Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street BreweryFour Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1340 E 8th St
Ste 104
Tempe, Arizona, 85281-4396
United States

(480) 303-9967 | map


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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 171
Photo of Carter_T
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

One of my go-to's! Fresh cold beer, delicious food, friendly crowd, great atmosphere, and a great local company with an interesting history. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, bar space, and TV's. Despite its fairly close proximity to Arizona State University, students don't frequent very often (which is a plus in my opinion).

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Photo of Fee
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Exceptional beers and food. Well known for Kilt Lifter that is widely distributed, but don't miss Hop Knot which is a good APA. The selection here is good and every beer sampled has been worthwhile.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Enjoyed a great meal here and some high quality brews..nice out door seating areas and a lorge indorr seating area and at least two larger to go is always a plus...worth a visit if in the area

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.76/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited Four Peaks back in 2008 for the UGA at ASU game. It was an oasis, and the beer was great. The only place in Tempe I long to visit again, especially with Montis gone.

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Photo of TheVerbalHermanMunster
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This is a great place for day drinking. A must try is the "from scratch" chicken fingers with the jalapeno dressing. Fries are some of the best as well.

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Photo of WoolyFSU
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed this place. Went there one night over Christmas with my brother and it was the perfect blend of brew pub/bar/restaurant. There were places to sit at the bar, high tops, low tops, and outside seating depending on what vibe you were looking for. Had the green chili cheese fries and they were awesome. I will definitely be going back (and not just because its only two blocks from my brother's apartment).

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Absolute stalwart of the AZ brewing scene, and their 8th Street location is an icon in its own right. Big, airy, open feel, pretty sure they only have swamp cooling, so it can get a touch warm in the summer months. But, it's also oozes a laid back atmosphere, and offers a pretty fantastic menu. Good beer selection, almost always with a seasonal or two and, usually, at least one cask selection (which they manage very well). Pretty much can't do Phoenix beer without hitting Four Peaks.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

When i visited my gf in Arizona a buddy of mine told me i had to check this place out and bring him back some beer. lol
Tried their flight and took to go a 6 pack of their Hop Knot IPA and a filled growler of the Raj Ipa (because they didn't sell this by the 6 pack)
awesome place! they have beer battered fries! yum!

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Photo of Tony_O
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Great atmosphere, great help.

The beer I had was good, but not mindblowing, I had a dark beer that reminded me of Guinness, only more malty.

Food was ok, I had a burger, it was dry, not too tasty. the fries, on the other hand, were excellent.

Did I mention the atmosphere? I got a real good vibe from this place, it was a pleasure to hang out there, no matter what I thought of the food or beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first stop of the day, just off the edge of ASU's campus which apparently makes it quite popular. Atmosphere was hopping, Lots of people sitting outside soaking up the nice weather, lots more sitting at the huge bar located right inside the door. The space is so much bigger than I was expecting, it looks like it just keeps going and going. Service was solid. I never had to wait for anything and he spent some time talking to me about PA since he noticed my shirt. Quality was pretty good. Selection was pretty good. I got the 8 beer sampler, which they comped since it was my first visit so thanks for that! They also had two beers on cask that I would have liked to try but I was on a schedule. Wanted something light to eat with my beers so I got the beer cheese bread. Wasn't expecting some cheesy pizza bread thing but it was really good so whatever. Like most of the other places on this trip, the prices were even with all of the other places I have been. Overall a nice brewpub that I would definitely return to if I was in the area.

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Photo of Garrett1008
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is beyond heaven. Great beer and amazing food. Imagine the ideal brewery restaurant and this is the place! The Kilt Lifter is my absolute favorite Scottish Ale. A terrific cider in the Pear Cider and the Peach Ale is phenomenal. The 8th Street Ale is great as well. They also have one of the best pumpkin ales out there in the Pumpkin Porter. They literally have a line outside the brewery the day they release it.

