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SanTan Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
SanTan Brewing Co.SanTan Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.68/5
Based on:
24 Beers
1,434 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
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

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(Place added by: astrobrewer on 10-16-2007)
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Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop #323 on my world brewery tour.

Located in as-historic-as-you-can-get Chandler AZ. In all fairness, a very nice area and solid choice for a brewpub location.

Visited around 2:30 on a Monday. On the way in, heard the sweet sounds of live Phish "Run Like an Antelope"

Sat at a table in the bar area with the wife and 10 month old. Not much of a crowd at this time of day which is by design for us.

Got the 4 oz sampler with...
Devil's ale - west coast pale ale. Very nice with a citrusy flavor.
Hefe
Epicenter American amber
Hop shock IPA - grapefruit
Sunspot Gold
Gordo Stout - nitrogen, a bit thin on mouthfeel
Count hopula - blood red IPA

The finest rundown of a beer sampler from any brewery I've visited. I did ask about the hop profile on of devil ale. He didn't know and never got back with me.

Big open doors made sitting inside like being outside. The can all their beer in the building.
Not sure I understand their mantra "craft beer for beer drinking."
All beers were solid and worth the stop if you are in the area.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

Photo of yemenmocha
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

SanTan has some good beers and a nice little location in the historic part of CHandler (just watch out for the speed cameras and red light cameras).

The location is great with a lot of seating inside and outside, with the bar area opening to the outside for a good weather experience during winter months.

Food quality was decent, but I was really ticked that I could not get a grilled cheese without the tomato. Why? Apparently it is pre-made, according to my server. Pre-made grilled cheese sandwiches? Hmmm...

Service was friendly, though staff was not very knowledgeable. Most servers and hostesses seemed to be the young college female types, which are popular in beer places for other, obvious reasons. I highly recommend the Hefe-Weizen and stout here, and you can enjoy them in a Sam Adams cloned glass as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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.

Photo of timlyon
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of t0rin0
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped here last Thursday night before picking up family at the Gateway Airport.

Atmosphere was good, very crowded on a early Thursday evening as we were able to get seated within 5 minutes because of our reservation. A patio is available along the perimeter of the building and all tables were occupied due to the lovely October temps. Indoors was loud with the buzz from the full house and the NFL football game. They also had the MLB playoff game on. I never made it up to the bar but it was of decent size in which occupants looked out onto the patio and street. The restaurant side is long and narrow with seating for maybe 150?

Quality of the beers we had was good. I was pleasantly surprised at how smackable the Belgian IPA was. The Negro Nitro was pretty good too. As usual Da Boss sticks with lower hopped brews in which Epicenter filled the bill.

Despite how crowded it was the service was outstanding as the ordering process was timely, consistent, and friendly. I took a couple of growlers in which one is ceramic and without the government label. The shift manager came over and told me he could not fill it in which i promptly presented a typewritten version in which he affixed for me...he must have thought i was an undercover Arizona DLLC agent! Kudos to him for being on top of things!

Selection of beers was decent as i believe they only carry house beers but i maybe wrong...but nonetheless they have a pretty good range of beers for all pallets.

The food was good. Da Boss had the fish tacos and i had the fish and chips. Both were well prepared and tasty.

Overall value was reasonable. We had 5 pints, 2 entrees, and filled 2 growlers for $76...not bad at all! Although SanTan is on the "other side of the world" as we live in north Phoenix, i would definitely go here again if i have reason to be on this side of the Valley of the Sun.

Photo of Jodi215
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of jale
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here the morning after the Strong beer festival. I live in Michigan, so what could be better then sitting outside having breakfast with good beer during the month of february. The staff here were very attentive and willing to answer guestions about their beer and the brewery. Nice open air feeling inside the bar due to the see through bar area. Solid tasting beers. The breakfast event was food made with beer. The food could not have been better. Very clean and well maintained. I will be back whenever I visit the Phoenix area. Big thanks to all at this fine brewery.

Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of bigbelcher
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Coconuts
3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of beerjournl
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been here a number of times and once again to visit friends in Chandler last week. Solid beer and food. I had the negro nitron and a seasonal wheat with pineapple-like flavors. Both great and I wished I had more time to enjoy the full beer list. It was hot but they have misters pumping hard on the patio surrounding the building to keep you reasonably cool. Worth a visit if you are in the area. It's a rather large place that looks to have been a bank in the past due to the huge vault in one corner. Great atmosphere and a good restaurant as well.

Photo of kbm
4.36/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Santan has come into its own. Their new beer and special releases are setting a new pace for the brewery. Since they opened the production facility they have space to dabble in new styles and have been consistently great. I used to settle on going to santan but I know look forward to it. Their flagship line is solid. Their food is way above normal pub fare.

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SanTan Brewing Co. in Chandler, AZ
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.