Phil's World Pub Guides - Arizona, USA

Pub Comments Location
Thyme Emporium and Nursery This garden centre (I kid you not) has a bar in one corner serving a wide selection beers to a small group of friendly locals who were treated more like family than paying customers - as were we. What with the talking parrot, friendly cat and dog, chatty locals and owners and excellent beer, you'll be there all night, just like we were! If you visit say hello to Larry for me.
Beers on tap included Paulaner, Liefman's Framboise, Bass, Newcastle Brown, and a number of more local brews including Fat Tyre and I'm afraid the handwriting got too wobbly at this point in the evening.
Last visited March 2001.
Beaver Street Brewery This large restaurant/bar decorated with railway memorabilia was very busy on a Friday night. Five of their own brews were on tap including a rather nice raspberry flavoured "Bramble Berry". There are twelve beers on their list, presumably available in rotation. The food was very good and well worth the thirty minute wait for a table.
Last visited March 2001.
Beaver Street
San Felipes Cantina A great Mexican style pub / restaurant. The fun over the top decor features lots of bunting, silly signs, brewery neons etc. etc. There are lots of TVs showing sports. The food is good and is served in ridiculous quantities - El Gordito Burrito would be enough to feed a family of four - This was the first time in my life I'd taken some food away in a box!!
Last visited March 2001.
Rodeo Lounge A pleasant bar with a stone floor and cowboy themed decor attached to the Best Western Hotel beside route 60. Michelob Amber Bock was on draught when I was there, at $1 a pint during happy hour.
Last visited March 2001.
El Tovar This up market lodge located next to the Canyon edge has a nice dark wood-panelled bar. Beers included a very nice stout from the local Mogollon Brewery.
Last visited March 2001.
New River Station A classic scruffy local bar and diner next to each other in the middle of nowhere. Nice burgers in the eating part, Coors and Bud on draught in the bar, which has a partly covered terrace behind.
Last visited March 2001.
Rusty Spur Saloon The "saloon doors" at the entrance to this plain one-room bar are obviously aimed at the tourists. Only bottled beers are available, I enjoyed some Lone Star from Texas. The walls are covered with dollar bills signed by previous customers (including one by us). A small stage in the corner is for the nightly entertainment.
Last visited March 2001.
Main Street / Brown Avenue
Canyon Breeze A nice restaurant/pizzeria/bar situated in the middle of Sedona's tourist area, with splendid views of the mountains from the balcony at the back. Beers on tap include the local Oak Creek brew which was very nice.
Last visited March 2001.
Uptowne (sic) Sedona
Branding Iron This place is in two parts. The up market restaurant serves some very good steaks and has bottled Sam Adams and Honey Brown Ale on the menu. Round the back is a plain bar with wooden walls and a vinyl floor, busy with friendly drunk locals, where the only beers seem to be national brands in bottles. After a few, who cares?
Last visited March 2001.
Bandersnatch Brew Pub Dark inside and a nice terrace outside at this popular brew-pub serving fine beer and good food (burgers etc.). Their ESB is a very nice malty ale. They've got real darts boards, outside, with a warning notice for the Americans more used to the toy darts one usually sees out here.
Last visited March 2001.
5th Street
Four Peaks Brewery Fantastic! Built in an old creamery in the middle of a mainly industrial area of town, this brewery has a terrace at the front, a bar inside and behind is the brewery itself. Unusually there is no glass wall between bar and brewery so you are greeted by a lovely malty smell when you go in. Nine of their own brews on sale, including a wonderful cask conditioned one called Impale Ale. The Arizona Peach is very nice as well. Drinking cask conditioned ale out of a genuine British pint glass (A Ravenhead Nonic complete with crown stamp number 562 from St Helens) made me feel quite homesick.
Very busy in the evening, don't even think of squeezing into their car park!
Last visited March 2001.
8th Street
Gordon Biersch A large brew-pub and up market restaurant, upstairs with balconies overlooking the main street. Very popular even mid-week. Their own brews included a very nice Dunkles, Maerzen, Bock and a Golden Lager when I was there. Good food.
Last visited March 2001.
Mill / 5th
Brown Mug Cafe A plain traditional roadside diner selling American and Mexican food, and a range of bottled beers.
Last visited March 2001.
On the old Route 66

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