At some point in the last thirty years Arizona became a hub for breweries with an unbridled passion for craft beer. Several of these breweries’ taprooms are an inviting place for residents and travelers to relax, indulge in good food and drink, and have great conversations, so be sure to visit them while in Arizona.
1.Wren House Brewing Company
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Concocting finely crafted beer with Arizona roots, the Wren House Brewing Company can be found in the Green Gables neighborhood of Phoenix. The brewhouse/taproom is housed in an old renovated guesthouse that patrons love for its coziness and intimacy. All of the brews focus on quality and are made in many flavors using different styles, techniques, and ingredients. The simple space is perfect for enjoying craft beer while having a friendly conversation, and though there are no meals served on site, you are more than welcome to bring food with you or have it delivered there.
2125 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, Phone: 602-244-9184
2.North Mountain Brewing Company
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Offering the best of handcrafted beer, delicious food, and wine, the North Mountain Brewing Company is a fun and exciting place to be in Phoenix. The locally-owned, family-operated business is driven by their love for the art of craft-beer brewing, which is reflected in their beer menu. Favorites include Hefe Endings, the Salted CaramAle, and the Spiral Man Oatmeal Stout, which is in honor of the petroglyph carved by Hohokam in North Mountain Park. Pair your refreshing drink with beer-centric cuisine that is inspired by foods from around the world. There is a special Sunday brunch menu filled with waffles, breakfast corn dogs, and Chilaquiles.
522 E Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020, Phone: 602-861-5999
3.Mother Bunch Brewing
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Combining what they love, handcrafted beer and delicious food, Mother Bunch Brewing uses the finest ingredients for both their pints and their plates. The brewery was established in 2014 by husband and wife duo, Jimmie McBride and Julie Meeker. There are many choices of beer on their tap list to choose from based on your taste. Patrons come back time and again for their light Helles Urban Decay, the pale ale Golden Ticket, the dark chocolate infused Cherry Popper Porter, and their American Stout, Your Mom’s Chest Hair. Their shared plates go fabulously with their drinks so be sure to try their jalapeno cheese curds, house-smoked olives, or their in-house salty pork rinds as well.
825 North 7th Street #102, Phoenix, AZ 85006, Phone: 602-368-3580
4.Huss Brewing Company
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The Huss Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated endeavor with a variety of freshly crafted local beer. The husband and wife team, the Husses, have over twenty-five years of experience in the craft beer industry. The quality lager and ale brewery focuses on American craft beer, and a visit to either of their tap rooms will let you try any of their twenty revolving handles of beer. Some of the beers offered all year long include the German-style Scottsdale Blonde, the Magic in the Ivy pale ale, and their delicious Copper State IPA. The summer seasonal offering of their pale session wheat, Sunday Funday, is a crowd favorite.
Tempe Taproom: 1520 W. Mineral Road, Suite 102, Tempe, Arizona 85283, Phone: 480-264-7611
Uptown Phoenix Taproom: 100 E. Camelback Road, Suite 160, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, Phone: 602-441-4677
5.Dragoon Brewing Company
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The Dragoon Brewing Company is a great brewery in Tucson that produces delicious flavorful beer. They have three year-round beers: the Santa Cruz’r, Stronghold Session, and the Dragoon IPA. There are also three guaranteed seasonal releases that have proven to be popular with their patrons: the Whetstone Wheat (October to January), Saison Blue (February to May), and Ojo Blanco (from June to September). You’ll be able to enjoy many of their specialty releases throughout the year at the brewery’s taproom, some of which are repeated annually and others that hail from a single batch. The taproom is a great place to have a refreshing drink and socialize, and though they don’t serve foods, there is usually a popular food truck outside.
1859 W Grant Rd #111, Tucson, AZ 85745, Phone: 520-329-3606
6.Desert Eagle Brewing Company
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The Desert Eagle Brewing Company is the brainchild of co-owned and brew master Joe Campbell. With his passion for home brewing and his inherent knowledge of quality beer through his German heritage, Joe felt that his path was clear. The brewery became a reality in 2011, and they create refreshing craft beers made with the best ingredients. A year later, they opened their first taproom in downtown Mesa, where visitors are invited to try out all their different annual and seasonal craft beers. The beers pair fantastically with the made-from-scratch food that is served as well as the local live music.
