Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Craft Beer Bars

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Who's thirsty?

​Let's discuss craft beer bars.

We're not just talking about one or two handles here. We're taking about the bars that have devoted just about every handle to the art of craft beer; the folks that know that power of a freshly tapped keg of Hopslam and who would sell a large part of their soul to offer their Phoenix friends a taste of Russian River's Pliney the Younger.

Arizona Beer Week has sadly ended, but our thirst has not. And so we have put together a list of our favorite places to grab a cool pint of something hoppy, smoked, bourbon barrel aged, Belgium, imperial, or red. Cheers!

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10. Lost Leaf -- You won't find a large selection of fancy beer on tap at this Downtown Phoenix house-turned-bar. Actually you won't find any beers on tap-- they don't have any (we heard it's in the works) --but they make up for it with a HUGE selection of craft brews in bottles -- 130 to be exact. You'll even find gluten-free and organic beers and ciders.

9. Delux Burger --  Whether your  waiting for you burger or hanging out trying to look super hip and cool, Delux has a brew for you. Arizona brews have taken over the majority of the 40 handles but there are still plenty of our national faves waiting to be poured in to a frosty pint glass.

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8. Yucca Tap Room -- Sixteen rotating tap handles and more than 130 different bottled beers makes the lounge side of one of our favorite Tempe places to catch a good ol' rock n' roll show a great place to relax with a pint of beer (and a chaser of whiskey). You can always find favorites like Four Peaks Hopknot on tap and the latest seasonals from Bell's, New Belgium, and Sierra Nevada.

7. Flanny's Bar & Grill
-- The folks at Flanny's like to keep only the best of the best on their 22 rotating handles. We've seen Dogfish 120 Minute, Bell's Hopslam, New Belgium Prickly Pear Saison, and Epic's Big Bad Baptist cross their lines lately and they always seemed to have their hand on the pulse of the good stuff. Watch out for their upcoming "Tap Takeovers" starting in April.

6. The Handlebar Pub & Grill -- A craft beer bar in Apache Junction that serves delicious food made with local ingredients and grass-fed beef? NO WAY! That was our first reaction when we wandered in to this AJ gem. Monthly beer dinners, 24 craft beers on tap and more then 100 in bottles, plus live music and great eats makes us wish, if only for a moment, that we lived closer.

5. O.H.S.O -- Eighteen of O.H.S.O.'s 36 taps handles are dedicated to local beers while the other eighteen are stocked with a unique selection of national favorites from Epic, Lagunitas, Deschutes, Bell's, and more. Every Saturday and Sunday, they'll thrown in a free 10 oz. local beer with your breakfast. Yum!

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Taste of Tops

403 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

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How is Delux Burger on here?  Sure, they have a decent selection, but I sure in hell wouldn't want to hang out there..


You left out the tap room at Whole Foods Scottsdale on Mayo. I'd rate it #4 or 5 on this list. Great spot for folk on the North side of town.


Many thanks! We appreciate the company and look forward to growing even more! Thank you for the HUGE compliment! 


I want a story on the best outlaw bikers bars in town.


What? No Whole Foods Chandler?


 I just found that out yesterday (this was actually written a few weeks back but published yesterday). Thanks for the heads up!

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