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SanTan Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
SanTan Brewing Co.SanTan Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 1,267
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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

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(Place added by: astrobrewer on 10-16-2007)
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Photo of Stoutsman
2.2/5  rDev -45%

Stoutsman, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of PhxHorn
3/5  rDev -25%

Have been back a couple more times. No disasters, but the service is still slow as hell.
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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.

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(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.

PhxHorn, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Coconuts
3/5  rDev -25%

Coconuts, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of searsclone
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%

I previously had an extremely bad experience at San Tan, and swore that I would never go back. However, after talking to a manager at one of the local beer tastings, she swore that they had fixed everything. So we recently went again, mainly to have some of the pineapple hefe. This time it wasn't too bad. Our server was not very attentive, but the food was good and everything came out correctly and very quickly. I am glad that I gave them a second chance, and I will more than likely go there again. I think that the food is little on the pricey side, but overall it was a decent.

searsclone, May 02, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

t2grogan, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of bigbelcher
3.4/5  rDev -15%

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.

bigbelcher, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Jodi215
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%

Last time we were in Phoenix we stopped in and had dinner. Our son had recommended Santan to us. This brewery is a sports bar and that is my biggest complaint about it. The TVs were so loud you really couldn't talk at all. It was very annoying not to be able to get away from the horrible noise. I mean really uncomfortable noise. Otherwise the service was excellent and the food was very good. I had fish and chips which I would order again if I can talk myself into going back there and have ear plugs with me. My husband had the Ribeye smoked dip wrap and loved it. Their beer selection was a little above average. I have been to many sports bars and have never been in one that was as noisy as this one. It really isn't necessary for the TVs to be so loud. Maybe out on the patio it would have been better but it was a cold night so inside seating was necessary.

Jodi215, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of buffettfan
3.48/5  rDev -13%

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.

buffettfan, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Went there last weekend on Sunday while I was there for a family wedding. The only local brewery I got to visit, because it was relatively close to the hotel.

Atmosphere was nice. In terms of scale and quality, the location reminds of Silver City in Silverdale, WA. Kinda hip, functional location with prominent brewing facilities.

Quality of both the food and the beer was good. Service was not. They took a bit to take our order, took longer to deliver it, and never gave us little details like napkins or silverware. I had to go and find it and say, "Hey, can I have that?"

Selection was good. Menu is large and varied, and they have a nice selection of styles on tap. I was disappointed their black IPA nitro was out when I was there.

Food was good. There were five of us, and everything we ordered was different, and all of it was well prepared and tasty. Prices seemed more than reasonable. I think beers were only $3.50 a pint.

snaotheus, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

Padron4KM, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jeffaz02t
3.6/5  rDev -10%

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.

jeffaz02t, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%

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!

barleywinefiend, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of nleaders
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

PalatePilot, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

TX-Badger, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

crobinso, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bennetj17, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of trytoketchup
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Gatch, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

SunDevilBeer, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of PerpetualNectar
3.84/5  rDev -4%

Its been a while since I've been, but going to SanTan was a more memorable part of my trip to AZ. I believe they will benefit from their new expansion with gained ability to experiment a bit more. The food was great and so was the service. I hope they stick to their own thing and make room for themselves. I truly wish more craft beers would get into canning these days (as they are easier to travel with and get onto golf courses). Staff explained very well the benefits of doing so. Decent beers, but nothing too exceptional.

PerpetualNectar, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Very cool place located in what appears to be a historic section of Chandler (as everyone else has made reference to already). They have outdoor seating also and what's really cool is how they utilize the bar. From the outside, on either side of the bar is is seating looking into the bar which really opens things up. When the weather is cooler, they have the heating units outside so you can sit outside at the bar and still be comfortable, nice touch.

On tap at the time was: Hefe Wheat, Epicenter Amber Ale, Hop Shock IPA, a Black IPA, Sex Panther, and Sunspot Gold. They also had three guest taps, a couple of hard ciders, and Epic Brewing - Sour Apple Saison.

I visited this place in the past and both times the food was good, this past time, I had the jalapeño chicken Caesar which was great.

The bartenders were right on top of things and next time I'm in town I'll visit again. Some of their beers are available in a can as well and can be purchased for carry out.

jzeilinger, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of spankdog42
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

spankdog42, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%

Stopped in here just after lunch. Nice big space with tables down the middle, bar on the right and brewery on the left and back of the room. Atmosphere was hopping even for an early afternoon. People sitting all over the place, inside and out. Service was quite good. I never had to wait for a beer and my server made plenty of small talk with me to pass the down time. Quality was solid across the board. Food was quite good, beers were diverse and in the correct glasses. Selection was just ok. Only seven beers on at the time of my visit, while a good verity they were just ok. I got the pub pretzels since I didn't want anything big and they were really good and hit the spot well. Prices were on par with all of the other places I have visited in the last few days. Overall a decent enough brewpub that I would probably return to if I had some extra time in the area.

orangesol, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of francus
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%

A very nice brewpub and a nice selection of beers. The food was pretty good and the service was OK. I felt it could have been a bit better, but in their defense it was pretty packed. That said, the manager, Tom, did take time out of his busy schedule to talk with us and other patrons. He was very friendly and didn't seem to mind all my questions :)

All of their beers are clean and quality made. My personal preference is for a bit more maltiness, but that isn't everyone's preference. Their beers are available at a number of restaurants and bars around town. They are also available in the local grocery stores in a variety pack of cans.

francus, Jun 22, 2013
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SanTan Brewing Co. in Chandler, AZ
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.