Sun Up Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.83/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(602) 279-8909 | map
sunupbrewing.com

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

Added by Todd

BEER STATS
Beers:
22
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
72
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
6
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by bigkingken:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigGold
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

SunUp has two small bars, one classic brewery bar with view of the brewery through glass, the other rather midwestern in feel, with primarily southwestern menu items. The selection of SunUp beer in draft is broad, and the primary draw, White Russian Imperial Stout, is unusually but wisely available year-round. A few canned beers are available for take-away.

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Photo of CRaud
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

White russian is an amazing imperial stout! Creamy chocolate with a touch of espresso in the finish.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mclark4959
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
3.89/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of pappabear1960
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Meso Happy IPA and Hair of the Monk with Cherries Belgian Trippel were awesome.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of tjcamm
3.61/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of holder1422
4.09/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of tjumfrid
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kylo76
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Dale_Ranger
4.65/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Hop_God
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of IreRican
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Good place i have been on the inside.. they serve cask ales and have a beer named after the Light rail here in Phoenix

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of vinniegoot
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Sun Up Brewing Co. in Phoenix, AZ
3.83 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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