It began on a road trip…
Driving on a dark stretch of two lane road, founders Michael and Alissa Marquess were pondering how to better live their creed of ‘finding joy in the adventure’. They came up with a plan that brought together their passions of craft beer, travel, Arizona and the enjoyment of life; they decided to create a brewery.
The Mother Road was the moniker given to U.S. Highway 66 by Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, as he shared the story of the fictional Joad family, who traveled the road in hopes of trading desperation and heartache for hope and new beginnings. The Mother Road Brewery now resides along a lost portion of the storied highway, symbolizing both the journey we’ve made and our passion for craft beer, motoring and history.
Mother Road Brewery and Tap Room is located in the Southside of Flagstaff on Mikes Pike; the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66 as it came through Flagstaff. In the late 1930s Route 66 was realigned to travel under the railroad line one block west, to handle heavier Depression era traffic.
The Milum Building was built by the Milum family in the 1920s and housed a commercial laundry, which they operated until the late 1990s. Following a series of short-lived businesses and a period of disrepair, the Milum Building now has three long term tenants and is enjoying a renaissance with shops; Pizzicletta, Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution, and Mother Road Brewing Company.
Mission and Values
The Mission of Mother Road Brewing is to hand craft and distribute distinguished beers with respect for history, our community, and the environment. We sell to the consumer by expanding their awareness of beer culture, beer and food pairings, and evoking place and history. We provide our customers the finest beer value at a reasonable price.
Our Vision is to become a Southwest regional brewery by utilizing local products whenever possible, engaging our employees and management in process and decision making, seeking green and innovative technologies to aid in beer production, and involving the community in our brewery with mutually beneficial partnerships.
We seek to accomplish the Mission and Vision with the following values:
Integrity – Do what you say and honor your word. This applies to all company relationships; staff, consumers, shareholders, suppliers, and distributors.
Respect – For where we began and what we will accomplish next. We have a duty to the history of brewing and our community, but are biased to innovation; taking our respect for the past and applying it forward.
Creative – Thoughts and actions in our daily operations. Through an empowered and imaginative team, we fashion new beers and processes to advance craft brewing and our company.
Puckish – In our enjoyment of life and what we do. After all, we have a great job; brewing beer.