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Sun Up Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sun Up Brewing Co.Sun Up Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 119
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 8
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

322 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona, 85012-1614
United States
phone: (602) 279-8909

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Notes:
Formerly known as Brewer's Den and as Sonora Brewhouse.

(Place added by: Todd)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

timlyon, Jun 17, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%

I have been to Sun Up a couple times and I went last night with my friend and DD with the idea of writing a review. This place is 30 miles away and worth the trip.

A: I like this place. It reminds me of a mom and pop place when you walk in. A bar strait ahead, tables to the right and booths to the left. That's not all: there is a patio and past the patio there is another area to seat. The parking has never been a problem for me which is a real plus. We tied a heat record yesterday and the A/C was nice and cool. The staff said they were trying to make the patio dog-friendly and this would make the place outstanding for me.

Q: This place brews some great beers! I always try something on the seasonal list and there is always something on cask. Yesterday it was a Spiced Belgium Ale. When I was there last time, I tried a Double IPA on cask.

S: The servers are great. I haven't been there enough so that they know me; but the service is fast and friendly. Servers seem to know their beer which is always important to me.

S: Several regular craft beers and more than a couple of seasonal beers that rotate insure that I find something that I like. I don't think that they serve guest beers but the selection of the brews they make are very good to outstanding.

F: The food is far better than bar food. I had the hamburger with the homemade chips: very good.

V: Regular beers for $4.50, seasonal beers for $5.00, and growlers for $11.00 (regular beer) is a good deal for good beer. There is a happy hour but I have always missed it.

I recommend this place to you guys in BA. I would like to meet the brewer someday and shake his hand!

JohnnyJam, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Camjmorton, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

trytoketchup, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LXIXME, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%

Question; where was everybody? Arriving just before 11pm on a Friday night, we expected a crowd, however the place had only a handful of customers. Right away, I was questioned about the quality of this brewpub, but I continued to the door anyway. The interior reminds me of a family restaurant, but with sprinkles of brewery artwork and growlers to remind me that I was in brewpub, The main room was warmly lit and housed the "J" shaped bar and the taps. There were multiple rooms to the brewpub, plus outdoor seating.

With few people inside the main room, our service was provided by the bartender at our table, and she performed well to give us a rundown of the beer menu, special releases, and offer the designated driver a house root beer while I samples some of the alcoholic goods. 6 year rounds beers (pale ale, cream ale, IPA, amber ale, hefeweizen), 2 seasonal beers (coffee oatmeal stout, scotch ale), plus a cask of the house cream ale with Simcoe hops. Beers are offered in multiple sizes, with the 9 ounces size getting the attention from me. 9 ounce beers cost $3 while larger pints were a cool $4.50. With solid beer quality, (good hefeweizen, decent amber ale, solid coffee oatmeal stout) it's fair value.

For the beer savvy, it's worth a trip if you're nearby.

DoubleJ, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

avisong, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of sholland119
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%

Have had a good seasonal or two over a few visits here but man I do not care for the vibe. too bright, probably a fine place if you are a regular but otherwise just a bunch of guys talking loudly across the bar at each other about not much.

The beers are all well made, with a solid regular lineup and a one off list that can be terrific (double IPA) or not my thing at all (vanilla imperial stout). It's just not my secene as an occasional visitor to town, though the staff is always quite nice.

HV

sholland119, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%

A fun, cool place to eat and drink, the beer was great from the brewery and on the guest list. I like the layout of the building with an outdoor patio to chill in or in one of the two indoor areas. The food was good and the atmosphere very welcoming, take some friends, make sure to drink their stash and try a burger.

DRTBrewster, May 24, 2013
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.79/5  rDev +18%

This is another smaller pub style Restaurant, nice place to stop and have a brew. A lot of neighborhood locals inside, cozy and friendly service. This was one of those places that forgot to bring my souviner glass that I odered ...which wasnt bad, but I didn't give them a perfect score because of that. Stop on in!

FlatRabbitRed, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Yetiman420
4.14/5  rDev +2%

Stop #324 on my world brewery tour.

