Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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India Pale Ale/10% ABV/100 IBU Have hops achieved celebrity status in the beer world, or what? The leafy bittering agents get title billing in this muscular yet well-proportioned hazy IPA from Tombstone’s beloved craft brewing mainstay, and yes, it’s like a hop clinic in your mouth. The lush piney-ness from the Idaho 7, the refreshing lime-grapefruit interplay from the Citra, the tropical funk of the Stratta, it’s all here – in “ludicrous” amounts, brags the...

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Wild fermentation is the craps table of the brewing world. Working with funky European yeast strains, brewers can never be entirely sure what mischievous spore will float into their tank. The lack of certainty makes it exciting – a stylistic adrenaline rush that uplifts Williams-based Grand Canyon Brewing’s annual Wild Saison release. Aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels, the oaky farmhouse beer leaps out of the glass with effervescent notes of lemon, peach and coriander, made...

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100 international bitterness units (IBUs) in a double IPA? That must translate into some face-melting hops bitterness, right? Magically, it does not with this superbly tuned hammer of a beer from Mesa-based The Beer Research Institute. Employing Citra and Denali hops for a citrus-pineapple punch, the brewers employ “zero-second,” after-boil late hopping to “avoid that overpowering bitterness,” according to manager Zack Forsythe. “It’s an amazingly balanced beer for how heavy it is.” Now available in...

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