The Valley of the Sun is renowned for a number of fantastic things, including its wonderful weather, stunning desert sights, ample recreational activities, and its fantastic culinary scene. But another aspect of its appeal comes from the ever-increasing trend of microbreweries that have cropped up across the nation, with several notable names in the industry garnering recognition while making their home here in Arizona.
If sampling on fine handcrafted beers sounds like your idea of paradise on Earth, read on to learn more about where to go for the best craft brews in Arizona! We hope that you enjoy these Arizona institutions as much as we do!
Four Peaks Brewing Company
Perhaps the most famous of all of the microbreweries in Arizona, the Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewing Company is the inventor of the Scottish-style ale known as Kilt Lifter—one of its most popular flagship brews. Other staple beers include Sunbru, Peach Ale, Hop Knot IPA, 8th Street Pale Ale, Raj IPA, White Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, with beloved seasonals like Pumpkin Porter, Oktoberfest, Sirius Black, Smash Pils, and Odelay making appearances throughout the year. Don’t leave here without trying their amazing dining menu while reveling in the cozy college town sports bar atmosphere.
SanTan Brewing Company
Located in downtown Chandler, the brews and the food at SanTan Brewing Company are worth the often extensive wait. Year-round beers include Devil’s Ale, HopShock IPA, Mr. Pineapple, HefeWeizen, SunSpot Gold, Epicenter Amber, MoonJuice IPA, Gordo Stout, and Heavy D, with guest appearances from seasonal such as Grapefruit Shandy, LimeLeaf, Oktoberfest Lager, and Sex Panther.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company is Gilbert’s first microbrewery, and a much-welcomed addition to the town. With a focus on American pub ales, farmhouse saisons, monastic beers brewed in traditional styles, and sours, Arizona Wilderness definitely stands out from other local microbreweries for their interesting and flavorful brews.
Prescott Brewing Company
Famous for their Achocolypse chocolate porter, this brewery’s beer, cuisine, and locale do not disappoint. Situated in the charming historic section of downtown Prescott, beer aficionados who choose to come to Prescott Brewing Company can sample the likes of the brewery’s Manzanita Red, Ponderosa IPA, Petrified Porter, Prescott Pale Ale, Willow Wheat, Liquid Amber, and Lodgepole Light, as well as seasonal choices such as Pine Tar Stout and Christmas City Ale (named after Prescott’s status as Arizona’s Christmas city).
Oak Creek Brewing Company
Sedona’s Oak Creek Brewery & Grill has quite the reputation for award-winning brews and excellent food, including their Micro Light American-style Pilsner, Forty-Niner Gold Lager, Horseshoe Hefeweizen, Doc’s Pale Ale, Oak Creek Amber Ale, Village Nut Brown Ale, Pullman Porter, and the Belgian Trappist-style Ale, as well as seasonal offerings like the Mandarin Wheat.
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