Since its founding in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 2013, Historic Brewing Company has been putting out inventive beer popular all throughout the Southwest region. Now these delectable beers can be sampled in Williams at the lively Historic Brewing Company Barrel & Bottle House. This upscale pub offers a terrific selection of its beer and wine alongside quality pub food like burgers, sandwiches, an assortment of enjoyable appetizers.
Historic Brewing Company Ambiance
Appropriately enough, Historic Brewing Company’s Barrel & Bottle House is situated in a historic white-brick building just steps from legendary Route 66 in the heart of scenic Williams. The inside of the establishment is stylish yet inviting and comfortable. Artfully exposed brick walls combine with intentionally exposed vintage lightbulbs to create an atmosphere that is at once both evocative of Arizona’s western-saloon past and indicative of contemporary chic.
The beer list appears hand-drawn on giant chalkboards near the bar. Beautiful potted cacti serve as centerpieces on most tables. If the weather allows, you’ll quite possibly want to eat and drink outside on the festive patio. This beautiful spot is charmingly lit by several strands of artfully arranged party lights, and protected from the elements by a number of umbrellas.
Historic Brewing Company Food
The Barrel & Bottle House specializes in upscale, Southwestern-inspired pub food. Here you will find a wide variety of menu selections to fulfill a range of tastes and preferences. In terms of appetizers, the fried avocado is a beloved staple that will start off any meal right. Likewise, the pretzel board is a favorite of guests. It comes with beer cheese and mustard, dried fruit, mixed nuts, and a selection of pickled veggies.
For entrees, the pastrami sandwich is hard to beat. It features house-brined, smoked pastrami, house-made sauerkraut, horseradish aioli, beer mustard, and Muenster cheese, all served on rye bread with a side of fries. You also can’t go wrong with one of the burgers. A particular favorite is the falafel burger, a delightful combination of house-ground falafel patty, white cheddar, tomato, onion, greens, avocado, and tzatziki.
Of course, a visit to Historic Barrel & Bottle House would not be complete without sampling some of the fine locally brewed drinks available. Standouts include the cherry- and vanilla-infused “Piehole Porter” and the delightfully refreshing, cucumber-forward “Undercover” lager. Having a difficult time picking between all the great choices? Historic Brewing offers their beers in two different samplers. The “Love at First Flight” option is a selection of six of their fine beers (or wines) served on a charming custom tray made out of a . . . hardback book. It’s pretty neat—you have to see it to believe it! Meanwhile, if you are feeling daring, or traveling in a big, beer-loving group, you might be the perfect candidate for the “Go Big or Go Home” flight, which comes packed with a five-ounce pour of every single one of Historic’s sixteen small-batch craft beers on tap. Finally, there is a nice selection of cocktails available, too.
Historic Brewing Company Details
Historic opens at 11:00am, seven days a week. The price can run a bit on the high end for pub food, especially if you are treating yourself to a wide selection of their in-house brews. However, most travelers/groups find it worth the cost.
For those traveling with small children, there is a very affordable Kids Menu. It offers the littles one a corn dog, mac & cheese, or chicken strips. Each order also comes with a soft drink and a side of fries or fruit.
Last but not least, Historic Brewing & Bottle House sells an assortment of souvenirs. These house-branded items could make the perfect memento of your trip, or prove a great gift for those back home. All bottles of wine (to go) are 10% off list price. Beer lovers can even take some pints home! Crowlers and growlers of draft beer are available for purchase at reasonable prices.
Historic Brewing Company Neighborhood
The Historic Barrel & Bottle House is found in the bustling downtown area of Williams, Arizona. Located just off scenic Route 66, a number of different appealing businesses, restaurants, and shops are to be found nearby. Just around the corner are two favorite local attractions, the Route 66 Zipline and the Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Also, just a five-minute drive down the road is the incredible Bearizona Wildlife Park.
Suitable local accommodations are plentiful, and include such hotels as the Best Western Plus Inn of Williams, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, The Lodge on Route 66, La Quinta Inn & Suites Williams-Grand Canyon Area, among many other establishments.