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Special Release: Brandy Bear Arms

To celebrate our fifth year of craft beer and awesomeness, we decided to brew a special release beer that celebrates how far we’ve come as a brewery and how far we plan to grow into the future. This beer has been ten months in the making and damn, was the wait worth it. Brandy Bear Arms is our beloved Russian Imperial Stout with a twist - aged in Brandy barrels for ten months to add a uniqueness to this beer that you won’t find anywhere else.

Brandy Bear Arms has an IBU of 55 and an ABV of 9.5% and was barrel-aged to perfection. We took our Russian Imperial Stout, Bear Arms, with it’s dark roasted flavors and put it into Guild Wineries Grape Brandy barrels for a long deserved nap. We tasted this beer along the way, seeing how its complex flavors changed and evolved as it continued to age, until it was just right. Ten months later it was pulled from its restful slumber and put into kegs so that our family of Historic Brewing Company beer lovers could enjoy it at a celebration that will be as awesome as you all are.

 
Brandy Barrels
 

Brandy Bear Arms has a unique flavor that is unlike any other beer we’ve ever brewed and is definitely a change up from the traditional Bear Arms. It has less roasty, vanilla, or chocolate flavors, and more bread-like qualities paired with notes of dark fruit and a slight boozy, almost wine like, finish to it from the Brandy barrels. You are able to taste the dark malt flavors in this beer that pair well with the delicate flavors of plum and dark cherry. The aroma is biscuity and slightly sweet which translates to the taste of the beer as well. It has a full bodied flavor as well as a full bodied mouth feel but isn’t syrupy or too heavy.

This beer is perfect for anyone who loves a dark, full bodied beer and wants to experience the epicness that Brandy Bear Arms has in store for them. It’s unique in the best way possible and is the perfect beer for a celebration. Brandy Bears Arms is a special release beer and was made in a very small quantity and won’t be made again. We are releasing this beer at our five year anniversary party that is happening on October 13th at our Barrel + Bottle House location in Downtown Flagstaff. More details about this event are linked here but mark your calendars now because this party and the release of this beer is something you’re not going to want to miss. Cheers to five years of craft beer and awesomeness!



U-92 Free: Raise a Glass to Awareness

Flagstaff and Northern Arizona are known for their beautiful diversity in landscape, forestry, and for being home to some of the most amazing public lands - including the Grand Canyon and the Kaibab National Forest. Just these two spots alone bring in tourism and thousands of jobs for many locals to keep these public lands usable and just down right awesome. As a member of the Flagstaff and Northern AZ community we feel that it is important to protect our public lands and keep this area in tact for future generations, which is why we teamed up with two incredible organizations, AZ Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, to create a beer that will help bring awareness to what is happening on our public lands at this very moment.

Currently there is a twenty year ban on uranium mining that was put in place to help protect our precious lands and allow time for scientists to study our diverse landscape to better understand how mining might affect it. However, our current administration is trying to remove this ban so that they can mine in the Grand Canyon in hopes of finding more uranium. The groups that are fighting to remove the ban are trying to promote their case with false statements that the mining will bring in more jobs and help the economy. The numbers do not make sense on this claims though as so many of the jobs in Northern Arizona are based in outdoor recreation such as hiking, rafting, hunting, fishing, camping, and more and all of these activities and the jobs and tourism they bring could be at risk if we were to prematurely lift the ban and allow uranium mining on our public lands.

When we collaborated with AZ Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, all parties were clear that we wanted to find a way to bring even more awareness to this cause and find a fun way to inform the public of what is happening in their own backyard. We really don’t understand the diversity of the land in and around the canyon and messing with these lands and allowing mining could create and wreck havoc now and for future generations to come. Both of these local organizations are dedicated to protecting our community and lands and we at Historic Brewing Company were honored to work with them to create a beer that will be sold in hopes of raising awareness and money for this cause.

 
AZWF Brew With Us Group
 

Together with members of AZ Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, we brewed U-92 Free, a hoppy Amber Ale.  This beer makes a statement with amarillo hops as the star, giving the beer a distinct flavor that is hard to forget. It has an IBU of 47, an ABV of 5.8%, and a big hop flavor in the forefront without losing the malt backbone of the beer. We brewed this beer with 2-row and Crystal malts to give it a good base and to create some sweetness in the beer, as well as Columbus and Amarillo hops. The Columbus hops have a classic citrus, grapefruit flavor and were used to create a smooth bitterness throughout the beer, where as the Amarillo hops are the real stand out flavor in the beer. They have a hard to describe taste with notes of floral and citrus but in a way that is unlike any other hop variety.