Visited on a Tuesday around 3:00 with my parents, wife, and 10-month old daughter. Not the ideal crew, but I needed to make the visit.

I had been here ~10 years ago when it was Sonoran Brewing (small sign still on the entry door). The bartender told me it was still the same guys but they sold the name and recipies to someone else.

Kept it pretty simple by my dad and I getting the sampler...

Cream Ale
Pale Ale
Amber Ale
IPA
Octoberfest
Irish Stout (with coffee)

And added specialty beers: cask red with Amarillo and XXX rye Pale (imperial and syrupy).

We both really liked the coffee Irish stout. All the beers were solid and I wish I had the opportunity to take better notes and enjoy more but I was driving and it wasn't the best situation to put my mom in.

Yetiman420, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.45/5  rDev -15%

Visited 3/4/2011 for RBWG 2011.

The place is broken into 2 sections, actually 2 seperate buildings. We sat in the second one, called the Brewers Den. Nice looking place. It was fairly empty on a Friday afternoon.

The servers were kind of upset that so many people wanted samples and over all they weren't real friendly. When we all ordered food and a lot of people ended up getting pints they got nicer but were still sarcastic. Then they got upset again when we wanted to split tabs. Didn't leave much tip (if any), which couldnt have made them happy either. It's one of those self fulfilling prophecies.

The food was good. I ordered a burger with blue cheese. Some of the beers were good. The standouts were the vanilla porter, the amber, and the IPA dryhopped with Amarillo hops.

If I was in the area and only with one or two other people I'd stop back in for the food and to see what's new on tap. But I wouldnt go back with a large group.

t0rin0, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Was in Pheonix for a few days for work. Checked out the scene, this was my favorite watering hole.

Kind of a weird layout, you walk into what may have originally been a residential home. This is the main dining and bar area. Then adjoined is another dining area. Then there's the patio. Then connected to the patio is another bar area with all the brewing equipment jam packed into it. Watched some of the Big East conference tournament there. Had some treats, highlights were the cask ipa, the irish cream stout. Blue cheeseburger was excellent.

Staff is amazing. Beautiful girls (two in particular, both dark haired, one w/ glasses and sweet, one with curly hair, loud red lipstick and just loud, but both so sexy) who were attentive, complimentary and knowledgeable.

Definitely for locals, pretty much everyone around me is known by the staff by first name. Was taken care of nicely, offered plenty of tasters. Nothing too exotic selection wise, but hey, a cask, a double black ipa, an irish cream stout, this is a solid destination, and my favorite in Arizona.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Atmosphere- Pretty much a typical brewpub. A few sports-related TVs, but you sure couldn't call this a sports pub. The waitresses have a talent for identifying the regulars and abusing them just enough to be interesting. If you aren't a regular, they treat you you quite well. If you want to be treated like a regular, sit at the bar. I did, and I loved it. The wait staff was amazing. I really enjoyed the banter. The rest of the regulars seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as me.

Quality- The beer was excellent. I got the wings both days I was there. Quite good. My wife got the pulled pork sliders. She was not impressed.

Service- Like I said, there is a friendly and amusing banter between the waitresses and the regulars. For the non-regulars, you will be treated very well. As far as the service is concerned, this is one of the very best places I've ever been to. Not only are the waitresses attentive and professional, they actually know the beer! It's been a very long time since a wait staff impressed me this much.

Selection- This was the biggest problem. They only carry their own line of beers, and when they are out, they are out. They don't substitute in guest brews, they don't have kegs of vintage stuff just sitting around, nothing. What they did have was quite good tho. The IPA and cask IPA was quite nice. The red was world class.

Food- See above notes.

theopholis, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of OctopusInk
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

I decided to visit this place when I had their IPA on tap at a random pub in Phoenix. It is sort of small in a cozy way. 9 taps and a cask which they rotate. I had a Cask Porter with Cascade hops and it was a very well brewed robust porter that was exceptional as a cask ale. Wait staff was friendly. The menu had a few food pairing ideas but there could have been more. Prices were a bit high, but the food was good and the portions decent. All in all I will definitely recommend this place to friends.

