Drink Local This Weekend with These 11 New Craft Beer Releases

Matthew JohnsonSeptember 23, 2021
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Photo courtesy PHX Beer Co.
Photo courtesy PHX Beer Co.

It’s a great time of year for ordering a pint. Oktoberfest celebrations are happening everywhere you look. Wet hop IPAs are fresh off the canning lines. Stouts are becoming more palatable as the weather dips below triple digits. Promise us you’ll drink local and enjoy one (or more) of these new craft beers from Arizona breweries. Cheers and drink local responsibly. 

Hazy IPA Collaboration at Kings Beer and Wine 

Three breweries and a bottle shop make for an excellent foursome. Kings Beer & Wine near Downtown Phoenix collaborated with O.H.S.O Brewing, Combine Brewing (an Arizona brewery in planning) and Thorn Brewing Co. from San Diego on a hazy IPA with flavors of mango and passion fruit. The new beer celebrates the one-year anniversary of Mark and Sarah Fogleman owning the popular bottle shop and taproom that was originally founded by Mickey Salem. The new hazy IPA, dubbed Combined Efforts, releases Thursday, September 23 at 6pm in cans and on draft. 

Blackhawk Fresh Hop IPA at Wren House Brewing  

Like a predator soaring through the skies looking for its prey, we enjoy hunting down good beers around the Valley. We’re excited to get our talons on Blackhawk, the new beer from Wren House coming Friday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Brewed with Cascade and Crystal hops fresh and wet off the vines from Colorado’s Billy Goat Hop Farms, this beer promises to feature some piney dankness with a bit of fruity balance from the added Strata and Simcoe hops. Available in four-packs for $17. 

Not a hop head? Go the traditional beer route with a cold Kolsch, releasing on Thursday, for $15 for a four-pack. 

Klingon West Coast IPA from Flying Basset Brewing 

Captain quick, there’s Klingons near the East Valley! Gilbert-based Flying Basset is launching its West Coast IPA in cans, starting Thursday afternoon. Available at the brewery in four-packs for $16.99. 

Triple Release at Arizona Wilderness Brewing 

Are you tempting me with three new beers to sample this weekend? Challenge accepted.  

  • First up, the Dirty Hop Water series returns with a new hazy IPA named Tragic Kingdom. 
  • Next is Willie Nelson Haze, a dry-hopped IPA nod to everyone’s favorite stoned country music star.
  • Finally, celebrate the fall season with Oktoberfriends, a dark lager collab with O.H.S.O Brewery. 

All three of these release Thursday on draft and in cans at the Arizona Wilderness locations in Gilbert and Phoenix. 

Oktoberfest at PHX Beer Co. 

You can teach an old dog new tricks. PHX Beer Co. has been around for a long time but this is its first ever Oktoberfest brew. We’ll cheers to that! The new brew is available in four-packs for $16 at the Phoenix and Scottsdale locations.  

While you’re there, check out these other recent releases: North Rim Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA and Howling Oats Hazy IPA. Both can be purchased in four-packs to-go.  

Going Out of Town? 

Check out Borderlands Brewing in Tucson 

Borderlands has one of the bigger statewide distribution areas of any Tucson brewery, so it’s relatively uncommon to find its beers. Its new Prickly Pear Wheat is now canned and in six packs for folks who make the trip down south this weekend. 

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