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SanTan Brewing Co.

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Based on:
34 Beers
1,841 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 32
Visits: 77
Avg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8 S San Marcos Pl
Chandler, Arizona, 85225-7862
United States
phone: (480) 917-8700

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @santanbrewing

Place added by: astrobrewer on 10-16-2007

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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 77
Photo of t0rin0
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited 3/4/2011 during Ratebeer Winter Gathering for an early lunch.

We were some of the first ones in so there weren't a lot of other customers around. We were greeted by a server and a couple of other employees from the brewery. They promptly gave us all a free glass of their imperial red (which was their contribution to the Voltron blend) and it was quite good. I then ordered a sampler of the rest of the beers and plate of fresh baked pretzels and split all that with someone at the table.

The beers were all solid and in some way enjoyable. We were given a tour of the facility. The brewing equipment is cramped, like any brewpub. The canning/kegging area is much more open. They have a large keg fridge where I spotted some of the interesting casks (vanilla porter for example). They also have a fridge that they use for 5 gallon test batches.

Very nice people, awesome place. The food and the beer were both good. Would recomend this to everyone.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in downtown Chandler, I love the atmosphere here. Their beers are not bad, I especially like their seasonals. Of their regular selection I like their IPA, other than that I am not really much of a fan of their other regular taps.

Service is pretty good, sometimes you get a server with an attitude, but usually they are very nice and friendly.

The food is the best part of this place. Their Mexican dishes are quite tasty, their pork is very well seasoned and the right spice level.

This place has a slight Four Peaks vibe, almost like they used Four Peaks as a starting point when designing their concept. However their beer is quaff-able and their food is outstanding.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Met up with some old friends for happy hour on a recent trip. Forgot what the beer specials were (pricing), but they were more than fair.

Santan is right in the middle of the revitalized downtown Chandler restaurant and bar district. Partking was a bit of a chore, but living around Boston I'm used to traffice and parking hassles.

Like alot of places in AZ, it's open air and expansive. Was crowded but I sat on the patio and felt like I had alot of room.

Had the sampler and all the beers were solid but not spectacular. Their flagship, the Devil (which I think is sold in cans too) seems like a beer that would be a regular in my fridge. The Hefe was also full of banana-orange goodness.

Staff were all super-friendly and attentive. Tried the slider plate and some other apps, were above average pub grub.

Worth a visit if you're in the East Valley.

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Photo of PhilSiewert
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Two work colleagues and I stopped at SanTan for lunch on my way back to the airport on Friday, December 3rd, 2010. I ordered the sampler which consists of their 6 "stock" beers and a seasonal - their winter warmer. I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised all they way around. Kristine B. (our server) did a fantastic job explaining each brew to include suggested pairings from the food menu. She really know's her beer. Rumor has it she some kind of craft beer champion super hero when not taking care of customers.

Working through the sampler, the HefeWeizen, Devil's Ale, and Winter Warmer were all fantastic. All seven beers were within BJCP style guidelines but those three stood out. I followed the sampler with a "full serving" of the winter warmer. It came in a snifter with two ginger cookies. With that and the awesome (and slightly alternative) holiday music on the sound system, I had a very pleasant experience.
My colleges had skipped the sampler and went straight for the HefeWeizen and Epicenter Amber (one each). The guy drinking the HefeWeizen said that "this is just like being in Munich" (which he is several times a year for work).

The food was also quite good and everything was reasonably priced.

The brew staff was in while we were there and had broke for lunch sitting two tables from our group. I stopped over to thank them for their work. They were very open and friendly; clearly a great team of brewers.

I will go out of my way to visit again when in the Phoenix area.

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Photo of spankdog42
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Stopped by and ate lunch on a Thursday afternoon. Fair amount of people there for 1:30.

Started with a sampler. They have 6 house beers and one seasonal. Sampler included the seasonal, which was a pleasant surprise. Many places only do the house beers in their sampler.

