The craft beer boom didn't pass the desert by. With more than 100 Arizona breweries making a splash in the beer blogosphere, Greater Phoenix has become a hops haven that's home to an impressive lineup of award-winning, nationally recognized craft beers, growing brewing operations and hopeful brewers who are making moves to plant their future tanks in this city.
Get a lay of the land by plotting your own beer trail, check out Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for a comprehensive list, or let Arizona Brewery Tours (resuming in October 2020) do the planning for you: Try their HOP'on Beer Tour for behind-the-scenes tastings at North Mountain Brewing, O.H.S.O., and more.
Meanwhile, here are our picks for the best breweries in Phoenix.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Owners Jonathan Buford and Patrick Ware began making unorthodox beers with local ingredients in 2013, which led them to open Gilbert's first craft brewery, followed by a beer garden in downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row a few years later. Arizona Wilderness has become one of the most awarded breweries in Arizona, thanks to their masterful concoctions using berries, seeds, and all sorts of ingredients throughout the state. A burger made from Arizona grass-fed beef and duck fat fries don't hurt to accompany your beer either.
Greenwood Brewing Co.
If you're looking to break away from the dark wood, bearded-men-in-flannel aesthetic of most breweries, this is your stop. The light and airy vibes at Greenwood Brewing Co. in the Roosevelt Row Arts District are reflective of the beers you can get from this female owned and operated brewery. Try out the crisp and citrusy Herstory Brew Pale Ale to complement your surroundings.
Husband and wife duo Jeff and Leah Huss have been part of Arizona's craft beer game since 2013, but it wasn't until they opened their first taproom in Tempe that the Huss name became a pillar of the brewery scene. This operation includes the Papago Brewing and Arizona Light brands, which have brought us such staples as Orange Blossom, Scottsdale Blonde and Koffee Kolsch — these selections can be found at just about any restaurant or bar throughout Phoenix. Enjoy Huss brews at their Tempe taproom, or pair a flight with some bites at their uptown Phoenix location. And keep your eyes out for their new spot, coming to the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.
There's nothing like having a pint with your pup by your side — good thing that's what O.H.S.O. is all about. The brewery's acronym stands for Outrageous Homebrewer's Social Outpost, representing the mix of craft beer life and chill, neighborhood hangs. This pairing makes O.H.S.O. a perfect pitstop for your next dog walk or bike ride. No matter what area of Greater Phoenix you're in, you'll be able to enjoy more than 40 taps of O.H.S.O. brews and guest beers, wine and cocktails, and a top-notch food menu. When you see the bikes and brews, and you hear the barks, you'll know you're in the right place.
4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix | 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix | 15681 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale | 335 N. Gilbert Road #102, Gilbert
602-955-0358 | 602-900-9003 | 480-948-3159 | 602-900-9004
Wren House is one of the newest breweries in Phoenix's craft beer game, but its neighborhood vibes have helped the brewery skyrocket in popularity. The 1920s bungalow that Wren House calls home is host to a wild concoction of craft beers with gorgeous designs that highlight the Sonoran Desert's best features. It's only right to try out their Valley Beer first, then sample some of their other brews, including the stone fruit and tropical Wally & The Gang Triple IPA, or the malty Black is Beautiful American Stout — a portion of the proceeds from which go to the NAACP.
Note: No dine-in is available at this time due to COVID-19.
SanTan Brewing Company
One of the largest craft brewers in the state, SanTan opened its doors in 2007 in downtown Chandler, and hasn't slowed down since. Head to the uptown Phoenix location, or grab a beer and a bite before your flight at Sky Harbor. SanTan even offers tours of its brewery and distillery. Once you taste such classics as HopShock IPA, Devil's Ale American Pale Ale or the summer seasonal Mr. Pineapple wheat beer, you'll know any SanTan experience is worth it.
Four Peaks, named after the iconic mountaintops in the northeast area of Greater Phoenix, is the state's most well-known brewer, thanks to their classic Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale, which has been around since 1996 and is known as the No. 1 beer in Arizona. The main brewery in Tempe has been a classic meetup spot for Arizona State University students, spring training fans, locals and visitors alike for more than 20 years (Four Peaks has become such a mainstay in the area that one of Tempe's biggest events is the annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park). You'll find the beers anywhere in the state, and even across the country too, since the brewery was acquired by Anheuser-Busch in 2015. You can enjoy the brews and bites in Scottsdale or before your flight at Sky Harbor as well.
For East Valley residents, Fate Brewing is a mainstay. Whether you're looking to meet with a few friends at its taproom in north Scottsdale or have a sip on the patio of its their 15-barrel brewhouse in south Scottsdale, Fate has you covered. Pair that with some of their flagships, including Fate’s Fateful IPA, Buena Vista Blonde Ale, or the popular fall seasonal Candy Bar Milk Stout, and you'll be set.
The Perch Brewery
Come for the beer, stay for the birds. Undoubtedly one of Phoenix's most unique dining experiences, The Perch is part brewery and part aviary. Located in historic downtown Chandler, the brewpub is home to 50 tropical rescue birds, whose cages dot this lush garden patio and rooftop bar. While you hope to hear if Polly wants a cracker from one of the resident parrots, try out a selection of 40 craft beers, including rotating guest taps. Bonus: The "craft food" menu's seasonal specialties also incorporate craft beers into the ingredients.
"It's not just a beer, it's a health potion." If you haven't guessed already, 8-Bit Aleworks is themed around video game culture. You'll find all sorts of gaming paraphernalia adorning the walls — including a massive painting of Final Fantasy character, Kefka — and even video game soundtracks and 8-bit versions of popular songs coming out of the speakers. But, of course, there's the beer too: This microbrewery focuses on creating small-batch, large-flavor beer in a way that will keep you pressing continue. Try out the flagship beers, including the White Mage Stout, made with white cocoa beans, or the Hopsassin's Creed Session IPA, made with Columbus hops, Mosaic hops and Chinook hops.
Note: No dine-in is available at this time due to COVID-19.
State 48 Brewery
First starting in Surprise, State 48 — a nod to when Arizona got its statehood — has rapidly expanded throughout the Valley, and for good reason. Each location has a 10-barrel system at minimum, pumping out fan favorite such as the Sound of Freedom IPA, Javelina Hefeweizen, Lost Dutchman Golden Ale, Copper Star Kolsch and Vortex Amber. You can probably tell that every aspect of State 48 makes a nod to our beautiful Sonoran Desert and Arizona culture. Pair that with some delicious food — including wood-fired Neapolitan pizza at their Surprise location — and all sorts of yard games, and you'll be set.
13823 W. Bell Road, Surprise | 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard G-100, Glendale | 15600 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale | 345 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix
623-584-1095 | 623-877-4448 | 480-659-0048 | 602-254-4848