Recipe Feature: Salt River Beer Margaritas

We love a good reason to celebrate, and luckily for us there’s lots of holidays in May! Cinco De Mayo on May 5th is one of our favorite holidays to let loose, surround ourselves with friends and family, and mix up some awesome drinks. While grabbing a can of beer or pouring ourselves a pint is normally what we turn to first, Cinco De Mayo definitely calls for some tequila. Luckily we’ve found beer margaritas, which means we get to combine our favorite Arizona Lager with some good ole tequila and mix up a beer cocktail that will knock your socks off. Give this recipe a go, we bet it will be your new go to for Taco Tuesdays, Fiesta celebrations, or just anytime your life is calling for a bit of tequila and beer.


Salt River Beer Margaritas

In a shaker glass mix up:

-1 shot of tequila

-A splash of orange juice

-A splash of Triple Sec

-Juice of half a lime

Once that is combined pour the mixture into a 16 oz pint glass and fill the rest of the glass with Salt River Lager and mix together with a straw or spoon.

Salt the rim if you’d like or add some more lime for a garnish and enjoy!

Why Drink Arizona Wine?

Although Arizona wine has come a long way over the years, in both taste and recognition, it’s still not the first place that most people think of when it comes to top wine producing regions. So the real question is: why drink Arizona wine? What makes it special and why should it be at the top of your list when you go searching for your next bottle of wine?

While the Arizona wine industry was formed in the 1980’s, it took over twenty years before people really began using the region to produce grapes and understanding that amazing wine could be produced on Arizona soil. Most people when they think of Arizona immediately think of hot desert heat and cacti galore, but in fact this state in more varied in climate than most people know and there are a few regions in Arizona that have ideal climates for vineyards. The three most famous of those regions are Wilcox, Sonoita, and the Verde Valley. While there are a few other places in Arizona where wine can be and is produced, these three regions make up the large majority of wine acreage in the state.

Traveler on Shelf

The weather in these areas creates a microclimate with good temperatures, soil, and water that help produce grapes that turn into great wine. Each wine growing region in Arizona is slightly different because of the elevation, soil, typical weather, average rainfall, etc. Sonoita, located in Santa Cruz County, has been compared to the Burgundy region of France, and is home to some of the longest established wineries in Arizona. Wilcox, located in Cochise County, produces a wide variety of wines and the grapes produced here are used in wines all across the state. This region can be compared to the Rhone Valley in France, and the grapes grown in Wilcox are most known for being produced in soil rich in volcanic ash. Verde Valley grapes are similarly also produced in volcanic ash soil, giving them a complexity in flavor that bodes well to varietals such as Syrahs and Sangioveses.

Wineries and wine tasting rooms are popping up in major and small cities across Arizona, and Arizona wines are beginning to gain recognition and popularity among wine drinkers. This trend is not only exciting for those of us that like to drink and support local, but it is also bringing in tourism and excitement from other out of state wine lovers as well. This idea of drinking local, supporting the Arizona wine industry, and building even more excitement around this growing wine region, was what drove us to start the Grand Canyon Wine Company and our Tasting Room in Downtown Williams.

GCW Interior

The Grand Canyon Wine Company works with local Arizona wineries to produce our own wines, selected each year to reflect what has grown well in the region and what we want to showcase. In our Tasting Room, located on Historic Route 66, we not only feature our own wines but also many other Arizona wines. We have whites, reds, roses, sparkling, and everything in between that is produced within Arizona state lines. It’s our hope that by supporting and offering local wines to travelers from near and far that we can help everyone see why they should drink Arizona wine and why it should be one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of wine producing regions.

Blonde Stout - The Oxymoron of Beers

While “Blonde Stout” might sound contradictory and even a bit confusing, this beer style is worth exploring a bit more and definitely worth trying. Our Blonde Stout, named LA Face with an Oakland Booty, is full of all the flavors you’d expect from a dark Stout, but with the color and appearance of a Blonde Ale. This beer was first brewed by Historic Brewing Company back in 2017, and after much baggering by our managers we brought it back for you all to try.

This beer has an ABV of 7% and an IBU of 30 and was brewed with 2-row, oats, biscuit and bru malt, which gives this beer lots of malt flavor and depth. It has a strong aroma and flavor of coffee, hazelnut, and chocolate with a silky and full mouthfeel. LA Face is brewed like a traditional Stout, but does not have any roasted or chocolate malts added which typically make Stout style beers a dark, rich color. This Blonde Stout is a pale golden color but carries all the flavor characteristics of a dark beer, which makes it a real mind trick if you don’t know what you’re ordering.

LA Face

After the initial brewing process we added 8 lbs of local coffee, 10 lbs of cocoa nibs, and hazelnut extract to add even more flavor to this beer. You definitely smell the coffee and hazelnut in the aroma first, followed by a subtle chocolate roasted smell that makes you want to dive right into the beer. When you taste the beer you notice the sweet malt flavors first, followed by the strong coffee and nutty hazelnut flavors which round out into a dark chocolate finish.

The beer name LA Face with an Oakland Booty was inspired by Sir Mix a Lot, and just like the famous song we all know and love this beer will be your new jam. It’s an oxymoron for sure, but that just makes us want it even more. It’s full of delicious flavor and if you haven’t had a Blonde Stout before we can’t wait for you to try out this awesome style of beer. LA Face with an Oakland Booty is on tap now at our locations, so go seek out this tasty brew and see how many people you can trick with this light colored Stout.

Smug Mug Members Brew: Son of a Peach

If you didn’t know by now, Historic Brewing Company has an awesome program called Brew With Us where groups of people get to come in, spend the day with our brewers, and brew a beer of their own on the big scale. This program has helped create lasting relationships and some damn good beer as well. For this Brew With Us we got to work with a group of our incredible Smug Mug members who happened to win this experience at our 5th Anniversary Party.

