Over the last three decades, Arizona emerged as a craft beer wonderland. Make sure to visit a few Arizona Breweries the next time you find yourself in the Grand Canyon State.
In this article:
Best Arizona Breweries for Adventurous Beer Lovers
Northern Arizona Breweries
Mother Road Brewing Company – Flagstaff
You’ll find the taphouse along a lost stretch of The Mother Road, better known as Route 66. The company embodies finding the joy in the adventure and building the community.
Besides beer, they’re passionate about Arizona. For this reason, they partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to help conserve and protect natural resources.
Enjoy conversations with friends and delicious food that pairs well with their signature and experimental beer alike. You can also read a book from their mini-library or appreciate the patio’s view with your four-legged companion.
Wanderlust Brewing Company – Flagstaff
This small brewery creates a range of tasty beers, from farmhouse-style ales to British-inspired darks. You’ll even find some more obscure beers, like Finnish Sahti here.
Wanderlust Brewing Company supports local art and features a rotation of artists on their taproom walls. Additionally, they host local musicians regularly.
Check out their calendar for events as well as the food truck schedule.
THAT Brewery – Pine
As you’re heading up to the Mogollon Rim, you’ll find some of the best craft beer in the state at THAT Brewery.
The cooler weather is great for darker, amber beers like the Arizona Trail Ale. But, if you prefer blondes, you won’t be disappointed by THAT Strawberry Blonde.
You won’t leave hungry either. The menu includes the usual pub fare in addition to smokehouse favorites. But, call ahead to check availability because the smokehouse classics sell out fast.
Central Arizona Breweries
Huss Brewing Company – Tempe & Phoenix
If you’re looking for some variety, look no further than Huss Brewing Company. The brewery is the brainchild of Jeff and Leah Huss, and between them, they have nearly 30 years of experience in the brewing industry.
While they offer light beers like larger, their dark beers are the most memorable. Try the Coconut Coffee Stout or Rice Pudding Porter.
Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery – Mesa
Sleepy Dog combines man’s two best friends; dogs and beer. So, you’ll never have to drink alone.
In fact, they love dogs so much they name their beers after them and the things they do. Sleepy Dog beers range from the smooth, rich Wet Snout Peanut Butter Stout to the crisp Mexican-style Feisty Chihuahua.
8-Bit Aleworks – Avondale
8-Bit Aleworks offers a truly unique experience. Their taproom combines the nostalgia of arcade games with imaginative brews.
The microbrewery creates big-flavor brews from natural ingredients. Besides classic styles, you’ll find inventive flavors, like a chocolaty stout and zesty IPA.
Enjoy artisanal beers, and get a little nostalgic with friends. Nerd out at this one-of-a-kind brewery and forget you’re an adult for the night.
Dubina Brewing Company – Glendale
The family-owned brewery brings a European feel to the valley with crafted beers and locally sourced ingredients. You’ll find bratwurst, grilled cheese, and fried pickles, amongst other dishes on their menu.
Though they serve wine, beer is in their blood, and their Czech heritage shows through rotating and seasonal brews. Favorites include the IPA Blood Orange Bell Road and their blueberry wheat Boys in Blue.
SanTan Brewing Company – Chandler
SanTan Brewing Company is all about creating craft food and drink. As a result, SanTan Brewing Company has gained a reputation as one of Arizona’s best breweries.
Their love for beer evolved into distilling spirits with unique flavors. So, quench your thirst with a handcrafted ale or try one of the whiskeys, gins, or other spirits they have on offer.
Southern Arizona Breweries
Prison Hill Brewing Co. – Yuma
You’ll expect scorching heat and dusty vistas in the southwestern corner of Arizona. What you don’t expect is a world-class brewery, but that’s what you’ll find.
Prison Hill Brewing Co. is less than half a mile away from the old West’s infamous territorial prison. Their handcraft beer ranges from the light Jailbait Blonde to the Girl Scout Stout. Meaning there’s a beer for every taste.
They also serve tasty pub grub to complement their in-house beer creations.
Barrio Brewing Co. – Tucson
Dennis and Tauna Arnold were some of the craft beer pioneers in Tucson. Now, almost three decades later, they’re still brewing beer, and Barrio Blonde is Arizona’s longest continuously brewed beer.
In addition to their signature beers, they offer seasonal brews in the old converted warehouse in the industrial downtown area. The Barrio also serves a full lineup of pub grub. So, make sure you come hungry.
On top of great food and thirst-quenching beer, Barrio is a dog-friendly establishment. As such, they offer bowls and treats for their furry guests.
With so many Arizona breweries to choose from, it’s hard to ignore the lure of stouts, ales, and pilsners. So, instead of resisting the brew, make your next adventure a hoppy one.
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