The Arizona craft brewing scene didn’t fully take off until well into the 2000s. However, there were a handful of locations that did spring up in the early 1990s (which took place after Jimmy Carter passed a law in the 1970s that allowed for consumers at home to brew their own beer). Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson became the first craft brewery in the state to open back in 1991. Not long after that, a Phoenix-area-based brewery opened up, although the brewery has now been forced to close.
Prescott Brewing opened in 1994, just three years after the very first craft brewery in the state. It has been a favorite hangout for both beer and food lovers in the 30 years since. However, the brewery has an unceremoniously closed shop.
Guests craving a craft beer or an item off of the extensive food menu have found the front door to be locked up and the restaurant closed. No updates regarding closure have appeared on the company website or on the handful of social media platforms the brewery operates (although none of these social media platforms have been updated since late 2021).
However, the landlord did post a notice on the front door, stating the brewer was closed due to the lack of rental payment and, because the brewery has failed to pay its rent, the landlord will seize the property. So, unless restaurant and brewery management can quickly make a compromise with the landlord, it appears Prescott Brewing has poured its last pint, just two years shy of its 30th anniversary.
The brewery itself has won numerous awards for its beers. The Lodgepole Light took home a gold medal in the American Style Lager/Ale or Cream Ale in the 1997 Great American Beer Festival. It also won Gold at the International World Beer Cup. The Petrified Porter won a gold medal in the Robust Porter Category at the N.A.B.A beer festival in 1997, while the Ponderosa IPA won a gold medal for the India Pale Ale category at the 1996 Great American Beer Festival. Other beers to have won major awards for the brewery include the Raven Maniac Stout, the Weizen Bock, Bock of Ages, Christmas City Ale, Pilsner 500, and the Funkendunkel. On the restaurant side, nearly everything was made from scratch in order to be paired with the award-winning beers.
For now, beer fans in the Valley will need to seek out one of the other local craft breweries, although beer lovers can also go south to check out Barrio Brewing Company if they want to discover the oldest brewery in the state.