AZ Beer Week 2022: Laughs, Love & Lots of New Beer at Arizona Wilderness Brewing

Matthew JohnsonFebruary 15, 2022
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Moms are behind some of our greatest inspirations in life. For the team at Arizona Wilderness Brewing, you can thank dear ol’ mom for popular brews such as Peanut Brittle Ale and the upcoming Chocolate Orange Stout — the latter is part of the busy week of beer releases from the Gilbert-based brewery.

In addition to the seven new beer releases, fans of Arizona Wilderness will be treated to a comedy show and a Sour Fest at the Woodnotes Cellar location. Watch our video interview with the team to learn more about their upcoming appearance at Strong Beer Fest on Saturday, February 19 and the events planned for AZ Beer Week (Feb. 17-27).

MEET THE TEAM

Ashley Benson, head brewer

Jonathan Buford, founder

Patrick Ware, brewmaster

Pouring at Strong Beer Fest (Saturday, Feb. 19 in Mesa)

  • Human Kindness, 2.3% ABV low impact ale
  • Citrus Valley, 11.8% ABV triple IPA
  • Superstition Breakfast Stout. 9.1% ABV imperial stout
  • AZ Dreamsicle, 8.5% ABV milkshake double IPA
  • Barrel-aged American Presidential Stout, 11% ABV imperial stout brewed with chilies

New Releases During Beer Week

  • Chocolate Orange Stout on Thursday, Feb. 24
  • American Presidential Stout on Feb. 21
  • AZ Dreamsicle on Feb. 19
  • Dirty Hop Water: Today Was a Good Day fresh hop IPA on Feb. 19
  • Rosemary Ride Belgian strong ale, available now on draft
  • Blood Orange Refuge west coast IPA, in cans and on draft
  • Barrel-aged Heart Shaped Box pastry stout, available now in cans and on draft

While the Zane Lamprey comedy show at the Woodnotes Cellar in Gilbert is sold out, the location will host a Sour Festival on Saturday, February 26 featuring some vintage sours. We recently sampled some of the Soliloquy, a cherry-flavored fruited sour, at the Camp Coolship event hosted by AZ Wilderness at Agritopia Farms last month. It’s so good, expect us to be first in line for a bottle of it on that Saturday.

Beer was brewed earlier in the day, still warm when it hits the tray
Beer was brewed earlier in the day, still warm when it hits the tray
Exposed to the air overnight, beer collects wild yeast in the air
Exposed to the air overnight, beer collects wild yeast in the air
The wild yeast in the air spontaneously ferments the beer
The wild yeast in the air spontaneously ferments the beer
Camp Coolship was held at Agritopia Farms on January 28, 2022
Camp Coolship was held at Agritopia Farms on January 28, 2022
Coolships sitting on a trailer in Gilbert
Coolships sitting on a trailer in Gilbert
Coolship sits on a trailer at Agritopia Farms on a windy day
Coolship sits on a trailer at Agritopia Farms on a windy day
Beer fanatics are eager to learn about the coolship process
Beer fanatics are eager to learn about the coolship process
AZ Wilderness brewing team explains what happens at Camp Coolship
AZ Wilderness brewing team explains what happens at Camp Coolship

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