Thirsty Thursday: Ranking the Top 10 New Craft Beer Releases of the Week

Matthew JohnsonJanuary 28, 2021
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This week feels like the old TV commercial for potato chips that dared people to eat only one. But the chips were so good that you couldn’t stop and had to have more. Several of our favorite breweries around Phoenix have double releases this weekend while others are unveiling the latest in a series of seasonal craft brews. Get these while they last! 

1. Blueberry Angels from Cider Corps (Mesa) 

A tip of the cap to the skilled pilots of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. This is Cider Corps’ latest in the lineup of Honor Series ciders dedicated to the various branches of military service. If the name isn’t a hint, it’s bold on blueberry taste with an infusion of Cassia bark – and at 6.7% ABV it has permission to buzz the tower! Pick up a four-pack for $20 at the Downtown Mesa cidery. 

2. Moulin Bruges from OHSO Brewery (4 Valley Locations) 

The latest installment of OHSO’s Ales From The Crypt series took more than two years to come to life! Moulin Bruges sat in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 26 months and finally gets released on Friday. Coming in at 17.4% ABV, this Belgian Quad is one of the strongest beers to ever hit the Valley. 

3. Double release from Goldwater Brewing (Scottsdale & Mesa) 

Double your pleasure this weekend with fruity favorites featuring new twists. Hop Chowda Hazy IPA gets a pineapple makeover – available for $22 per four-pack. Plus, the third part of the GoGo Sour Rangers series is here: The Blue Ranger. Brewed with blueberries and plum, this Berliner Weisse checks in at 5% ABV and is ready in four-packs for $18. Both beers release on Friday in cans and on draft.  

4. Two New Releases from Bone Haus Brewing (Fountain Hills) 

The Dutchman’s Dream family of beers gets a new member as Aurum Hazy Tropical Pale Ale joins the group. Bone Haus is also bringing back Miner’s Debt Black IPA, a bigger version of the first beer the brewery ever made back in 2018 – and featured in our Arizona Summer Beer Guide that year. 

5. Hibiscus Tangelo Gose from Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert & Phoenix) 

Arizona Wilderness is celebrating citrus season in our state in a big way this year, with a seasonal lineup of beers its very excited about. It starts with the return of Hibiscus Tangelo Gose, brewed with locally grown tangelos, mandarin oranges and tangerines from Agritopia Farm in Gilbert. Look for its release soon. 

6. Birds Aren’t Real from Dillinger Brewing Co. (Tucson) 

A direct nod to the conspiracy theorists out there. This double dry-hopped IPA releases on Friday to celebrate four years in business for Dillinger – or so they want us to believe. Hmmmm. The truth is out there and so is the beer. Pick some up this weekend and enjoy the YouTube rabbit hole of videos from the Birds Aren’t Real group. 

7. Two New Releases from Pueblo Vida Brewing (Tucson) 

If you’re looking for craft brews that are as soft and cool as the other side of the pillow, Pueblo Vida is the place. The Tucson brewery launches a new Continental series this week starting with an IPA loaded with Galaxy, Citra and Strata hops to make it a light and fruity experience. Another new one is Arita Pale Ale, named after the porcelain made near the Japanese town of Arita. Sounds like a perfect pairing for sushi night! 

8. Wanderlust Casner Canyon Cranberry Sour (Flagstaff) 

Shout out to Thanksgiving’s most maligned side dish: the cranberries. Wanderlust’s newest edition to its Canyon Sour series is in cans and on tap right now in the high country. Turkey and stuffing not included. 

9. Belgian-Style Tripel from Huss Brewing (Tempe & Phoenix) 

Strong beers and cold weather go together well, so this is a well-timed release by Huss considering some parts of the Phoenix area saw snow this week! With notes of orange peel and coriander, this 9% ABV Tripel gives us all the feels, especially the warm ones. 

10. Fresh New Batches from Wren House Brewing (Phoenix) 

Congrats to Wren House for setting up and starting to brew at its enormous new facility in Prescott. That means a lot more beautiful Wren House beer we all love and enjoy will be available soon. While we wait, we can pass the time with a new batch of canned Big Spill Pils and Dry Hopped Valley Beer available in crowlers this weekend.