U-92 Free is a medium-bodied, hop forward yet balanced amber ale. It has a lasting hop flavor and was brewed with the same water profile that we use to make our IPAs which makes the hops stand out even more. Even though this beer is hoppy, it still has distinct characteristics of an amber ale with its malt sweetness and bready amber flavors. Zach, our head brewer, said that this beer reminds him of an “amarillo hop candy” - if such a delicious thing were to actually exist.

This hoppy amber ale is reminiscent of beers that Zach used to brew when he was a homebrewer, and will not only help to bring awareness to the issues surrounding uranium mining in the Grand Canyon but will also please your taste buds as you become more informed.

We will be releasing this tasty brew on October 5th at Historic Barrel + Bottle House in Downtown Flagstaff while we raise money for the cause with a Pint Night Event. The proceeds from this Pint Night will go to helping keep the ban in place and we will continue to raise awareness for the cause with every pint of this beer we serve. We will be pouring this beer at all of our locations after October 5th while kegs last, so don’t hesitate when it comes to grabbing a pint of this special brew and learning more about how to keep the Grand Canyon and our lands U-92 free.



Grand Canyon Wine Company - Our Sister Company

Even though these blogs are normally focused on beer, beer styles, and all things hoppy and malty - here at Historic we are also a bunch of secret wine lovers. And I bet you didn’t know that within the Historic Brewing Company family of businesses we also produce wine and have a wine tasting room out in Williams. Our sister company, Grand Canyon Wine Company, produces Arizona wines in a variety of different styles, all custom made for us to be equally as awesome as our beers.

Every season, we work with local Arizona vineyards to create amazing wines that show off the diversity of the grapes grown in Arizona and highlight just how incredibly delicious drinking locally can be. Most of our grapes are grown in Verde Valley and Wilcox and we produce both red and white wines. We want to make producing, tasting, and drinking wine an experience that isn’t fussy or pretentious, but instead just downright awesome.

While the wine styles we produce change every year depending on what grapes  were grown that year, what styles are trending currently, and what just sounds damn good to drink, we always focus on producing the best wine that we possibly can. We serve our wines out of our Willams tasting room, our William's restaurant Station 66 Italian Bistro, Barrel + Bottle House - Williams and Barrel and Bottle House - Flagstaff in Downtown Flagstaff. We also sell full bottles in the tasting room and can ship our wines through online sales and our quarterly wine club membership.

 
wine club
 

Our wine club membership is free to join and there is a package that fits every type of wine drinker out there. Members choose the right package for them depending on how much wine they’d like to receive and what styles they prefer to drink, and then they are shipped new bottles four times a year. You can join our wine club via the Grand Canyon Wine Company website or by coming into the tasting room in Williams and signing up in person. They also have a kickass Instagram that can keep you up to date on everything going on in the tasting room or around Northern Arizona.

The secrets out now, we not only love tasty beer at Historic Brewing Company but we also love a delicious glass (or three) of wine. If you haven’t had our wine yet, what are you waiting for? There’s a glass waiting for you today!



Celebrate with a Marzen

It’s the start of Oktoberfest, and you know what that means… It’s the time for Oktoberfest style beers, and plenty of them!

The festival Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated to welcome in Autumn and all the abundance and agriculture that it brings with it, and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional German style Marzen? Well, lucky for you we’ve brewed a Marzen that’ll have you pulling out your lederhosen to wear while you smash back pints in celebration.

If you’re wondering what the hell a Marzen is or what makes it different from an Oktoberfest style beer, you’re not alone. This style of beer is much more obscure and not as heavily brewed in the US, but when it’s done right - damn is it delicious. Historically, and we’re talking pre-refrigeration, beers in Germany could not be brewed past the month of March because of the high heat and fermentation temperatures, so brewers brewed their last batches in the month of March (Marzen in German) and would age them in cooler temperatures through Spring and Summer to be then released in September and October.

This is how both Oktoberfest style beer and Marzens were created, and even though Marzens aren’t as well represented here in the US they are equally as popular as an Oktoberfest beer in Germany and other European countries. A Marzen is a lager style beer, different than the Oktoberfest ales, and are known for being a bit lighter and crisper. They are also traditionally brewed with Munich malts which gives the Mazen a distinct flavor.

 
Mission to Marzen
 

Our Marzen, named Mission to Marzen, is full of complex, malty flavors that aren’t too heavy, making it the perfect beer to drink day or night while you celebrate in style. This beer is brewed with three different malts: Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich, which are selected for their distinct flavor notes that add diversity and complexity to the beer. These malts give the beer a “bready” quality to it and Zach likens each malt to a different style of bread, which each bring a different flavor to the mix. Pilsner malts are like Wonder Bread, Vienna malts are like a good French baguette, and Munich malts are like a dark whole wheat bread. The mix of malt flavors is  what makes this beer unique and unlike other styles.

