Saguaro Sunrise: A Southwest IPA

While a Southwest IPA may not be a style of beer (yet), this flavorful and hop forward IPA was definitely inspired by the beauty of the Southwest. This small batch IPA, named Saguaro Sunrise, is similar in style to a West Coast IPA but with a twist that makes this beer stand out from the rest. It has an IBU of 81 and an ABV of 7%, with lots of aroma and flavor from a large hop bill made up of Amarillo, Centennial, Summit, and Columbus hops.

While a traditional West Coast IPA has a strong bitter taste, a large amount of hop flavor and little to no malt characteristics, our play on this Southwest IPA is a bit softer. It still has lots of hop flavor and a pleasant bitterness to it, but it has a gentle malt taste as well that balances it and gives it a smoother, dry finish. Its aroma is herbal, slightly sweet, with a gentle hop bitterness, and notes of winter citrus.

GCC Pale in Sight Glass

This beer was brewed with four different types of hops, but the main flavors in the beer come from the Amarillo and Centennial hops which were also used to dry hop the beer. Saguaro Sunrise has big, bold flavors that India Pale Ales are known for, without the extreme bitterness that can come from a more traditional West Coast IPA. It has a smooth, dry, slightly malt finish with subtle sweet citrus flavors similar to lemon curd.

Saguaro Sunrise is great for anyone looking to switch it up a bit while still staying loyal to their love of IPAs. It is a full-bodied IPA that isn’t overly bitter, and is perfect for anyone who likes citrus and lots of hops. This beer will be tapped at all of our locations beginning March 1st, but it is a small batch brew so be sure to get it while you can because just like the beautiful sunrise over the desert it won’t be around forever.

Some of our Favorite Restaurants in Flagstaff

Although Flagstaff may be a small town, that doesn’t stop us from having incredible restaurants to choose from when it’s time for a meal out. The choices range from small mom and pop shops, casual restaurants, and incredible fine dining, and we are lucky enough to have so many different types of cuisine to choose from. As a company that loves eating good food just as much as we love drinking good beer, we’ve tried out our fair share of restaurants in Flagstaff and feel like we’ve got some great places to share.

So whether you’ve lived in Flagstaff forever and just want to switch it up and try out some of our favorites, or you’re just visiting in town and want to go to the “must eat” places, this blog is for you. We’ll detail a variety of different price points, restaurant styles, and cuisine options so there’s sure to be a restaurant on this list for everyone.

  • Karma Sushi: Karma Sushi, located on Historic Route 66 in Downtown Flagstaff, is one of our favorite places to go for amazing sushi and Japanese inspired cuisine. This restaurant has an awesome vibe that is great for date night, after work drinks, or just a good meal with good friends. They offer a large menu with options for vegetarians and vegans, as well as those who love traditional raw fish sushi. Karma Sushi has a range of local, domestic, and imported beers on tap and they also have a full bar with many different cocktails on the menu to choose from.

  • Shift: Shift focuses on unique food with local ingredients and a lot of heart and soul in each of their dishes. They feature a small menu that is crafted to really highlight each ingredient and the art behind making good food. Opened by a local couple who met in the restaurant industry, Shift is an intimate restaurant that is perfect for a small group of friends or a couple celebrating something special. Their menu changes often so each dining experience at Shift is a little bit different. They are located on North San Francisco Street and offer a range of entrees, cocktails, beer and wine, and desserts that are sure to please your palate.

  • Historic Barrel + Bottle House: Barrel + Bottle House is the perfect place to hang out, grab a beer or a glass of wine, and enjoy some delicious upscale American pub food. We might be a little biased since this is one of our own restaurant concepts, but it really is one of the best spots in Downtown Flagstaff. Our restaurant has a great patio that is dog-friendly as well as a fun community style feel inside that makes everyone feel like a local. We offer a burger and beer special from 12-6pm on weekdays that isn’t to be missed, and we always have a seasonal soup and dessert on special. Plus we serve all of our own Historic beers on tap and local Grand Canyon Wine Company wines.

Burger and Single Speed BHF
  • Oreganos: Oreganos has two locations in Flagstaff, one on the East Side near the mall and one on the West Side near NAU. Both locations offer homestyle Italian food just like Grandma used to make. They serve up big portions at an affordable price and offer a good family friendly environment. Our favorite thing to order is the meatballs, but you can’t go wrong with one of their pizzas or a big bowl of pasta, served with a smile and great customer service.

  • Whisk & Whisky: Whisk & Whisky is one of Flagstaff’s newest restaurants, located in Aspen Place at the Sawmill. This restaurant offers a fun take on happy hour, which they call Social Hour and happens weekdays from 3-6pm and 9pm-close. Their Social Hour offers customers special prices on snacks, drinks, and draft beers. They have specials deals throughout the week like all day Social Hour on Tuesdays and $6 burgers on Thursdays from 6pm-close. Don’t miss their signature cocktails or their expansive list of Whiskeys!

Whisk and Whisky Beer and Menu

Dragon’s Breath Pale Ale: Who Doesn’t Like Dragons?

Our newest beer, a very sessionable Pale Ale named Dragon’s Breath, will appeal to all craft beer drinkers, even the one’s who don’t like dragons. Dragon’s Breath Pale Ale was brewed with unique hops, giving it a different and unexpected flavor combination, however, it is still well balanced and highly drinkable which makes this brew perfect for every type of beer lover. It’s adventurous and fun but not too in your face and well within the realm of what you would expect from a delicious pale ale.

This beer has a sweet honeydew and papaya aroma, combined with a faint grain sweetness and a gentle hop bitterness. The flavor of this beer is very similar to the aroma, with soft tropical notes and a very pleasant hop flavor. It’s well balanced between the hops and the malts with a clean bitterness from the Magnum hops.

