Arizona's Craft Beers
Sample what's on tap at some of the state’s independent breweries.
Few things beat a cold craft beer on a sunny day, and Arizona has plenty of both. The state boasts more than 325 sunny days per year and has more than 70 independent craft breweries that produce beer in small batches (no more than 6 million barrels per year) using traditional methods.
You’ll find a map of the Arizona Ale Trail showing all of the state’s craft breweries at the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild website, but here’s a sampling to get you started.
O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano-Brewery, Greater Phoenix
Like most craft breweries, O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano-Brewery evolved out of an obsession with home brewing, which is how it got the moniker Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost, or O.H.S.O. for short.
The emphasis at O.H.S.O. is on quality craft beers, such as the Hoppy IPA and Grovey, an orange pale ale. All three locations in the Greater Phoenix area are dog friendly (the brewery makes treats for its canine customers) and also serve wine, mixed cocktails and a full menu.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Co., Tucson
Tucson’s only midtown brewpub, Sentinel Peak Brewing Co., opened in 2014 by three local firefighters who love craft beer. The brewery specializes in unfiltered beers, such as its flagship, the 1811 Desert Blonde. Other popular brews include the Icebreak IPA, Dewpoint Dunkel and Salida del Sol Amber.
The brewery, whose name honors the peak in Tucson commonly known as “A” Mountain, has an extensive list of seasonal offerings as well. For a taste of the Southwest, try the Overhaul Spicy Chili beer, made with roasted jalapeño, habanero, serrano, Anaheim, poblano and ghost chiles.
Mother Road Brewing Co., Flagstaff
Located on the road that at one point served as Route 66 through Flagstaff, Mother Road Brewing Co. attracts almost as many people on road trips as it does locals who appreciate exceptionally drinkable brews. The brewery is known for its citrusy Tower Station IPA and its chocolatey Lost Highway Black IPA.
For the ultimate pairing – beer and pizza – try Pizzicletta’s award-winning Neapolitan-style pies, which are served tableside every evening after 5 p.m.
Granite Mountain Brewing, Prescott
Family owned and operated, Granite Mountain Brewing is an intimate brewery and taproom that serves guest taps from breweries throughout the state, mead and cider from Superstition Meadery (also in Prescott), and Arizona wines, as well as their own craft beers. Flagship offerings include the Blonde from Cortez, Jayrod’s IPA and Black Cow Milk Stout.
Recently renovated, Granite Mountain Brewing boasts a warm wooden interior, a two-toned wooden bar with a sunburst design and a quiet shaded patio.
Black Bridge Brewery, Kingman
So many people wanted to hang out at Tim Schritter’s garage and sample his homebrew that he opened Black Bridge Brewery, in part, out of necessity. It has now become a pillar of the revitalization efforts in downtown Kingman. The brewery continues to be a favorite among locals, but is also perfectly located for anyone driving historic Route 66 or traveling to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
Try the Evil Red, a “hopbursted” red ale, or the infamous Wicked Poison. At 14%, it is the highest alcohol content of any craft beer in the state.
Prison Hill Brewing Company, Yuma
The only brewery in Yuma pays homage to the city’s most iconic landmark – Yuma Territorial Prison – by not only referencing the prison in its name, but also incorporating it into the names of its beers and menu items. You’ll even see a replica of the prison’s fortified gate securing the back patio entrance.
Jailbait Blonde is by far the most-ordered beer, followed by the Disorderly Conduct IPA, which is Prison Hill’s “hoppiest beer yet.” Order the Snitch, a slow-roasted pulled-pork sandwich, to accompany your favorite brew.