Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co

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BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
86 Beers
856 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

721 N Arizona Ave
Ste 103
Gilbert, Arizona, 85233-3405
United States
phone: (480) 284-9863

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 27
Photo of Neal_Moots
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Outstanding kettle sour! The Pine Mountain Sour Pale Ale was piney and sour just as the name promises. They had a great collab saison made with hickory syrup and dry hopped with Simcoe. If I lived in the area this would be regular spot for me.

Photo of dabone
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch and it was packed. Great atmosphere. Great selection of their own beers. Menu was local inspired. Recommended.

Photo of 98green
3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

I was surprised how busy they were at 2pm on a Monday. I came for a flight only because I had to drive. They had a diverse 9 of their own on tap and the flight was 5 solid pours for $8.

The "fit and finish" of the place leaves a little to be desired, but the beer was fine.

I would have liked to try the food but I had already eaten. I imagine they get quite busy during prime hours.

Photo of Docrock
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

About 10 beers available on tap. Decent variety and all fairly good beers. Food was very good. Was very loud inside to don't expect to have any meaningful discussions but overall a good experience. The "Merica" fries are crazy good and more than enough for 2 to share. O-Line triple IPA was the highlight as far as the beer, very nice aroma and solidly balanced.

Photo of mitchgx
4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25

Super friendly spot that really cares about service. The beers range from odd to outstanding (the Refuge IPA is one of the best beers in town), although you can never be sure what they'll have; they're expanding production which should help with the consistency of offerings. The food is excellent. The place can be really loud on the inside.

Photo of Studs1991
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Awesome vibes. If you find yourself in the valley, this is a must! Loved the atmosphere and the staff is super friendly, including the head Brewers.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great spot with awesome beers and great burgers. Bustling for midday, but didn't take long to get seated. Staff was super cool, food was great, beer was top notch. I would recommend this place to anyone who is planning on being in the greater Phoenix area.

Photo of bigbelcher
2.42/5  rDev -45.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75

This is the true definition of overrated. Beers are often under attenuated and I'm sorry but Berliner Weisss shouldnt smell like puke.

Photo of Kylo76
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great brewery still in its infancy but at times can be spectacular but also can have small tap list and average offerings due to small batches. Great beers will run out but if you go at the right time they can be one of the best breweries you'll ever visit.

Photo of dbriesemeister
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We sat at the bar - service was excellent. Food selection was diverse (burgers and other grub). Beer range was broad, when we were there ranging from a Wassail to a potent IPA to a Peanut Brittle to a Belgian Quad.

Photo of Calen301
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Foods pretty good, the beer is a little too expensive. Probably paying for hype mostly...

Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Finally visited here today. Just to dang far out of the way but today Da Boss and I made it part of our far east valley destination stops.

Atmosphere is nothing special. Bathroom décor was humorous with empty world class beer bottles in both the men's and women's (per Da Boss) restrooms.

Food was quite good but it may helped that we just finished a fairly strenuous hike (for a couple of 51 year olds). I had the Arizona Trail Burger and Da Boss had I believe a Hawaiian style burger. Fries were very smackable - fried in duck fat and garnished with Rosemary.

Beers were very good bordering on world class. I had the IPA and Double IPA which were very clean, not to far from Alpine quality. Da Boss had the Belgian PA which was nice and balanced and paired well with her burger.
There were 8 beers on tap which is not bad given how small they are. They also had a Coffee Stout, a Saison, a couple of sours and I cannot remember the other. They may consider adding some world class guest taps to give more variety.

The server we had was very knowledgeable. Bobby was very informative without being pompous or overbearing. Very timely with his service and very nice.

Definitely stop in if you get a chance...we will need to get out to the Superstitions to hike more often!

Photo of Irrenarzt
3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

Man is this place way overhyped! I went there Friday 9/26 during happy hour so it was full but not overly crowded. It's a nice spot with a good feel to it and the fermenters are sneaking out into the brewpub space, I assume as they have run out of space in the back. We did not eat anything but the fries (mediocre at best, definitely not Belgian style double fried, but they do claim duck fat), and got a flight of 7 beers on tap. I did like the concept of having 3 sour/belgians right up there with "clean" beers, however they are not well executed. I really wanted to like these beers as they are super hyped up, but unfortunately, they do not deliver.

The gose was pretty filthy with diacetyl and was the least drinkable of the beers I've had. There was a slight enteric note as well but I couldn't get past the diacetyl. The berliner was about the same, but was a touch less diacetyl forward. I'm a certified BJCP judge and I know diacetyl. I wish I didn't, but I pick it up pretty easily nowadays. The Rookie IPA was pretty caramel-forward but there was also a bit of baby diaper forming underneath. Not the worst of the beers, but by far not the best. The saison and the coffee infused stout were pretty good, but not 40 point beers. I would say solid 35's.