Rye'se Up IPA Highlight

Dragon’s Breath gets its name, its aroma and its flavor from the Styrian Dragon hops from Slovenia. These are a unique hop that we haven’t worked with before, and its addition to the beer created a different flavor combination than we’ve been able to create in the past in other pale ales. The Styrian Dragon hops were not only used in the mash, but we also used them to dry hop the beer, bringing out their unique flavors even more.

This beer has an ABV of 5.8% and an IBU of 49 and is well balanced in sweetness and bitterness. It’s easy to drink, goes well with most foods, and is great in any type of weather - plus, who doesn’t like dragons? This beer will be released at all our locations beginning February 5th, but it won’t be around for too long, just like the elusive dragon.

Recipe Feature: Opposable IPA Beer Chili

Although we’d argue that any day is a good day for chili, especially beer chili, a day filled with football is an even better day for chili. With the biggest game of the season right around the corner we knew it was time to share this delicious beer chili recipe with all of you.

The addition of our American IPA Opposable to your classic chili recipe really kicks it up a notch, adding in even more depth of flavor. This chili recipe is easy to make, has minimal ingredients, feeds a crowd, and makes great leftovers aka it’s a winner. Try it out today and let us know how you like it.

Opposable Can on Log

Opposable IPA Beer Chili

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8

-2 tablespoons of olive oil

-1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

-2 garlic cloves, minced

-1.5 lbs of ground beef or turkey

-5 tablespoons of chili powder

-2 teaspoons of cumin

-1 tablespoon of paprika

-1-2 teaspoons of salt

-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

-1 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes

-1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

-1 can of kidney beans

-12 oz of Opposable IPA beer

1. In a large pot add your olive oil, garlic, and chopped onion and saute until translucent

2. Add in your ground meat and spices and brown until meat is fully cooked

3. Add in your beans, tomatoes, and beer, mix all ingredients together, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until flavors are combined and all ingredients are heated

4. Serve with cheese, sour cream, green onions or any toppings that float your boat

5. Have another Opposable IPA with your meal and cheer as loud as you can for the winning team

What is a Rye Beer Anyway?

While rye beer isn’t a style all on it’s own, adding rye to a beer changes a beer so completely that it might as well be. Rye is an ingredient that can be included into the malt mixture when brewing, transforming beer styles with it’s earthy, spicy taste. Rye has been added to beers for centuries, however, it is just now becoming trendy with most breweries producing a rye beer seasonally or as one of their mainstays.

Rye works best in more complex beers like IPAs, Pale Ales, and Stouts, but we have also seen it successfully added into lagers and pilsners. To be considered a “rye beer” the finished beer must have a significant amount of rye in the grain bill and strong rye flavors present within the beer. The addition of rye will add a characteristic spice to any beer, similar to pumpernickel bread. It can also change the color of the beer to include more of a reddish tone.

Joy Rye'd is Back

We are a fan of adding rye to IPAs because the dry, astringent spice of the rye plays well and highlights the hop’s bold and bitter flavors. Our seasonal take on the Rye IPA is Joy Rye’d, a beer that Historic has been making for years with a devoted fan base of its own. This Rye IPA has a slight spiciness on the nose with a hop forward smell that is pleasant and not too aggressive, pulling you in from first whiff. As you sip Joy Rye’d you can taste the earthy flavors from both the rye and the hops that this beer is brewed with. This beer is crisp, with a malt forward taste and a strong hop backbone. The beer finishes with the rye aftertaste, hop bitterness and a delicious spiciness. It’s a definite rye spiciness, similar to the flavors that linger after you chew on a fresh piece of rye or pumpernickel bread and it lingers on the palate long after you’ve taken your last sip.

Rye beers have grown in popularity over the last ten years and we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon. They contribute dimension, spice, and great flavor to the beer styles they are added to, and as more and more brewers get comfortable adding rye to their grain bill, we’ll continue to see new awesome rye beers emerge. Our Rye IPA, Joy Rye’d, is a favorite among many for its distinct flavor. This beer will be back on tap at all of our locations by the end of January, but it’s a small batch so don’t hesitate to expand your palate and grab a pint of it before it’s all gone.

Calypso Double IPA: Seductively Flavorful

Much like the nymph Calypso from the Odyssey who seduced Odysseus for seven years before she freed him from her island, our newest small batch Double IPA will seduce you away from any other tasty beers until it runs out. Calypso Double IPA is a fruity but balanced DIPA with a bitter finish and strong malt qualities. It was brewed with Calypso hops, known for their ripe fruit flavor, that lend a seductively flavorful taste to this brew.

Calypso DIPA has an ABV of 8.4% and an IBU of 75 with a strong aroma of pear and apricots while still being able to smell the hop bitterness that India Pale Ales are known for. This beer was originally just supposed to be an IPA but our love of hops and malts got the best of us, seducing us away our original plan and becoming a bigger beer that we had accounted for. Calypso DIPA was brewed with Magnum, Calypso, and Mistral hops, which come together to create a fruit flavor that is different than IPA lovers have come to expect. The fruit flavors of this beer aren’t “citrusy” or tropical, but rather closer resemble the smell and flavor of stone fruit that is just ripe enough to be made into jam.

Calypso DIPA on Taps

Although the ripe fruit flavors are the most prominent in the beer, Calypso DIPA still has a nice bready malt quality and a strong hop bitterness that comes through in the finish and lingers as you sip. This beer is perfect for hop heads who want to expand their palate with big, delicious flavors. Calypso Double IPA will be available at our locations starting January 18th and will around to seduce your taste buds for as long as it lasts.