Since 2012, Angels Trumpet Ale House has been a staple of Downtown Phoenix. But, owners/avid beer enthusiasts Sharry and Mat Englehorn always had bigger plans.
The Arcadia-area residents knew they eventually wanted to open a location near their home. They realized their dream, opening Angels Trumpet Arcadia inside the Arcadia Crossing Shopping Center on Thomas Road and 44th Street in August.
Angels Trumpet Arcadia, formerly the 10,000-square-foot Sears Auto Center, has been completely restored and revitalized with a mid-century modern motif, but still has a bit of a garage – albeit stylish – feel. At sunset, guests can catch views of Camelback Mountain thanks to the ample glass doors that adorn the building and inside-outside patio. Altogether, the venue can seat 240 guests and boasts a fully private 46-person dining room with TV and audio capabilities.
And then there’s the beer. Like at the downtown location, they offer their signature and ever-changing selection of local, European and national craft beers on tap, with the day’s offerings written on an oversized slate chalkboard. The craft beer selection constantly rotates between 32 handless,
We recently had the chance to sit down with Mat to learn more about their passion for brews, and get some recommendations on what to order when we visit.
How did you get your start in craft beer? Tell us your story.
We have always been into good beer and tend to lean toward the Belgians, Germans and Czech beer styles. We got our start in Arizona partaking in great beer joints, like Papago Brewing, Coyote Springs Brewing, Bandersnatch Brew Pub and Four Peaks Brewing. Additionally, we loved to travel all the time to California, Washington and Oregon to visit all their great breweries and ale houses. Our passion for craft beer was becoming more than just a hobby, it was a culture we wanted to a bigger part of. It was a fun decision; we jumped in with both feet and converted our office building into Angels Trumpet Ale House. We both enjoy bringing so many great varieties of beers to the Valley and seeing patrons find new favorite ale, looking back there are no regrets.
What do you think makes craft beer special?
Taste, independence, fun and community.
Tell us about some of the local and regional breweries doing it right – and why you love them?
Thankfully, our opinion in this has no relivance. We love them all.
What is your favorite part about beer culture in Arizona?
Community! The friendships created by people appreciating the time and care that goes into brewing a great ale.
Tell us about the beer program at Angels Trumpet?
Very simple. We rotate through as many beer styles as we can, and we make sure there is something for everyone! To give you an idea, we ahve more than 30 beers at any given time, as well as some ciders. There is a good mix of local, regional and even some from Alaska, Belgium and Massachusetts.
What are your favorite beers?
Our palates change with the weather, by the day, mood, time. We enjoy so many styles and have fun tasting all the fun hybrid ales out there.
Angels Trumpet Ale House, 810 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.252.2630, angelstrumpetalehouse.com.
Angels Trumpet Arcadia, 2339 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, 602.698.1234.