Monitoring a large number of social media sites all day long can make a girl thirsty!
It's always a thrill to try a new brew at a local brewery. That’s why on my last trip to Prescott, I was thrilled to find a variety of breweries that are unique to each owner/operator showcasing their personal style and their enthusiasm for creating their own signatures brews.
To understand more about craft brewing, according to the Brewers Association there are 102 breweries in Arizona, 53 of them are craft breweries. An American craft brewer is classified as small, with an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, independent where less than 25 percent of the brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member and traditional which refers to a brewer whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.
My most recent visit was to The Black Hole Brewery, one of the newest additions to the brewery scene, located on the outskirts of the downtown plaza. This cozy eatery exudes a laid back style, yet hip vibe in this cowboy inspired town. The Black Hole offers 13 rotating taps including some Black Hole brews, wine, housemade sangria, whiskey, and a Gastropub menu. The outdoor patio is pet friendly and great for families filled with games like darts, bocce ball and live music on the weekends.
For more traditional brewery fare, the Prescott Brewery is a full-service restaurant and bar located across from the Courthouse Plaza. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and a few years ago opened a production facility located near the Prescott airport for distribution of kegs and cans of their liquid amber and ponderosa IPA brands, which are then distributed throughout the state. They have a large variety of revolving brews on tap and some brews are available to go.
The Granite Mountain Brewery located around the corner from the Courthouse Plaza on Whiskey Row is a storefront with a unique beer line-up, guest brews, wines, and hard cider. Not your typical brew selections, try their milk stouts, dark beers or mead from Superstition Meadery, another local Prescott urban winery.
Pub food and live music every weekend makes this brewery and taproom a popular spot. My favorite amenity is the back patio featuring outdoor seating in an intimate garden setting that is a welcome relief from the typical indoor atmosphere.
The only brewery I haven’t experienced is the Lonesome Valley Brewery in Prescott Valley. In business since 2013, they have on tap a Kolsch, Pale Ale, Porter and guest brews in addition to a menu of rolled to order craft pizzas, hand formed burgers, baked daily pretzels and according to their web site the best Reuben sandwich in the state. Started by a young, married couple, their enthusiasm for their enterprise seems contagious as evidenced by the many positive Yelp! Reviews.