Do you know what ales ya? Or maybe you’re a little lovesick for lager.
If you’re a beer drinker, you know your craft cure-all. Whether it’s a pale ale of English origin, or a dark lager of the German or American variety, you’re fit for flavor and we’ve got some hop spots for your taste bud travels right here in the Valley.
Raise your glass at these local breweries if you’re a connoisseur of craft beer.
1. SanTan Brewing Company
With its neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, the SanTan Brewing Company has grown a loyal fanbase since its opening in 2007. Having established itself as a top local food and beer destination in the Phoenix metro area, SanTan is operating with a mission to pair craft beer and craft food with a menu that offers up breakfast, lunch and dinner items, alongside year round brews with names like Devil’s Ale, Mr. Pineapple and MoonJuice IPA. SanTan beers have won a number of awards statewide and nationally.
San Tan Brewing Company, 8 S. San Marco Place, Chandler, AZ 85225, (480) 917-8700
2. Uncle Bear’s Brewery
Delicious American food, craft beer and a “doggone good time” are promised to those who visit Uncle Bear’s Brewery in the Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center. Dog lovers will enjoy the canine theme that accompanies Uncle Bear’s casual upbeat atmosphere where dogs eat free every Saturday (with the purchase of an adult entree). Craft beers on tap include Uncle Bear’s Mandarin’s Wheat, Fence Jumper Golden Ale and the popular Mutt’s Nuts Double IPA. You can also find Uncle Bear’s beers at its Grill & Tap locations in Queen Creek and Mesa.
Uncle Bear’s Brewery, 4921 E. Ray Rd., #103, Phoenix, AZ 85044 (480) 961-2374
3. Wren House Brewing Co.
This homegrown brewery emerged from homegrown Arizona natives who happen to be passionate about their community – and their craft beer. Wren House’s owners say they find inspiration both locally and internationally and strive to make their beer the best. Other craft beer lovers are making return engagements to this Phoenix brewery that leans toward minimalist and hipster-ish in its decor. What Wren House lacks in food offerings (no eats on the menu), it appears to make up for in custom flavored brews with a Chocolate Cherry Stout, Ginger Pale Ale and a Wild Rice Vienna Lager among the beers on tap.
Wren House Brewing Co., 2125 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 244-9184
4. Four Peaks Brewing Company
This Tempe company takes pride in the heritage of its house of brew, which grew out of what was once a creamery – where the cows came home. No signs of bovine persist through this red brick building after several renovations but there is plenty of craft beer to choose from. The mainstay selection includes Four Peaks’ Sunbru, Peach Ale, Hop Knot and Kilt Lifter. Four Peaks also offers a behind the scenes look at the making of its craft beer with brewery tours on Tuesday nights and Saturday days.
Four Peaks Brewing Company, 1340 E, Eighth Street #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 303-9967
5. The Perch Pub and Brewery
This one is for the birds – and craft beer lovers alike. Located in Historic Downtown Chandler, the Perch Pub and Brewery is not only home to what it calls the finest craft beer in Chandler, but also to a collection of brightly colored tropical birds. Perch features 40 craft beers on tap and a full menu of upscale pub food, garden seating and a rooftop lounge for those who desire a bird’s eye view of Downtown Chandler.
The Perch Pub and Brewery, 232 S. Wall Street, Chandler, AZ 85225, (480) 773-7688
Not really a beer person? Here are bars you can visit that offer more than just drinks.
– Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org