Thirsty Thursday: Top 10 New Craft Beer Releases for the First Week of 2021

Matthew JohnsonJanuary 7, 2021
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Some of us are making a resolution to drink less in the new year and that’s fine, but we don’t believe in Dry January here on the Thirsty Thursday blog. Instead, try enjoying better local craft beers in 2021 and do it in moderation. Here’s our Top 10 list of new releases from Arizona breweries in the first week of January 2021.

1. Dankworth from Wren House Brewing (Phoenix)

Hops reign king inside this returning double IPA favorite from Wren House. Brewers used an experimental hop on this new batch to give it the full bitter quality that a dank beer should have. Available for online ordering and pickup in four-pack cans.

2. Bear Blood from Goldwater Brewing (Scottsdale & Mesa)

Unleash your inner Grizzly with this new 10% ABV Dark Saison aged in cherry Brandy barrels for 18 months. Releases on draft and in cans on Friday, January 8.

3. Double La Ciudad IPA from Arizona Wilderness (Gilbert and Phoenix)

Some people are happier when their beers are hoppier. Double La Ciudad IPA is a bigger and bolder version of the IPA that has become the flagship of AZ Wilderness’ Downtown Phoenix beer garden location. Available on draft and in cans at both locations.

4. Low Lo Hazy IPA from Huss Brewing (Tempe and Phoenix)

We’re scheduled to get the lowdown (pun intended) on this new release on Friday when Huss’ Minister of Craft Beer, Chip Mulala, joins PHOENIX for a Facebook live video. This low-calorie hazy IPA is currently available on draft at both taprooms and will be in cans on store shelves in the coming days.

5. It Ain’t Space Science from Front Pourch Brewing (Phoenix)

This hazy double IPA was first released over the summer and is now available in four-pack cans to go. It doesn’t take a space scientist to figure out if you should pick some up this weekend.

6. Secret Level from 8-Bit Aleworks (Avondale)

Questing for video game-themed beer has never been so tasty! This 10% ABV chocolate banana imperial stout is on tap for a limited time inside 8-Bit’s westside taproom.

7. Turbulence Stout and New Friend Pilsner from Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff)

Who hasn’t made a new friend over a couple of beers? Dark Sky’s new release – New Friend – is a  Keller Pilsner that might just draw you up north with a buddy this weekend. Stay for a pour of the newly released Turbulence Dirty Chai imperial stout. It’s also available to take home in a 16-ounce crowler or four-pack.

8. 3 Strangers from The Beer Research Institute (Mesa)

This employee collaboration combines cacao nibs, cassia bark and chiles to create a Mexican chocolate stout that is sure to keep you warm on a chilly night.

9. Alchemists Breakfast from Flying Basset Brewing (Gilbert)

This one is a scientist’s dream come true. Flying Basset collaborated with Alchemy Roast out of Mesa using organic Papua New Guinea single origin coffee to create a Blonde Ale breakfast beer. Good enough to grab a four-pack – and maybe a toasted bagel while you’re at it.

10. Helical Haze from Simple Machine Brewing (Phoenix)

You’ll have to wait a few more days for this release. Simple Machine is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a big week planned starting Tuesday, January 12. It kicks off with the release of Helical Haze brewed with Galaxy and Mosaic hops. We’re looking forward to more great releases coming next week!

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