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Photo of AZBeerDude
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Four peaks is a great place to just grab a beer or enjoy some of their food. They have great food in addition to their selection of beers. Their pizza is actually worth trying. They make a thin crust pizza that is amazing. Occasionally they offer their oak barrel aged kiltlifter which is a step up from regular kiltlifter. They also offer pumpkin porter during the fall and sirius black. Their black IPA is amazing!

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I feel like the quality of the food and drink was far above the price. Their beers are among my favorites. Definately Try the bourbon barrel aged ale its delicious and potent. The Barbeque Oatmeal stout wings were heaven when we ate them. The servers were extra friendly as well and the atmosphere was great. Overall a fantastic experience and I want to go back as soon as I possibly can.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

I met "C" for lunch yesterday at Four Peaks. I've been here before for lunch and drove over for dinner but didn't stop because of the parking. The parking is free and you can park only on the same side of the street as the brewery and there is parking in the back where there is room for 12 to 15 cars in the lot. I parked again in the dirt alley "C" parked down the street almost a couple of blocks away. She said she would rather walk a ways than park in that alley. At night, there is not really adequate lighting there and I would rather not park there.

The brewery is an old dairy built in 1892 and the old brick building has a certain charm. The fa├žade is especially interesting for an AZ building. Take a step back and check it out. There is not too many places in the Phx. metro area like this one. There is outside seating by the entrance I noticed there was a misting system working.

"C" had her drivers license scrutinized for a long time. ASU is three miles away so I guess they have to be extra careful. We were offered a seat outside but opted for a tableinside in the room off to the right of the bar area. There are plenty of tables available and out of the hot AZ weather.

There is a full bar including sparkling wines. We got a couple of beers and a appetizer. The hummus was tasty but runny and the flat bread was good. We later ordered a pizza and the toppings were good and the crust was just ok. The only beers available are Four Peak beers so I tried a Hefeweizen and the Hop Knot later. I liked them both and later reviewed my BA review of it and found it accurate. Most breweries serve their Hefeweizen beers in a pint glass and not a Hefeweizen glass and Four Peaks is the same. The Hefe was better than average but not the best I've had. It went down good and was refreshing so I would have it again.

The service was very good. Our server took our order with a smile and our food and drinks came out quickly. The drinks served by our waitress and the food by some grungy guy from the kitchen who just dropped our pizza down and left. The waitress came over and asked if we needed any peppers or parmesan cheese. Overall, it's a fast system but not as friendly and the service was so close to being fantastic.

Overall, I have to recommend this place if you can find a good parking spot.

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Photo of Kryptonight
4.68/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

We Sat outside in July (2013). There is a bar inside and brew equipment. Mist system fully pumping and place packed, on a Thursday night also. Cab dropped us off myself and Three buddies, one owed us for helping him move and challenged us to take on his wad of cash. We all had beer and then switched to spirits soon after.

Attractive waitress was at table frequently to keep us topped off so to speak. We got pizza and some type of chicken stuffed rolls, multiple orders of the latter, excellent albeit a bit heavy on salt. But with beer they worked fine, I like the hefeweisen there, has a buttery richness. After those switched to vodka so can't comment on other beers.

On a side note a buddy was ordering vodka water and two came out tasting like gin. He said they Prob switched pour device off a gin bottle to vodka bottle. They made it right tho and were very attentive to our needs. I think the four of us tabbed about 250 dollars or so.

I will definitely go back again in future. Growlers of hefeweisen to go. On a side note there was no lemon in the hefe or on the glass rim as others have mentioned in reviews of the beer. Maybe they listened or ran out of lemons the day I was there. Lol.

Worth a stop if in the greater PHX area.

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Photo of francus
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Loved the place. And the service was top notch as were the beers. Kiltlifter is their main brew and very good. The 8th Street is as well. I also had the hefe and it was perfect as well. The real fun part is the fermenters and tanks are all out in the open and easy to see.

If you want a tour they recommended coming in the afternoon between the lunch rush and supper rush. If one of the brewers is there and free they don't mind showing you around.

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Photo of DRTBrewster
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The brewery to be at in Arizona, the oldest and most solidified brewery in the state, Four Peaks always draws a crowd. Their beers are fantastic and the food is great as well, a great scene near the campus of Arizona State University, has everything a craft beer lover needs.