Beers were good. No flaws detected. They served the beers at or around the proper serving temp, which is rare in my travels. My wife commented that she liked the dry stout but disliked how 'warm' it was. The hefe had the most banana aroma/taste I have ever had in a hefe. Pale ale and IPA are solid beers. The seasonal was 'blood red IPA' which was nice. DEEP ruby color. I ordered this after I finished my sampler. 12+ oz pour in a 16oz snifter for $5, very reasonable for a 9.5% abv beer.

Food was disappointing. I had a SW chicken sandwich. Not sure what about it made it SW. Wife's club was alright. Noticed a pizza and tacos on someone else's table and both those dishes looked better so if we are in the area again, will definitely try other food.

Overall, good beer. Service was excellent. Definitely would stop by as the beer is more important than the food anyway. Worth a second trip to try some other food as well as drink some good beer.

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Photo of Hypnoz123
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm not sure why more people haven't reviewed this place recently. I LOVE San Tan. Their beer I thought was only decent when they first opened, but now they have really stepped up the quality and I find it exceptional.

Their food is all quality, and they have some amazing appetizers. Great atmosphere with a very open feeling, especially because they have one wall that rolls up and opens to the outside. Make it feel airy and spacious. Service is good.

Also of note is their winter warmer. It is the epitome of a winter warmer in my mind and I literally was addicted to it. Probably the best I've ever had, and I've tried quite a few the past few years.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on a Sunday morning about 1100. They open at 9Am for breakfast/brunch. Cool place, indoor/ bar patio which is a common theme in AZ. Walking the main entrance I see lots of brick, TVS surrounding all walls, kettles and equipment to the back and left. The bar itself is more of a long bar which extends almost the back along the wall which shares the outdoor patio. Big garage like doors open up to the outside. Staff is your AZ blonde erving beer, not really knowledgable but hey..cant complain. Selection was about 8 beers, all pretty safe and standard: IPA, Blonde, Hef,Amber. The Hopshock IPA was pretty good. I paid $3.75 for my beer and was very pleased! Growlers to go!

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is my third time at this place and every time the experience has been different. The first time I visited was more than a year ago so I won't include that visit.

Two weeks ago my wife and I stopped in for a couple of beers and an appetizer, The beers I had were good, a nice hefe, and an above average pale ale. The beer my wife picked, strawberry hefe tasted like chapstick. The appetizer, calamari, was okay, better than most places but nothing to write home about. The service sucked as our waiter seemed anxious to get us out of there so some regular customers could sit at our table. Too bad b/c he would have gotten an excellent tip had he encouraged us to stay.

Tonight I went here by myself to watch the game have a couple of brews and some dinner.
I sat at the bar and the service was top notch. Never once was I waiting for a beer. Jessica was my main bartender, but there was three people behind the bar that constantly checked up on me. The food was awesome. I had the san tan philly and loved every bite. The beer was good as well. I had the Hop Shock and whike it wasn't an over-the-top IPA as the name suggests it was quite good.
Based on three visits I would go again, just to sit at the bar.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Like the other reviewers I have been to Santan a few times and it has been hit or miss on the beer and the food. I have to give Anthony (the brewer) some slack since he needs some time to tweak his recipes on the new brewing system. The first time I ordered the brown ale, it was blonde!!! The second time it was the right color. Service is excellent if you sit at the bar, but sitting at a table or even worse, on the patio can be spotty. Food has been nothing to write home about. The burger was huge and so was the bun. Way too big, leave some room for the beer. They do have a couple of guest taps which is refreshing to see at a brewpub. If you are in the area I would recomend it since there really is nothing else nearby.

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Photo of tayner
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went in for lunch again today. This makes the third time i have been there. I didnt want to reveiw on just one visit as it could be skewed either way, good or bad, and i wanted a fair review.

Again, as each time before, i sat at the bar where Brian was bartending. I had some awesome cheese stick things off the appetizer menu for lunch, cant remember what they were called, but they were great, like beer battered potato skin cheese stick things... lovely.

