Get hopped up on Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.'s Refuge IPA.

Arizona Wilderness IPA

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Local Products Issue: January 2017
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The brewers at Arizona Wilderness in Gilbert almost didn’t find their way out of the woods. Just as their craft beer startup was getting off the ground in 2014, funds ran dry and bankruptcy seemed imminent. Ultimately, they were saved by Kickstarter – an early success story in the field of crowdsourced Internet fundraising. Just a few months later, voted AZW the World’s Best New Brewery, and craft brew enthusiasts haven’t stopped flocking to the place since.


Among AZW’s most admired offerings is its flagship Indian Pale Ale, Refuge – essentially the brewery’s version of a West Coast-style IPA, one of beerdom’s hottest sub-genres. Hoppier than rank-and-file American IPAs, the style is almost a different breed than its archetypal, mildly hopped namesake that originated on British trade ships in the 19th century. Using hop varieties hailing from the Pacific Northwest – cascade, centennial, simcoe and columbus – to deliver aromas of pine tips and pineapple, the AZW braintrust has anointed Refuge as its first canned offering, so you can relive sips of the heavily bitter, layered beer at home. Instead of wooden ships, AZW is using steely 32 oz. cans to deliver its flagship brew to your fridge.

The $10 cans are available only at the AZW brewery. A destination can, for sure.

– Shelby Moore

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
721 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert

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