The Phoenix Ale Brewery

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13 Beers
56 Reviews
Place Score: -
Reviews: 3
Visits: 13
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3002 E Washington St
Phoenix, Arizona, 85034-1518
United States
phone: (602) 275-5049

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @phxalebrewery

Place added by: ottovon on 07-15-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Visits: 13
Photo of sremed60
3.03/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

We were here on April 9, 2015 and were not impressed. I had a bottle of their "Keeper" a few weeks back and it was pretty good, so we thought a trip to the brewery would be a treat. As far as the vibe, when we walked in we immediately felt like we had just walked in on a private party and we weren't supposed to be there. It felt more like walking into an electrical supply business, or plumbing supplies, or a warehouse discount automotive parts store, than a taproom. The absolute opposite of friendly and welcoming. We checked out some of the magazines they had laying out on a long table, thinking maybe someone would come over and greet us, (no one did). There was a huge glass wall running the length of the building separating the brewery from the taproom, and there was a door right there leading into the brewery. So were we allowed to simply walk back into the brewery area? There was a brewery tours bus outside and the people who had paid for that tour were freely walking in and out, but were we allowed to? Who knows. We finally just walked over to the bar and sat down. It's an L shaped bar with maybe 6 or 7 stools across the front and 2 or 3 along the side. There was 3 guys spaced along the front just enough so that there wasn't enough stools for us to sit together on without asking one of them to move. They hadn't taken their scowling eyes off us since we walked in so it seemed a safe bet none of them was interested in being inconvenienced to move down a seat, so we went around to the side bar area. A middle aged Hispanic woman behind the bar came over and stood in front of us. She didn't say anything, but we got the distinct impression she was waiting for us to order. The huge school room chalk board that had all the beers listed was visible from the front of the bar, but not over here in the corner. I asked her what they had on tap and she kind of motioned to the board, (that we couldn't see), and then fumbled around and produced a laminated 8.5x11 paper with some beers listed on it. Then in severely broken English that was almost impossible to decipher, she proceeded to rattle off which beers from the paper she handed us they actually had, and which ones they didn't. We all looked at each other to see if anyone had actually understood what she said. None of us had so I walked around to the front to read the board. This made the 3 guys spaced out there nursing their beers very nervous since I was standing behind them reading over their heads. They kept shooting me glances out of the corner of their eyes. To make a long story short we tried 3 different beers between us; the Camelback IPA, the Ironwood Porter, and another ale, (I couldn't tell you what it was). I asked for whatever they ahd close to a pale ale. I'm not sure the woman behind the bar understood me any better than I understood her, so I got something that resembled a pale ale in color. They were out of the "Fretzy's", (I think that's what she said), so I'm pretty sure it wasn't that. Either way. The beer was average. And I know from past experience if everything else is top notch the taste of the beer is significantly improved. In this case, nothing else was top notch, or close to it. Glad we stopped in. We were there in the afternoon. It's out of the way, there's not a lot of parking, and it's located in a kind of run down low rent industrial warehouse area of town, so I doubt if I'll bother to go back. (3,431 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
4.03/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice industrial brewery, Zach was enthusiastic and informative on their beers, and what's going on in AZ. Good crowd at the bar, gave me some great recommendations on local Mexican food! (186 characters)

Photo of LizLBHB
3.89/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice folks. Keeper is a keeper. They are all over the board. A few nice and interesting. A locspatron and I dubbed the heff a heffy for non heffy types. BA now says I must babble more. Ok the light rail g I es there from downtown but 6 block walk. 24th st station. Not too bad. Beers for sale. (293 characters)

The Phoenix Ale Brewery in Phoenix, AZ
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