This beer has an ABV of 4.8% and 20 IBU, and is the perfect gold color. It was brewed in a single mash infusion, which is a bit different than how a Marzen would be brewed traditionally. However, we make this brew work on our system, we did a three hour boil to mimic the caramelization of the sugars that would happen if it has been brewed in a decoction mash. The long boil of this beer did the trick to make the perfect Marzen and helped to create a complex maltiness that really makes this beer a winner.

Mission to Marzen was released just in time for the Oktoberfest start date in Germany and will be tapped at all of our locations. It’s a seasonal beer so it won’t be around long - which means you better start celebrating now!



Recipe Feature: Arizona Lager Carne Asada

Not only is our beer at Historic Brewing Company absolutely delicious to drink, but it’s also a great liquid to cook with. Our wide variety of brews led itself to different meat marinades, is a great addition to dips, and can even be used in baking. Every month we will share a new recipe using one of our beers - giving you an excuse to open up a beer and try out something new.

This month’s recipe is for carne asada, and it is the recipe that we use to create the carne asada tacos from the food truck at our East side Historic Brewing Company location. This marinade is easy to throw together, is made with easy to access ingredients, and gives you an excuse to drink the rest of the beer that you don’t use in the marinade - which is naturally the best part.

 

Taco Thursday

Arizona Lager Carne Asada

Arizona Lager Carne Asada

-2 lbs of sirloin

-¼ cup of lime juice

-⅛ cup of orange juice

-¼ cup of Oceanfront Property Lager

-2 tablespoons of steak seasoning

-2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning

-1 bunch of cilantro

-2 tablespoons of sugar

-1 teaspoon of cumin

Thinly slice sirloin steak into ¼ inch thickness

Using a large container, mix together all ingredients well until covered in either tupperware or a gallon plastic bag and marinate overnight.

To cook either sear on high heat until pink in the center but almost charred on the outside. This will help keep the meat moist and tender.

 

This delicious carne asada recipe can be eaten on its own as a main course or added into a taco, burrito, or burrito bowl. Our Arizona Lager makes the perfect addition to this marinade and really helps to take the flavor of the meat to the next level. This beer is also the perfect thing to serve with your finished carne asana - it’s refreshing, crisp taste helps wash down the spicy, tender meat. We hope you this recipe encourages you to spice up your cooking and start to think of beer as more than just your favorite beverage.

Pumpkin Piehole: Fall in a Glass

Is your inner basic girl just begging for the start of fall and all things pumpkin spice? Well lucky for you Pumpkin Piehole is back! This perfectly spiced Porter is just what you’ve been waiting for. We brew this special batch with the base of our delicious Piehole Porter but then change things up for fall and replace the fresh cherries with a blend of fall spices that will have you wishing that the fall season lasted all year long.

Pumpkin Piehole is spiced with all your favorite flavors of fall - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. We brew this beer using the same malts, hops, and process as our traditional Piehole Porter, but when it comes time to add flavor, we mix it up by adding in the spices. These spices are added post fermentation and are given a few days to mingle and mix in the beer before we carbonate it. By adding them in post fermentation, it allows the spices to integrate into the beer while not overwhelming the flavor. This creates a perfectly spiced beer that isn’t too much or too little - it’s just right as Goldlocks would say, and Zach, our head brewer, would agree. Zach even confessed he likes this beer more than the regular Piehole Porter (but don’t tell anyone we told you so).

 
Pumpkin Pie Crowler
 

This seasonal porter has an IBU of 16 and an ABV of 5.5%, and along with the pumpkin spices it also has notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Just like its cousin Piehole Porter, it is a full flavor, medium-bodied ale with a delicate and balanced sweetness - perfect for a pint or two on any day.

Pumpkin Piehole has such a huge following and fan base that we made even more of it this year to meet the heavy demand. We currently have it tapped at all of our locations and it is available in labeled 32 oz crowlers as well. Pumpkin Piehole is the absolute best beer to selfie with. It’s perfect to sip on while wearing your uggs and leggings, and we just “can’t even” with how damn delicious it is. Whether you’ve had this spiced porter before or just getting to experience it for the first time this year, have one sip and you’ll know it’s a winner. So don’t fight your inner basic girl any longer - let her have a Pumpkin Piehole Porter! (Don’t forget to tweet about it later though.)