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Visiting Scottsdale/where to drink

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by bosco123, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. bosco123

    bosco123 Aficionado (130) Oregon May 26, 2008

    Headed down from Portland to Scottsdale,last week in March. What are some of the highlights in good beer that I need to know about. (been to Four Peaks but not opposed to revisit) Restaurants that have good tap lists(Cave and Ives?) would also be good to know about.
  2. bigbelcher

    bigbelcher Savant (475) Arizona Jul 10, 2003

    In Scottsdale- Papago Brewing, Fate Brewing, The Brat House, Pig and Pickle, and Four Peaks
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  3. bosco123

    bosco123 Aficionado (130) Oregon May 26, 2008

    Thanks! I'll hit Fate and Papago for sure. Hope it warms up a bit before we get there!
  4. Nightrain89

    Nightrain89 Aspirant (40) Jan 13, 2013

    Let's see.... Scottsdale... I would suggest

    Sonoran Brewery at Pinncale Peak Steakhouse, great place for tourists

    Fate... haven't tried it yet, but looks very promising.

    OHSO brewery, great beer and food menu, fun patio

    Brat Haus, fun little place, lots of german/belgium beers mixed in with craft beers, brats and sausage, pretzels, etc.

    Skeptical Chymist, fun Irish pub, decent beer list, good pub grub

    Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, insanely tastey gourmet burgers with an above-average beer list

    Papago has a great beer list and is worth a visit, but the food is horrible and the so are the acoustics, oh and so is the service.

    Yard House is always fun if you've never been
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  5. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Champion (930) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    Scottsdale - Four Peaks location in Scottsdale, Skeptical Chymist in same shopping center (many taps now), Whole Foods on Mayo. Fate is new on Shea.

    Old Town Scottsdale area there's Praying Monk & Brat Haus one block apart from each other, or maybe a short drive to OHSO.
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  6. luwak

    luwak Savant (305) Arizona Mar 2, 2010

    please search forum....
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  7. bosco123

    bosco123 Aficionado (130) Oregon May 26, 2008

    I'd rather hear, first hand,what people are excited about. Sooo much better that way. Where is your favorite taproom/brewery?I have I high hopes for the future of beer in Scottsdale.(btw,I was born and raised here,27 years. Have lived in Portland for 23 more.) Look forward to spending more time here as retirement looms. Seems like an open field of brewing opportunity....
  8. luwak

    luwak Savant (305) Arizona Mar 2, 2010


    yep that's the point...search the forum and get our first hand opinions written many times ....

    but nice that you may be coming back
    I only asked that a search be done as there are many threads on this now
    honestly you'll get more info than we can remember (even collectively) off the tops of our heads
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  9. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Champion (930) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    I thought the same with opportunity but for a variety of reasons there weren't really many choices since the 90's until mid 2000's, especially for retail. Things were ripe, though, because the chains came into the valley and kicked ass in both retail and brewpubs. There's a Rock Bottom, Gordon Biersch, BJ's, Yardhouse, and similar in worthwhile commercial areas of the valley and they were able to do so well because the local options weren't great like in other metros (and there were so FEW of them). This is no Portland.

    I also want Scottsdale/Phoenix to be good but I have serious concerns about indiscriminate support of anything local. The "buy local" mentality here seems to involve buying whatever is local, regardless of whether it is comparable to the better beers on shelves at every major bottle shop. If we could have some of the breweries of the caliber you have in Portland then I'd be one of the biggest "buy local" nuts out there.

    I recommend focusing on beer bars here that have a lot of offerings. I wouldn't focus too much on going to specific AZ breweries. If you really want a dose of AZ, go to the OHSO and try the half of the taplist that are all AZ beers.
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  10. 3frog

    3frog Aficionado (245) Arizona May 13, 2006

    BTW, I'm guessing that luwak suggested you search so that you can find the detailed/exhaustive lists he's posted in the last month or so. No criticism sent your way; just luwak made some good lists, imo.
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  11. I'll agree with 3frog, quite the list published by luwak recently

    For those that might not take the opportunity to search:

    "AZ tends to still be IPA centric and lots of places (especially downtown PHX) still think classic Belgian dubbels and tripels are the best beers in the world and aren't as aware of some other crazy things going on in American craft brewing. But there are many place that are much more hip to what's happening (these are mostly in Tempe).
    These are some places in PHX not to miss:

    Papago Brewing - the legendary brewery beer/bottle shop that is the cornerstone of craft brewing in AZ
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2240

    Flanny's Bar and Grill - a new awesome grill dedicated to craft with low prices and great special events
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24222

    Top Liquors and the physically attached Taste of Tops beer bar - the place most likley to have the best beer in the Phoenix area (for a very short period of time)
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2342

    Sun Devil Liquors - sister store to Tops and the place mostly likely to find a gem that sold out everywhere else long ago and with a very nice tiny bar in the cellar
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2341


    Also in Tempe is the very chill
    Boulders on Broadway - hoke to 20 great handles lots of beer dinners and special beer events 400 or so bottles beer knowledgeable staff and essentially zero beer snobbishness
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16685

    It's a mile away from:

    Yucaa Tap Room - still one of the better kept secrets for craft beer in AZ as everybody associates it with the live music and dive bar antics that made it famous (also never a cover), but it has 25 handles and lots of great bottles (also to go!) and many linger much longer than elsewhere in PHX
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22956

    In downtown phoenix you'll find:

    Sun Up Brewing - a very nic elocal brewing with a unique architectural set up and lots of cool beer events
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2513


    The Lost Leaf - a tiny live music venue (never a cover) showcasing local music in a formerly occupied residence (yep it s one of those " I used to be a house now I'm a business!" places) with a few handles and a decent bottle list
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17871

    O.H.S.O. - a nano brewery restaurant with good food an often a nice draft list
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27354

    Around the block is:
    The Roosevelt - a hipster bar/bistro with a house beer and about 20 handles
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16387

    two blocks from:

    Angel's Trumpet Ale House - a great attempt at craft beer meets hip/haute cusine with alot of intersting taps
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29741/?view=beerfly

    and it's
    across the street from the awesome:
    FilmBar - a theater showing cult films, foreign films, documentaries indie and art hosue flicks with a nice beer bar
    http://www.thefilmbarphx.com/
    As for Chandler:

    Whole Foods Chandler - is unlike any other Whole Foods I've ever seen with regard to beer. 30 taps, a hard core beer geek as the beer guy, and thousands of bottles.
    They get 3rd pick in the state from many of the distributors and so they usually have lots of good stuff there all the time.
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16618

    San Tan Brewing - is in Chandler and they have a very nice bar (indoor/outdoor set up) some fun events (movie nights, pub crawls) and they make good beers (mostly seasonals)
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16357

    The Hungry Monk - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/20894
    is very beer centric and host lots of events and sometimes has a great taplist.

    There's still Hopslam around. I'd try Whole Foods or even Bevmo. I don't think you'll find much left in the smaller (but generally better) stores.

    We also get
    Ska: Modus Hoperandi (i got to have a treatment dry hopped with Simcoe and and Amarillo last week);
    Squatters: Hop Rising;
    Port: Mongo;
    Epic: Hopulent
    all of which i think stand as really great beers for the hop fix.

    Four Peaks Double Knot is a pretty nice hoppy beer too. And Papago does an IPA party with treatments of their too.

    And if you ware willing to drive to CA or get to know somebody Alpine's insanely awesome IPAs and Pliny are not that hard to get)

    And please consider searching the forum ...there's lots of threads about places to go bars/bottle shops etc...

    Cheers! and hope to see you around somewhere."

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