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Arizona Strong Beer Festival

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Arizona Beer Week is a very busy time for purveyors of great local brews. So much so that you’ll be hard-pressed to make all of the events being hosted throughout the Valley. Why not head out to the 13th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival and sample a variety of craft brews all in one place.

With a commemorative 4 ounce tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets with the price of admission you’ll definitely be ahead of the game at the start of Beer Week. some of the Valley’s best food vendors will also be present because you’ll need something to match up with the specialty brews while you share great times with friends.

Need to prep for your suds-filled day? Here’s a list of all the brews so you can map out your day at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival!

Abita Brewing : Andygator Helles Doppelbock 8%, Imp. LA Oyster Stout 8% – yup oysters!
Alaskan Brewing: Hypothermia Dbl IPA 8.5%, Black IPA 6.4%, Amber alt-style 5.3%
Barrio Brewing: Red Cat Amber, Pale Ale, Tucson Blonde, Nolan Porter
Bell’s Brewery: Oberon Wheat 6%, Bourbon Bbl 9000 14.8%, Hopslam Double IPA 10%
Big Dog’s Brewing: Dirty Dog IPA, Red Hydrant Ale – English Brown GABF Silver 2012
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery: Imp. Red, Helles Bock, Doppelbock, Hop Storm
Borderlands Brewing: Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter, an experimental beer TBD
Boulder Beer: Flashback IPA, Never Summer
Breckenridge Brewery: 471 IPA 9.2%abv, Well Built ESB 7.8% BBL aged – CO exclusive
Cismontane Brewing: Holiday Jim Extra Pale Ale, Blacks Dawn Imp. Coffee Stout
College Street Brewhouse & Pub: Bro. Dewey’s Date Night 8.1%, Blueberry Vanilla Wheat 5.8% + 2 more
Coronado Brewing: Idiot IPA, Hoppy Daze IPA, Blue ridge Coffee Stout
Cosmic Brewery: Porter, Irish Red, Black IPA, Lager, non-alcoholic lemon soda
Crescent Crown: North Coast Old Rasputin, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown, Anderson Valley El Steinber, Lost Abbey TBD, Vanberg and Dewulf Imports – Peche Mel, Vanberg and Dewulf Imports – Hop Ruiter, Bridgeport Hop Czar, Bridgeport Kingpin, Ballast Point Sculpin, Eel River Triple Exultation, He’Brew RIPA
Crispin Cider: Prepare To Die wine bbl aged w/ honey & blood orange, As You Wish vanilla
Desert Eagle Brewing: Imperial Oatmeal IPA 10.4%abv  100+ IBU
Dogfish Head: Specialty kegs
Dragoon Brewing: Mesquite Smoked Porter; Russian Imp. Stout; Belgian Quad; Am. Brown Ale
Epic Brewing: Hopulant IPA 8.9%,  Brainless Raspberry 11.5%
Fate Brewing: Imperial IPA – 100 IBUs
Firestone Walker: Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout, Double Jack Imp. IPA
Four Peaks: TBA
Full Sail Brewing: IPA, Phil’s Alt, LTD #6
Gentle Ben’s Brewing: Mocha Java Stout, IPA, Hefe, NCALE
Global Beer Network: Piraat – Belgian Tripel IPA 2012 World Beer Cup Gold, 2 other Belgians
Gordon Biersch: Winterbock,  American Red Ale
Grand Canyon Brewery: Shaggy Bock 6.74%abv – malt smoked over Shaggy Bark Juniper
Great Divide Brewing: Hercules Double IPA, Espresso Oak aged Imp. Stout, + Spl Pilot Brew
Green Flash Brewing: Candela Rye Barleywine; Palate Wrecker, west coast IPA
Hop City Brewery: Barking Squirrel Lager, Amber Lager (Gold Medal)
Knee Deep Brewing: McCarthy’s Bane Imp. Red Ale, Hop Shortage Triple IPA
Left Coast Brewing: Hop Juice Double IPA, Voo Doo American Stout, Asylum Belgium Trippel
Lightning Brewery: Black Lightning Porter 8.5%, Old Tempestuous Ale 9% Best of Show-CA St Fair
Lost Coast Brewery: Baltic Porter, oak aged; Great White, Am. Style Belgian white
Marble Brewery: Unique small batch beers not available in AZ
Maui Brewing: Pukana La golden Ale, Coconut Porter, Big Swell IPA
Mother Road Brewing: Belg. Gold Strong 7.5%,Extra Pale Ale 6.9%, Kolsch 4.3%, Imp. Porter 9.0%
Noble Ale Works: Knight Changer Imp. Stout 9%, Big Whig IPA 6.8%
North American Breweries: Pyramid Outburst,  Magic Hat #9
Oak Creek Brewing: Chocolate Cherry Porter, Scotch Ale
Odell Brewing: Choc. Milk St 8.5% seasonal, Mtn Std Dbl IPA 9.5%, Rasp Lambic
OHSO nano Brewery: a selection of wood aged beers
Old World Brewery: Highlander Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, Az Honey, Dark Knight Porter, Black IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery: Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s little Yella Pils, Old Chub Scotch, deviant Dales IPA
Papago Brewing: Orange Blossom
Pitcher of Nectar Dist.: Ass Kisser Ales, Joseph James Brewing and Rubicon
Prescott Brewing: Imperial Stout 9.6%, Ponderosa IPA, Liquid Amber, + others TBD
Redstone Meadery: Nectar of the Hops,  Black Raspberry
Rock Bottom: Bbl aged Bourbon Stout, IPA, Scotch Ale, Porter
Santa Fe Brewing: Happy camper IPA, Imp. Java Stout, Black IPA
Sierra Nevada: Bigfoot Barleywine 9.6%, Ovila Abbey w/ plum 10.2%, Narwhal Imp St.10.2%
Tenaya Creek Brewing: Monsoon IPA Spec. Release 8.5%, Haulin Oats Oatmeal Stout 5.7%
THAT Brewery: Doppelsticke altbier, red IPA, Strawberry Blonde
The Phoenix Ale Brewery: Fretzy’s Unfiltered Pale Ale, Watermelon Wheat, Wheat Stalk Imp. Hefe, IPA
Wanderlust Brewing: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale, Imperial Red Ale
Wasatch/Squatters: Ghostrider White IPA 6%,  Devastator Double Bock 8%
Wetten Imports: St. Louis Framboise 4%, Stragge Hendrik Quad 11%, Gouden Carolus Tripel, Hop Bomber IPA 7.5%abv
SanTan Brewing: Hop Farm Belgian IPA, Sex Panther Dbl. Choc Porter, Hopshock IPA
Sonoran Brewing: White Choc. Ale, Victorian IPA, Figmentation Dbl Abbey
New Belgium: Imp. Choc. Coffee Stout, Peach Porch Lounger, Biere de Garde
Stone Brewing: Arrogant Bastard, Dbl. Bastard, Ruination IPA, Old Guardian Barleywine

Need to know:
* VIP admission begins at 12pm (Designated Drivers arriving with VIPs will also be admitted at 12pm!)
* General admission begins at 1pm
* Event ends at 5pm
* Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over
* Children under 8 admitted with parent.
* Valid picture ID must be presented for admission.
* This is a rain or shine; no refunds or transfers allowed
* Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding.
All tickets include admission, one 4-ounce commemorative tasting mug and 15 tasting tickets (each good for one 4-ounce beer taste). Food is available for purchase.


  • VIP – $45 SOLD OUT
  • Presale – $35
  • General Admission after presale – $45
  • At the door – $45
  • Designated Driver – $10

The Arizona Strong Beer Festival is presented by The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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