Brewery Spotlight: Patent 139 Brewing Co. in Chandler

Matthew JohnsonFebruary 10, 2022
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West coast tradition and family heritage come alive at this new brewery in the East Valley.

Founded: January 2022

Talent: Owner Tim Hass and Executive Chef Jared Martinez

Must Try Beer: Willowood, a west coast style IPA

Must Try Menu Item: Figgy Piggy Burger, topped with fig and balsamic jam, slab bacon, fried goat cheese, arugula, sweet onion and garlic aioli for $16.

Location: 1949 West Ray Road, Chandler

Figgy Piggy Burger at Patent 139 Brewing Co.
Figgy Piggy Burger at Patent 139 Brewing Co.
Smoked Tri tip French dip
Smoked Tri tip French dip
Avocado Gnocchi
Avocado Gnocchi

Story Behind the Name: Brewery owner Tim Hass is the great-grandchild of Rudolf Gustav Hass, a postman from Pasadena, California. In the 1930s, Hass purchased an acre of land with avocado trees in La Habra Heights, California. Through the discovery process (and thanks to a bag of seeds he purchased at a local market and believed came from Central or South America) a rough, black-skinned avocado grew from his trees – instead of the green kind that everyone knew up to that point. Hass was able to sell these never-before-seen “Black Gold” avocados at a farmers market to wealthy folks in the area who fell in love with the creamy texture. In 1936, U.S. Patent 139 was granted to Hass for the Hass Avocado. Today, the Hass variety accounts for nearly 90 percent of all the avocados sold in the world. While the family no longer collects royalties from the Hass avocado patent (it ran out in 1952), it has a fun story to tell while sitting around drinking a Patent 139 beer.

The Hass name is synonymous with the avocado, but many around the Valley might know Tim from his long career in the local hospitality industry. Hass began work at a young age at the Tonto Verde Country Club and started brewing two decades ago with Sonoran Brewing Company. One sip from his Willowood IPA at Patent 139 will remind craft beer fans of the type of hoppy west coast style that can be found at Southern California’s famed Ballast Point Brewing. Hass served as general manager of the Ballast Point Long Beach and Downtown Disney locations before moving back to the Valley a few years ago to manage Flint By Baltaire in Phoenix.

It was during the time of early COVID-era government shutdowns of restaurants that inspired Hass to write the business plan for Patent 139 Brewing Co. In January 2021, a spot sandwiched between Sprouts Market and Valle Luna on the corner of Ray and Dobson Roads opened for lease and Hass claimed it. The space was once a dive bar that attracted the wrong crowd for its neighbors, so Hass and the landlord went to work to remodel the patio and install giant slider doors that invite the indoor space of the brewery to the spacious outdoor patio that overlooks a community lake.

Patent 139 Brewing currently serves three of its own beers: Willowood IPA, Future Brunch IPA (collab with O.H.S.O) and Neon Nancer Blaster raspberry blonde ale, named after his mother’s colorful style. There are also a number of guest taps with local craft beer options, along with out-of-state guest taps from breweries that Hass has worked with during his career in the industry.

During Arizona Beer Week (February 17-27), Patent 139 is offering different food and beer pairings with guest tap beers from Gilbert’s 12 West Brewing and Tempe’s Huss Brewing.