US - Southwest Arizona Trip! - Help.

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by genuinedisciple, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. genuinedisciple

    genuinedisciple

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    Hey fellow BTers / TBers or whatever, I'm headed to the Phoenix area & I'm wondering what bottle shops I should stop at &/or beer bars or breweries...any help?
     
  2. FTowne

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    No help on bottle shops. I've got family that lives out there and I wish I could move there like right now.

    I hate winter.

    Arizona is awesome.
     
  3. descendents8085

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    Tempe: Taste of Tops/Tops Liquors
    Scottsdale: Papago Brewing
    Chandler: Whole Foods (20+ taps)
    Phoenix: Angels Trumpet (haven't been but have heard good things)
     
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  4. lambandtunaphish

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    You old ppl sure love AZ
     
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  5. kmello69

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    Its good for the arthritis
     
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  6. genuinedisciple

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    Thanks, just stopped at the WF in Chandler & they had a pretty good selection (Grassroots, Crooked Stave, FW, etc). Think I'm gonna hit Four Peaks for some fresh Hop Knot & Papago later in the week.
     
  7. luwak

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    to drink:

    Go to Flanny's and Tops and Boulders in Tempe
    Angels Trumpet and the Attic in downtown PHX

    for bottles:

    Gilbert Convenient Mart (Gilbert) an Sun Devil Liquors (Mesa)

    How long you in town fer, pardner?

    semi-protip: Skip Four Peaks main location and go to the one on Wilson street in Tempe (they more often have the barrel aged and double versions of stuff)

    protip: skip Four Peaks altogether and got o FATE brewing in Scottsdale
     
  8. Flying in tonight!

    Any more heads up/pro tips? Going to Royals/Angels game tomorrow in Surprise. Is Angels Trumpet something that you can get dinner at? Need to make dinner plans to meet up w/ my bro somewhere tomorrow night in PHX. I'll be the dude in the powder blue Bo Jackson jerz/KC hat.

    Spending Friday in Tucson. Tank top day. Oscar Robertson or Jordan.

    Marquette tailgate on Saturday. Brewers/Angels. Robin Yount Brewers Road jerz. Or maybe a Lazar Hayward Marquette jerz if its too hot. Brewers hat fo sho.

    Tell me more of this Fate brewing, never heard of either. What CS was at WF Chandler?

    Definitely hitting Sun Devil/Tops as always. Gonna try and avoid Papago unless they have something can't miss.

    Haves no idea what we're doing on Sunday. Wide open.
     
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  9. Wow, Sentinel Peak has the furthest thing from an alleged Berlinner Weisse ever. Cool pale wheat ale, but calling it a berlinner was fraud.
     
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  10. Phischy

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    I'm headed to Phoenix for Monday night only. Has anything changed in the above recommended places?
     
  11. Ryan_G

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    I like going back and hitting up OHSO brewery and eatery. Nice outdoor setting and good section of beers.
     
  12. luwak

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    Yeah...kind of a lot...

    In the last two years a sea change has occurred in the AZ beer scene. The number of new breweries that distribute here, the number of places that suddenly seemed to have found craft beer, and the number of new beer-centric pubs that have opens have made it:
    (1) easier to get a decent beer in many places
    (2) much harder to find where best stuff is likely to be (it used to be restricted to about 5 or 6 places almost exclusively.
    Some specific changes worth of note to beer shoppers/drinkers in PHX:

    Arizona Wilderness Brewing has begun living up to its hype and is now certainly the one must not miss brewery in Arizona
    • There are now several good options on the west side of Phoenix
    for example:
    Ground Control beer,wine, coffee. Often gets good beer events. http://www.groundxcontrol.com/
    Gilbert Convenient Mart has become one of the best bottle shops fro craft beer
    • The airport now has several places with decent beer

    The Attic has emerged as the best craft beer bar in Arizona (well ‘cept for 1702 in Tucson) https://www.facebook.com/theattic4247 But they annoyingly use facebook instead of their own webpage…
    FATE Brewing continues to impress but call/check ahead if the stouts aren't on draft don't bother unless you are nearby http://www.fatebrewing.com/
    Cartel Coffee Lab is now brewing several different beers consistently and they're all good. 5 or 6? Locations now…Plus you know, coffee. http://www.cartelcoffeelab.com/
    North Mountain Brewing opened http://www.northmountainbrewing.com
    Uncle Bears Brewing is now getting some deserved attention for ther DIPA at least
    http://ubbeer.com/
    The Lost Leaf, once a solid option downtown has gone way down hill. Serving old beer with a reduced selection and bartenders who don’t have any idea what beer is. Clientèle has changed as well...


    This hasn't changed (italics indicates my editorial comment):

    Tempe: Taste of Tops/Tops Liquors bar is great; shop sells out of everything fast, multiple cicerones on staff
    Scottsdale: Papago Brewing still a great place to have a drink, skip the food. Good bottles to go. http://papagobrewing.com/
    Chandler: Whole Foods (20+ taps) Great but it’s in a grocery store closes early. Great bottle selection though among the best in the state. Only one of two places to get BC variants this year for example…I know but this is AZ, not Oregon or Colorado
    Phoenix: Angels Trumpet http://www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com/Angels_Trumpet/ATAH.html
    best place downtown besides The Attic. Its across the street from FilmBar!


