Thirsty Thursday: 8 New Craft Beers from Arizona Breweries

Matthew JohnsonAugust 12, 2021
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Is outdoor patio season back? It doesn’t get any better than enjoying 90degree temperatures in mid-August here in the Arizona desert. This week has blessed the Phoenix area with a much needed cool down, so let’s reward ourselves with an ice-cold craft brew from our local beermakers. We also have several picks for those looking to venture out of town this weekend. Cheers and drink responsibly! 

Barrel-Aged Not Today Putin from The Beer Research Institute (Mesa) 

Perhaps the best beer it puts out all year, B.R.I’s 14% ABV barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout is smooth and boozy and perfect for sipping on a beautiful Arizona summer evening. Head brewer Colby Hansen has carefully created this beer to be one of the best barrel-aged brews in the entire state. Cans of Barrel-Aged Not Today Putin are available starting Friday, August 13. Also look for new T-shirts to celebrate this new release.  

Good Vibrations from Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert and Phoenix) 

Arizona Wilderness Brewing’s Dirty Hop Water series returns this week with the release of Good Vibrations IPA. Brewed with Azacca, Ekuanot, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, our tastes buds are sending us some good vibes thinking about the tropical fruit and piney notes. Good Vibrations is available starting Thursday, August 12 in cans and on draft at both locations. 

Dry Irish Stout at Tombstone Brewing Co. (Phoenix and Tombstone)  

Put a smooth and creamy dark stout in your hands this weekend and don’t feel like it’ll weigh you down because Tombstone’s new Dry Irish Stout is a sessionable 4.2% ABV. Roasted with coffee and cocoa, this new release is worthy of a night enjoying the taproom on Thomas Road.  

Summer Comes and Summer Gose from Simple Machine Brewing Co. (Phoenix) 

It feels weird to think about ushering away summer already and it’s probably only wishful thinking, but we’re free to dream about the fall season coming soon. Simple Machine Brewing in the Deer Valley area is ready for the end of summer with this week’s new release, a 5.3% ABV gosestyle ale brewed with sea salt and coriander. Look for it in cans to-go or enjoy on it on draft while supporting the local food trucks that regularly visit the taproom. 

Going Out of Town

Lemon Bar PLP Double IPA at Pueblo Vida Brewing (Tucson)

Any beer lover’s trip through Tucson must include a stop at Pueblo Vida Brewing, where this week’s infusion brew is a citrusy double IPA that’ll taste like a lemon bar inside a glass. Perfect for a warm afternoon at the taproom or to take home in a growler. 

I Love Gooooold No Coast IPA collaboration from Smelter Town Brewing and Dark Sky Brewing (Clarkdale and Flagstaff) 

There’s nothing quite like the golden hue of a fresh new beer in the high country. The folks at Smelter Town Brewing and Dark Sky Brewing got together to create this new 10.4% ABV triple IPA brewed with Simcoe, Motueka and Strata hops. The golden concoction is gluten-reduced and will hit you with plenty of tropical fruit and piney flavors. The collab is available at both locations. 

Rainy Daze and Blood of my Enemies at Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff) 

Dark Sky Brewing’s Ryan Sandlin is always looking to keep the menu fresh with new beers and this week is a special one with a double release of some favorites. Blood of my Enemies is a 6.8% ABV hazy IPA bursting with passionfruit and hibiscus flowers. The combo creates a bright red and fruity beauty, available on draft and in four-pack cans for $20. 

Another Dark Sky Brewing favorite, Rainy Daze hazy IPA, is perfectly timed returning to the taps. These rainy mornings in the Valley have us in a daze thinking about the Idaho 7 and Sabro hops loaded up into this flavorful juice bomb of a beer. Get a four-pack for $18 and bring on the monsoon. 


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