Eleven Favorite Phoenix Beers
Due to its reputation as the girliest beer in Four Peaks' lineup, Arizona Peach gets passed over by many a drinker, which is a shame. In our eyes, there are no "guy beers" or "girl beers" -- just good and bad ones. The soft touch with which peaches were added to this American wheat ale enhances the underlying flavors without becoming cloying, making it a light, refreshing ale perfect for sipping on the Four Peaks patio in the summer heat. It's the most underrated beer in the state, but we love it and we don't care who knows it.
3. Elsie's Irish Cream Coffee Stout -- Papago Brewing
Stout, coffee, Irish cream -- it's all there in the name. Elsie's tastes like a mug of Joe doused with Bailey's. Named for Papago owner Ron Kloth's dog, the brew boasts a pound of Irish cream-flavored coffee beans in each barrel, giving it the Irish Car Bomb-like flavor that -- paired with its smooth, velvety body -- make this a favorite stout. It's currently only available on tap at the brewpub, but word is Elsie's will soon make it into cans.
2. Winter Warmer -- SanTan Brewing Co.
SanTan's annual Winter Warmer won a New Times Best Of award in 2010, and little has changed since then -- it still rocks. To make the beer, brewers start with a traditional English old ale recipe, then spice it with 10 pounds of fresh ginger and 10 gallons of Arizona orange blossom honey, allowing the brew to showcase the unique terroir of the state while remaining a fantastic example of the winter warmer style. With notes of cinnamon-spiced raisins, caramel, plum and brandy, the brew perfectly captures the flavors of the chilly season while providing the means to warm up.
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