Main Street Mesa: 150 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, Phone: 480-656-2662
Falcon Field Mesa: 2613 N. Thunderbird Circle, Mesa, AZ 85215, Phone: 480-699-8781
7.Sonoran Brewing Company
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Focusing solely on creating delicious craft brews, the Sonoran Brewing Company has two delicious brews that you should try when you’re in Arizona. Their DFRNT IPA is completely different from what you might expect and is smooth, sporty, and just a delicious drink to enjoy after a long day or when hanging out with friends. The WHT CHCLT ale is a delicious, sweeter option that will leave you completely relaxed. Both of the beers come in 12oz. and 22 oz. bottles, which you can purchase directly at the brewery or enjoy in one of the many bars across Arizona where they’re available.
3002 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, Phone: 602-510-8996
8.Freak'N Brewing Company
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The Freak’N Brewing Company is a fun and creative brewery that concocts a variety of drinks for you to enjoy when in Arizona. Their tasting room lets you indulge in many brews such as their refreshing American Hero pale ale, the Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Brown Ale, Stay Local red ale, and the Freak’N Raspberry Wheat. If you’d prefer something with a hint of fruit try out their Orange Kiss Kolsh with orange and citrus or the Passionate Blonde, which is enhanced with passion fruit. Their tasting room hosts several specials and events throughout the year so be sure to check their online calendar before heading over.
9299 W Olive Ave #513, Peoria, AZ 85345, Phone: 623-738-5804
9.Dubina Brewing Company
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The Dubina Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery that has been serving the residents and visitors of Glendale with finely crafted brews and delicious foods prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The idea came to be during a family trip to the Czech Republic and the brewery now aims to bring a bit of a European feel to the valley. Though they also have wines and ciders, the beers are the star; favorites include the gose Guns and Goses, IPA Blood Orange Bell Road, their super sessionable sour Hibiscus Sour, and their blueberry wheat Boys in Blue.
17035 N 67th Ave #6, Glendale, AZ 85308, Phone: 623-412-7770
10.The Phoenix Ale Brewery
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The Phoenix Ale Brewery came to be in 2011 and was the brainchild of the late George Hancock and late Greg Fretz. They’ve both had years of experience and an unrivaled passion for craft brewing, and their methods and recipes continue to make the Phoenix Ale Brewery a popular drink today. Their signature Camelback IPA is a local favorite, while others include their Watermelon Ale, King George Amber Ale, and their Biltmore Blonde golden ale, which will definitely quench your thirst during the Valley’s long hot summers. Their taproom is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a pint of their fresh ales, and you can pair it from one of the delicious offerings from their kitchen.
3002 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, Phone: 602-275-5049
11.Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
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With a true passion for their craft, the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company artfully creates high quality beers. They are the first craft brewery in Gilbert, Arizona, and have quickly gained popularity with their fresh and delicious flavors. Head over to their taproom to try some of their classic and seasonal brews like the earthy tones of the Big Guy Rye, the balanced bitterness of the Refuge IPA, and the creamy sweetness of the Superstition Coffee Stout. You could pair it with some of their delicious foods, which they’re renowned for all on their own. Some of the options include the Green Chili Pulled Pork Sliders, the Apple and Brie Burger, and their Wild West Grilled Cheese.
721 N Arizona Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233, Phone: 480-497-2739
12.Mother Road Brewing Company
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Mother Road Brewing Company is an experimental brewery and tap room that was founded because of the Marquess’ passion for craft beer. Their intimate tasting room is a family-friend location where kids and pets are also welcome to join. While enjoying the delicious drinks, you can read a book from their mini-library, play a board game, or sit out by the patio fireplace and have good conversations with friends and other patrons from all over. The tasting room menu has many foods that pair beautifully with the beers; some of their year-rounds are the Daily Driver India pale ale, the Lost Highway double black IPA, and the crisp Kolsch Style Ale.
7 S Mikes Pike St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, Phone: 928-774-9139
13.Granite Mountain Brewing
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Granite Mountain Brewing offers traditional brews with a modern take to meet the discerning palate of their patrons. The brewhouse/ taproom is a wonderful place to try many of their own concoctions on tap, as well as guest taps and mead-cider wine. Some of the ales and lagers that you’ll find there include Buckey’s Irish Red, the ExPat EBS, Cortez St. Blonde, and the Black Cow, which is a milk stout with a 6.9% ABV. You’ll also find house red wine and house white wine in chardonnay and pinot noir, while the mead and hard ciders hail from other Arizona-based businesses.
