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Sleepy Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 19.18%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 190
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 15
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1920 E University Dr
Tempe, Arizona, 85281-4608
United States
phone: (480) 967-5476

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sleepydogbeer

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(Place added by: bigbelcher on 11-27-2009)
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Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
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2.65/5  rDev -27.4%

Visited this place during a recent trip to Tempe. I had lunch and a few delicious beers earlier @ 4 Peaks, so I was already satified with some quality beers for the day.

I like the layout of the place. Essentially a warehouse with the functioning brewery behind the service counter. Good music being played at a reasonable decibel level. The 2 women who worked here were super friendly. Fresh popcorn in the corner to serve yourself. Board games available - nice touch.

Ordered the sampler - 8 of their beers except the barleywine. Started with a diacetyl-laden light lager which I could only drink half of. Things didn't improve from there, only the hefeweizen & dunkelweiss were barely passable. It was a chore to drink the samples. Butter & hot alcohol flavors were the theme for most of the beers.

Major improvement is needed with these beers. Otherwise, this place isn't bad. But with 4 Peaks practically around the corner, I can't recommend a visit.

SunDevilBeer, May 01, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +21.6%

Cool place to go chill, the beer selection is great and everything I tired was some of the best in AZ. A robust selection of variety for ABV levels and tastes, the Red was exceptional and the Belgians were awesome! Certainty worth a trip to just stop and have a couple before heading to your next destination.

DRTBrewster, Aug 12, 2013
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2.81/5  rDev -23%

This is a small tap room. The setup is a 10 bbl system and is located behind the bar. The fermenters appeard to be jacketed. There is no kitchen in the establishment, but they do have food from outside vendors. When we were there there was a guy making wood fired pizza outside and it was pretty darn good.

The service was decent, but not stellar. The beers did leave a bit to be desired. Between our group we pretty much tried them all and all of them were too dark for the style. For example, the triple was as dark as a dubbel and the red could easily be mistaken for a porter. Several of the brews had an off flavor of dimethyl sulfide. Looking at their equipment it seemed the boil kettle was not vented well, and the bartender told me they didn't have a fan on the exhaust vent. My guess is adding one to pull the steam off the boil better would clear that taste right up. It wasn't in all the beers, but it was in about half of them so I'm going to say a process issue.

Bottom line, an average place with a few decent brews and a few below average ones. Nice t-shirts, though.

francus, Jun 22, 2013
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Sleepy Dog Brewery in Tempe, AZ
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.