5 Black Friday Beer Releases

Matthew JohnsonNovember 25, 2021
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Flannel Buddies 4 Lyfe 2020 release. Photo by Matthew Johnson/PHOENIX
Flannel Buddies 4 Lyfe 2020 release. Photo by Matthew Johnson/PHOENIX

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout doesn’t have to steal all the headlines on Black Friday. There are several special new releases from locally owned craft brewers to be had the day after Thanksgiving. Here are three Valley beermakers giving us the goods to kick off the holiday shopping season. 

Flannel Buddies 4 Lyfe at Goldwater Brewing 

The yearly Black Friday collaboration with Dark Sky Brewing in Flagstaff is near and it is stout. Flannel Buddies blends flavors of maple syrup, cocoa nibs, pecans and coffee for an imperial stout that’s best enjoyed on a night chilly enough for a flannel shirt. 

Goldwater is also releasing two more new beers Friday in cans:

  • a double dry-hopped double IPA version of its flagship hazy IPA Hop Chowda, called Black Out.
  • a 16% ABV Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout named Bar Fight!

Drink all these responsibly with buddies and don’t get into a bar fight or get blacked out.

S’More the Merrier at Tombstone Brewing Co. 

The days are merry and bright thanks to this upcoming release. Brewed with tastes of graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate, skip the campfire and dive right into this 17% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, available in cans and on draft at both Tombstone locations. 

Black Mage Tap Takeover at 8-Bit Aleworks 

The video gamethemed Avondale brewery is opening at 6 a.m. Friday with a half dozen variants of its flagship Black Mage stout. From a Cherry Pie version to Flan and Macadamia, the early birds will get the best of 8-Bit’s annual tradition. 


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