Thirsty Thursday: Ranking the Top 10 New Craft Beer Releases from Arizona Breweries for Nov. 12

Matthew JohnsonNovember 12, 2020
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From sweet dessert stouts to hoppy IPAs and a brand new brewery in town, this week’s top 10 list of new craft beer releases has a little something for just about every beer drinker in Arizona.

1. The Oregon Lots from Tombstone (Phoenix and Tombstone)

This trio features an IPA, double IPA and Triple IPA using fresh hops picked from the Crosby Hops Farm in Oregon. The unique can design will bring you back to your childhood of playing the Oregon Trail video game on a Mac computer in grade school, without the need to fix an axle on your covered wagon. The Oregon Lots are available in four-packs at the Phoenix and Tombstone locations, as well as craft beer shops around the Valley.

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2. Double release from Goldwater (Scottsdale and Mesa)

The guys at Goldwater took their flagship Hop Chowda and conditioned it on blood orange peel to give us a new version of the popular hazy IPA called Blood Orange Hop Chowda.

Dessert is also on the menu in the form of Late Night Delight, a raspberry chocolate stout that comes in at a manageable 6.7% ABV. Both release on Friday.

3. rICON Rye IPA from Pedal Haus (Tempe and Chandler)

This juicy Rye IPA was brewed in memory of Pedal Haus assistant brewer Ian Campbell-O’Neill who passed away in February of 2017. Proceeds from the sale of rICON kegs and pints go to the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, an organization that helps craft brewers stay in business.

4. German Chocolate Cake from Borderlands (Tucson)

Coconut and chocolate are back in a big way as Borderlands brings back this popular dessert beer for another run. German Chocolate Cake releases on Friday. We’re equally as big of fans of this beer and the Beer IQ videos put out by the head brewer!

5. Hopsassin’s Creed from 8-Bit Aleworks (Avondale)

A fresh new batch of this session IPA is coming and the brewery needs to clear out some space, so you can get a four-pack of Hopsassins’s Creed this week for just 10 bucks!

6. Mumoza Triple IPA from Pueblo Vida (Tucson)

Sunday brunch just got kicked up a notch with this 10% ABV citrusy beauty. Packed with the flavors of orange, grapefruit and a splash of lime, Mumoza is canned in six-packs for $22.

7. Double can release from Arizona Wilderness (Gilbert and Phoenix)

The crisp mid-November mornings with afternoon highs in the 70s make this the perfect time of year for exploring the outdoors around the Valley. Arizona Wilderness Brewing thrives on this notion and created a beer literally called Day Hike just for it! Day Hike Light Lager and Prickly Pear Wallow are both releasing in four-packs at both locations starting today.

8. Double Lager Release from Dark Sky (Flagstaff)

Northern Arizona is starting to see some early season snow and getting very cold, so you’ll need an easy-drinking beer to keep warm by the fireplace. Both the amber-colored House Dunkel Lager and Ghost of Perdition Schwarzbier will help with that. Dark Sky taps both lagers this weekend.

9. Bird Bird from Wren House (Phoenix)

Available in a very limited release, Bird Bird is a big 11% ABV imperial pastry stout collaboration with Horus Aged Ales and only available for purchase in crowlers for $16 each.

10. New Brewery Alert: Kitsune Brewing Co. (Phoenix)

While there’s no physical location yet for brewer Tyler Smith, he’s still able to crank out a new hazy IPA called Forager, available in cans and on draft at Simple Machine Brewing in North Phoenix – where he does his brewing. You can also find cans of Forager at Ground Control in Litchfield or Craft Beer Hop Stop in Phoenix. Congrats to Smith and cheers to Kitsune Brewing.

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