Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.: 2014 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Culinary Arts (VIDEO)

Categories: Big Brains

Katie Johnson
John Buford co-founded Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
You submitted nominations for awards given to the Valley's emerging creatives, and the results are in. Introducing our 2014 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch and Chow Bella will introduce the finalists. Up today: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Arizonans are pretty accustomed to the seasonal beer trends: hefeweizens in the summer, pumpkin ales in autumn, and the occasional holiday cider.

But thanks to an up-and-coming brewery, Arizona is finally experiencing a trend that's truly fresh.

In the seven months since opening, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. has produced 65 beers in 44 styles. It's a turnover rate that earns the Gilbert-based beer business both devoted followers and frustrated fans. But brewery co-owners Jonathan Buford, Patrick Warem, and Brett Dettler wouldn't have it any other way.

See also: "Urban Legend" Award Celebrates Creative Phoenix Pioneers in Honor of New Times' Fifth Big Brain Awards

Katie Johnson
A flight of beers at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

At Arizona Wilderness Brewing, beer culture is as protected as it is intertwined with the environment around it. Using locally sourced ingredients like farro from Hayden Flour Mills, coriander from Somewhere in Thyme Spice Co., and Sel Gris French sea salt from Go Lb. Salt, the brews distilled at Arizona Wilderness are about quality rather than quantity and, as such, their time on tap is brief.

"Think about our brewing company like walking through the wilderness," Buford says. "You're going to go through your seasonal changes. You're going to go through your different climates and different terrains, and that's kind of what we model our beers after."

Video by Evie Carpenter.

Location Info

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co

721 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Hayden Flour Mill

4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Beers are "brewed"  ... spirits are "distilled".  Oy


I went here, I thought the beers were disgusting and fries covered in duck thanks you can have it. Pig and Pickle deserves this award.


@Brian_Patrick  Man we sell a bunch of those Belgian Fries...,We agree though, Pig and Pickle would have been a great choice for this award!

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