Winter Soulstice Saure: A Snow Day Beer

Looking for the perfect beer to sip on all day in between sledding in the snow, making snow angels, or shredding down the mountain? Winter Soulstice Saure makes the perfect snow day beer, whether you’re out in the cold or just watching all the fresh white powder come down while you chill in front of the fire.

Winter Soulstice Saure is this season’s Berliner Weisse - just as delicious as it’s summer cousin but brewed with a unique combination of hops. Berliner Weisse beers are traditional German wheat sours, light and flavorful enough for any time of the year. Our winter version is brewed with French Mistral hops, which are an overlooked gem when it comes to hop varieties. This flavorful and fragrant hop comes from the Alsace region of France and has aromatic notes of rose, melon, and lychee. Zack, our head brewer, had never used these hops before but he was excited about how this beer turned out and plans to use them in the future to brew a pale ale or a blonde.

This beer has an ABV of 4.6% and an IBU of 10 and was kettle soured. Winter Soulstice Saure is soft and slightly sweet, with a tart backbone. It has an aroma of fruity berries such as kiwi berries or gooseberries, and you can smell the tartness of this beer on the nose. As you sip the beer you begin to taste the soft wheat flavors, the slight rose floral notes, and the lychee and strawberry fruit flavors. It has a pleasant tartness that would appeal to even a craft brew novice or those who don’t normally drink sour beers.

We will be tapping this beer at all of our locations by the third week of December, right around the Winter Solstice, so keep your eyes out for it on the tap list. Berliner Weisse style beers are a favorite among many of us here at Historic Brewing Company and we can’t wait to share this season’s variation with you.

How Do I “Brew With Us” Too?

So by now you’ve seen the blogs, and you’ve hopefully tasted some of the awesome beers that we’re brewed with different charities, businesses, and groups of people using our “Brew With Us” program. Which has definitely had you wondering - “how the heck do I brew my own beer with Historic too?”

Well lucky for you, we’re going to give you all the details on how this program works, why it’s so awesome, and how you too can help brew your own beer on a large scale with Historic Brewing Company.

The Brew With Us program started because we wanted to collaborate on delicious beers with our customers and other organizations that weren’t just other breweries, and it’s grown into one of our favorite programs as a company. Each year we work with between 20-25 different groups of people to create small batch brews that are as unique as they are. The process starts with individual groups of up to 5 people working closely with our brewers to figure out a beer style that will work for their brew day and that everyone will enjoy. Once this is decided upon and a date for brewing is set, the group gets to spend all day at the brewery learning the ins and out of the brewing process.

Brew With Us Group

They not only learn exactly how their unique beer is created and the many steps involved in creating such tasty brews, but they also get to expand their beer knowledge on multiple different styles and see behind the scenes of what a brewers day looks like. During their brewing day, these groups also get to enjoy complimentary beer samplings, and lunch via a $50 gift card to use at either our food truck or our Downtown Flagstaff restaurant. It’s a day filled with lots of laughs, a bunch of awesome beer, and a great experience to expand your knowledge about beer and brewing.

Once your speciality beer is done, your group will receive twelve 32 oz crowlers of your brewed beer to take home and share with your friends and family. Your beer will also be tapped at all of our locations in town so that you can enjoy it while out, and have the ultimate bragging rights with all of your friends. Brew With Us makes a great gift for yourself or any beer lover in your life, and spots for this program fill up fast so make sure you get your spot today.  

Recipe Feature: The Voyager Mulled Wine

The snow has finally made it to Northern Arizona, and what better way to celebrate than with a warm, spicy, and fruity mulled wine. This recipe will warm you up from the inside out and is perfect to make for any holiday gathering or just a simple night in snuggled in front of a fire with a good book.

This recipe features one of our favorite bottles of wine from our sister company, Grand Canyon Wine Company. While this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious as it is right out of the bottle, it is equally as desirable in mulled wine. The Voyager is medium to full bodied, low in acidity, with notes of roasted green chilis and dark cherries. It’s one of our favorite bottles of wine for the colder months, but it is so easy drinking that it would be perfect for a summer evening as well.

The Voyager Mulled Wine is easy to make, either in a crockpot or on the stove and can be made in big batches to share or scaled down for just one serving. It’s perfectly spiced with just a subtle sweetness and is the perfect winter wine cocktail!


