Dining Guide | 6 Great Local Breweries in Phoenix
Once upon a time, there were no major beer manufacturers or corner markets. If you were looking for some ale, you would go straight to the brewer to get your libations. The inventory was fresh and replenished based on the ingredients on hand, which created a unique flavor based on where the lager was purchased. There has been a resurgence of craft beers in the last few years. While some local breweries have caught nationwide recognition, there are many smaller breweries that are creating stellar brews that deserve equal attention. These top spots are serving their own house-brewed beers as well as other stand-out craft beers.
These local spots have created an environment and experience that serves to celebrate the complex process of their beers, with menus that have been crafted to compliment and highlight those featured flavors.
6 Great Local Breweries in Phoenix
Angels Trumpet Ale House
810 N. 2nd St.| Phoenix| 602.252.2630
Angels Trumpet Ale House offers an impressive 31 taps, which is mostly beer but you’ll find a few wines on tap as well. One of the unique features of this spot is the direct draw with 5 feet of line from the keg to your glass which results in the freshest flavors. Looking for some variety in your beer flights? Here you can choose the beers you want to be included, as opposed to a preselected collection. Not sure which of the local brews is right for you? The staff here is passionate about their featured beers and will have no problem turning your preferences into the perfect-for-you pint! The menu consists of items that you would expect but done in an unexpected way. Ever had a grilled cheese sammie with pesto and honey? One of the major menu hits is “The Mess”, a delectable poutine topped with real cheese curds and a rich flavorful turkey gravy. What could be better that a refreshing pint of local beer and a comforting plate in front of you?
Mother Bunch Brewing
825 N. 7th St.| Phoenix| 602.368.3580
Mother Bunch Brewery was conceptualized by Julie Meeker, who will also serve as the assistant brewer to head brewer William Hampton. The brewery, named after a book regarding 16th-century alewives, is host to eight or so of their own brews amongst the 20 taps. The look and feel of the space was created in an effort to maintain and respect the history of the building it is housed in while still being approachable. The menu features contemporary offerings with a French influence peppered throughout. With the addition of an in-house smoker, you’ll definitely want to check out the smoked meats and chicken wings.
North Mountain Brewing Co.
522 E. Dunlap Ave.| Phoenix| 602.861.5999
From the moment that you walk into this locally owned and family operated brew house, you’ll know exactly what you are in for. The décor and design pay tribute to the history of brewing and the community that beer creates. The beer menu features 8 of their creations varying from light to dark, fruity to bitter. All menu items are created with beer drinkers in mind though you certainly don’t have to be one in order to enjoy the offerings. The kitchen has crafted a beer-centric menu that is intended to be complementary to your beer experience. The pretzel bread and fish and chips are pretty much a no brainer as far as ordering goes, but you’ll also find their North Mountain Burger and Grilled Sausage Platter really create a great overall experience. They have even recently introduced Beer Pairing dinners that are sure to impress and educate any beer lover.
O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery
4900 E. Indian School Road| Phoenix
O.H.S.O. has quickly become the go-to spot for a great beer with friends (even the four legged kinds.) Whether you stop in after work, a bike ride or on the weekend for their Beer Brunch, you will always find a variety of unique beers and menu options. Their On Tap menu features 7 of their own beers as well as others microbreweries, including several from within Arizona. The Pretzel board featured on their Starter Menu is a great introduction to your visit, especially when paired with their own Praying Monk Blond. They even have a little something for Fido, so everyone in the family will leave full and happy.
SunUp Brewing Co.
322 E. Camelback Road| Phoenix| 602.279.8909
What could be better than a brewery with a German at the helm? SunUp Brewing Co. has ensured that their brews are authentic, creative and innovative. The brewery has a seven-barrel system that ensures that your favorite beer will never be in short supply while still keeping the operation manageable as well as personable. The brewery is expanding and will soon upgrade their barrel system as well as a nano brewing system for more unique and creative brews. The brewery restaurant offerings are equally as approachable. The Green Chile Dip and Brewhouse Nachos are a great way to balance out your imbibing. If you are looking for a hearty meal, their Baja Tacos are refreshing while serving up the slightest kick from their chipotle mayo.
Twenty Highland Tavern
4701 N. 20th St.| Phoenix| 602.761.4750
Don’t be thrown off by this tavern being located inside of a Whole Foods. If you frequent the market, you already know that the offerings go far beyond canned food and produce. While they are not making their own ales, they offer a large amount of sometimes hard to find craft brews and with 30 taps, you’ll easily be able to find something that you’ll like to try. The food available is seemingly never ending; from pizza to sushi, sandwiches to charcuterie the options are endless. You can even grab your groceries and then fill up your growler on the way out if you’re looking to relax at home.
This article was originally featured in the October 2014 issue of Uptown Magazine.