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Photo of PerpetualNectar
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

HopKnot is a phenomenal beer. Easily my favorite beer in the state. The food was awesome. The building, old milk factory, was very cool. Liked how they capatilized on the environment and had outdoor dining. Service was great; albeit a little slow. However, that was because they were so busy; as they should be considering the great brews they produce.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went on a mission to go see every local brewery in Arizona, and I was getting a pint glass from everyone I went to! It was funny because when my girlfriend and I went in there we made jokes about if this place was going to forget about bringing a souviner glass out for us. Four breweries before this one each forgot us, "FOUR" was hard to believe, but true. Our waitress was moving through the place at a good speed but was very well manored. She took our order without writeing it down, went over to two other tables and took theyr'e orders without writeing them down and disappeared. She came back in record time, everything was perfect and she brought the glasses with her before we had to ask for them again!

Awesome!!! Bravo!!!! The beer was great and so was the food!

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

As my ratings indicate, I'm a huge fan of FPBC. I used to live in Tempe and had they come into being before I moved away, I would have never left town. Consistently the beer, food and service are all well executed. I can't ever get enough of their Hop Knot or the 8th Street Ale. I heard that FPBC is establishing a separate brewing facility elsewhere in Tempe that will offer a bar and restaurant; that will take the pressure off the 8th Street location which can get impenetrable when ASU is in session and on game days. These guys are successful and once you go here, it's evident why.

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Photo of searsclone
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been here many times, in both small and large groups, and it has always been very good. Very cool old building that used to be a dairy. Still has a lot of character. Great food, great beer and a friendly staff. The menu has suggestions for recommended beer pairings to go with the food. All of the food is consistently good, and they always have specials that aren't on the menu. Sometimes, it's a bit uncomfortable when the temperature outside is high, and there is often a wait for a table. However, it has always been worth it. If you have a chance to visit, I don't think that you will be disappointed.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is huge, they seem to have decided to build a brewpub around their production brewery, with a large bar overlooking the brewery and a large patio seating area as well. The food and beer are both quite good with a fairly extensive menu including pub fare and southwestern items. They had quite a few beers on tap the night that I visited and all were good but the standout was a barrel aged imperial stout. Service was adequate especially considering that the place was packed full on a Tuesday night due to a college basketball game. They are located very close to Arizona State and the crowd was a bit heavy on college kids for my taste, but it was still a worthy beer destination.

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Photo of skubibrew
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We went to Four Peaks 4 times in a 5 day stay while in the Tempe area. Each time we had excellent service, food and the beer was great. The hop knot is excellent. Even though I am not a fruit beer person the peach ale was quite good. We tried a couple of other beers and each was good. Service was excellent with the wait staff and bus boys, eager to clean up without trying to rush you out the door. The management was very friendly and gave us an impromptu brewery tour and met the owner and head brewer, very impressive! If I had time for only one brewpub or restaurant to go to in Tempe, Four Peaks would be the choice.

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Photo of downhilldrift
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Four Peaks is an awesome place to go for whatever occasion you can think of. It's a great place for hanging out with friends, celebrating events, holding business lunches, or to just kill free time. The bartenders are really good, and the service overall is better than most brewpubs I've been to. The food is okay, really hit or miss. Plenty of seating for busier times, and the outdoor weather in Tempe is usually great for their patio seating. It's an overall great bar to just kick it during some down time.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In an old creamery near ASU. Interesting look. Has nice decor and such, but it is a little bit dark and can be hot inside sometimes.

There are tons of beers as you can see. They also have stuff on cask which is neat. Most of them are pretty good, at least all of the ones that I have had (Kiltlifter, Hop Knot, Raj IPA, Peach(?))

Service can be hit or miss, but it generally is good. But, if it is a game day, expect crappy service.

Food always is pretty good. Everything that I or my friends/family have ordered are tasty.

They also have a decent drink selection for those who don't like beer.

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery in Tempe, AZ
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