OctopusInk, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

SunUp has a good variety of their own beers and many are exceptional. Occasionally you can find something on cask and/or nitro. The whole place has a cool, intimate little pub feel to it that sets the perfect mood for a few pints.

Service has varied but never really bad. It can be busy at times, so I prefer the non-weekend nights. This is also better for the inadequate parking here, which is probably my only gripe with the place.

Servers seem to know a bit about their offerings and know the menu well. I really like the homemade potato chips here, though the veggie burger could use some improvement.

This is a must stop for BA's visiting the area, and is easy to find on the north side of Camelback.

yemenmocha, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mwalcheske
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Visited here on a slow Tuesday night after dinner. Only a few people were at the bar, and most seemed to be locals and beer geeks. So I was in good company. Tried a few of the house beers, including a brown ale, wheat, and porter, and all were decent to very good. I was especially excited to find a cask ale, which was darn tasty. Only one bartender, and she was a bit busy multitasking, but was very nice and attentive. Would definitely go back to try some more of their beers if I'm in the area again.

mwalcheske, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Stopped in during happy hour, I was a bit lost in the suburban sprawl of Phoenix, but this seemed to be in an older part of town. Consists of 2 buildings with a partially shaded patio between them. Both buildings are relatively small. We sat on the patio and ordered some samplers and a couple appetizers. All of the beers were decent, with the pale and the IPA being the best of the group. Food was also pretty good, pub food with just a bit of a southwestern twist. Service was a bit slow, but very friendly. Nice place and I'd definitely recommend stopping in if you are in the area.

rowew, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A most pleasant smaller bar, in the west end of Phoenix. Good service, the sun comes in on all spots, and a small friendly crowd. Quality beer lineup, my favorite the pale on cask. Casks are few and far inbetween in Phoenix, and it was appreciated. Trooper IPA was also a pretty good IPA for the region. The sun contrasts with the large and darker mega-bars in the city, and could be bottled and popular.Fresh beer, good conversation, knowledgeable bartendress.Two casks, sometimes a tweak, and this place would be a real keeper.

Sammy, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of bigkingken
3.45/5  rDev -15%

I walked into Sonora Brew House - tap room of SunUp Brewing Company - at about 8:00 p.m. after a day's worth of flights and being turned away from an up-scale restaurant due to an hour-and-a-half wait. Needless to say, I wasn't in the best mood and I had thought I was settling in for an evening of fantastic food served in small portions on pristine white dishes.

Instead, I pulled a 180 and went to SunUp because it was close and it was on my food list.

The interior didn't put me off. Though it's not a "classy" brewpub, the interior sports soft lighting, Spanish colors and a certain amount of elegance. I'm not saying you should take a date here if you're trying to impress her, but it's certainly acceptable before or after a movie.

The atmosphere is laid back. A curved bar sits behind a simple floor stacked with numerous square tables both normal and high-top. Brewing equipment stands behind a plastic wall off to one side. A small doorway leads to a narrow room lined with booths on either side. The place is not that big, but it's not small either.

The menu consists of standard pub fare with a few Spanish touches. Appetizers have the normal dips and fried dishes. The homemade bruschetta caught my eye, however. It was a bit strong on the garlic and not very well done. Outside of the typical burgers, sandwiches and wraps, they do feature some interesting entrees. I ordered the special - shrimp fajitas. It came with one giant flour tortilla which confused me, but overall it wasn't bad. My friend ordered the salmon which was a much better effort.

As for the beer, they featured six standard offerings along with three seasonal. Of the typical offerings, most were a little too sweet and a little low on the hop side, especially those of lighter color meant to appeal to the masses. However, the low amounts of hops did allow the floral and citrus notes to come through on the IPA. My favorite was the seasonal Red along with the Vanilla Porter, which though sweet, had a robust chocolaty character. Bonus point for the dry-hopped, cask conditioned version of the IPA as well.

The service was alright. She didn't know much about the beers, but could at least distinguish one from the other via color, even among those that looked quite similar.

Overall, the place is alright. I hope there are better offerings in the area. But if not, it'll do.

bigkingken, Jan 27, 2010
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