The Voyager Mulled Wine

1 Bottle of The Voyager 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 Star Anise

6 Whole Cloves

3 Whole Allspice

1 Orange

2-4 tablespoons of Honey (depending on how sweet you like it)

3 Shakes of Ground Nutmeg

1 Handful of Cranberries

1 finely chopped apple

1. Cut your orange into slices and set aside half of your orange slices for garnish.

2. Add all ingredients to a pot or a crockpot.

3. Heat all ingredients on the lowest setting for a minimum of 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld and spices to infuse.

4. Strain your liquid into mugs or glasses.

5. Garnish with an orange slice, a few cranberries in each glass, and a pinch of nutmeg.

6. Drink up and enjoy responsibly!

Single Speed Porter: Coffee to the Face

Each year we collaborate on a beer with local company Single Speed Coffee Roasters, and each year our Coffee Porter aptly named Single Speed gets even tastier. This year our head brewer, Zack, described the flavor notes of this beer as “coffee to the face”, and we couldn’t agree more.

Single Speed tastes just like a good Coffee Porter should. It has notes of chocolate and a bit of a roasty, nutty flavor from the malts, but mostly the delicious coffee flavors shine through. In fact, each pint of this beer has about one ounce of coffee in it from the Single Speed Coffee Roasters cold brew that is added while the beer is still in the Bright Tank. Single Speed Coffee Roaster’s owner Brad makes a batch of cold brew each year specially for Historic and delivers it to us as soon as it’s done so that it is the freshest it can be as it combines with the beer to make coffee beer magic.

This year Single Speed has an ABV of 6.5% and an IBU of 10. While this IBU is even lower than our normal porters, you are still going to get some subtle bitterness in this beer from the coffee flavors. However, because of the addition of coffee we use less hops in this beer since the cold brew balances the maltiness of this beer without needed excess hops in the mix. We brewed this beer with 2-row, crystal 60, munich 2, roast, carafa, biscuit, and chocolate malts, giving it a well rounded flavor that is complex but subtle. This beer was also brewed at a lower mash temperature which makes it lighter in body but still full in flavor.

Single Speed

Single Speed is brewed a bit differently than some of our other Porters since it starts with a Robust Porter base rather than the Brown Porter base that we use in Piehole. This makes the beer an almost black, dark brown color more similar in color to a Stout. People can expect an easy drinking dark beer with a definite coffee taste and flavor, almost blending the line from beer to coffee. Zack even states “it’s a beer to have with your breakfast”, although we’re not necessarily saying we recommend that…

Single Speed will be released and on tap at all our locations by the end of November and we can’t wait for you to try this delicious collaboration with a local roaster who makes some of the best beans around. This brew is perfect for coffee and beer lovers - aka the best people around - and it’s a beer you don’t want to miss out on this season.

Fall Beer Styles We Love (And You Will Too)

Fall is officially upon us here in Flagstaff, and around town you can see the transition to our favorite season taking place. The leaves are changing colors, the sun is going down earlier each night, and it’s time to start pulling our puffys out of the back of our closets.

Although the end of summer can bring on some sadness and longing for the sunny days filled with light lagers and blondes, it does mean that some of our favorite Fall beers are finally being brewed and are ready for immediate consumption! But what exactly is a good fall beer and what are some of our favorite styles to drink when it gets a little cooler outside? Don’t worry, we plan on telling you so that you can add even more awesome beers to your own list of favorites.

  • Pumpkin Spiced Beers: We couldn’t make this list without including pumpkin spiced beers. The start of Fall is when everyone is finally allowed to admit their love for everything pumpkin spiced which has naturally become trendy in the beer industry as well. Pumpkin Spiced beers are popping up everywhere, some better than others, but all concentrated on those delicious flavors of Fall - which include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. We personally love pumpkin spiced Porters (hint hint Pumpkin Piehole) but Pumpkin Ales are also delicious when brewed just right. There’s just something so right about the flavors of Fall being added to a beer and since they are only available once a year we make sure we get our fill.

  • Marzenbiers: Although Oktoberfest beers may be a more popular style with the general public, we personally love a Marzenbier. These two styles of beer are quite similar but the slight differences between them makes the difference and are why Marzenbiers make our list. Marzens are a lager style beer while Oktoberfest beers are ales, and Marzens are known for being brewed with Munich malts which give them a distinct flavor that is hella delicious and perfect for Fall. Our own Marzen, Mission is Marzen, is full of complex malty flavors and has a “bready” quality to it that this German brew is famous for.

