The craft beer scene in Phoenix is hopping. From boutique breweries experimenting with unique and regional flavors, to nationally known but locally grown brands, the Valley is overflowing with great craft beer. If you’re craving an ice cold one, these Valley favorites are pouring up some thirst-quenching brew that can’t be missed.
Goldwater Brewing Co.
This brewery is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Family founded and operated, the small yet cozy bar churns out their own craft beers, specialty one-off batches and even nitro beers. Make sure to head downstairs to the Goldmine, an underground tap and barrel featuring barrel-aged beers and craft lagers. While Goldwater doesn’t serve food, they do have a popcorn stand on-site for easy (and free) munching and every Thursday through Sunday evenings, a local food truck stops by.
For a continuous change in offerings, Fate Brewing is constantly brewing beers in small batches, allowing a heavy rotation of choices. Visit the original north Scottsdale location for a cozy and laidback brew pub experience, or stop in to the south Scottsdale or Tempe locations for an expanded menu, dog-friendly patio, beer garden and more. Try the Fateful IPA or Fatality paired with one of their outstanding pizzas or burgers.
Founded in historic downtown Chandler in 2007, SanTan has become one of the most popular breweries in the Valley. While they’re known for some of their greats like the MoonJuice IPA and Devil’s Ale, they’ve recently tapped into the world of spirits, crafting a variety of vodka, whiskey and gin. Plus, they know how to whip up food just as great as their beer. Dig into brewery classics like pub pretzels, nachos, pizza and tacos.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
The Valley’s most well-known brewery is popular for a reason. They boast the No. 1 locally made beer in the state, the Kilt Lifter, a Scottish Ale which has won numerous awards and makes up 60-percent of what they brew. Its original 8th Street location in Tempe opened in 1997 and still serves as a true neighborhood pub, but a second two-story location in north Scottsdale can also be enjoyed. They also happen to serve up the best spinach artichoke dip in town.
Pedal Haus Brewery
Recently voted the Best Brewery in North America at the Copa Cervezas de América, the large Mill Avenue brewery is great for kicking back. A beer garden, yard games and spacious patio offer the perfect setting for enjoying one of the many beers on tap including the favorite Day Drinker Light Lager. Head to Pedal Haus for downright simple and delicious beer, the way it’s intended to be. And don’t miss their decadent eats like green chile burgers and baby back ribs.