10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
When it comes to locally brewed beer, Phoenix has got the goods.
It's a pretty exciting time for craft beer in Arizona. Not only does Phoenix have more and more local bars offering craft brews from around the country, there's an abundance of breweries popping up around town. Ten years ago, we couldn't have made a list of our 10 favorite Phoenix area breweries because there just weren't that many. Now, we can put our beer-geek boots on and drink down all the local brews in town to tell you which are the absolute best.

See Also:
- Arizona Brewery Tours Offers a View of Local Craft Breweries
- Old World Brewery: The Old World Must've Been Messed Up

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Heather Hoch
The seasonal Pacific Jade Hibiscus at SanTan.
San Tan Brewing Company
Since 2007, San Tan has been making some of the most unique brews in town, served up at its Chandler brewery and restaurant. Classics like the Devil's Ale and Epicenter can be bought year-round, but seasonals like Mr. Pineapple wheat ale keep us coming back. We also love San Tan's weekly cask list, with offerings like the Super Galactic IWA and Desert Jade Hibiscus beer. The bar menu also includes some seriously tasty eats, like the sinful SanTan Slingers, a combo of bacon, jalapeño, and cheese inside of an egg roll.

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Heather Hoch
The Pomegranate Wheat at Desert Eagle in Mesa.
Desert Eagle Brewing Company
Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of Desert Eagle just yet. After all, the Mesa brewery just opened less than a year ago in October 2012. However, since then, the young brewery has made a name for itself with inventive drafts in every style you can think up. We love the fruitier options that Desert Eagle offers, such as Pomegranate Wheat and Black Cherry Blonde. The taphouse might not look like much now, but we're sure that, with time, its subtle Southwesten décor will evolve into a cozy spot to have a drink.

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Heather Hoch
Four Peaks Brewing Company
Seventeen years of great beer is no small feat in a town that had little in the way of local craft brewing before then. That's why it's hats off to Four Peaks. You pretty much can't call yourself a Phoenician until you've had a Kiltlifter. The Scottish red ale is prolific and can be found in pretty much every bar around town. Plus, no autumn would be the same without the Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter, which has a tendency to sell out pretty much the moment it is released. We have it on good authority that the brewers plan on making more of the coveted pumpkin spice beer this season than any before it. What a relief!

Location Info

Venue

Map

Desert Eagle Brewing Company

150 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Papago Brewing Company

7107 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Phoenix Ale Brewery

3002 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

North Mountain Brewing Company

522 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

SunUp Brewing Company

322 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fate Brewing Company

7337 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Cartel Coffee Lab

225 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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chuck.tenderloin
chuck.tenderloin

Had some tasty brews at Fate. The wait staff was very friendly too!

skiwiz2777
skiwiz2777

Desert Eagle is an awesome addition to Mesa! Great beer, great atmosphere and great music! LOVE the Pomegranate Wheat, Blueberry Ale, Black Cherry Ale, Red Mtn Ale, Deviant Dunkel, Russian Imperial Stout, Seasonal Holiday Hooch, just to name a few...Try a flight if you can't decide. They even have a mixology board, the Black Mamba is a must try! They also offer some kewl DE swag, including growlers for taking your favorite brew home with you! Open mic nite (associated with Milano's) every other Tuesday is a fun time and a good opportunity to check out some great local talent OR sport your own musical skills! Other nights, listen to the likes of Carvin Jones, Voodoo Casters, Boomer, Rocket 88's, just to name a few, while you sip an ice cold craft beer...and NEVER a cover charge! Though exclusively a tap room, if you want to dine, DE has teamed with several local eateries that provide a variety of tasty, very reasonably priced menu items for delivery and consumption on the premises! DE ROCKS! Check it out, you won't be sorry!

tropicalbob8
tropicalbob8

Desert Eagle is a great brewery to meet good people enjoying fine beers. Find your favorite and explore the new flavors as they come about. Great brewery with emphasis on quality flavors. Its a very clean establishment taking pride on their craft. Friendly people working there and so are the people sitting around you. I've always met some interesting people. 

There's also a variety of live entertainment. If you get hungry, ask for a menu,,, it will be brought to you by supporting the local eateries.

kevinmeyer
kevinmeyer

Thank God for respectable companies like Four Peaks, San Tan, Sun Up, Papago and Fate Brewing.  They are the ones making Phoenix beer spectacular.

Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

Absolutely love the folks and the beer at Papago!

Jeff Rollins
Jeff Rollins

Gunna have to go with 4 Peaks, but San Tan is a great second, with Sleepy Dog running 3rd!

unmutual
unmutual

The Desert Eagle is named after an extremely powerful handgun. And although they brew some fine drafts they really have nothing else going for them. No food, no games, just a couple flatscreens on the wall. Enjoy a quick one and move on.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 You pretty much can't call yourself a Phoenician until you've had a Kiltlifter.


Yeah, I had the original one before they ripped the name off from Coyote Springs, thank you very much...

I told Bill to trademark his name...


Also, it's nice to see the brewing market taking off again, it started to die out at the end of the 90's.

Only Papago and Four Peaks were there when I moved... Wait, it says SunUp was there since '01, but I never heard of it.

The Phoenix Ale Brewery
The Phoenix Ale Brewery

George has a new refreshing twist to make the Watermelon Wheat even more refreshing: A splash of tonic water.

