When it comes to hops hotspots, the Valley’s pint glass runneth over. Check out the sudsy happy hours at these new local brewpubs.
Fate Brewing Company
7337 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Word of mouth, a well-trained brewmaster and a touch of kismet have made Steve McFate’s cozy pub a neighborhood success story. At happy hour, bar stools are as limited as Fate’s small-batch beers, so come early. House brews cost $3.75, dispensed from rotating taps that favor seasonal standards like crisp Belgian wit and hearty hefeweizen.
Sneak a peek at the stainless steel tanks visible through glass walls for a preview of Fate’s upcoming offerings. Food is basically limited to items that can be cooked in the shiny red wood-fired oven, but tasty pizza bread ($5) and rosemary potato nachos with bacon, mozzarella and garlic sour cream ($6.50) are more than enough to soak up the craft suds. $1 off wines by the glass. 3-6 p.m. M-F, 9-11 p.m. Su-Th.
North Mountain Brewing
522 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix
Late nights are always “hopping” at Rob Berkner and Candy Frogozo’s North Phoenix brewery. The loft-style pub features a long counter bar, outdoor patio and community tables, making it the perfect gathering place for friendly card games or meetings of the local Hash House Harriers. Word of their happy hour hasn’t yet filtered through the Valley, however, so North Mountain remains relatively quiet come twilight.
Snag $1 off all house beers, plus a buck off menu items including thick, salty pretzel bread, Kobe-style beef burgers and creamy crab dip with mascarpone and brie. Like the fresh ingredients in the house-made sauces, North Mountain’s beers are seasonal; it’s worth the trip just to say you debriefed a Nonpartisan Lager or were Hugh Hefeweizen’s playmate. 4-7 p.m. M-F.
Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro
1451 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Wet Snout Stout? Leg Humper Hefe? The crazy names alone have locals wagging their tails at this Gilbert offshoot of former homebrewer Rob Sizemore’s Tempe beer palace. The new place is the cat’s meow (or rather, a pooch’s paradise), with bright mustard- and ketchup-colored walls, puppy pop art, and a stage for live bands.
Wines by the glass, flatbreads and bruschetta plates are $2 off during happy hour; pair a crisp summer white with the Brats & Tots flatbread’s rosemary potatoes and savory sausage for a polka on the taste buds. Sleepy Dog’s six house beers and 10 guest crafts are a buck off, and sampler packs are just $5, leaving plenty of dough for $5 brat sliders, jalapeño goat cheese bites or mashed potato balls. 2-7 p.m. daily.
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