Happy Hour Report Card: San Tan Brewing Company
Cost: Two pints and two apps came to $19.50 before tip and tax.
Conclusion: Some restaurants (we're looking at you, Scottsdale) gladly will give you their happy-hour menu after a little pleading and victory in a different kind of hunger games (and may the condescending looks be ever in your favor), but at San Tan, the happy-hour prices are displayed in a box on the regular menu. The power of that can't be overstated: no gimmicks, no treasure hunts, no begging. The deals are simple -- from the list of discounted apps to the $3.75 pints, including both popular brews like Devil's Ale and seasonals like Mr. Pineapple. It's easy to see why there are so many regulars; the service is impeccable, fast, and friendly. All that said, in this market, $6 appetizers at happy hour should be of a much higher quality. There's an approachable blandness to these -- like your favorite lazy Sunday "comfort" foods -- that would be better suited to $3 to $4.