    Other Considerations:
    A good number of decent places in PHX actually use Taphunter now!

    OHSO - In East Phoenix not too far from The Attic. Their own beers are decent and they have good food a pretty diverse draftlist. great patios space too.
    http://ohsobrewery.com/

    The Perch -In Chandler -Now brewing their own and is a very exotic atmosphere. Lots of birds (srs)
    http://perchpubbrewery.com/

    Flanny's -In Tempe. good selection decent food . in a square neighborhood. draft list usually update online

    Copper Blues - Downtown Phoenix a pretty douchey corporate live music venue that actually has liek 60 handles and bottles if you downtown and it isnt crowded it might eb okay for a pint http://www.copperblueslive.com/

    World of Beer -In Tempe it is what is it and this one in practically on the ASU campus but the draftlist is often very solid. one of their bartender writes beer reviews for PHX New Times. Go early to avoid college crowds

    World of Beer -In Gilbert..not far if you went to AZ Wilderness

    Brass Tap -In Mesa like a smaller World of Beer. Not great but 60 handles most in that area

    Handlebar -In Tempe a fake dive bar one block from World of Beer sometimes has great taps

    Sun Devil Liquors -In Mesa tiny cellar bar frequented by mostly hard core beer people. Huge bottle selection upstairs. Small allocation/seasonal/special releases sometimes linger here longer than elsewhere in PHX.

    Yucca Tap Room- In Tempe usually overlooked by TB-ers/BAs/RB-ians... etc . A dive with nightly live music on one side and 40 handles and ~200 bottles on the other plus a huge whiskey selection. Website is horribly inconsistently updated but they use taphunter. Expect savage bouncers in the evening. Go early to avoid kids/noise/crowds. http://yuccatap.com/

    Moto -In Phoenix. A gastropub that centers on Japanese food and sushi. Not many beers but always good. http://www.mrmotorising.com/

    The Main Ingredient -In Phoenix a tiny gastropub with a nice patio. http://tmialehouse.com/

    Sun Up Brewing -In downtown Phoenix. An often overlooked small, solid brewery with a unique layout and very relaxed atmosphere. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2513/

    Boulders (on Broadway and now on Southern and also Spokes on Southern) three locations in Tempe and Mesa of beer centric neighborhood bars. The original, Boulders on Broadway has the best beer and most relaxed atmosphere but the others are pretty good too.
    http://bouldersonbroadway.com/


    It is worth noting and often unappreciated by non Arizonans that Phoenix metro area is huge. I take issue with the way the US Census measure the metro area..they divide into three (which are essential contiguous) ranking PHX metro as 12th largest in the US when by my calculations it should be like 7th ....anyway… Driving around or taking the (limited) public transit (we do have a train now that connects many good beer places) is a serious consideration.

    this is cute:

    http://www.brazilbrazil.com/urban.html


    EDIT:
    ii' growing tired of editing this..maybe i'll make a "Visiting PHX" post soon...
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014
  13. luwak

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    Phischy
    I'm working on Monday but if you re anywhere near my part of town (tempe) and the timing works out I'll buy you a beer somewhere
     
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  14. Phischy

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    Headed to AZ Wilderness and on 238 in BFE nowhere. Should be there at 9ish.
     
  15. Phischy

    Phischy

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    That place was packed. Unreal packed for a Monday night. Good for them. The ipa kicked and we wanted food so headed to world of beer in gilbert. Drinking as many locals as possible.
     
  16. mhenson42

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    Should've eaten at AW...I thought food there was awesome.
     
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  17. pugsandsuds

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    In Phoenix for a week or so for Christmas. I had been to fate a couple times before, but last night was the first time I've been really impressed with something other than their candy bar stout. They've got a Nelson single hop pale on right now that's delicious, much better than their regular American pale ale. Gingerbread stout wasn't too shabby either. Also was at the whole foods on Scottsdale and mayo a couple days ago, what an awesome bar that is. Odell's creme brûlée porter kicked ass. Arizona beer scene is much better than I remember. The number of beer-centric restaurants (or average tap selection at any given restaurant) is better than I find in the Bay Area. I'm excited to check out arizona wilderness, any recommendations on best days to go?
     
  18. Phischy

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    We had no time to wait. Had tasters of a few beers, underwhelmed. Left San Diego late so that cut into drinking time in phoenix.
     
  19. Lognar

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    Bumping this since I am going to be in Tucson the 21st and 22nd of this month.

    Anything not already mentioned, specifically in Tucson, I should hit up (Wednesday I'll have the most free time)?

    Already planning on making my first ever go at In N Out Burger! So damn excited!
     
  20. Ryan_G

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    http://www.elguerocanelo.com/

    For carne asada and sonoran hot dogs

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