Did you know that there are more than fifty active microbrewery licenses in Arizona? The deliciously creative world of craft brewing is just a step outside your door, and Arizona Beer Week is the perfect time to explore all that our local breweries have to offer.
From Tucson to Flagstaff, and in every corner of this great state, there are companies cookin’ up different styles of beer to wet your whistle. In Tucson, Thunder Canyon Brewing is growing like wild fire and recently opened a second tap room. Borderlands Brewery makes a year-round Berliner weisse (some may consider this a sour ale) called Citrana Wild Ale and a vanilla porter called Noche Dulce.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Look for Noche Dulce at craft beer retailers everywhere, as it now come in cans!
While on the subject of Tucson, we would be remised not to mention Dragoon Brewing as well. These guys make an imperial IPA called Sarcosuchus or “Big Croc” that is simply to die for.
Moving into the Valley, we have favorites like Four Peaks, Sonoran, SanTan, Sun Up and Wilderness now accompanied by newcomers Huss Brewing, Scottsdale Brewing Co. and Dubina. Fancy a Rice Pudding Porter? Then get to Huss Brewing in Tempe now, as it’s the current winter seasonal.
North of Tempe you must visit Scottsdale Brewing Co. These guys may be new kids on the block, but are already producing very high quality beer. I would highly recommend the Claymore Scottish IPA.
Dubina is making things happen on the west side. The current seasonal on tap is their Snoatmeal Stout, a smooth, dark winter oatmeal brew sure to please. If you hurry you can even get a limited edition Snoatmeal growler to pair!
Have you been to Flagstaff lately? If not, there’s several breweries worth the jaunt. You can’t go wrong with darlings like Lumberyard, Mother Road or Flagstaff Brewing but newcomers Historic and their Pie Hole Porter are a must. The cherry vanilla masterpiece is worth another pour.
On your way back to the Valley, visit Prescott’s hottest brewpubs. One of state’s oldest breweries, Prescott Brewing, can be found there alongside newbies Black Hole Brewing and Granite Mountain. At Black Hole, I really enjoyed the Star Dust Pale Wheat, and at Granite Mountain, the Thumb Butte Brown had me excited for the future of Prescott brews.
With so many beers to offer in our great state, there’s no reason to not keep your drinks totally local. Drink up, Arizona!
For more information, visit the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild website at craftbeeraz.com