Thirsty Thursday Top 10: Ranking the New Craft Beers for the first Weekend of March

Matthew JohnsonMarch 4, 2021
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This weekend of new craft beer releases is much like seeing your favorite band in concert – you want them to play the hits! There’s nothing wrong with that mentality when it comes to songs and suds alike, which is why we’re seeing a lot of re-releases of the favorites Arizona craft beer drinkers have come to love. Here’s our top ten selections of the weekend – drink responsibly!

1. Beers for a Cause at Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert and Phoenix)

  • Fill your glass and fill your heart with new brews at Arizona Wilderness. The brewery is re-releasing a new batch of its low ABV table beer Human Kindness in honor of the late Bobby Kramer, a local legend in the hospitality industry. Kramer was killed in a car crash last month, so part of the proceeds from the sales of this beer will go toward a memorial fund to benefit his family.
  • March for Orange IPA is another benefit beer out this weekend, with part of the proceeds going to the Arizona Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Finally, embrace the down-under nature of Southern Half DIPA, a double IPA brewed with Nelson and Galaxy hops native to Australia and New Zealand.

2. Cyril Figgis Collab from B.R.I. & 8-Bit Aleworks

Archer fans rejoice! The annual Belgian Quad collaboration between Avondale’s 8-Bit Aleworks and Mesa’s Beer Research Institute is here. Although it’s named after the character in the hit show Archer, this Cyril Figgis is no punch line. It’ll punch you with big fig flavor and 10% ABV.

Also in the news this week, a congrats to B.R.I. for announcing a new taproom and classic arcade location coming to Main Street in Downtown Mesa this summer.

3. New Releases from Wren House Brewing (Phoenix)

Stepping up the production thanks to its massive new facility in Prescott is really paying off for Wren House fans. The award-winning Phoenix brewery can now offer its American lager Valley Beer in 16-ounce six-pack cans.

Dreamy Draw double dry hopped DIPA is also fresh off the canning line, available in four-packs for $18. Greenhorns double IPA releases on Friday in canned four-packs for $18.

4. Chime Time at Front Pourch Brewing (Phoenix)

We’re excited to see Front Pourch beers such as Sneaky Little Hoppitses and Sagaroo starting to hit store shelves (available at Craft Beer Hop Stop in North Phoenix) because those are two of the best IPAs in Arizona. If you’re headed to the brewery this weekend, give Chime Time cherry blonde ale the time of day. You can snag it on draft or in four-packs to go.

5. Hazy Gates at Goldwater Brewing in Scottsdale

Baseball and beer go hand-in-hand and with spring training back in Arizona this month, Goldwater has something for all those San Francisco Giants fans to enjoy after an afternoon inside Scottsdale Stadium. Hazy Gates hazy IPA is on draft or in the black and orange team colored cans available for $18 per four-pack.

6. Old Contention at Tombstone Brewing (Phoenix and Tombstone)

Do you remember what you were doing 32 months ago? If you’re this batch of Old Contention barleywine, you were going into a deep sleep inside a bourbon barrel, from which you wouldn’t emerge from until the year 2021. Tombstone decided to let this one out this week but only one keg of it is available at the Phoenix location.

7. Orange Drumsticks from Throne Brewing (Glendale and Peoria)

Hazy and hoppy for a good cause. Throne’s Orange Drumsticks hazy double IPA collaboration with Quail Distributing donates all proceeds from sales of the beer to the Foundation for Blind Children. Look for it on tap at both locations and in cans coming soon to stores and beer bars across the Valley.

8. Sour Piehole at Historic Brewing Co. (Flagstaff and Williams)

The brewing team at Historic took a batch of its legendary Piehole Porter and transformed it into a sour with notes of vanilla, tart cherry and chocolate. The brewery has a limited amount on tap at both Northern Arizona locales.

9. Office Supplies at Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff)

We wish we could go to the office supply closet here at the PHOENIX magazine headquarters and pull this one out! Dark Sky’s latest double hazy IPA creation is a fruity bomb of citrus and melon flavors available on draft and to go.

10. Quasicrystal from Ad Astra Brewing (Prescott)

We’re not sure a wizard could’ve looking into a crystal ball and seen this come about so soon for the weeks-old Ad Astra Brewing. But alas, the dank Quasicrystal triple IPA is now on the board at Prescott’s newest brewery, giving us yet another reason to hit the high country this weekend.

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