The Valley’s newest breweries provide more options to a thirsty – and peckish – public.
Throne Brewing Company
Customer service – not just crushable brews – is a priority at this food-forward Glendale brewpub. “We try to focus heavily on that,” owner Carlos Toma says. “It’s our top priority.” Formerly known as Dubina Brewing Company, Throne rebranded last year, introducing a slew of new brews and a food menu featuring burgers and brats. Throne partnered with Schreiner’s Fine Sausage in Central Phoenix to develop a “special recipe” produced exclusively for the brewery, Toma says. Expect an intimate, yet industrial feel in the taproom, where fermentation tanks are prominently featured. In April, Throne opened a second production facility and taproom in Peoria.
Flagship Brews: With 20 beers on tap, Throne has a wide selection – from pale ales to porters. Its flagships are its Bell Road blood orange IPA and Helles Awaits German-style lager.
17035 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, 623-412-7770, facebook.com/thronebrewing
Flying Basset Brewing
Dog lovers and aviation aficionados will adore Flying Basset, an homage to owner Robert Gagnon’s pup, Lieutenant Dan, and his commercial flying career. Gagnon and his wife, Sara Cotton, opened Flying Basset two years ago, focusing on classic beer styles. “We’re not just for the hops lovers or the high-gravity lovers or the sour lovers,” Gagnon says. “We cater to all sides.” The brewery is family-friendly and welcomes four-legged friends (Gagnon personally makes spent-grain dog treats) while providing their owners with a full food menu – playfully displayed on the back of a safety information card – featuring fish and chips and “the best burger in Gilbert.”
Flagship Brews: Its bestseller is Honey Hefeweizen, a dangerously drinkable Bavarian-style beer brewed with local orange blossom honey.
720 W. Ray Rd., Gilbert, 480-426-1373, flyingbassetbrewing.com
Megan Greenwood believes in “the power of the purposeful pint” – the important conversations that unfurl over a cold one with a friend. “We want that friend to be both men and women and we strive to get more women and non-beer-drinkers drinking craft beer,” says Greenwood, who launched her eponymous brewery and beer garden in Downtown Phoenix in July. The brewery has a green and gold theme and features a traditional 22-foot wooden bar, plus two spacious patios ideal for distancing. Greenwood offers a limited menu of charcuterie and bites but encourages patrons to bring their own food, “especially… from our neighbors” such as Taco Chelo, Greenwood says.
Flagship Brews: Greenwood recommends the Forward IPA and Sol Oatmeal Stout.
922 N. Fifth St., 602-875-8577, greenwoodbrews.com