After most of our errands, our minds turned to lunch at Smith Alley Brewing Company where we’d had good beer and food a few years ago. We were happy to see they’d survived Covid. As we sat outside, I was excited to see the vertical growing platforms used to divide the eating area from the walkway of the alley with a variety of fruit, vegetables, and flowers growing on the five what? Trellises? Re-reading the information below, I see they’re called walls.

In the water at the bottom of each wall are fish. Our server informed us that the fertilizer provided by the fish is then taken by the water to each part of the wall. No fishing, of course, and any fish served here do NOT come from these!

I don’t want to forget to mention that Smith Alley has great beer (I had Black Pegasus, robust with heavy notes of coffee and chocolate.) What’s not to like?? The fries were hand cut, the French dip delicious. My husband once again had a peculiarly Wyoming dish: chili with a cinnamon roll meant to be dipped or put into the chili. We were told last time that this was served in school cafeterias. My husband loved it, although I personally would never do that to a cinnamon roll. It was the perfect way and place to relax and rejuvenate before finishing our errands and heading back up the mountain. The next day we’d be closing up the cabin for another year.

  1. Sheree says:

    Heartening to see favourite restaurants that have survived

  2. Fascinating wall idea, and that is definitely a lunch and beverage to remember. Chili and cinnamon roll – who knew.

    • We got several crowlers (not growlers, smaller) of the Black Pegasus to bring home. Just had the last one last night. I really like the vertical wall idea and it worked beautifully as a sort of wall without closing out everything.

  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    What a wonderful place – and the beer sounds great too πŸ™‚

  4. It looks like it was an interesting and delicious day in town. I’m not sure I’d be dippin’ that cinnamon roll in chili either. πŸ˜€

    • We go to town as little as possible but this was one of the best days. We got done what we needed to do, had some good coffee/tea with wi-fi, and had lunch here. I also got a new pair of boots, which I’ve needed for a few years. But cinnamon rolls belong on a plate by themselves as far as I’m concerned. πŸ™‚

  5. Dan Antion says:

    The photos all look good.

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    That looks scrumptious, and what an ingenious farming project!

  7. The farm walls are such a great idea!

  8. Amy says:

    What a cool place to enjoy good food and beer. πŸ™‚

  9. Many restaurants in my little toen have folded due to Covid.
    It’s a bit unnerving. These were places that were here since the 50’s.
    I’m glad you were able to enjoy this fav restaurant. Clever idea to create
    these walls. Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

  10. Resa says:

    I’m happy this place survives, too! The trellises are lovely.
    Hey Janet, those fries look pretty golden to me!

  11. I love the Farm Walls idea, as well, Janet. I’ve begun an AZ Master Gardener Certification course that requires 50 hours of volunteer work; maybe I can suggest a Farm Wall or 2 around northern AZ! Thanks for sharing! 🌞

  12. I can’t wait for it

  13. marianallen says:

    Mmmmm, wish I had been there! And the fish pond / trellis is awesomely awesome!

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