Wolfpack Double IPA: Craft Beer Retailers Collaborate on Brew For International IPA Day

Photo courtesy of James Swann
If you thought the craft beer community wasn't alive and thriving in the Valley before now, you're either not a beer drinker, or blind. Just take one look at the sheer number of craft breweries in metro Phoenix and Arizona. And while the brewers certainly deserve a lot of the credit for all this activity, there's another lot that we have to thank for bringing forth frothy glasses of locally-made beer to the masses: the retailers.

And tomorrow, local beer drinkers will have a chance to drink to that -- in a big, delicious way.

"This began with the idea that all the brewers have their guilds," explained James Swann, a longtime craft beer enthusiast. "They can play house anytime they want."

To even the playing field Swann recently rounded up a gang of non-brewers who, like himself, are passionate about beer but lack a way to turn that passion into, well, actual beer.

Photo courtesy of Ken Morrison
David Dankers from Spokes adding Agave
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Sunday, June 16 a group of local bar managers and owners collaborated with Rob Sizemore and Matt Weber, owners of Tempe's Sleepy Dog Brewing, to create a double IPA in honor of Interational IPA Day on August 1. They dubbed the beer the Wolfpack IPA, a name reflecting the collaborative effort of the city's craft brew bars and pubs that's also a nod to the guys of Sleepy Dog.

"It was pretty neat that all of us were on the retail side," said Hana Allison of World of Beer, who participated on brewing day. "To go to the brewery...that kind of experience is unparalleled."

Location Info


1805 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Hungry Monk

1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Spokes on Southern

1470 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fox Cigar Bar

1464 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Music

World of Beer

526 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Ground Control

4860 N. Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ

Category: General

Caballero Grill

1800 N. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Boulders on Broadway

530 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro

1451 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery

1920 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Whole Foods Market

2955 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Draw 10 Bar and Grill

5444 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Gekkou like.author.displayName 1 Like

90lb of grain for a double IPA batch from all those folks?  That makes the beer super limited.  For normal double IPA batches homebrewing, I usually use 14-16lb of grain, so they are making less than a full keg's worth of beer.  Is it possibly 900?

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