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 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.
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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.
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.
Huss Brewing Co. Taproom
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. The operation's latest addition is located at the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) in the heart of downtown.
Pedal Haus' original Tempe location opened on Mill Avenue in 2015 by Julian Wright and expert brewer Derek "Doc" Osborne. In 2020, they brewery added a taproom and restaurant in Chandler. And in 2021, a downtown public house joined the lineup. Best known for their Biere Blache Belgian Wheat and Day Drinker Light Lager (which brought home gold and silver, respectively, at the Great American Beer Festival), but you'll also find a selection of cocktails, wine and even hard seltzer. Pedal Haus is also raising the bar on pub grub. Think: classic apps, burgers and pizza that take gluten-friendly and vegan folks into consideration.
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O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery
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.
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.
2125 N. 24th St., Phoenix
Roses By The Stairs Brewing
Among the newer breweries on the block, Roses By The Stairs (yes, we're confirming the Blink 182 reference) has opened up shop just north of downtown in what was once home to the iconic Easley's Fun Shop. Owner Jordan Ham and his team have built a modern brewery focused on sustainable production practices — many ingredients come from Arizona small producers and a portion of the proceeds will go towards efforts to protect the environment. Choose from a rotating lineup that goes hard on Double IPAs, fruited sours and noteworthy non-alcoholic creations as well.
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One of the largest craft brewers in the state, SanTan opened its doors in 2007 in downtown Chandler and hasn't slowed down since. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out a tour of the brewery and distillery and learn about such classics as HopShock IPA, Devil's Ale American Pale Ale or the summer seasonal Mr. Pineapple wheat beer before tasting your way through this impressive collection of brews. No matter which ends up being your favorite, we recommend pairing with the beer-battered fries or the soft pretzel with SunSpot beer cheese. Cheers!
8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler | 480-917-8700
Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 3
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.
1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe | 480-303-9967
Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4
What started as a small, seven-barrel brewhouse and 14 barrels of fermentation space in North Scottsdale and has since expanded to a 15 barrel brewhouse with an impressive 180 barrels of fermentation space at the South Scottsdale. Check out either of the brewery locations for flights, pints and mouth-watering bites. FYI: Fate's flagships, including Fate’s Fateful IPA, Buena Vista Blonde Ale, or the popular fall seasonal Candy Bar Milk Stout.
201 E. Southern Ave., #111, Tempe | 480-590-2395
1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale | 480-656-9100
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.
232 S. Wall St., Chandler
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"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.
1050 Fairway Drive, Bldg. F, Suite 101, Avondale
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.
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Want some insight into all those tasty local beers? Expert "beer guides" share their knowledge of the art of brewing as they accompany guests (transportation provided!) to some of the finest local breweries, where each guest has the opportunity to learn about the fascinating and intricate brewing processes and indulge in the many flavors of handcrafted beers.