Happy Hour Report Card: San Tan Brewing Company
The Spot: San Tan Brewing Company, 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. 480-917-8700. www.santanbrewing.com
Hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Reverse Happy Hour is 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday
Details: They keep it simple: All San Tan pints are $3.75 each, and everything behind the bar -- yes, everything -- is $1 off. Select appetizers, like the Buffalo wings, Downtown Sliders, and Chips & Dip Trio, are down to $6 apiece. We asked our server for appetizer recommendations and took his advice, going with the Cilantro Lime Hummus (served with tortilla chips, pita, olives, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers) and crispy Onion Rings and Zucchini. Despite the crowds, our appetizers came out of the kitchen faster than fast food, and in generous portions.
For pints, we went with the two seasonals on tap: Mr. Pineapple and Sex Panther (seasonal brews just don't get better names than these two). We've raved about the Sex Panther (a double chocolate porter and oh-so-rich) before, but this time, it was the Mr. Pineapple that stole the show. A refreshingly light beer, this pineapple wheat has the sweet, fruity kick you'd expect from its name, plus a little extra carbonation to make it especially thirst-quenching on an already hot April day.