14 New Craft Beers in 2022

Matthew JohnsonJanuary 7, 2022
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You’ve surely worked off your New Year’s Eve hangover by now (and don’t call me Shirley) so why not think about cracking open a craft beer fresh off the brewing line? Here are some of the latest offerings from our favorite local craft breweries just waiting for you to ditch your resolutions one week into January.

This Beer Saves Water from Arizona Wilderness Brewing

Drink a crushable beer and help save the environment? Tastes like a win-win to us. Arizona Wilderness’ use of Sinagua Malt in every beer it brews helps conserve water, resulting in 425 million gallons of water still in the Verde River. This new beer also uses a drought-resistant hop and results in a 5% ABV pale ale available in cans and on draft.

Tombstonator Dopplebock from Tombstone Brewing Co.

I’ll be back – to writing quirky things about craft beer names in 2022. Put this 9% ABV wintery mix of a beer in front our our gullets and say Hasta La Vista, Baby!

Hopheads can also renew their love for Arizona’s IPA kings by checking out the new Mosaic Single Hop IPA and Citra Single Hop IPA brand new this week. All three beers are available on draft and in cans to go at the original Tombstone brewery and the Phoenix brewpub location.

Guava Goodness at Wren House Brewing

This sour combines guava, pineapple, lemon and tangerine – oh my goodness! The good stuff starts flowing Friday, January 9 on draft and in crowlers to-go at the taproom.

While you’re there, check out the new Pondo Cream Ale (releases on Friday) and the new to us Moon Cube double dry hopped double IPA, which was released in late December and is starting to show up in finer craft beer shops around the Valley.

Bitter & Strong Pale at Lochiel Brewing

Beer fans in East Mesa will be happy to see Lochiel get back to business with its recent posts promoting its reopening and two great beers back on tap. If English or Scottish style brews are your favorite styles, Lochiel is the place for you.

When Beer Goes Pop from 12 West Brewing

Just like a classic jack-in-the-box toy, pop goes the beer snob this week. This new 12 West brew uses a new hop blend called Cryo Pop that should give the beer the smell of a daquiri and a basketful of fruit flavors. This releases Saturday, January 8 on draft and in four-packs to go at both Mesa and Gilbert locations.

Pit Monkey at Fire & Fury Brewing

Let’s welcome this newest Phoenix brewery to the Valley beer scene with open arms and empty glasses waiting to be filled. These guys are going bold with the release of a California common style named Pit Monkey.

Nutz Over You at Saddle Mountain Brewing Co.

Because I still have two jokester teen boys in the house, the word Nutz has me in severe giggles and thus some writers block has ensued. There’s nothing quite like an inappropriate deez nutz joke in front of two grandmas at Christmastime. Deez beer drinkers, however, are always game for a good peanut stout and Saddle Mountain’s beers always deliver the goods. Check out this one on tap in you’re in the West Valley.

Pine Raven Black IPA at State 48 Brewery

All the roasty malt of a dark beer with the piney hoppiness of a west coast IPA. The best of both worlds combine into a single glass on tap this weekend at State 48’s six Valley locations.

Hoppy Spritzer at Pueblo Vida Brewing (Tucson)

Welcome to the non-alcoholic world! We’ve received a lot of positive reaction whenever we post about a new N/A option (from non-beer drinkers and designated drivers alike) over the past couple of years. Pueblo Vida’s new spritzer is a hop forward 0.4% ABV bubbly drink ready for pours this weekend in Southern Arizona.