  • American Brown Ales: American Brown Ales are best known for their strong malty flavors balanced well with a variety of hops. Some of these ales have a small amount of bitterness from the hops, but most of these beers are primarily nutty and roasty with a subtle sweetness and overall balanced flavor throughout. These beers are easy to brew and can have flavors of toffee and caramel depending on what malts are used in the grain profile. This style of beer is downright delicious with it’s medium-bodied nature and subtle flavors that make it perfect for the changing of the seasons.

  • IPAs: While we’d argue that IPAs are great during any season, they really shine in the fall. There’s something about that bitter bite and harshness that reflects the Fall season so well. We are big fans of IPAs for their citrusy, piney flavors that linger on the palate and love the different hop profiles that can be chosen during the brew to create subtle differences between each India Pale Ale. Obviously we are a little partial to our IPA, Opposable, but we love trying new IPAs that enter the market and even experimenting with Red IPAs, Hazy IPAs and Black IPAs. These beers are super trendy at the moment but we see them staying staples on every tap list throughout the seasons.

Employee Highlight: Jessica Price

Although on this blog we often focus on our beers and the new and delicious things that we are brewing, we wouldn’t be able to do all that brewing or bring our beers to the public without our kickass employees. They are the heart of this company and help to make everyone feel like a member of the Historic Brewing Company family. One of our most kickass employees is Jessica Price, the general manager of our Williams location. She has been with the company for two years and has helped to make a difference company wide with her dedication to service and her desire to connect and share with her employees and her customers.

Jessica moved to Northern Arizona after living in Michigan for most of her life where she not only grew up around breweries but also worked in the service industry for eleven years. She learned a lot about beer and realized that this was an industry that she wanted to work in when she was working for a bar in Michigan named the Winking Lizard. This bar had 45 beers on tap and gave her a lot of experience and knowledge about different beer styles and different breweries from all over the country.

Her move to Arizona came not only from a desire to change her surroundings, but also the desire to find cheap property so that she and her husband could have their own little piece of the world. Before moving to Northern Arizona, Jessica and her husband began to minimize their lives, realizing that they wanted to build a tiny home and create a more sustainable lifestyle without debt. They bought an old trailer, gutted it to the base, and then began the hard work of designing and creating a home of their own. They worked on their tiny home for 12 months - building it in between their part time jobs with the money they made working so that they would not create any debt while doing their build out. When their tiny home was complete and they had decided on a place to move, they packed up their lives and towed their trailer out to the property that they live on now.

Jessica, her husband, their two dogs and two cats all live in the 221 square foot tiny home, complete with two lofts. They own 3.5 acres in Ash Fork and their property backs up to the Kaibab National Forest with beautiful views of the mountain. They feel like this property is where they were meant to land and they have no plans to leave, but just to continue to work on this property to make it even more sustainable. This piece of land is their own little piece of the world and they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Jess Portrait BHW

Jessica’s husband is in charge of keeping up the property, including their amazing greenhouse, while we steal her away to manage Historic Brewing Company’s Williams locations. She began working for the company as a server but quickly moved her way up, and a year ago she became the general manager, overseeing the daily operations of the Bistro and Barrel House restaurants. She has always loved working in the service industry and especially loves working out in Williams where everyone seems to be on an adventure and is happy and excited to share their stories and experiences. Jessica herself said that is also also on an adventure, just a long term one. She loves that everyday of work is different and that she gets to connect with her staff and her customers on a human level.

She brings a lot to our company in terms of leadership, with her ability to handle whatever is thrown at her while managing our busiest restaurants out in Williams. She is able to manage her staff with fairness while being strong, which is one of the hardest but most respectable qualities of a leader. All of her experiences up to this point have allowed her opportunities to grow and develop herself as a person, and she translates that to her work with Historic. She is constantly evolving with her staff, the company, and the locations she manages as each day can bring new successes or problems to work through.

When she’s not at work you’ll find her working on her property, hanging out with her animals, hiking, or drinking a beer. Her favorite beer style is a Porter, but her favorite HBC beer is Sour Bear Arms which she loves for its unique flavor and complexity. She brings so much to our company and our company culture with her ability to make the best out of what is available to her in any moment. She is an incredible human and an amazing manager and we couldn’t imagine our Williams locations and this company as a whole without her leadership, resourcefulness, and kindness.