Sean
Sean

I want to like OHSO so much more than I do.  It's a fun atmosphere, they have great non-OHSO beers on tap, decent pricing, and it's close to my house, but the food is still hit or miss, and the OHSO brewed beers are very inconsistent.  Most recently, I tried their Pilzner and Dunkelweizen - the Pilzner wasn't even close to accurate for the style and it tasted like it came through pretty dirty lines, whereas the Dunkelweizen tasted so strongly of butterscotch that my friend and I couldn't even finish the small tasting glass.  I've had beers of theirs in the past that I've really liked, and I know they're still relatively new to brewing their own, but honestly, I probably won't order one of their beers again, or at least not for a long time.

olllllo
olllllo

There are 17 brewery locations (places with a brewhouse) in the valley, assuming that you didn't consider any breweries in planning (abour 5). I'll also assume that you disqualified the three major chain breweries (which I'd argue against.) I'll further assume that you didn't make it out to Queen Creek for the nano-brewery out there. Finally, I'll assume that you knew that Sonoran is now located at the Phoenix Ale Brewery location in a partnership.


Congratulations, you made a top 10 list that excludes 2 breweries.

Duane Dykstra
Duane Dykstra

Loved the Watermellon Wheat Ale. Had 2 before the D-Backs game Friday night!

Terry27
Terry27

@skiwiz2777 There is never a cover because the music sucks as bad as the beers.

kevinmeyer
kevinmeyer

@skiwiz2777 How much did your employer pay you to post this? Nice FAKE review. Lame, lame and more lame.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

@Keith Showalter That beer is not available in the Valley. It is a good beer and a good brewery, though.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

@Ry Gavin Couldn't agree more. That is a GREAT place with an awesome happy hour.

kevinmeyer
kevinmeyer

@Leslie TweetonTotal Wine is not a brewery but simply a large mega corporation selling liquor much like a Walmart.  Please support local business not some out of state corporation.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

@Jeff Rollins I haven't been impressed with Sleepy Dog.

AlanSizemore
AlanSizemore

Desert Eagle beers tasty? Only if you like drinking bad infected homebrew.  They need some serious quality control. There are much better choices such as Four Peaks, Sun Up, Papago and Fate.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Mikey1969  

You knew it as either Sonora or Sonoran, I forget which.  They closed the original brewery and the name went one way and the brewer went another. 

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

@The Phoenix Ale Brewery That beer needs food. The tonic water might help!

kevinmeyer
kevinmeyer

@The Phoenix Ale Brewery That's it...water it down even more so that it tastes more like Budwiper.

templesofice
templesofice

@The Phoenix Ale Brewery The Watermelon Wheat Ale is fantastic. Unfortunately, I had to relocate for a short time but it's the first thing I'll drink when I get back! 

boingo
boingo

Solid post.  The idea of a "top 10" for Phoenix is silly, and it ends up excluding deserving breweries (i.e. Sleepy Dog).  We aren't Portland.  At least not yet.

skiwiz2777
skiwiz2777

@kevinmeyer @skiwiz2777 Admittedly there is one lame part of my post. Mis-stating the name of one of the great bands that I've listened to there. It's "Hoodoo" Casters not "Voodoo" Casters...Sorry Hoodoo Casters! And no I'm not an employee, although I'd love to be a taster, if there are any job openings at DE!!! Just a local regular who enjoys great craft beer and live music, all right in my backyard ; )

Terry27
Terry27

@rickyleepotts Mad Hatter is a small brew pub in Tempe right by ASU's stadium, it used to be Electric Brewing Company. The beers are as bad as Desert Eagle's so no need to rush down there to try there beers. Just let them fade away into the sunset as Electric Brewing did and as Desert Eagle and Old World should both do.

toddtuggle
toddtuggle

@kevinmeyer Actually, you can purchase a lot of the local beer from Total Wine. I buy my 1/6th barrels of Four Peak's Kiltlifter and San Tan's Devil's Ale and Epicenter from there at decent prices.  There are quite a few more choices as well.

unmutual
unmutual

@AlanSizemore Infected? I gather you had a bad experience here, or you are just naturally curmudgeonly.

AlanSizemore
AlanSizemore

@boingo sorry have to disagree with you on Sleepy dog being a top brewery.  BJ's and Gordon Biersch both have them beat by producing consistently good quality beers, something that Sleepy Dog has a problem doing all the time. 90% of the time yes but not 100% of the time.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

@Terry27 I had no idea! Mad Hatter is a beer, too. We have been to Desert Eagle, and while their beers weren't the best I have ever had, we had a good time. We also really enjoyed Old World on tap. I have not had their bottles, nor have I heard good things about their bottles. But thanks for the heads up! 

kevinmeyer
kevinmeyer

@toddtuggle It's still not a brewery.  You can pick up local beers at many places that aren't out of state owned big box stores that do not support the local economy. Ever hear of Sun Devil, Tops, Papago Brewing, Sportsmans, Gilbert Convienient Mart, etc, etc  All locally owned and operated places.

boingo
boingo

I didn't say Sleepy Dog was a top brewery, necessarily; I was just saying that in a town with a relative handful of breweries, doing a top 10 doesn't make much sense.  And I think Sleepy Dog is solid enough...I've generally enjoyed their beers (*far* more than the stuff from Phoenix Ale).  Bottom line is that I don't think it was a fair list....I think most would agree that the one un-named-so-far brewery is the only one deserving to be excluded.

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