Originally published at CraftBeer.com.
Arriving in Flagstaff, Ariz., it can be hard to keep one’s thoughts focused on beer. That’s no knock on the local craft beer scene, though. It’s more of a testament to the vibrancy of the town and its natural surroundings.
Tree-lined mountains begging to be climbed by adventurers surround the high-elevation city. Northern Arizona University students can be seen cycling around town or simply enjoying conversation on Heritage Square, a brick plaza in the center of Flagstaff.
But despite the many attractions vying for my attention—shops, coffee, bikes, music, scenery—craft beer managed to stay on my mind. Specifically, the Flagstaff Ale Trail.
I met Joanne Hudson, of the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, at Diablo Burger. While we ate, I got an intro to the local craft beer scene before heading out to discover for myself how this marketed trail has impacted Flagstaff’s brewing culture. Continue reading