Thirsty Thursday: New AZ Craft Brews for Father’s Day

Matthew JohnsonJune 18, 2020
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If your dad wants a beer in his hand on Father’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a big new list of new craft beers from breweries across Arizona. Cheers to all the dads out there!

Goldwater Brewing (Mesa & Scottsdale)
Royal Stumble Series, 10.2% ABV imperial rye stout. Brewed in four versions: original, tart cherries, cocoa nibs and Tahitian vanilla. Releases in mixed 4-packs on Friday.

Dad Jokes 2 hoppy lager. Release on Friday.

State 48 Brewery (four Valley locations)
Scandinavian Starburst” Kveik IPA, 7.15% ABV
Brewer’s note: This easy drinking beer lends aromas reminiscent of pineapple, strawberry and peach gummy rings.

Know When to Hold ’em’ Hazy IPA, 6.4% ABV. New batch available at the Surprise location.
Brewer’s note: This beer is bursting with juicy flavors of passionfruit, mango and orange.

The Shop Beer Co. (Tempe)
Robot Doodle, 7.1% ABV hazy IPA. Release on Friday.

Front Pourch Brewing (Phoenix)
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Pils, a Czech pilsner

12 West Brewing (Mesa & Gilbert)
Paletero Series Pina y Mandarina Paleta IPA, 6.5% ABV brewed with tangerine and pineapple

Peoria Artisan Brewing (Peoria)
Monsoon Juice, 5% ABV American pale wheat

OHSO Brewery (four Valley locations)
Fluff Daddy, 6.9% ABV marshmallow fluff IPA. Release on Friday.

Wren House (Phoenix)
Valley Beer American lager now available in 12-pack cans.
The Stack, 8.5% ABV double dry-hopped DIPA brewed in collaboration with Tombstone, Dark Sky, Pueblo Vida and Superstition Meadery
Bird Bird, barrel-aged imperial stout collaboration with Horus Aged Ales

Wanderlust Brewing (Tucson)
Black Is Beautiful, 7% ABV Russian imperial stout, collaboration with Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas

Borderlands (Tucson)
La Miche classic michelada

Dillinger Brewing (Tucson)
Dillinger IPA west coast IPA is back on tap.

Bone Haus Brewing (Fountain Hills)
Englemann’s Elixir Prickly Pear Pale Ale
Red Wraith Irish Red IPA, 6.5% ABV

8-Bit Aleworks (Avondale)
The Hefe Is A Lie wheat wine

Beer Research Institute (Mesa)
Peach Lolli, 9.5% ABV Belgian imperial blonde

Arizona Wilderness (Gilbert & Phoenix)
Arizona Pride IPA, 6% ABV hazy IPA
Big Horn TIPA, 12.2% triple IPA. Releases in cans Friday.

Sedona Beer Co. (Sedona)
Scotch² is back on draft. 9.7% ABV Scotch Whiskey oak-aged Scotch ale

SanTan Brewing (Chandler & Phoenix)
Kettle Pebbles, 4.5% ABV fruited gose sour
Brewer’s note: A fruity Kettle Sour for Big Kids. Aromas of orange and passion fruit greet the senses, while a tart and sour mouthfeel carry you to a bright, clean + fruity finish.

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BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL. 7.0% ABV, Stout. When we brewed this beer, it was intended to be something that we could all sip on and think about how the current COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives. However, as the events of the past weeks have unfolded, sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd and fanned by the systemic racism that has been thrust to the front of our consciousness, we felt that this beer could be used to initiate much more important conversations than those of how we were spending our quarantine. . At Wanderlust, our very purpose is to bring people together, no matter your race or background, which is why the issue of racial injustice is one that we take a firm stance on. All people should feel welcome in our establishment, welcome in our community, and more importantly, treated with equal dignity and respect as any other person without fear of race driven differential treatment. . Here in Flagstaff over 70% of the population is white, and less than 3% is Black. This racial echo chamber makes it even more important for us to be cognizant of the unconscious and societal biases that exist where the majority of the people who we see every day look similar. This is not an easy conversation to have, and not an easy mindset to shift. . Although we are just one small business, the more organizations who can bring this conversation front and center can only help to amplify the message that change is mandatory. We hope that sipping this beer will inspire you to take pause and think about your own unconscious biases. How can you force a change in how you treat or allow others to treat somebody who looks different? How can we address the struggles that black people still face daily because of generations of systematic oppression? . It would be naive of us to believe that simply putting a label on a beer will shift the tides on how rooted this persecution is in our society. Therefore, we will also be donating proceeds from this beer to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help fight racial injustice. Visit their website at, and learn more about the Black is Beautiful brewing initiative at . -Nathan Friedman, Owner

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Coming Soon

State 48 Brewery
Big Stick double IPA, 10.5% ABV west coast DIPA. Releases next week.
A new marzen beer releases in two weeks.

Matthew Johnson is Director of Digital Content for PHOENIX. He writes about craft beer, sports and media.
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