Sun Up Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 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.
01-27-2010 21:58:36 | More by bigkingken
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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!
06-04-2014 02:35:08 | More by JohnnyJam
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.
03-17-2014 05:25:30 | More by DoubleJ
Sun Up Brewing Co. in Phoenix, AZ
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.