Thirsty Thursday on August 20: New Craft Beer Releases from Arizona Breweries

Matthew JohnsonAugust 20, 2020
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Weather and beer consumption are closely related. When it’s hot and dry, you want to go lighter and more refreshing such as a lager, pilsner, session or hazy IPA. As it gets colder in the winter, cozy up with a stout, porter or spiced ale. With monsoonal activity picking up around Arizona this week, the weather is unpredictable and you’ll need some variety on hand this weekend.

It’s #ThirstyThursday, so let’s unpack the new craft beer releases from Arizona breweries this week!

12 West Brewing (Gilbert & Mesa)

  • Normal Jeanes, 5.2% ABV hoppy lager brewed with Monroe hops. Available at both 12 West locations for $15 for a four-pack.
  • Billet Brown, 6.5% ABV English brown ale with aromas of roasted nuts and chocolate from malt. Available at both locations for $15 for a four-pack.
  • Ethereal, 5.8% ABV hazy pale ale, re-released in four-packs for $15.

Simple Machine Brewing (Phoenix)

  • Helical Haze, 7.6% ABV New England IPA. They have new labels for a new batch of this delicious hazy IPA that you can find in the taproom and at bottle shops around the Valley.
  • Imperial Overlord Brown, 9.5% ABV imperial brown ale is now available in 16oz cans.

Goldwater Brewing (Scottsdale & Mesa)

  • Gnarly Nectar, 6.4% ABV double dry-hopped hazy IPA. Brewed with flaked wheat and oats with notes of tropical, grapefruit, juicy orange and slight pine. Available in four-packs for $20 or $6 for a single can.
  • Sour Prick, 4.7% ABV Berliner Weiss sour brewed with juicy opuntia (aka prickly pear). Available for $18 per four-pack or $6 per single can.
  • Both beers release on Friday.
  • Scottsdale location open for in-person drinking and to-go orders. Mesa location is to-go only.

Wanderlust Brewing (Flagstaff)

  • Pine Flat IPA, 6.6% ABV west coast IPA. Named after a campground in Oak Creek Canyon, this piney and fruity IPA is perfect for camping in the high country. Available in cans and growler fills.
  • Raspberry Gose Cask only available in the taproom as a limited release.

Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff)

  • Gone Smoojie’n, 4.5% ABV smoothie sour brewed with apricot, mango and conditioned on vanilla. So many flavors, so little time!
  • After Thoughts, 5.3% ABV American pale ale. Dry hopped with Simcoe and Centennial hops, giving this beer hints of citrus and berries with a piney finish. Give me this one to sip on after a long hike!
  • Death’s Door, 4.5% ABV porter. A local favorite brewed with a new twist: notes of hazelnut coffee, vanilla and peanut butter! Sounds perfect for a cool evening in the high country.

OHSO Brewing (4 Valley locations)

Country Lager, 5.4% ABV Vienna-style lager. Now available in cans.

Peoria Artisan Brewing (Peoria)

CherrNobyl, a gose sour brewed with coriander, salt and cherry purée.

Desert Monks Brewing (Gilbert)

Witty McWitface, 5% ABV Belgian Wit.

Tombstone Brewing (Tombstone)

  • Double Dry-Hopped IPA, 7.1% ABV tropical, peachy variant of their flagship IPA. Available at the taproom and in bottle shops around the Valley. Grab one quick because Tombstone beers always sell out fast!
  • I’m Masking You Nicely, 10% ABV hazy, tropical triple IPA collaboration with Social Distance Drinking Club. Available at the taproom and at bottle shops in Arizona.

Dillinger Brewing (Tucson)

Mango Nada, 5.7% ABV sour. Available in cans at the taproom.

Harbottle Brewing (Tucson)

Too Funk To Drunk, 6.8% ABV sour farmhouse ale. A tart saison with tropical notes, available in the taproom or to-go.

Four Peaks Brewing (Tempe)

The Joy Bus WOW, 5% ABV wheat ale. WOW stands for Wondrous Orange Wheat and its on draft at the 8th street location (in bottles later this year).

Front Pourch Brewing (Phoenix)

Save a Tree, Hug a Lager, 5.6% ABV easy-drinking lager. Front Pourch is quickly establishing itself as the most creative brewery for beer names. (Sneaky Little Hoppitses, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Pils, and It Ain’t Space Science are some of my favorites.)

Wren House Brewing (Phoenix)

  • Dreamy Draw, 8% ABV double dry-hopped double IPA. New batch ready for ordering online for $18 per four-pack.
  • Valley Beer Extra, 5.7% ABV American lager. New batch ready for online ordering at $11 for a six-pack.
  • Good Boy Wally, 10% ABV triple IPA is back in 4-packs for $22.
  • Fool Hollow, 8.5% ABV double IPA at $18 for a 4-pack.

Arizona Wilderness (Gilbert & Phoenix)

Double Tropical Storm, 8.5% ABV double IPA. The return of a classic that was originally brewed by former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Jared Veldheer. Available on draft and in four-packs at the Gilbert location on Thursday. Releases on Friday at the Downtown Phoenix location.

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