Our Favorite Craft Beer Releases This Weekend

Matthew JohnsonDecember 3, 2021
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If you’re like us, you stocked up the back of the beer fridge with barrel-aged stouts last week on Black Friday. But with Phoenix temperatures lingering in the 80s, itstill not the right time to bust those out (hence why most are still in the back of the fridge). That’s fine with us because we don’t mind shorts and T-shirts and a refreshing cold craft brew in the shade. Here are ten new releases from locally owned breweries to help enjoy the warm weekend. Cheers and drink responsibly! 

Strata Double IPA from Tombstone Brewing 

The sultans of Strata are back at it again, canning a fresh batch of this Tombstone staple. If you’re at the original brewery down south, it should be available now. Look for it in the Phoenix area by this weekend. 

While you’re there, make sure to pick up the new West Coast Style Triple IPA that released last week. The brew was inspired by Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger, a onceayear triple IPA release that beer fans travel from all over the world to drink in northern California. While we haven’t been lucky enough to sample The Younger (yet) this beer blogger has consumed plenty Pliny the Elder double IPA, and Tombstone’s latest release is a dead ringer.  

Goldfield Ghost Pale Ale at Goldwater Brewing 

We like to think of pale ales as the gateway to craft beer. Sierra Nevada worked wonders on us way back in the day and now we’re excited to try anything. Goldwater’s crushable, crisp and refreshing pale ales also do the trick (see: Noble Steed Pale Ale). So if you have a hold out in your friend circle, introduce them to this new Goldfield Ghost (the Goldfield name is a shout out to the old mining ghost town near Apache Junction) and kick start their adventure into local craft beer. 

Las Frescas Pi-Tai from Wren House Brewing 

Whisk yourself away to the island life with this new installment in the Las Frescas Tiki series of sours. Big, thick flavors of pineapple, tangerine, orange and rum will have you hula dancing in no time. Pi-Tai releases Friday at 11 a.m. for $17 per crowler or available on draft in the taproom. 

You can also look for Little Emma California Common available in cans. What is California Common? Think Anchor Steam out of San Francisco – a malty but aromatic brew that’s perfect to pair with spicy Mexican food. We have that here in Arizona, right?  

Several new beers at State 48 Brewery locations 

From the Funkhouse to the Downtown Phoenix location, State 48 Brewery is pouring a slew of new styles to try this week. Super Patriotic West Coast IPA, Apollo Haze hazy IPA and Riceageddon Rice Lager are all fresh and waiting for you to pull up a barstool. 

Double Release from Arizona Wilderness Brewing 

The latest installment in the Dirty Hop Water series has landed in the form of Supa Dupa Fly. This combination of Mosaic, Sabro and Triumph hops is so fly, it pairs well with 90s rap music on a cassette tape and reruns of In Living Color. 

Also look for the new Wassail Winter Ale release available on draft or in cans. The wintery flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and spice pairs well with caroling and walking the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. 

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