Arizona Beer Month closes out with a week dedicated to Southern Arizona’s craft breweries. But if you’re not in Tucson, there are plenty of new craft beer releases to seek out this weekend around the Valley and in Northern Arizona. Here are our top picks as we say goodbye to Feb-BREW-ary and say hello to the beginning of March. Drink responsibly!
Rebuild the Guild IPAs statewide
This collaboration benefits the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and is available from dozens of craft breweries in many different styles. Here are the newest variations released this week:
- Hazy IPA from Crooked Tooth Brewing in Tucson, brewed with mango and vanilla.
- Session IPA from Simple Machine Brewing in Phoenix, 5.5% ABV.
- West Coast style IPA at Desert Monks Brewing in Gilbert, available on tap and in 16 ounce 4-packs.
Astro Cookie from Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff)
Imagine your favorite crème-filled cookie in liquid form – actually you don’t need to imagine because Dark Sky created it! This thick Russian imperial stout is one of our all-time favorites and a must-try for anyone visiting the high country this weekend. Available on draft or in 16 ounce crowlers to go.
Nocturnal Opulence at Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert & Phoenix)
Your Friday or Saturday night by the firepit just got better. The bourbon barrel-aged Nocturnal Opulence imperial stout was the winner of last year’s Kill the Keg competition between brewing teams at Arizona Wilderness. The winning recipe features graham cracker, marshmallow root and cacao nibs for an adult s’mores treat in glass. Available on draft and in cans to-go.
Knights of Windsor from O.H.S.O. Brewery (4 Valley locations)
It’s like grandma’s breakfast in a can. This French Toast-style Wee Heavy ale is strong on the taste of a piece of French toast soaked in maple syrup. Better yet, it was aged inside W.L. Weller Bourbon Maple Syrup barrels to kick it up to 15% ABV. Available in cans and on draft.
Four new beers in cans from Tombstone North (Phoenix)
It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite IPA from Tombstone, but we sure are willing to try. Check out the Arcadia-area location for new four-packs of Brighter & Juicier No. 1 double IPA, Another Exercise in Mediocrity DIPA, Tombstone IPA and Tombstone DIPA.
Irish Stout from Pedal Haus Brewery (Tempe & Chandler)
Get a head start on training for Saint Patrick’s Day with this new Irish Stout at a brewery known for its true-to-style beers. Pedal Haus has it on nitro for $6 a glass.
Roger & Out Coconut Stout at Flying Basset Brewing (Gilbert)
Coconuts and stouts seem to be all the rage this weekend. Flying Basset’s new American Stout is brewed with Cacao nibs and lactose as well, pouring at 6.2% ABV.
Debo’s Sour DIPA from 1912 Brewing (Tucson)
Can’t decide between a hoppy or a tart beer? Debo has you covered on both! 1912 Brewing and Uncle Bear’s Brewing collaborated on this unique idea to balance a sour with a DIPA. R.I.P. to your taste buds.
Demas IPA from Pueblo Vida Brewing (Tucson)
Using six different hop varieties, Demas is packing in all the fruity and juicy flavors that make Pueblo Vida famous. Pick some up in cans to-go.