About UsOak Creek Brewery and Grill's Beginnings
In 2001 Fred Kraus, our brewmaster, decided to combine his well established brewing skills with his partners food industry skills, to open Sedona's only brew pub in the beautiful Arts and Crafts Village of Talaquepaque. Here he and Jim Strelau, Head Brewer, work to brew our premium beers such as Forty-Niner Gold Lager and Horseshoe Hefeweizen right here in the Grill. These magnificent beers are stored in the burnished copper serving tanks behind our shining oak bar. Our display kitchen permits you to see the rotisserie and wood fired oven used to prepare your servings as well as the house specialties, 'Rotisserie Chicken and Pork Ribs', and 'Fire Kissed Pizzas'. Our beer and food are offered to you in a scenic setting intended to make your dining and drinking experience fun with just a dash of old world charm thrown in for good measure.
Oak Creek Brewery's Beginning
Since February 1995 Sedona's only Microbrewery has been known to locals and tourists alike as the place to enjoy delicious handcrafted brews in a relaxed, unique setting.
Oak Creek Brewing Company recently claimed a bronze medal in the Brewer's Association World Beer Cup 2006, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today.
Head brewer for OCBC, Jim Strelau, was present for the Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle on April 14. He was presented the bronze medal in the strong ale/lager category for Oak Creek Brewing Company's "Old Knitker Kicker", a 140 schilling Wee Heavy scotch ale with pronounced malt body and notes of whisky and peat smoke topping out at 11 % alcohol by volume. "This is one of our favorite limited release beers to brew for the winter season. It's a real winter warmer, but caution is in order... It'll make your ears red!"", stated OCB( owner, Fred Kraus.
Our Pale Ale was the 2005 Silver Medal Winner !!!
Our Nut Brown Ale was the 2004 Gold Medal Winner !!!
In 2003 the Horseshoe Hefeweizen received two prestigious gold medals. It was the Gold medal winner at both the North American Brewers' Association and the 22nd annual Great American Beer Festival. A traditional unfiltered Bavarian wheat beer with aromatic hints of banana and clove. This beer is made with up to 50% wheat malt instead of all malted barley, which lends a lighter note. It is deep gold in color with a very low hop bitterness level and a dense head of white foam. It is traditionally enjoyed as the summer beer of choice in Bavaria and pairs well with appetizers, pizza, chicken, fish and pork.
In 2002 the Forty-Niner Gold Lager was a Gold medal winner, North American Brewers' Association. This is a rich gold-colored lager with a crisp hop note. it maintains its zest and balance of hops and malt from start to finish. It is a cold lagered and naturally carbonated all-malt beer that is very versatile and can be enjoyed alone or with nearly any type of food.
Also in 2002 the Village Nut Brown Alewas a Bronze Medal Winner, North American Brewers' Association. This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness. Excellent with steaks, chops and ribs!
In 2001 the Oak Creek Amber Ale was awarded the Silver Medal by the North American Brewers' Association, a recognition that sets Oak Creek apart from hundreds of micro beers.
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