Eleven Favorite Phoenix Beers
8. Oude Zuipers -- Papago Brewing Co.
Belgian beers of any kind are a rarity in the Valley, so to find an authentic-tasting tripel is an even bigger treat. Oude Zuipers ("old drunk") is brewed for Papago by Belgian brewers Brouwerij Van Steenberg, makers of Gulden Draak. The flavor -- packed with bright green apples, pear juice, honey, and lilac -- will keep you drinking until you're good and zuipers.
7. Negro Nitron -- SanTan Brewing Co.
Negro Nitron, San Tan's take on the black IPA, premiered in August last year and won us over immediately. The nitrogenated brew is a creamy delight in the mouth, and the juxtaposition of sweet tangerine, orange peel, and pine with to smoky pork, milk chocolate and coffee beans has us hoping SanTan brews another batch soon.
6. Inebriator -- Sonoran Brewing
As we've said before, Inebriator is like a beer Highlander that's hunted down lesser imperial stouts and absorbed their color and flavor. The syrup-thick brew coats the tongue with layers of milk chocolate, hot cocoa, peanut, molasses, and burnt black malt. It's rich, tasty, and, well, inebriating.
5. Sonoran 200 -- Sonoran Brewing
Brewed like a beer but certainly not flavored like one, Sonoran 200 is made with pure agave nectar -- and lots of it. The brew was fermented for four weeks, infused with even more agave, then oak-aged for six months. The result's a nearly 40-proof brew that, while pricey, is an interesting and tasty diversion from the beers you're used to.
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