Mother Road Gets Real 2017


Mother Road Gets Real 2017

Mother Road Brewing Company is proud to present the second annual ‘Mother Road Gets Real’ Real Ale Festival.

Tickets are limited to 150 guests.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Real Ale, or cask-conditioned beer, is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. This process makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops wonderful tastes and aromas.

Join us the evening of June 9th from 5:00 to 9:00pm, under open spring skies on the Mother Road patio.  Breweries from across Arizona will be providing casks to be served by gravity dispensing and hand pump beer engines.  Breweries scheduled to appear:
Mother Road
Dark Sky
Peoria Artisan Brewery
Drinking Horn Meadery
Grand Canyon
The Shop
Four Peaks
Uncle Bear’s

Your admission includes 12 four ounce tastes and a commemorative tasting glass.

Pizzicletta will be available for ordering food, or bring in your favorites from the plentiful Southside restaurants.

Flagstaff has unpredictable spring weather – be prepared for snow or shine; we are pouring no matter the weather!

This is a perfect start to a craft beer filled Flagstaff weekend!

No refunds.

Want to Work for Mother Road Brewing?

We’re hiring!

Mother Road Brewing Company seeks a Sales Representative for craft beer sales in Arizona and New Mexico. The Sales Representative will have a working knowledge of the major markets in Arizona and New Mexico and have a love of the Southwest. You will work directly in the field to develop relationships and sell to accounts as well as coordinate sales activities with our distribution partners. The successful candidate will analyze all available data to identify market trends and areas of concern or opportunity; will develop marketing plans; conduct annual planning; create and execute events that represent Mother Road; and will provide regular concise reporting on business objectives.

You can download the details and learn how to apply at this link.

Open Letter to Mother Road Fans

January 5, 2017

To Mother Road’s Fans,

Thank you for being part of Mother Road Brewing Company’s continuing adventure. Your support of the brewery and purchases of our beer have fueled incredible growth the past several years. We ended last year with an approximate production of 4,100 barrels; an incredible feat in our small 3,000 square foot Southside brewery and tasting room.

While this production is remarkable, it is also the maximum amount of beer we can presently produce. It is humbling that Arizonans and New Mexicans drink every pint we brew, but we realize it has led to shortages of our beer on shelves and tap towers in your favorite bars and restaurants. So here’s what we’re going to do to produce enough beer to meet your demand.

We have partnered with Brian Helton and Helton Brewing Company who will assist us in producing more beer for the next six months, staring in mid-January. The beer made at Helton will be brewed directly by Mother Road’s brewers with Brian’s support. This allows Mother Road additional beer to quench your thirst until June.

In June, we open our new 8,000 square foot production facility and tasting room at 1300 East Butler Avenue in Flagstaff. The Mikes Pike location will remain open as a tap room and an experimental brewhouse (Yes! We’ll be able to do specialty brews again!). The Butler brewery will be able to produce 8,000 barrels in 2017 and can grow to an annual capacity of 20,000 barrels. This will ensure plentiful Mother Road beer and give us many years of continued growth.

We understand that the next few months will have tight supplies of beer. Our brew team is working hard and our distributors are doing exemplary work to move our beer across two states for you. We will do our best until the new facility is online and beg your forgiveness if we do not provide the service and availability of beer you have come to expect from the Mother Road team.

Please reach out to either of us to discuss our service, beers, or the new facility. Again, thank you for being part of the Mother Road family!

Michael and Alissa Marquess, Founders

As 5th Anniversary Nears, Mother Road Brewing Signs Lease on Second Brewing Facility

After five years making beer out of its downtown Flagstaff location, Mother Road Brewing Company is taking a major step to expand its operations. Last week, owners Michael and Alissa Marquess signed a lease on an 8,000-square-foot production facility about a mile east of the historic Mikes Pike brewery. This gives supporters a lot to celebrate for Mother Road’s  5th anniversary on November 17th.

Limited tickets to the anniversary celebration are available here.

5th-anniversary and an expansion

The new space, located at 1300 E. Butler Ave., will house a 20-barrel brewhouse and two 80-barrel and 120-barrel fermenters with a potential total capacity of 20,000 barrels per year. That’s five times the 4,000 barrels per year the Mother Road crew is currently able to crank out of the 3,000-square-foot Mikes Pike brewery. A tasting room and patio are in the plans as well, so visitors are encouraged to stop by for a pint.

The total budget for buildout and equipment is $1 million and the goal is to have the doors open by April 2017.

“It’s going to give us a great ability to have flexibility and a better guest experience at the original tap room while increasing the quality, consistency and output of beer at new production facility,” Michael said. “We’ll be making a really great place for staff to work and create in.”

The expanded production capacity will allow Mother Road to launch three new styles next year and extend its distribution in Arizona and beyond.

As for the downtown location, it will continue to house the current 15-barrel system, which will become a pilot brewery focusing on experimental beers and seasonal releases.

“That way, there will always be something exciting and new coming out of the original Mike’s Pike tap room,” Michael said.

