beers mingle with gourmet versions of pub favorites. Chef Josh Tomczyk and his kitchen crew simmer fresh seafood and meats in beer-based sauces before transforming them into burgers, pasta dishes, and steaks. Their wood-fired oven bakes artisanal pizzas, pairing with specialty cocktails or pints of Nimbus pilsners, stouts, and ales. In the expansive dining room, warm lights and vibrant brewery-inspired murals dazzle eyes from the ceiling, and rows of tables and booths scatter the hardwood floors. A patio hosts outdoor dining, welcoming patrons to bring along their dogs or goldfish disguised as dogs. The restaurant hosts special events throughout the week, including pool tournaments on Tuesdays and live entertainment on Saturdays.
Papago Brewing Co.’s Orange Blossom Ale is a symphony of subtle flavors. Bright citrus powers the opening movement, which gives way to a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel laced with hints of vanilla. It’s no wonder that the light wheat ale is the brewery’s most popular, but the others are hardly slouches. Elsie’s Irish Coffee Milk Stout packs the delicate punch of a dark roast, and the Oude Zuipers—Flemish for “Old Drunk”—lives up to its name with a hefty 11% ABV. Such offbeat styles could only be crafted by people who love beer, and Papago’s founders certainly fit that description. They started the brewery as a modest bottle shop and brewing supply store, but their passion for the “craft” in craft beer led them to open a full-scale restaurant with more than 30 beers on draft. Among these are representatives from all over the world, including Germany, England, and Belgium. The focus, however, is definitely on American craft beer, and the brewery features six of its own varieties for drinking year-round. Pair a Coconut Joe coffee stout or a Hopago IPA with one of the restaurant’s signature hand-pressed pizzas, but don’t be surprised if you get more beer than you thought you ordered. Each pizza features a draft beer baked right into the crust, though the pint glasses are still large enough for dipping.
Old World Brewery ferments European-style brews with the occasional American twist ranging from light honey wheats to chocolaty dark porters. European malts give the crisp and light Nitro Blonde ale a semi-sweet taste and cryptic accent, and Columbus and Saaz hops characterize the floral essence and malty finish of the Four-Leaf Irish Red Ale.