|Lonesome Valley Brewing owners, Brian Cole left, and Mike Symington, have been up and running for more than two months.|
Photo courtesy Tamara Sone/The Daily Courier
Special to the Tribune
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The doors are open and the taps are flowing at Prescott Valley's first brewery.
Lonesome Valley Brewing, 3040 N. Windsong Dr., opened in late October in the former location of Danny Z's Pizza and Wings, co-owner and brewer Brian Cole said, adding that it took around six months for the pub to go from concept to construction.
"The biggest challenge to opening was physical. Working here seven days a week, 24-hours a day, sleeping here, eating here - I definitely would have to say it was physically challenging. I broke my arm the first day," Cole said. "At the end it's all worth it."
Cole has been brewing beer for about 10 years, he said. His beers showcase different flavors with lots of body.
"When you are sitting there brewing beer you always think about bringing your beer to people, bringing your art, bringing your passion of what you're doing," Cole said. "So, this was the logical step. To do something like the original local public house; a place where people can come in have a beer, or soup, or whatnot."
In addition to serving their own beer, Lonesome Valley Brewing offers a variety of libations such as Woodchuck amber cider, Marble IPA, and red and white wines.
"We are trying to bring a varied selection of craft beers to the community," Cole said. "There's not a lot of places that sell varied beer on a weekly level. So, we are just trying to bring something different."
While Cole keeps busy brewing up concoctions to whet your whistle, co-owner and chef Mike Symington tantalizes customers' taste buds with unique menu options.
"Food is a passion for me. I started learning to cook when I was 6," Symington said. "It's always been a thing where I can express myself. I enjoy giving people something they are going to appreciate."
"I like to put a little twist on everything," he added, grinning.
One of Symington's "twists" is the PV Po' Boy "sammich", which consists of a hoagie roll filled with Symington's homemade pulled pork, smothered in macaroni and cheese.
"I make it with a lot of vinegar to break down the proteins in the meat and make it softer," Symington said. "Like I said, I don't really do anything straightforward."
Bacon lovers will be drawn to the Carver's Classic sandwich, which pairs peanut butter and a double layer of bacon between two slices of seeded wheat bread.
For something with a little more kick - and quirk - there's Symington's griddled jalapeno popper sandwich. The grilled sandwich combines roasted jalapenos, Colby and cream cheeses on marbled rye, for a savory, spicy and creamy flavor experience.
Each sandwich is served with a pickle spear and a choice of one side: baked potato salad, mac n' cheese, jicama slaw, low-fat cottage cheese, dirty rice, creamy cucumber, Asian cucumber, or pasta salads.
The brewery also offers a variety of salads, appetizers, soup, and chili.
Not forgetting about the littlest customers, the eatery has a small bites menu for kids of all ages. The small bites menu includes four choices - a peanut butter sandwich, with a choice of strawberry jam, grape jelly, Arizona honey, Nutella spread or marshmallow fluff, grilled cheese sandwich, hot dog or macaroni and cheese. All but the macaroni and cheese come with a small side.
Menu items range from $4 for small bites up to $10.50 for the Kitchen Sink Salad. In addition to alcoholic beverages, the pub serves iced tea, coffee, Barq's Root Beer, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Sprite for $2 each.
The brewery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The brewery is closed on Sundays.
For more information on specials and what's on tap, call Lonesome Valley Brewing at 928-515-3541 or visit www.facebook.com/LonesomeValleyBrewing