Arizona beer Archives

THE SCENE  I am a lot of things, but two things I certainly am not are a beer drinker and a vegan. I often wish I could be both! Life – especially concerts, dive bars, festivals and my alcohol budget – would be so much easier if I loved beer. While I can find merit in a porter or stout redolent of chocolate, coffee or caramel, or in a fruity light beer like Papago Orange Blossom, I’d always rather skip the brew in favor...

Arizona breweries are busy cranking out new brews all the time. Here’s what’s new this week and releasing this weekend. GOLDWATER BREWING  CRIMSON CLOUDS NO. 4 southwest hazy IPA. Pre-orders open Friday, April 17. $22 per four-pack. HAZY GATES lite hazy IPA back in stock. $16 per four-pack. SIX FOOT CHEERS saison. $16 per four-pack. WREN HOUSE BREWING LAS FRESCAS MANDERINI fruited sour.  $20 four a four-pack. TOGETHER pale ale.  Limited amount available in crowlers....

AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brews, which returns to Salt River Fields for the second year on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m., started as a “passion project,” says the venue’s director of marketing, Chris Bonnell. He and the Salt River Fields’ director of ticketing and special events, Shaun Northup, are both craft beer connoisseurs and wanted to showcase the great beverages coming out of the Grand Canyon State. “We wanted to highlight the breweries, distilleries...

Tomorrow more than 75 of the Southwest's best craft breweries are gathering at the Phoenix Convention Center for an annual toast to great beer at the Real Wild & Woody Festival. Savor seasonal sips, indulge in award-winning brews, tap into specialty casks and enjoy a whole lot of food, music, games and activities. But whatever you do, don't miss out on wetting your whistle with these unique new releases:

‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin porters. But Arizona’s craft brewers sometimes go outside that box to bring you other autumnal suds worth sipping. Here are five to try.

#1: SunUp Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
The only Oktoberfest beer on this list tops it by virtue of its perfect balance of crisp hops and lightly toasted malts. A medium-bodied, effervescent, eminently drinkable amber. 6.2% ABV.

#2: Perch Brewery Rosemary IPA
This golden IPA has a frothy head and a slightly hoppy nose but no bitter finish whatsoever. There’s a slightly spicy rosemary bite at the back of the palate, but so gentle it’s more like a nibble. 6% ABV.

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