Downtown fixture Prescott Brewing Company® going strong at 20 years

1/10/2014 6:00:00 AM – Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT – Located in the Bashford Courts building across from the courthouse plaza sits Prescott Brewing Company®, one of downtown Prescott’s longtime local eateries.

The micro-brew pub first opened its doors to customers 20 years ago in March – on the Ides of March to be precise.

For owners John and Roxane Nielsen, the date proved to be a lucky one.

“People we met in town told us not to open on March 15. It’s bad luck. I said, ‘You know what? We’re going to open on March 15 and prove everyone wrong,'” said Roxane Nielsen.

Twenty years later, downtown’s Prescott Brewing Company® remains strong, with 70 employees, and a production facility located near the airport for beer distribution. The facility kegs and cans their liquid amber and ponderosa IPA brands, which are then distributed throughout the state. The restaurant is located at 130 W. Gurley Street.

The restaurant, known as a brewpub, features a full-service restaurant and microbrewery. Chef Rob Bridges runs the kitchen and often incorporates appropriate brews into his culinary creations.

With the exception of the children’s menu, everything at the restaurant is made from scratch, hand-formed and handmade.

“A lot of our standard menu items are made with beer and a lot of our specials, especially, are cooked with beer,” Roxane Nielsen said.

“We took the philosophy of using all natural ingredients in the beer into the kitchen and use all natural ingredients,” John Nielsen said.

The Menu

Customer favorites include fish and chips and bangers and mash, as well as a number of items from both their regular menu and their pub bites menu. A look at the rich menu reveals handmade pizza selections, battered dishes, wrap selection like their new Buffalo Chicken Caesar Wrap, Brew Kettle soups and chili, desserts like Gramm’s “Comfortable” Peach Bread Pudding, a kid’s menu, sandwiches and burgers, and other choices.

“We hand bread all our fish and make our own batters,” said John Nielsen. “It’s thin, like a tempura batter, with Panko bread crumbs, which gives it a nice light crust.”

Other menu items include starters including Prescott Pretzels, Oro Frita Artichoke Hearts, Montezuma fingers and more. Regular menu items include the bangers and mash, featuring English-style banger sausages made in hand-crafted ale, and delivered with garlic mashed potatoes and Dijon gravy, beer mustard made in-house, beer bread and a side of hot applesauce. Other menu items include the Settler’s Pot Pie, with tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, yams, artichoke hearts, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and baked with fresh herbs in a mushroom sauce.

Besides other specials, such as prime rib on Friday nights and their pitcher of beer and pizza on Wednesday nights, Prescott Brewing Company® also offers monthly specials. In January, the restaurant offers “Chili Month” meals, featuring Classic Cincinnati 5-Way Chili through Saturday, with turkey chili on tap for next week. The following week, Jan. 19-25, diners can find Texas Rib eye Chili, followed by 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili the week after.

“In June we do barbecue month, then in November we do sausage month. It’s the same concept as chili month,” John Nielsen said.