Sun Up Brewing Co.


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

322 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona, 85012-1614
United States

(602) 279-8909 | map

Formerly known as Brewer's Den and as Sonora Brewhouse.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Have had a good seasonal or two over a few visits here but man I do not care for the vibe. too bright, probably a fine place if you are a regular but otherwise just a bunch of guys talking loudly across the bar at each other about not much.

The beers are all well made, with a solid regular lineup and a one off list that can be terrific (double IPA) or not my thing at all (vanilla imperial stout). It's just not my secene as an occasional visitor to town, though the staff is always quite nice.


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Photo of DRTBrewster
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A fun, cool place to eat and drink, the beer was great from the brewery and on the guest list. I like the layout of the building with an outdoor patio to chill in or in one of the two indoor areas. The food was good and the atmosphere very welcoming, take some friends, make sure to drink their stash and try a burger.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is another smaller pub style Restaurant, nice place to stop and have a brew. A lot of neighborhood locals inside, cozy and friendly service. This was one of those places that forgot to bring my souviner glass that I odered ...which wasnt bad, but I didn't give them a perfect score because of that. Stop on in!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stop #324 on my world brewery tour.

Visited on a Tuesday around 3:00 with my parents, wife, and 10-month old daughter. Not the ideal crew, but I needed to make the visit.

I had been here ~10 years ago when it was Sonoran Brewing (small sign still on the entry door). The bartender told me it was still the same guys but they sold the name and recipies to someone else.

Kept it pretty simple by my dad and I getting the sampler...

Cream Ale
Pale Ale
Amber Ale
Irish Stout (with coffee)

And added specialty beers: cask red with Amarillo and XXX rye Pale (imperial and syrupy).

We both really liked the coffee Irish stout. All the beers were solid and I wish I had the opportunity to take better notes and enjoy more but I was driving and it wasn't the best situation to put my mom in.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.45/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 3/4/2011 for RBWG 2011.

The place is broken into 2 sections, actually 2 seperate buildings. We sat in the second one, called the Brewers Den. Nice looking place. It was fairly empty on a Friday afternoon.

The servers were kind of upset that so many people wanted samples and over all they weren't real friendly. When we all ordered food and a lot of people ended up getting pints they got nicer but were still sarcastic. Then they got upset again when we wanted to split tabs. Didn't leave much tip (if any), which couldnt have made them happy either. It's one of those self fulfilling prophecies.

The food was good. I ordered a burger with blue cheese. Some of the beers were good. The standouts were the vanilla porter, the amber, and the IPA dryhopped with Amarillo hops.

If I was in the area and only with one or two other people I'd stop back in for the food and to see what's new on tap. But I wouldnt go back with a large group.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Pheonix for a few days for work. Checked out the scene, this was my favorite watering hole.

Kind of a weird layout, you walk into what may have originally been a residential home. This is the main dining and bar area. Then adjoined is another dining area. Then there's the patio. Then connected to the patio is another bar area with all the brewing equipment jam packed into it. Watched some of the Big East conference tournament there. Had some treats, highlights were the cask ipa, the irish cream stout. Blue cheeseburger was excellent.

Staff is amazing. Beautiful girls (two in particular, both dark haired, one w/ glasses and sweet, one with curly hair, loud red lipstick and just loud, but both so sexy) who were attentive, complimentary and knowledgeable.

Definitely for locals, pretty much everyone around me is known by the staff by first name. Was taken care of nicely, offered plenty of tasters. Nothing too exotic selection wise, but hey, a cask, a double black ipa, an irish cream stout, this is a solid destination, and my favorite in Arizona.

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Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere- Pretty much a typical brewpub. A few sports-related TVs, but you sure couldn't call this a sports pub. The waitresses have a talent for identifying the regulars and abusing them just enough to be interesting. If you aren't a regular, they treat you you quite well. If you want to be treated like a regular, sit at the bar. I did, and I loved it. The wait staff was amazing. I really enjoyed the banter. The rest of the regulars seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as me.

Quality- The beer was excellent. I got the wings both days I was there. Quite good. My wife got the pulled pork sliders. She was not impressed.

Service- Like I said, there is a friendly and amusing banter between the waitresses and the regulars. For the non-regulars, you will be treated very well. As far as the service is concerned, this is one of the very best places I've ever been to. Not only are the waitresses attentive and professional, they actually know the beer! It's been a very long time since a wait staff impressed me this much.

Selection- This was the biggest problem. They only carry their own line of beers, and when they are out, they are out. They don't substitute in guest brews, they don't have kegs of vintage stuff just sitting around, nothing. What they did have was quite good tho. The IPA and cask IPA was quite nice. The red was world class.

Food- See above notes.