This group of Smug Mug members have been coming to Historic’s Eastside Tap Room for over a year now and their regular meetups at the bar is what helped bring them closer than ever. They have named themselves “Extended Fam” and now all have weekly group dinners, regular off-roading adventure trips, and a group text filled with way too many inside jokes.

The group is made up of Jon Watkins, Bill Dunn, Luke and Amanda Parais, Derek O’Connell, and Laurin Tilden. Jon was the first to discover Historic and he was also the first to receive his smug mug, a gift from his parents for graduation, but luckily for us he didn’t keep Historic a secret from his friends for too long. The whole group soon started showing up at the bar together for Taco Thursdays and lots of laughs over beers. It wasn’t long before the entire group had smug mugs too, which now all live in a row on the shelves of Historic’s bar.

Regulars BWU Group

“Extended Fam” has known each other since 2016, all bonding over their jobs in the auto industry, and their love of cars, dogs, and tacos. They credit Historic for really bringing them together though and making regular dinners and meet-ups happen weekly. The group first began coming in on Thursdays for what they call “thirstdays” and still make it in every week to fill up their mugs with their beer of choice. Although Jon was the trend setter of the group when it came to mug membership, they all quickly joined the Smug Mug club because of the membership benefits which include $4 beers and 25% off of food and retail.

They were lucky enough to win the raffle at our 5th Anniversary Party and in early March they spent the day with Austin, one of our brewers, to learn how to brew their own beer and create something totally unique and delicious. While Amanda got most of the say when it came to what beer they chose to brew (since she is the pickiest and won the brew), it was a collaborative effort when deciding on their beer, Son of a Peach. This peach lager is light, incredibly refreshing, and fruity for a lager but not too fruit forward that traditional beer drinkers would be turned off. It has an aroma of stone fruit, a soft breadiness like cereal, and a little bit of citrus. It has an IBU of 22 and an ABV of 5% with flavor notes similar to a traditional lager but with the addition of stone fruit and peaches. It was mostly brewed with Calypso hops which are earthy and full of ripe fruit flavor.

Luke Adding Hops

The brew day was filled with lots of learning, fun, and the group all agreed that it was a bonding experience that helped bring them all together even more. They all had different aspects of the brew day that were their personal favorite, but getting to see and understand how a beer is created was at the top of the list. They got to pick Austin’s brain about the brewing process, help add grain to the brew, and get a behind the scenes look at how we run things at Historic. Son of a Peach will be released starting April 9th and although it’s a small batch brew you can expect to see at least one keg tapped at the brewery so that this Smug Mug group can show off their awesome beer. While this experience definitely can’t be recreated because this group is way too special to replicate, you can get your own group of friends or “extended fam” together to make a kickass brew of your own, and in the meantime get yourself a pint of Son of a Peach while it’s still around!

Our Favorite Springtime Beer Styles

Pint on Winter Solstice on BHF Patio

Three cheers for Spring beers! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s finally porch drinking weather - which means it’s also finally time for our favorite Spring beer styles. Here’s a roundup of all of our favorite styles to pour while April showers bring May flowers.

  1. Berliner Weisse: It’s no doubt that here at Historic Brewing Company we are big fans of Berliner Weisse beers. They’re light, tart, full of flavor, and a crowd pleaser among sour beer fans and those that are slow to get on the sour beer train. Spring Berliner Weisse beers are bright, fruity, and the perfect beer for after a great trail run or for a breezy spring night. We are partial to our own Spring Soulstice Saure which features Azacca hops, giving it a flavor and aroma similar to Watermelon Sour Patch kids. It’s a subtle sour beer with a soft wheat flavor that pairs well with it’s tropical and citrus flavor notes.

  2. Munich Helles: Although Bavaria is home to so many incredible beer styles, one of their best and brightest beer styles is the Munich Helles. This style was first brewed by the Spaten Brewery and has since grown in popularity due to its simplicity and easy drinking nature. Munich Helles are yellow to gold in color and highlight the Pilsner malts giving it a malty sweetness accompanied by the slight hop bitterness. They are low in ABV and are perfect for any day filled with sunshine and good company.

  3. IPL: This hybrid style is gaining popularity, and for good reason. It combines the best of two of our favorite beer styles, blending together the hop flavor and bitterness from an IPA and the crisp and clean qualities lagers are known for. IPLs are a hoppy lager that help bring together the biggest hop heads and those that don’t stray too far from their love of lagers, giving them a beer to all celebrate together. While this beer style is versatile enough to enjoy all year round, it’s particularly delicious in spring and lucky for you we’ve got an IPL beer in the works right now which will be released early May!

Recipe Feature: Piehole Porter Beer Brownies

We’ve got a major sweet tooth, and also a major love for craft beer. Lucky for us, and for you, this recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth and incorporates our delicious Cherry Vanilla Piehole Porter. These beer brownies are easy to make, use minimal ingredients, and best of all are baked with beer!


Piehole Porter Beer Brownies

-1 cup of all purpose flour

- ¾ cup of cocoa powder

-¼ teaspoon of salt

-1 cup of mini or regular chocolate chips

-1 stick of unsalted butter (melted)

-½ cup of Piehole Porter

-4 eggs (room temperature)

-1 cup of sugar

-1 cup of brown sugar

-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Butter a 9x13 in baking dish and set aside

3. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, and salt

4. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla, and sugar until thick and then add melted butter and beer

5. Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined

6. Fold in chocolate chips

7. Pour mixture into the butter baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until the center of the brownies are cooked through

8. Wait until brownies are cooled before slicing

9. Eat up a brownie or two with a pint of Piehole Porter