I was thrilled by the short blonde server with the striped white and black dress. She was unfortunately the best part of the visit. She wasn't our server, but she was nice to look at while she floated around. The food smelled great, and I wish we had more time to check some of it out but the beer wasn't really good enough to hold my interest. My partners, who are less advanced in their palate development, agreed as well so it wasn't just me. No way in hell is this the best new brewery in 2013, so there is definitely something wrong with the setup over on Ratebeer.

I would say go as the place itself is pretty nice, and the ASU chicks are a sight to see, but have an exit plan ready to execute.

Photo of mikefuski17
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Visited Phoenix to house hunt. I will be moving from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Their activity kept popping up on my untappd feed and I heard the food was good. Went to be k it out after hitting Four Peaks in Scottsdale. Walked in, the place wasn't too busy but looked great. The beer on tap was fantastic. They had Hellsgate Saiaon, an imperial saison aged in tequila barrels, simply amazing. Their burgers are out of this world. And the Belgian fries; hand cut French fries fried in duck fat... WOW. Staff was very friendly and the patrons sitting next to us were extremely friendly. Great conversation. I will miss being close to Victory and Tired Hands. I can't wait to reside in Glendale to see these on a regular basis!!!

Photo of ianw87
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

The beer was very good. I was expecting more based on the 100 rating. The food was excellent though. I'd go back.

Photo of kaleodrum
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The microbrews at AWBC are excellent. The food is head and shoulders above many other breweries. The customer service is top notch. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better brewery. Their $10.99 lunch special is especially alluring - a build-your-own burger plus a pint of a craft brew - really can't be beat.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

So many good aspects of this place. Good quality taps, good variety of offerings, and reasonable prices too. What really impressed me was the friendly service from multiple employees, as this is quite uncommon at craft beer places that tend to rest on their laurels and have bad service. Very welcoming and mellow place for a pint of locally made beer. Highly recommend trying.

Photo of CRStromante
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was just there last week with my husband and a few friends, the majority of us being beer geeks and employees of a brewery ourselves. Patrick and Jonathan were gracious hosts and are obviously deeply invested in the livelihood of this pub, from the biodegradable food containers, to the slow food philosophy they follow, to the creative and classic beers they create.

I cannot RAVE about this place enough. It's a wonderful asset to the city of Gilbert (and to Phoenix, which is in a fledgling state when it comes to craft beer) and to the craft brewing world in general. I highly recommend the Estrella Saison and the Coffee Stout on nitro, which is probably the finest stout I've ever had. Later on in the week, I did try the Refuge IPA from a growler and I loved it. I think even people who eschew really hoppy beers or IPAs would like this particular beer. Food wise, the menu is just mouth-watering. Many, many meat-forward options, like the wings and meatloaf sliders, but as I am a vegetarian, I had the insane artichoke dip, which I immediately wanted more of.

The pub just generally CARES about what they're doing and about offering high-quality food and brews. It's a lifestyle and philosophy, and they are so passionate, it's infectious. Please go support this business, you will be very glad you did.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Enjoy coming to visit AZW but can't say they have enough to draw me in from my little S. Phx neighborhood. I love what they do and I love how much they care about AZ. It really seems to be hit or miss for the beer and for the selection of beer. I understand they are new and the issues will be worked out and once they...expand...things should be rockin' and rollin'. Keep it up, guys!

Photo of KimberleyD
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

What a great place! The beer is original and very tasty, the people very nice. I seriously doubt I could ever give a higher rating!

I love the fact that the Master Brewer is not trying to just please the masses, but rather stives to produce the very best beers in The World and follow his passion/whim.

Amazing.

If you don't come, that's ok, I need your seat at the bar!

Photo of MitchB2
4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Summary:

Excellent beer.
Good vibe.
Good food.
Laid back staff.
Outdoor seating area.

Details:

A bartender from another craft beer place recommended that we try AZW, it was an excellent recommendation.

The only food we had was the Green Chili Sliders, they were really good. The service was excellent. Dos cabezas was one of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Photo of Smitty1988
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is the second time I went this establishment. I had read several postive reviews so I had to try it. My first Visit I was able to have 3 different beers. All of them were outstanding. Thier IPA, Oaked-n-Ordinary, a malty red Ale. and the Belguim Santa Teresa Enkel. On the first visit I only drank the beers. The service is top notch and all the staff is real friendly, even asking your name before serving you. Which made it easier to order from the bar once I started a tab. The building has a small patio with a couple European style benches. Both times I went it there was a crowd, Thursday and Friday.
On the second visit was even more impressed I had thier Sour Wheat Ale with Grapefruit and it was such an intense and awesome flavor. Next I had thier DIPA, Dos Cabeza. Its probably the best IPA produced in Arizona! No kidding. Prices were reasonable and the burger that my wife and I had was awesome. This is a great place to visit if youre going to be in Arizona. Its kind of in an awkward spot of town, and its attached to a Brueggers Bagels, but thier beer is amazing.
happy hour was 4-7 on both days I went, so my DIPA was only 4 for a pint, and 3.5 for the Belguim and the Sour Wheat ale.

Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here earlier this afternoon / tonight. Heard about the place on the other site a few weeks before they blew up, was already coming to the area so I made it a point to stop in and check it out. Atmosphere was really nice. I got there around four and there was already a bunch of people all over the space. As time wore on more and more people began to show up, leaving very few seats. Service was killer. Chris was always around when I needed a beer, he asked my name right away and remembered it the entire time I was there, can't ask for more than that. Quality was pretty high. Beer was top notch, as was my food and all of my beers were in the correct glasses. Selection was a bit lacking but I was told they got hit especially hard this week thanks to all the new press. They had six beers on tonight, I am looking forward to going back in a few weeks during AZ beer week when they will have more beers on. I was really interested in a bunch of things on the menu but I settled on the good morning burger which was awesome and perfectly cooked. The duck fat fries on the side were just as good, if not better, which is saying something. Prices were on par with most of the other places I have visited in the area. Overall, this is the best place I have visited thus far on my trip. I can't wait to return in a few weeks.

Photo of brentk56
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I picked up a little buzz about Arizona Wilderness from the other site and stopped in recently to see whether the place is for real. Traveling extensively for my work and having visited brewpubs in many locations I have to say that this place is the real deal, right up there with Tired Hands, Jackie O's, Pizza Port and Cigar City, etc. The brewpub is located in a freestanding location next to a suburban strip mall and, from the outside, looks more like a chain restaurant than a mecca for the beer geeks. It feels a bit new (slightly sterile) in the interior but that is where my criticisms end.

Once seated at the bar, we were presented with the beer list by a knowledgeable staff member. Looking over the beer list, which had a nice paragraph describing each of the beers and it quickly became apparent that I had to try a sampler as it was impossible to decide where to start. Every one (and I mean every one) of the beers was a style-bender, with the sour Wit being the most style-bending of them all. There was a Belgian blonde brewed with honey, a porter brewed with Brett and I sampled, but did not rate and a coffee stout on nitro with vanilla beans that smelled like a roastery.

Frankly, I don't understand why this brewpub isn't getting more buzz. Phoenix, you have a world class brewpub in your midst; time to start shouting out about it.

Photo of Geuzedad
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I heard about this place from my son who lives in Virginia. He asked me if I would go by and review it as he works at Church Key and they were hearing some great things about them. We went in the early afternoon on Saturday Jan. 18th. The building sits inside a spacious parking lot in a very nice area. The doors were open as it was a beautiful afternoon in the 70's. As we walked in the door we were greeted by several waitresses at the bar and told we could sit anywhere and a server would be right with us. No sooner did we take a seat then our server Matthew was right there welcoming us and providing us with menu's. I explained it was our first time here and that we lived in the west valley and had gotten word that this was a great place to come and experience some really good craft beers. Matthew then proceeded to fill me in on how they use all fresh local ingredients and try to local source what they brew with. The beers on tap were the Refuge IPA which was a very good solid beer. Piney, bitter, and spot on. The second beer was the Woolsey Wit, a beer that had been brewed with locally grown oranges. This beer was over the top and was intensely sour! I could not get enough! Absolutely incredible. The 3rd beer was their Peloncillo Porter, finished with Brett. It reminded me a bit of the Tart of Darkness. 4th up was a beer they had just tapped that day, the Big Gye Rye, A double RIPA. WOW! using Nelson Sauvin hops, the brewers had taken this rye IPA to the next level. It was spot on and favorably compared to Alpines Nelson Sauvin. The food was also very good. Their Duck Fat fries with Rosemary were one of the best appetizer's I have ever had. They needed no catsup or anything else as this would have only taken away from their great taste. The build your own burger was also great. All sandwiches come standard with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a side pickle. You can add bacon, (two big strips of thick cut), avocado, grilled pineapple, 'shrooms, and a bunch of others too many to list. The buns you could get were brioche or Bavarian pretzel, both of which were very fresh and good. For the meat you could get the house made brisket blend (if you like beef this burger rocks!) a grilled chicken breast (the ladies favorites) a pulled pork or the vegan black bean. The sandwiches came with house made chips (really crunchy and good). We could also get side sauces. They have Sweet n spicy Chili, the Thousand Island beer dressing (what I got, it made my burger sing!) and the Red Rock Secret BBQ which added zip to the chicken. Service was great, Matt kept us good on beer and conversation, and on the way out we met Brett, one of the owner/brewers. He was dressed in a suit jacket and tie and explained that they had just finished brewing one of their up and coming beers, the suit and TiePA...LOL. I praised the brewer and his well crafted beers and told him we would definitely be back to try their new creations. Stop in and give them a try. You will not be disappointed. AZ Wilderness. One of the great new places putting AZ on the Craft Beer map!

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Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co in Gilbert, AZ
98 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.