Weekend Cheers! 13 New Beers from Arizona Breweries

Matthew JohnsonJanuary 28, 2022
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Photo credit Matthew Johnson/PHOENIX

It’s the last weekend of Dry January, but we won’t tell if you end it a few days early because this weekend’s lineup of new craft beers is flavorful, collaborative and boozy in some places. You did a wonderful job for four weeks, now it’s time to sip on a beer and get back to supporting local. Cheers and drink any of these 13 new craft brews responsibly.

The Valley to Cali at Goldwater Brewing Co.

Not to get all personal, but this one brings a tear to my eye — in a happy way. My favorite local brewery, Goldwater, combined forces with my favorite San Diego area brewery, Pizza Port, on two new beers. The Goldwater version is a hazy IPA and will be available on draft and in cans starting Friday, January 28 at both locations.

Pizza Port’s west coast style IPA named Cali to the Valley is available at the southern California Pizza Port locations if you want to make the drive — or you can wait a few weeks for it to show up at Goldwater.

Pairs well with the end of a long road trip.

Amarillo Flowers Pale Ale

I sampled this one on draft last weekend and it’s another pale ale piece of perfection from the Goldwater team. Look for it in cans starting on Friday.

Knights of Windsor variants at O.H.S.O. Brewery

The acclaimed Ales From The Crypt series of beers returns with the Wee Heavy style called Knights of Windsor. Heavy on the maple syrup, this 15.8% ABV barrel-aged imperial Scotch ale tastes like a big boozy breakfast. Pairs well with flapjacks and a coat of armor.

Jelly-filled Knights of Windsor is along for the ride this year, packed with added flavors of raspberries and hazelnuts. Both varietals release on Saturday, January 29.

Chocolatine Pistache Stout at Wren House Brewing

A beer for the pastry lover in all of us. Wren House collaborated with local dessert favorite JL Patisserie, a high-end French pastry bakery in Scottsdale, on this dessert-like beer. Loaded with cacao nibs, vanilla and pistachio, this sweet imperial stout will remind you of JL Patisserie’s famed pistachio croissant. It’s on a very limited release Saturday in the taproom. Pairs well with the finer local things in life.

Westie at Dark Sky Brewing in Flagstaff

Headed up to Flagstaff for Brew Ha Ha this weekend? Beer festival-goers probably already know they’re dropping by Dark Sky, so go ahead and sample these two new beers released this week.

  • First, Westie west coast IPA is back on tap and available for pours in the taproom or crowlers to go.
  • Second, a raw hazy IPA called Nothing Particular is brand new on draft. An uncommon brewing technique was used to keep the proteins in the beer, thus making it “raw.” It’s also available on draft or in crowlers to go.

Blame Cascadia! at Front Pourch Brewing

They’re not even a real country, anyway! Another awesome pop culture reference in a beer name from the good folks at Front Pourch Brewing. This black IPA uses Cascade hops alongside Centennial and Citra to balance out the dark malts. Pairs well with a South Park movie night.

Health Potion at 8-Bit Aleworks

Stay in the game and recharge your weekend with this new boysenberry cobbler fruit ale, released earlier this week at this quaint and friendly Avondale taproom. It’s the first Health Potion release since 2020, so get it while you can. Pairs well a Legend of Zelda quest.

Three New Releases at Arizona Wilderness Brewing

Holy trinity of citrus! Arizona Wilderness is squeezing all of the weekend possible into three new citrus-forward beers.

  • Hibiscus Tangelo Gose is a returning fan favorite. 300 pounds of tangelos from Agritopia Farms in Gilbert help give this sour brew a big fruity flavor. Pairs well with a sunny Arizona afternoon.
  • Future Pixels is the latest iteration in the Dirty Hop Water series of hazy IPAs. The combo of Cashmere, Citra, Ella and Jarrylo hops gives this a fruity rainbow of flavor — it’s enough to make Skittles jealous.
  • Citrus Valley hazy triple IPA was brewed with 500 pounds Arizona-grown sweet oranges and traditional Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops. It’s so much orange, you’ll think you’re the mascot for Syracuse University. Look for this to release on Saturday.

Huss & Us collab (Huss Brewing and Smelter Town Brewery)

Not quite of a tear-jerker as the film Marley & Me, but definitely better than Me, Myself & Irene, Huss & Us is sure to get two thumbs up. This American style barleywine collaboration is not for the weak-tongued with its 100 IBU rating. Look for it on draft at the Huss locations here in the Valley or at the Smelter Town taproom in Clarkdale. Pairs well with a romcom and good company.


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