Ten Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix for Craft Beer by the Bottle (or the Can)
Starting this Thursday, you'll be able to fill up growlers of your favorite craft beer on draft at most of your favorite craft beer destinations but you're still going to need your trusty liquor stores to pick up beautiful bottles (and cans) of your favorite local and national specialty beers.
Good thing we have several places across town that stock the best of the best of craft beer bottles. And, of course, we have our favorites. Check out our top ten picks.
Wedge & Bottle -- The cheese may come first at this Ahwatukee specialty shop but owners Krista and Troy Daily have also made room for a few well stocked shelves of craft beer. The rotating selection of imported Belgium wits and English ales mingle with cans from Chandler's SanTan Brewing, Colorado favorites Oskar Blues, and bottles from Alaskan Brewing and Firestone Walker. They may not have the biggest selection in town, but the quality of what they do stock can't be beat. Plus, they'll help you pair your bottles with the proper cheese!
Wedge & Bottle
Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits -- Before Sportsman's was Phoenix's one-stop wine shop, the store was a grab-and-go beer store so it's no surprise that this upscale liquor shop carries a selection of beers that almost rivals their wine supply. Here you'll find everything from the full line of brews from Utah's Epic Brewing to imports from St. Bernardus and Duvel. Sportsman's also hosts monthly beer tastings. Keep an eye on their website to see which brewer will be in the tasting room next.
Magnum's Cigar Lounge -- If you're in North Phoenix and get a hankering for a nice cold Delirium Tremens or a six-pack of Left Hand's Milk Stout Nitro, then stop by this cigar lounge to get your fix. The lounge/liquor shop stocks six coolers full of well selected craft and import beers. Take your selection home or enjoy it with a nice cigar right there.
Sun Stop Liquors -- This liquor shop may be a mecca for college kids to stock up on cheap 30 packs of Coors Light and Fruit Loop vodka but the back wall of the small store is chock full of six-packs and bombers from Dogfish Head, Stone, Lagunitas, and Tap It. The store owner and staff are incredibly friendly and though they may not be craft beer experts, they'll always tell you what's new in the store and let you know what what's good. Bonus -- since this isn't the Tempe beer nerds' first stop, you can usually find a couple bottles of Hopslam and other popular brews long after the other stores have sold out.