123 N Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86301, Phone: 928-778-5535
14.Lonesome Valley Brewing
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Since it came to be in 2013, Lonesome Valley Brewing has become of the finest craft breweries in Prescott Valley. Owned and operated by the Coles, the brewery has a three-barrel brewing system and eleven taps. Popular brew brands include the Power Jam Porter, the Glassford Hill Pale Ale, and the Sun Piercer IPA. You can pair the refreshing drinks with delicious pub-style foods that are made from scratch in their kitchen. The food is made with fresh ingredients, many of which are locally based. Definitely try pairing your drinks with one of their fresh-baked pretzels or what is often called “the best Reuben sandwich in the state.”
3040 N Windsong Dr #101, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314, Phone: 928-515-3541
15.Borderlands Brewing Company
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Borderlands Brewing Company is proud to create all-natural, handcrafted beers in traditional southwestern style. Their brews are known for their unique quality and taste, which is a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors and techniques. Many of their brews incorporate local ingredients and are made with methods that were introduced to the area by German settlers years ago. The recipes are guaranteed to quench your thirst on a hot Arizona day and ones you should try while there are the La Morena brown ale, the Santa Rita amber ale, their Smoke Irons mesquite, and the Noche Dulce vanilla porter.
119 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, Phone: 520-261-8773
16.Historic Brewing Company
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Based in Flagstaff, the Historic Brewing Company prides themselves in making amazing craft beer that brings together the community. The brewery was established in 2013 and creates brews made with local ingredients and quality methods that have proven effective for centuries. Their taproom is the place to be to try year-round favorites as well as concoctions from their experimental Pilot Series – these new recipes come in smaller batches and are off the beaten path in both technique and flavor. Be sure to purchase some cool brand merchandise while there – they have everything from sweatshirts and t-shirts to trucker hats and pint glasses.
4366 E Huntington Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, Phone: 855-484-4677
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17.Goldwater Brewing Co.
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If you want fresh local craft beer while in Scottsdale, Arizona, then there’s no better place to be than the Goldwater Brewing Company. Goldwater brews on site, which means that you’ll be getting the tastiest, freshest version of your choice of beer. You’ll be able to taste all the hard work and passion that’s behind the brews, as they brewers have created them thanks to over three decades of trials and tests perfecting their craft. They have an underground tap and barrel called the Goldmine, which features barrel-aged beers and craft lagers. The main taproom has a variety of finely-crafted brews as well as many one-off batches and specialty beers.
3608 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: 480-350-7305
18.Dark Sky Brewing Co.
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The Dark Sky Brewing Company was established in 2014 and has since then been pushing the limits of craft brews with over 300 recipes with varying flavor and style combinations. They love to try new things and aim to introduce at least one new DSB beer every week – meaning that you’ll usually have something new to try every time you go back. There are anywhere from 16 to 25 brews on tap in their tap room, some coffee infused while others are barrel-aged with tart cherries. There’s something going on in the taproom every night of the week like Taco Tuesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and Pints and Poses Yoga on Sundays.
117 N Beaver St A, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, Phone: 928-235-4525
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19.Helio Basin Brewing Company
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The Helio Basin Brewing Company is a quality craft brewery in Phoenix. According to Beeradvocate’s Class of 2016, Helio Basin is one of the top fifty best new breweries in the entire United States. Their crisp and refreshing beers are just what you need on a hot Arizona day, and they have something perfect for everyone. The American Pale Ale is clean with a simple malt bill and hop profile, while their Blackberry Blond is both refreshingly tart and softly sweet. While in their taproom, be sure to pair the refreshing brews with delicious seared banana cornbread, a roasted chicken club, or their Hawaiian pizza.
3935 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-354-3525
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20.Barrio Brewing Co
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The third largest brewery in the state, the Barrio Brewing Company is known for producing award-winning beers. It is the second brewery for the Arnolds, who opened up their first one – Gentle Bens Brewing – in 1991. With over 25 years of experience behind it, the Barrio Brewing Company is constantly growing and innovating to meet the changing demands of their patrons while still maintaining old-world techniques and tastes. You can try all of their classic and contemporary beers in the Barrio Taproom. Don’t miss out on the crisp and citrusy Barrio Blanco, the GABF Bronze Medal Winner Barrio Rojo, and the espresso-infused Mocha Java Stout.
