Beer, Food and Travel

The possibilities of wine and food pairings are endless.  The perfect pairing is a tiny slice of heaven that you want to savor for as long as you can.  The same can be said for beer and food pairings, if of course, if it’s the right combination.  Starting June 1, Route 66 will offer a limited edition menu with a twist on the pairing practice.  Choose from several culinary delights that reflect locations on the open road also known as Route 66, the historic highway that starts in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles.

Feel like Mexican food you might find in Flagstaff?  We have just the beer for that, a Vienna Lager.  Chile Rellenos are heavenly with a lager.  Whichever direction you are heading, you’d probably want to try a famous Texas steak in Amarillo.  Either of Route 66 Brewing’s specialties, English Bitter or Porter, washes down that steak nicely.  Your final stop would of course, be at the world famous Baxter’s BBQ Joint in Baxter, Kansas.  Try a Double or Triple Belgian Ale to bring out the spice in our house made BBQ sauce.

Most of our staff have traveled the entire Route 66 – some more than once – and would love to chat with you about the establishments that inspired this special menu.  We hope to meet you soon so that we can chat about beer, food and travel.


A Bit of History

In the “Grapes of Wrath”, John Steinbeck proclaimed Route 66 to be the “Mother Road”.  In real life, this road led approximately 200,000 people to California from the ravages of the Great Dust Bowl.1

Route 66 was one of the first roads within the U.S. Highway system and it traverses a good part of the US, running between Chicago and Los Angeles.  Its history is long and colorful.  It has had two starting points, been lost, rerouted and found again.

Renewed interest in the historic highway is thanks to historical groups who are working to mark the 2400-mile road.  This effort began in the mid-1980’s when interest in preserving the road was revived.  Certain points along the route are now marked as historic and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  There is also a push to put Route 66 back on maps and include original neon signs and motels still in existence in the National Registry of Historic Places.

The website, keeps the “Arizona Chicago Connection” alive with turn-by-turn directions of how to reach the two-lane highway in the desert.

Once you know where to go, coming from the west, you will drive through Kingman, Flagstaff, Holbrook, and Winslow.  Then just keep right on going until you reach Chicago.

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The Arizona Chicago Connection – Great Beer

At Route66 Brewing, we believe that when good people drink good beer, it makes the world a better place.  We love beer and we love people.

Our founder, DJ, started brewing in his kitchen.  He thought it would be fun.  And, having spent eight years in Germany, he has also drunk a lot of good beer.  After a few years of entering and winning local beer competitions, DJ qualified to compete at the Great American Beer Festival.  His English Bitter came in 2nd overall.  And the rest is history.

While that award-winning beer is always on the menu, we love trying new things, imparting a little bit of chaos in whatever we do, to come up with that perfectly drinkable brew.

The name is a nod to our Arizona Chicago connection, two places that couldn’t be more different.  We like the idea of the open road, where diverse people are on a quest for something great to share with others.  So whichever road you’re on, we hope that one day it leads you here.