Our GABF Gold Medal Win: Salt River Lager

If you know anything about the brewing industry, there are so many ups and downs and challenges along the way that it can sometimes feel like nothing is ever going right. However, when things are going well and we are recognized for our resilience and efforts - it’s a major win and something that we take the time to celebrate. Saturday, October 5th, 2019, was a huge win for our brewery and our brew team - this is the day we won a Gold Medal at this year’s Great American Beer Fest in the Fruit Beer category for our Salt and Lime Arizona Lager, Salt River!

We are incredibly proud of our team who made this happen and we have to give major credit to our dedicated Head Brewer, Zack Stoll, who is the man behind all of our amazing beers here at Historic Brewing Company. He is the one who works tirelessly through the good and the bad to make sure that we are producing the highest quality product so that we can keep both new and old fans happy and excited about our beer. 

Salt River Lager, our GABF Gold Medal winner, is a Salt and Lime Arizona Lager that is light in body, crisp and clean, with fresh lime and salt added to the mix. It has an ABV of 4.8% and an IBU of 18, with flavors that can easily transport you away to your favorite beach destination. It’s the perfect beer to take along with you to the Creek, on a hike through the Aspens, and of course tubing on the Salt River. It’s refreshing and light enough for any day of the year and it’s one of our staff favorite beers to brew and drink. 

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If you haven’t tried Salt River yet, add it to your list of must try beers. It is available at all our locations in both Flagstaff in Williams, both on draft and in cans to go home with you. Lucky for you this beer is also available through distribution, which means you can find it in select bars and stores throughout the State of Arizona. Send us a message on social media or shoot us an email if you need help finding it somewhere close to you, or better yet make the trip up North to come try it at our Brewery Tap Room located on the Eastside of Flagstaff. 

Thank you again to our Historic Brewing Company team and brewers, our fans who have supported us along the way, and a special shout out to all the other amazing local Arizona breweries who also won medals at this year’s GABF as well. We can’t wait to keep producing awesome beers and hopefully win some more Gold Medals in the years to come!

Collaboration Beer: The Hermit Trail Hoppy Amber

It’s time for another collaboration beer with the Grand Canyon Conservancy, our fourth beer in our five beer series during 2019 to celebrate the Grand Canyon Centennial. This time around we brewed a Hoppy Amber Ale, a dark ruby colored brew that is well balanced in hop and malt flavors. The Hermit Trail Amber Ale was named after one of our favorite hiking trails on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and has an IBU of 48 and an ABV of 5.3%. 

This beer has an aroma of floral hops, a slight citrus smell, and dark pretzel malts to round it out. It is lighter in body but full of flavor, with notes of floral grapefruit hop which is well balanced by the dark malt flavors. This brew finishes slightly bitter from the hops and has a higher IBU due to large amounts of late addition hops. It was brewed with 2-row, crystal 60, and black prince malts and hercules, amarillo, and cascade hops. Overall this beer is well balanced and is perfect for both pale ale and amber ale lovers.

Hermit Trail Hoppy Amber

This Hoppy Amber Ale will be released at our 6th Anniversary Party on October 5th at our Downtown Flagstaff Historic Barrel + Bottle location from 3-5pm. Come check our big party out and try this tasty brew. Just like our other beers in this collaboration series, 10% off all keg sales will be donated back to the GCC. Keep an eye out for the 5th and final beer coming out Mid December - it’s one you don’t want to miss!

Recipe Feature: Pumpkin Piehole Beer Pancakes

What’s better than a pancake recipe? A beer pancake recipe! And even better than that? A beer pancake recipe made with our amazing and limited release Pumpkin Piehole Porter!

This recipe is easy to make, made with limited ingredients, and is the perfect addition to your Sunday brunch menu or an incredible Breakfast for Dinner meal. These Pumpkin Piehole Porter beer pancakes are fluffy and full of all your favorite flavors of Fall. Give these pancakes a try today, and make sure to share your stack on Instagram and tag us! 


Pumpkin Piehole Beer Pancakes

-1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour

-¼ cup of sugar

-¾ tsp of baking powder

-½ tsp of salt

-1 egg

-1 cup of Pumpkin Piehole Porter

-½ tsp of cinnamon

-¼ tsp of nutmeg

-2 tablespoons of butter (melted)

1. In a large bowl combine all your dry ingredients and spices

2. Then add in all your wet ingredients and whisk to combine

3. Heat griddle or large flat pan to medium and coat with more melted butter or spray

4. Cook pancakes until bubbles form and then flip and cook until golden brown

5. Serve with maple syrup and the rest of your Pumpkin Piehole on the side

It's Pumpkin Piehole Season!

Who doesn’t love fall? The slight chill in the air, leaves changing colors and falling, scarves and sweaters, and of course pumpkin spiced everything… Which means it’s also time for Pumpkin Piehole Porter!

This seasonal favorite is full of all your favorite fall flavors, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. This spiced Porter also has flavor notes of roasted malt and chocolate, with a slight vanilla finish. It is a medium-bodied Porter, making it perfect for both daytime and evening drinking. 

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Pumpkin Piehole Porter will be released on September 13th at the Pumpkin Piehole Beer Release Party at our Downtown Flagstaff location. From 3-10pm you will be able to drink pints of your favorite Fall beer for only $4, as well as enjoy a speciality Pumpkin Piehole beer cocktail, or Pumpkin Piehole ice-cream floats. 

This year we are also canning Pumpkin Piehole! You will be able to buy 12oz 6-packs and cases of this beer at our locations, as well as at select locations throughout the state of Arizona. On the night of the 13th we will also be offering discounts on Pumpkin Piehole Porter cans so it’s the perfect night to stock up. 6-packs will be $2 off all night and cases will be sold for $30. This deal is only offered on the 13th at our release party, so mark your calendars! We hope to see you there to help kick off our favorite season with our favorite Pumpkin spiced beer.