800 E 16th St, Tucson, AZ 85719, Phone: 520-791-2739
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21.Beer Research Institute
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The Beer Research Institute started long before their Brewpub opened in 2014 in a garage filled with passion and perseverance. Now, you’ll be able to try their delicious beers paired with foods that have been made from scratch in their kitchen. The Beer Research Institute’s pub has become known as a sociable, family-friendly place that’s a local staple. There are many brews to choose from. Ask your server about what to pair with your beer, as their menu has everything from turkey club to their refreshing Mango Peach Chicken salad.
1641 S Stapley Dr, Mesa, AZ 85204, Phone: 480-892-2020
22.1912 Brewing Company
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The 1912 Brewing Company was founded by the Congers in 2015 to offer exciting and innovative fine craft beers for their patrons. The veteran-owned brewery has gained popularity over the years for their sours as well as their wide variety of beer styles. There are over 20 craft and specialty beers on tap in their gorgeous, family-friendly taproom. You’ll be sure to have a memorable experience as you have your fill of growlers, pours, and kegs. Favorites include the guava-infused Guavatational Force and their bourbon barrel aged Mescalero. Be sure to take some back with you or indulge in their array of brand merchandise.
2045 N. Forbes Blvd #105, Tucson, AZ 85745, Phone: 520-256-4851
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23.Ten Fifty-Five Brewing
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Committed to the idea of being a local nanobrewery, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing is a small batch company that uses fresh ingredients to produce great tasting brews. It is owned and operated by two friends who love beer and had a passion to concoct craft brews for people to savor. They have four brews for you to try out while there. The American Pale Ale is their flagship brew and is usually a favorite with patrons. If you’d prefer something richer, try their Sugar Skull Sweet Stout – you can add ice cream and make it a float!
3810 E 44th St, Tucson, AZ 85713, Phone: 520-461-8073
24.Wanderlust Brewing Company
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The Wanderlust Brewing Company prides themselves in creating distinctive old world-inspired beers directly from Northern Arizona. The small microbrewery is popular for their Farmhouse-style ales and Saisons, but also offer everything from British-inspired darks to the more obscure Finnish Sahtis. Their taproom is a great place to try out all the different ales and lagers. Check their event calendar before you go as there’s usually mention of which food truck will be there, all of their drink specials for that day, and fun events such as movie night or live music by local bands. A little different from other taprooms, both children and dogs are welcome there as it’s a safe and fun place to socialize.
1519 N Main St #102, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, Phone: 928-351-7952
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25 Best Arizona Breweries
- Wren House Brewing Company, Photo: Wren House Brewing Company
- North Mountain Brewing Company, Photo: North Mountain Brewing Company
- Mother Bunch Brewing, Photo: Mother Bunch Brewing
- Huss Brewing Company, Photo: Huss Brewing Company
- Dragoon Brewing Company, Photo: Dragoon Brewing Company
- Desert Eagle Brewing Company, Photo: Desert Eagle Brewing Company
- Sonoran Brewing Company, Photo: Sonoran Brewing Company
- Freak'N Brewing Company, Photo: Freak'N Brewing Company
- Dubina Brewing Company, Photo: Dubina Brewing Company
- The Phoenix Ale Brewery, Photo: The Phoenix Ale Brewery
- Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., Photo: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
- Mother Road Brewing Company, Photo: Mother Road Brewing Company
- Granite Mountain Brewing, Photo: Granite Mountain Brewing
- Lonesome Valley Brewing, Photo: Lonesome Valley Brewing
- Borderlands Brewing Company, Photo: Borderlands Brewing Company
- Historic Brewing Company, Photo: Historic Brewing Company
- Goldwater Brewing Co., Photo: Goldwater Brewing Co.
- Dark Sky Brewing Co., Photo: Dark Sky Brewing Co.
- Helio Basin Brewing Company, Photo: Helio Basin Brewing Company
- Barrio Brewing Co, Photo: Barrio Brewing Co
- Beer Research Institute, Photo: Beer Research Institute
- 1912 Brewing Company, Photo: 1912 Brewing Company
- Ten Fifty-Five Brewing, Photo: Ten Fifty-Five Brewing
- Wanderlust Brewing Company, Photo: Wanderlust Brewing Company
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