10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix
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.
Heather Hoch When it comes to locally brewed beer, Phoenix has got the goods.
San Tan Brewing Company
Heather Hoch The seasonal Pacific Jade Hibiscus at SanTan.
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.
Desert Eagle Brewing Company
Heather Hoch The Pomegranate Wheat at Desert Eagle in Mesa.
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.
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!