Eleven Favorite Phoenix Beers
What's your favorite beer? We at Chow Bella get this question a lot, and though it may seem a simple choice for the uninitiated, it can be much harder to answer for those who have tried a multitude of brews. Even among the relatively small selection of beers made in the Valley, with so many styles, flavor, and approaches to beer available, how does one select a single, most-beloved brew? We couldn't. So here are 11 of our favorites. Now stop asking.
11. Sirius Black -- Four Peaks Brewing Co.
A traditional Russian imperial stout with three pounds of licorice root as well as five pounds of Indian Malabar coffee thrown in, this recipe was a collaborative effort from all of the brewers at Four Peaks and first premiered as Winter Wobbler 2008, their yearly special winter seasonal. It now appears randomly at beer festivals, special events and occasional brewery tappings. Softly smoky with a blend of heavily burnt oats, cotton candy, light-roast coffee, licorice and peanut skins, the brew's worth seeking out -- and the version aged in bourbon barrels is even better.
10. Scootcher -- Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery
The ale formerly known as Scottie, Scootcher is a Scottish-style amber. The sturdy flavor's constructed with dark roasted malt and noble hops and tastes of bread, crackers, figs, grapes and port. Taken altogether, it's not unlike a drinkable yet inebriating Fig Newton.
9. Cherry Bomb -- SunUp Brewing Co.
An occasional brew from Uwe Boer, Cherry Bomb combines flavors of tangy molasses, milk chocolate, and espresso. Oh, yeah, and cherries. Lots of cherries. It's a beautiful flavor combination, but due to the brew's sweetness, one glass is usually enough.
Check out more of our favorite beers on the following pages.