I washed it down with an "18 oz" pint of obscura stout. Although i feel this beer should be renamed as a porter (see my review) it was lovely as well.

The entire staff i had contact with was nice and helpful. the place was clean.

On tap they had 7 ( i think) of their own brews, one from papago, one from breckenridge, and something else raspberry i didnt take much notice of.

This is pretty much a brewery before bar.. highlighting their own brews first and foremost, which is quite likely why i like it so much. It has a hometown feel about it while being pretty big and airy.

Several TVs, and they say plans to have a double sided bar adjacent to an outdoor patio really soon.. that will be great for spring, cant wait.

I will definitely be back over and over..

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Photo of buffettfan
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by quickly for a beer and a bite to eat. I ordered their IPA and a plate of nachos. The beer was pretty good. I wouldn't call it award winning, but certainly was enjoyable, I would order it again. The nachos were HUGE, and very good. The only real knock on the place I would have is that it is very loud. There were a lot of people in there the night we went, but there is a lot of glass on the walls, and concrete floors which I am sure added to the noise level. All in all, I liked this place, and I will certainly go back. I didn't think it was awesome, but it is very new, and this it has a lot of potent ional.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Have been back a couple more times. No disasters, but the service is still slow as hell.
OK, stopped in again today 11/12 (this place was Plan B because Papago didn't have the kitchen open until 4pm) and it was marginally better. Place was half full, echoing with loud music and with nothing but concrete and glass, was pretty loud.

Tried the stout, which was good but more like a porter, and the hopshock, which was moderately hoppy but not overwhelming. Also had a couple sips of my wife's pale ale, which was pretty hoppy for a pale ale.

Problem was, I ordered a pizza and got a hamburger. They comped it and brought the pizza a few minutes later. Also forgot my wife's salad dressing and had to ask twice for it. Father-in-law said his rueben sandwich was good, wife said her sandwich was good but not outstanding, and my pizza was OK but bland. They should taste a Papago pizza for a lesson on the topic. But at least all the beers were working and the whole menu was up and running. Now if they could just bring what you order the first time, they might have something.

(10/17) I wonder what it's like to order something from San Tan and actually get it. My wife and I ate there a week after they opened, and I must say it was borderline miserable. Parking was impossible, and the place was packed at 5:30. The pale ale was not available. We sat on the patio and I ordered the IPA and a glass of water, and my wife ordered a cider that wasn't on the menu.

Then we got the food menu, all 25% of it. Yes, 3/4 of the menu advertised on the website was unavailable. They had about 6 entrees, and about 6 appetizers, and that was it. Well, we placed our orders and the beers arrived, in 16-oz pint glasses. I took a sip of my "IPA" and thought "Either this is the worst IPA I've ever had, or they brought me a Sunspot Gold by mistake." It was cold, and so I waited for it to gain some flavor as it warmed up. No such luck. No water showed up, either.

After the server stood in the doorway for awhile holding our food and having a conversation with some other servers, our food arrived, mine with fries but no ketchup. Still no water, and I asked for it a third time. My wife noted that they brought her the wrong salad, but she was OK with it. A second server came onto the patio to ask if anyone needed anything. I raised my hand and gestured to him twice, but he ignored me. Finally I walked by him to go inside ask one of the door guys to get me some ketchup. The door guy showed up with the ketchup, just as our server showed up with the water. The food was pretty decent (cajun chicken sandwich), but my beer was weak, weak, weak, and 16 ounces of weak beer seems more like a gallon to suffer through.

When the bill arrived, it listed my beer as a Sunspot Gold. I knew it. Wrong beer for me and wrong entree for my wife. The total was $23 for two entrees and two beers (beers were $3), and so the price was right. So aside from screwing up each of our orders, bad service, and bad parking, everything else was great.

I sent them a polite email telling them about our negative experience, and never heard back from them.

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SanTan Brewing Co. in Chandler, AZ
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.