The original space also will see its own set of renovations, likely next summer, to create more indoor seating and a more comfortable guest experience, he said.

The Mikes Pike building will be less cramped because newly purchased canning equipment and a more modern lab space will move to the Butler facility. The new brewhouse and boiler assemblies will be fabricated by Ridgway, Colo.-based Forgeworks while local design and construction services will be provided by Rob T Construction and UPDESIGN’s Anne Soper.


Want to join the Mother Road Team?



Mother Road Brewing Company in Flagstaff, Arizona is growing!  We seek a Brewer II as described below to join our 4,000 barrel production brewery and tap room this November.


Interested parties shall send via email a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Campbell Morrissy, Production Manager at  No calls please.


This job opening runs from October 10th to October 21st.   Mother Road Brewing Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Information on the brewery at and further information on Flagstaff is at and



Job Title: Brewer II

Reports to: Production Manager

Department: Production

Schedule: Full Time, Non-Exempt


Description: Brewer II is responsible for all aspects of brewery and cellar operations. This position will be charged with maintaining raw materials and chemical inventories. A Brewer II will be responsible for enforcing all SOP’s and developing new ones as needed. Additional production related duties will be assigned and delegated according to business needs by the Production Manager.


Minimum qualifications:

  • 2 – 4 years of brewing, distilling, or wine making experience or 1 – 3 years of brewing, distilling, or wine making experience if combined with a brewing/fermentation science degree and/or college degree in a related field
  • Coconino County Food Handler’s Card
  • Forklift Operator’s Certificate


Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Wort Production
  • Raw Material Handling & Inventory
  • Yeast Handling & Counting
  • Semi-automated packaging in bottles and cans and non-automated kegging
  • Cellar CIP/SIP
  • Lenticular Filtration and unfiltered beer transfer
  • Basic equipment maintenance
  • Lab and Quality work based on established SOP’s
  • Maintenance of all Fermentation and Beer Tracking Logs


Required Abilities:

  • Ability to maneuver 165lbs and team lift 165lbs
  • Lift up to 65lbs independently from floor, at waist, and above waist
  • Standing for 8+ hours per day
  • Twist, crouch, bend, and stoop multiple times per day
  • Communicate effectively with management and Production team
  • Understand and interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and handle chemicals in a safe manor
  • Critically think, problem solve, and work unsupervised
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office


Required Experience:

  • Packaging experience with bottles and/or cans and/or automated keg filling
  • Yeast handling, storage, and counting
  • Beer transfers, carbonation and preparation for packaging.
  • Clean-in-place and Sanitizing-in-place experience




Fresh Hop Ale 2016

In the world of beer, the end of summer means one thing: it’s time for the hop harvest.

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The hops are picked over just a few weeks around the end of August and beginning of September, and they begin to decompose within just 24 hours, which means breweries have a narrow window once a year to snag the fresh cones for special release beers. The rest of the crop is dried and pelletized to preserve it for future use.

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Mother Road made the most of the occasion by traveling up to Colorado to pick up 110 pounds of freshly harvested hops from Paonia-based High Wire Hops. The trip provided the opportunity to complete the circle between farmer and final product, Mother Road production manager Campbell Morrissy said.

“I enjoy the fact that we’re connecting with the people who grow the ingredients we end up putting in our beer,” Campbell said.

“We added our entire haul of Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops into a wet hop ale, giving it an intense flavor boost.”

The final product is an India Red Ale in the ‘mid-90’s’ style with grapefruit, pine and resin on the nose and a strong malt backbone. Look for it on tap at the brewery starting on Labor Day.

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David Warren is the Farm Owner and Manager at High Wire Hops.

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Mother Road camped next to the hops fields.

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Our hops at harvest are first cut down by machete.

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The hop bines are fed into a thresher that separates hop cones from stems and leaves.

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As hop cones come out of the thresher, people pick through removing any remaining leaves or debris.

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Hops drop into a large bag as they come off the conveyor belt.

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Most of the hops are dried to a carefully monitored percentage of moisture before being pelletized (you can see the drying room at High Wire above), a small percentage of whole cone hops are purchased by breweries like ours to brew fresh hop ales within 24 hours of picking.


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See you soon to enjoy this special beer!


Mother Road Gets Real – Real Ale Fest June 10th

Mother Road Brewing Company is proud to present the first annual ‘Mother Road Gets Real’ Real Ale Festival.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Real Ale, or cask-conditioned beer, is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. This process makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops wonderful tastes and aromas.

Join us the evening of June 10th from 5:00 to 9:00pm, under open spring skies on the Mother Road patio and enjoy 12 real ales!
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Breweries from across Arizona will be providing casks to be served by gravity dispensing and hand pump beer engines.

Your admission includes 12 four ounce tastes and a commemorative tasting glass.

Pizzicletta will be available for ordering food, or bring in your favorites from the plentiful Southside restaurants.

This is a perfect warm-up for a craft beer filled Flagstaff weekend!

