The "Draft" Picks are in | Arizona Beer Hubs: Prescott
With a barrel of options in beer, mead, cider and barleywines, downtown Prescott’s Whiskey Row isn’t just about whiskey anymore. Here, we distilled some of the best spots for a Prescott beer crawl.
There’s not much glamour in an old trailer park, but for LazyG founders Jim and Jean-Marie Bellington, it was the route to realizing their longtime dream of starting a brewery. For one of the newest establishments in town, the hiring of nationally known brew master Travis Smith and a foundation of great beer, knowledgeable staff and friendly bartenders has been a winning equation. LazyG won a gold medal for its Sunshine Blonde Ale at the 2022 World Beer Cup in Minneapolis, considered by many to be the industry’s most prestigious competition, and notched first place in the local Daily Courier’s Reader’s Choice Awards for best brewery. No matter what you choose from the 24 taps of handcrafted beer, wine and local cider and mead, you’ll feel as comfortable as if you were in your own backyard — firepits and picnic tables, music and games, and a one-of-a-kind trailer bar.
IF YOU GO
22 W. Leroux St. | 928-445-2994 | lazygbrewhouse.com
Insurgent Brewing Co.
In the spirit of safety, this segment of the beer crawl requires a designated driver or a call to your favorite rideshare to head north on SR-89 to Chino Valley. Once you’re at Insurgent Brewing, you’ll be rewarded for the extra effort: 17 beers on tap and one hard seltzer, all made in house. Options run from standards like the Black Strap Imperial Stout, Infidel IPA and Laura’s Red American Strong Ale to the downright quirky Limes & Punishment Keylime Milkshake IPA and Bad Buddha Chai Tea Spice Ale.
IF YOU GO
990 SR-89, Ste. D, Chino Valley | 928-636-9077 | insurgentbrewingco.com
Humans have been drinking mead (a.k.a., honey wine) for so long that experts aren’t sure when it originated — but speculation is about 9,000 years ago. Fast forward to 2012, when Superstition Meadery was founded by Jeff and Jennifer Herbert in Skull Valley, and to today, when their products are distributed to most of the U.S. and three dozen countries. While the company has grown into a global phenomenon, the ideal place to experience Superstition’s mead and cider, conveniently enough, is in their tasting room in downtown Prescott. Unless you’re a pro, the flights make a good starting point to immerse your palate in a dazzling array of flavors, from marzipan and caramelized hazelnut to prickly pear.
IF YOU GO
120 W. Gurley St. | 928-458-4256 | superstitionmeadery.com
Where to Eat
What better way to cap off a beer crawl than with some of Prescott’s best pizza or a bowl of pasta? This family-owned rustic restaurant is just the place to wind down and recap the day’s adventures.
Where to Stay
Every one of the 12 rooms at the Grand Highland is decorated in a unique historical theme — a boutique experience with countless modern conveniences.
Eat & Drink
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