The Oak Creek Brewing Co. has actually been around for 20 years doing their own thing and making good, quality beer but their grill in Tlaquepaque has only been around since 2001. We stop in here nearly every time we’re in Sedona, especially after a long hike. (They have a taproom in Sedona too but this post is about the grill location).
On this particular visit, we had just finished a hike and popped in for a pizza before heading down the hill back home. They were packed as always, so we weren’t able to sit on the patio and take in a view of the red rocks (it’s a small patio), but we did find seats at the bar right away and were able to escape having to wait for a table.
The bartender was super friendly. When we were at a loss for which pizza we were in the mood for, the bartender cleverly pulled out his phone and pulled up a coin flip app and assigned a pizza to heads and the other to tails. The Smoking Gun won out and I am so glad it did. It was so stinking delicious and had smoked gouda and provolone cheeses with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil pesto. Trust me, that is saying a lot about how good it was because I’m typically a very dedicated pepperoni, mushroom, and black olive with red sauce type of pizza girl.
They’ve got plenty of other items to choose from as well including salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. We get pizza often, but everything I’ve ever had here has been really good.
Their locally brewed beer is excellent and offers several styles to choose from. My favorites are the Nut Brown Ale, Hefeweizen, and the Amber Ale. They use a process known as spunding, which is a natural carbonation process that apparently very few brewers use. It seems to work well because their beer has won several awards and they bottle it for distribution. According to their website, it’s now sold in over 450 stores throughout Arizona. I especially like that the bottle tops have the Arizona flag on them.
The Kraus family moved to Sedona in the early 90’s and had visions of opening their own brewery using the methods that Fred Kraus had acquired at Gasthausbrauerei Hufeisen (Horseshoe Brewery) in Pottenstein, Germany. Their dream soon became real life and they’ve been producing great product ever since.
Oak Creek Brewing Co gives back to the community as well, always a plus! They donate food every month to the Meals on Wheels program in addition to annually providing a community sponsorship to the rotary club, humane society, Sedona Marathon, and more.
I always personally like it when local businesses give back to those in their community and this is no different. Well done, Oak Creek Brewing! If you’re planning a trip to Sedona (and you should!), stop in and grab a bite to eat. If you can sit on the patio (more conducive to smaller groups from 1-3 folks), you should- especially if the weather is beautiful! You’ll get a great view of the red rocks while you enjoy awesome food and beer.
Until next time~ Cheers!