Tickets available on Brown Paper Ticket here.

Breweries Participating in Mother Road Gets Real:

Mother Road Beer
Wanderlust Brewing Company
Dark Sky Brewing Company
OHSO Brewery- Arcadia
Historic Brewing Company
That Brewery & Pub
the Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Sonoran Brewing
Four Peaks Brewing Company
SanTan Brewing Company
Lumberyard Brewing Company
The Beer Research Institute


We’re gonna help #MakeSmallBeerBig

Something big is happening in the world of craft beer, and it involves nearly 100 small and independent brewers across the country, including Mother Road.

It’s the first ever Biggest Small Beer Ever Made—craft beer’s biggest collaboration in history in celebration of American Craft Beer Week.

Here’s the deal: Every participating brewery — at least one from every state — brewed the same recipe over the past several weeks. Then on May 16, everyone will roll out the special release in unison. Want to learn more? Check out the official writeup and video about the collaboration here.

American Craft Beer Week

The recipe is an oatmeal stout brewed with a high percentage of malted oats for a creamy mouth feel. An added dimension comes from smoked malt that Mother Road was lucky enough to get specially smoked by Flagstaff’s Satchmo’s using mesquite logs.

American Craft Beer Week, now in its 11th year, runs from May 16 to May 22 and is a celebration of the ever advancing beer culture here in the U.S.

Besides the release of the #BiggestSmallBeerEver made, there will be a simultaneous nation-wide toast on May 19th at 5 p.m. where brewers, retailers and beer fans are invited to toast (and share their toast #ACBWtoast) to the American craft beer culture.

Make sure to stop by the Mother Road Tap Room for a pint this upcoming week and support the wonderful craft beer community!

Mother Road collaborates with NAU’s Cline Library on new Archive Ale

PRESS RELEASE – In a community effort of historic proportions, Mother Road Brewing Company has teamed up with Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park on a special beer release that honors both art and history.

The end product is Mother Road’s Archive Ale, a heavily dry hopped IPA using Citra and Simcoe hops. The beer is packaged in the brewery’s popular 16-ounce cans with an entirely removable top that feature the art of Mormon cowboy artist William Dean Fausett. Fausett’s colorful works are featured in Cline Library’s  Fred Harvey Collection, an eclectic mix of materials pertaining to the operations of one of America’s largest restaurant and resort companies.

The beer is set for release in a special ceremony slated for 6 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Mother Road’s Tap Room. Prior to the tapping, history buffs and art fans alike are encouraged to visit the library’s archives on NAU’s campus and view the art being honored. The pieces will be on view beginning at 5 p.m.


Faussett’s works, including his “Seven Stages of Drunkenness” series, adorned the walls at El Tovar, the historic hotel situated at the rim of the Grand Canyon. They were also featured on drink and wine menus used by the Fred Harvey Company, which had a large presence in the Southwest.

“This project brings together our love of history and craft beer, and to take part in the Fred Harvey legacy by releasing Archive Ale at the Grand Canyon is an honor,” said Michael Marquess, who co-founded the brewery alongside his wife Alissa. “Alissa and I are NAU grads too, so we love being able to give back to the university and the community with this collaboration.”

The limited release beer will be available at all Grand Canyon National Park lodges, restaurants and bars while supplies last.

On the release day, Archive Ale project participants will speak briefly on their efforts at the Archives starting at 5:30 pm, and then the celebration moves to Mother Road for the first-ever tapping of Archive Ale. The beer will be available in pints and seven-packs, with a portion of every sale donated to Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Guests can expect light refreshments and live music courtesy of Andy See and His Swingin’ Jamboree. Stop by and sip on the collaboration brew while learning a thing or two about Arizona’s colorful past!

Tower Station cracks Top Rated American IPAs list

Just six months after its release, Mother Road’s Tower Station has climbed onto Beer Advocate’s list of Top Rated American IPAs.

The 7.3% ABV beer, crafted in our downtown Flagstaff facility, nudged into the 100th spot on the beer rating website last week. With IPAs being the dominant craft beer style in the U.S., snagging one of the top spots in this category is an honor, the Mother Road crew said.tower station

A generous helping of Citra hops give this copper orange-hued beer aromas of tangerine and pineapple. Pilsner and Pale malts create a subtle, yet complex grain bill that balances out hop-derived flavors of tropical fruit, grapefruit peel and pine to finish the journey.

The Mother Road brewers, led by Production Manager Campbell Morrissy, taste tested five versions of the Tower Station IPA before nailing down the final recipe.

“Alissa and I gave the brew team a general outline of a beer we desired and they ran with it,” Mother Road Co-Founder Michael Marquess said. “We are proud of Campbell and the team and delighted at how craft lovers are celebrating Tower Station.”

To top it off, Mother Road decided to package Tower in distinctive 16-ounce convertible cans for ultimate flavor enhancement. Thanks to an entirely removable top, beer lovers can “drop the top” on the can leaving them with an aluminum pint glass.

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