Craft a beer-forward happy hour at these top-flight Valley taprooms.

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Written by Kevin Barry Category: Happy Hour Issue: January 2017
Group Free
Angel’s Trumpet Ale House
810 N. Second St., Phoenix
You won’t find 99 bottles of beer on the wall at Angel’s Trumpet, but there are 37 taps behind the bar. Six of them pour out rotating wines – on one visit, we had a licorice-like Tempranillo and a soft, buttery-as-brioche Chardonnay, both from Paso Robles – while three taps remain revolving doors for easy-drinking ales from local breweries ($4). You could sport a sunny, golden Au Pale from Scottsdale’s Goldwater Brewing Co. on one round and a heavier, maltier brown ale from Central Phoenix’s SunUp Brewing Co. on the second. Combined, these nine, ever-changing spouts are your happy hour options on any given visit to Angel’s, which will feel a bit like beer heaven when you find out that the 10-inch flatbreads – sausage with onion or classic Margherita – are knocked down to $7 each. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tu-F



Scapegoat Beer and Wine
7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
Blame it on the booze when a quick rap turns into an all-night jam session at Old Town Scottsdale’s newest neighborhood hangout, Scapegoat Beer and Wine. Stow away in style with a White Rascal wheat beer ($6) from Avery Brewing Co. – pillowy and refreshing, with the faintest hints of banana – off a menu that appears to be etched into a huge sheet of brass (astonishingly, it’s handwritten). During happy hour, beer pints are $2 off and glasses of wine are knocked down $3 – such a generous discount, you won’t mind full-priced snacks, including our favorite, the indulgent Gruyère cheese puff pastries ($8), with romesco sauce for dunking; or the house-made peanuts and crackerjack ($5).
3-6 p.m. Tu- Sa



Sip Coffee & Beer Garage
3620 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Garages in American households are traditionally places of perpetually packed boxes, thrice-used bench presses, twice-used French presses, and many a bottle of warm, cheap beer. Sip Coffee & Beer Garage is a little different. The swill, for starters, is considerably better – a diverse 22-beer selection expressed on a hand-written chalkboard where change is the only constant. Beers and glasses of wine are a dollar off during HH – all of them – so go wild with something like the Wouch, a cherry-tinted sour beer from Scottsdale’s Two Brothers Brewing Co., or double down on one of their many double IPAs. To stay fueled, you might spring for a big plate of hummus and fresh pita bread ($5, kick it up a notch with jalapeño) or the heartier, classic sliders at $2.50 a pop. 4-7 p.m. M- F