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Photo of OctopusInk
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I decided to visit this place when I had their IPA on tap at a random pub in Phoenix. It is sort of small in a cozy way. 9 taps and a cask which they rotate. I had a Cask Porter with Cascade hops and it was a very well brewed robust porter that was exceptional as a cask ale. Wait staff was friendly. The menu had a few food pairing ideas but there could have been more. Prices were a bit high, but the food was good and the portions decent. All in all I will definitely recommend this place to friends.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

SunUp has a good variety of their own beers and many are exceptional. Occasionally you can find something on cask and/or nitro. The whole place has a cool, intimate little pub feel to it that sets the perfect mood for a few pints.

Service has varied but never really bad. It can be busy at times, so I prefer the non-weekend nights. This is also better for the inadequate parking here, which is probably my only gripe with the place.

Servers seem to know a bit about their offerings and know the menu well. I really like the homemade potato chips here, though the veggie burger could use some improvement.

This is a must stop for BA's visiting the area, and is easy to find on the north side of Camelback.

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Photo of mwalcheske
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited here on a slow Tuesday night after dinner. Only a few people were at the bar, and most seemed to be locals and beer geeks. So I was in good company. Tried a few of the house beers, including a brown ale, wheat, and porter, and all were decent to very good. I was especially excited to find a cask ale, which was darn tasty. Only one bartender, and she was a bit busy multitasking, but was very nice and attentive. Would definitely go back to try some more of their beers if I'm in the area again.

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Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in during happy hour, I was a bit lost in the suburban sprawl of Phoenix, but this seemed to be in an older part of town. Consists of 2 buildings with a partially shaded patio between them. Both buildings are relatively small. We sat on the patio and ordered some samplers and a couple appetizers. All of the beers were decent, with the pale and the IPA being the best of the group. Food was also pretty good, pub food with just a bit of a southwestern twist. Service was a bit slow, but very friendly. Nice place and I'd definitely recommend stopping in if you are in the area.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A most pleasant smaller bar, in the west end of Phoenix. Good service, the sun comes in on all spots, and a small friendly crowd. Quality beer lineup, my favorite the pale on cask. Casks are few and far inbetween in Phoenix, and it was appreciated. Trooper IPA was also a pretty good IPA for the region. The sun contrasts with the large and darker mega-bars in the city, and could be bottled and popular.Fresh beer, good conversation, knowledgeable bartendress.Two casks, sometimes a tweak, and this place would be a real keeper.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.45/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere of this brewpub is cozy, but maybe a little crowded. If you go when they are not too busy, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing. When they are busy, it is a little more work to maneuver around the tables and chairs.

The quality of the beer and food is very good. The beer is brewed there, and the food is cooked when ordered.

The service there is very good since the place is not too big. If you go there often, it is easy to learn the waiters' names. You are treated well, and they are always ready to refill your beer glass.

The selection of beer is very good as it is all brewed there. They have 8 taps: 6 of them are regulars and two are for seasonal brews. I've had many of the regulars and enjoyed most of them, and the seasonals are also good.

Most of the times I've gone have been during happy hour, so the selection of foods then to get the discount is a little limited. However, their menu is full of a variety of things from regular bar food to slightly healthier items if you search for them.

Sun Up has a good overall value as it follows the same pricing as other places I've been to. The beers and food cost more than I think they should, but the prices are reasonable since the food and drinks are made at the brewpub.

This may be my favorite brewpub in the Phoenix area.

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Photo of blakerunner
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We had dinner and beers here in Sept O9. The house beers were decent quality for the most part and the food was better than average.

I was impressed that my IPA was served at the correct temperature; a real surprise considering the practice in so many places in this city is to serve beer in frozen glasses.

The service was terrific and the waitress seemed informed and enthusiastic about beer.

I had the sampler. some were good. some not that good. I'm quessing they are keeping the beers simple and accessable to suit the local crowd.

All in all, I was charmed by the place and would certainly return.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

On a recent work trip I visited the Sonora Brewing Company / Sun Up Brewing Company. It's a small local brewpub that has a nice feel to it. We went on a late Sunday evening. A small amount of patrons were scattered throughout the maze-like structure, mostly locals by the looks of it. The portion of the establishment we entered into looks a lot like a converted residential house with fairly standard brewpub décor. We had dinner and a few beers. The food was good and in large portions. Nothing to write home about but better than many places I have eaten at. I have to recommend the Vanilla Porter; it's a sweet beer with a very robust flavor. A hoppy red was on cask at the time and I also tried it. Not bad, but the Vanilla Porter was the clear winner for me.

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Photo of ogrerugby
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was a nice place to go for some pretty good beers. I was in town for business and staying at the Hilton Suites in Phoenix. I was able to take the hotel shuttle van to the brewpub. The IPA is their standout, although they offer several others. Food was decent. Ordered the steak fajita salad (very good). Would definitley go back if in Phoenix. I was seated at their second bar since the normal bar was full. They had a large party in for dinner in the second bar, but the bartender Meghan was great and kept my glass full.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I stopped in here on a recent trip visiting friends in Phoenix.

The place struck me as a small Mexican restaurant as I stepped in. At least, the kind I've been familiar with back in the Midwest. There didn't seem to be much room, but it was very friendly if not cozy.

All the beers in our sampler were decent and well done. I preferred the amber as it seemed to be the best to style.

The service was decent. However, we did get kind of stuck in the corner and after we got our first beers, we might have been forgotten. As it was early afternoon it was probably shift change, so it's somewhat forgivable. (I wasn't thirsty long.)

Typical brewpub number of selections and styles, nothing really jumped out at me as unique, but it was well rounded.

Didn't try the food, but seemed to be bar/grill type fair, meaning a step above just pub grub.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. If I ever make it back to Phoenix I'd like to have lunch or dinner here and see what the food is like.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After finding this place on a Beerfly search, I decided to try this place for dinner on a recent trip to Phoenix. I am very glad that I did.

Very strong beer line up. Quality brews across the board.

They had a great Imperial Stout on as well as a seasonal Octoberfest. The atmosphere was more like a Mexican restaurant and a bit more sparse than we are used to up here in the Northeast. But it fit in nicely there in the desert. Their cream ale was very well done...

The food was very good. I has some sort of Southwest Chicken sandwich with extra green chiles. Service was top notch.

It you are in Phoenix and want good beer.... Go here!

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Photo of seedee17
3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was looking forward to this trip since non-chain brewpubs are too few in the Phoenix area. This place is located in a stand-alone building (a refreshing change from the ubiquitous strip mall) and has some pretty cool decorations as well as a nice cozy interior. I ordered the Southwest Philly cheesesteak wrap which was a little spicy and a lot awesome, and my wife ordered the Turkey Club (hard to mess up). Service was great, it was a Saturday night, and I never once suffered empty beer syndrome. Now to the good stuff. The selection of beer styles available was pretty standard. I started off with the Hefe, which was flavorful and quite good. Next I had the IPA , which was cask conditioned and hand pumped. Loaded with citrusy cascade hop flavor (as advertised), it was very flavorful. This one could have benefited from a little more bitterness. After the IPA I ordered the Pilsener which was hoppy and refreshing yet lacking the Pilsener crispness, but since this style is probably nearly impossible to nail, I can't complain. Finally I ordered the sampler (cream ale, pale ale, amber ale, IPA(not cask), wee heavy, vanilla porter) so I could try everything. The pale ale, IPA, and amber ale all tasted very similar to one another. Getting rid of the (yawn) amber ale (the cream ale is a great gateway beer for new craft drinkers) and focusing on making the IPA and the pale ale distinctive from each other would really improve the beer selection. I know brewpubs have to get asses in the seats by giving people what they want, but I felt like they were playing it a little too safe as far as their regular tap selections. Well, it is 114 degrees and that is definitely not 9% hop monster weather anyway. Great place, and I definitely look forward to returning.

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Photo of countmeoutt
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here last week for lunch while I was in Phoenix. The decor on the outside was neat..Upon walking in there was a tiny little bar that seated about 10 to the front and some seating scattered about. There was also another room off to the right which i did not venture i dont really know what was in there other than a few tables that i saw. The wife and I were lucky enough to get 2 seats at the bar and had a few beers and some food. I ate the brewhouse chili, which was fantastic and the bbq pulled pork sandwich. I also went with their seasonal red ale and a IPA from the cask..I couldn't sample as much as i would have liked because i had to drive afterwards. The woman who was behind the bar was very friendly, in fact everyone at the bar seemed to know each other and were all nice people. This was a quality place, i just wish i could have tried a few more of their beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Upon arrival at the Greyhound station, I was met by my CouchSurfing hosts and taken here for beer. It was a good call.

The outside entryway had a couple of old fermentation tanks right in front of the building. The door opened onto a couple of tables and chairs to the right; several booths to the left; and the horseshoe-shaped, polished blonde wood bar straight ahead. Off to the extreme right and through an archway was the restaurant area. Even further right was a patio area, followed by "The Brewers' Den" - the brewhouse. It was not a huge place, but it had a great atmosphere and a friendly waitstaff.

Beers: Standards - Light Rail Cream Ale; Brewers' Den Hefeweizen; Brewers' Den Amber; Stinger Pale Ale; Trooper IPA; and Pot Belly Porter. They also were offering Uwe's Oulde Ale (9.1 %); Red Armadillo; and the Trooper IPA on cask. As one might expect, I started with the cask and switched to the standard IPA. Both were delicious.

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Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Although it was a long walk from my hotel, it was definatley worth the time it took to get there. Quite a small space, but clean and inviting, waitresses were pleasant and knowledgable about their beers. I sat at the bar with a few other locals enjoying a quiet afternoon. Only a couple other tables were occupied with out of towners. 5 beers, 1 soda on tap, plus a cask - small selection, but all seemed pretty good (based on listening to the conversations around me). I had the Vanilla Porter and Trooper IPA, along with a bowl of chili for lunch. All was very well enjoyed, I could have easily stayed and spent the entire afternoon and evening just hanging out here. Local, small town feel, glad to have experienced this place.

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