Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

721 N Arizona Ave
Ste 103
Gilbert, Arizona, 85233-3405
United States

(480) 284-9863 | map
azwbeer.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.02
Beers:
161
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,483
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.38
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
162
pDev:
10.73%
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Jlabs from New York

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on 1/1/20

Brewpub is spacious with indoor/outdoor seating

Selection of beer was ok..they had 7 beers on tap, with a few ipa's, a porter, berliner weisse, lager, witbeir and stout on tap

Quality of service was very good, our server was attentive and took care of us very well

Food here was fantastic as well..my wife and i shared the artichoke dip and some tacos all of which were great

Jan 02, 2020
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mewanderinghome from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Definitely in the running for Arizona's best brewer, along with the much smaller Pueblo Vida in Tucson (and possibly Iron John's in Tucson, Dark Skies in Flagstaff, and Tombstone in...I'll let you figure it out ;) AZ Wilderness is easily my favorite of the many in metro Phoenix, and the best brewery grub in the state. Especially the must-order Drumsticks Confit. Their downtown phoenix location is even better, but whichever you're nearer make a pit stop for sure, and bring your appetite not just your thirst.

Nov 30, 2019
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spoony from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

V-AZ Wilderness is located about 20 minutes east of downtown Phoenix in Gilbert and it has an appropriately suburban feel. There is a pretty large patio surrounding the place on two sides with plenty of shade. The interior is large and the decor feels a bit like a brewpub from 10 years ago...not bad, just a little dated. I visited for lunch on a Monday and it was bustling but not crowded with lunch patrons at tables randomly and a few people sipping at the bar.

Q-I tried two beers (and had a big taste of a third beer from a keg that kicked with my order). I had three different styles and all were pretty good.

S-My bartender was very attentive and friendly. He made suggestions when I asked and responded to questions about the beer. His pours were done properly and glassware was style-specific. My food arrived quickly too.

Sel-AZ Wilderness had a pretty good spread of beers on tap when I visited. Styles ranged from sours to bruiser BA beers above 11% ABV to lighter beers like the saison I tried and a session IPA. I did not write it down, but I would estimate that there were 15 beers on tap and a smaller number available in cans for take-away.

F-I had lunch and was my tacos were merely OK. The ingredients tasted fresh but they were a little under seasoned and the plate was just kinda uninteresting.

O-I would definitely come back for the good beer and great service.

Nov 11, 2019
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matcris from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nice patio seating section. Friendly, helpful staff. Burgers were interesting and tasty, as were the Belgian waffle onion rings. The inside is very lively and noisy.

Jun 20, 2018
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Beer__Girl from Arizona

2.2/5  rDev -49.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Been there twice now and service is passive and the food was burnt one time and stale the next. When I told the water of the burnt grilled cheese he said it didn't look right before he brought it out. Umm, so why did you try to get me to eat it? Then the manager came to table and came across like he was doing me a favor by taking it off the bill. I can understand the draw of the place. Great outdoor seating and mostly friendly staff....? I sampled all the beers and honestly can't tell the difference between most since they are all so over hoped it covers the body of the beers. I won't give up. I am going to try brunch here next week.

May 06, 2018
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Keepnitrl from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place focuses on thinking different about beers. They collaborate with other well known breweries such as Mikkeller. They even had a no boil beer and a 0 IBU pale ale. Their flight is an awesome deal for $12, you get (5) 5oz tasters ( a few of their beers require an additional $2)

May 01, 2018
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onedogtwodog from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Busy... Really really busy... It is easy to get lost in the shuffle here and some nights they work thier tails off... Everything was very good but if its busy, just keep ordering beers, maybe an appetizer... The food is very good and worth the wait... its a brew pub... relax... have a drink.

Apr 06, 2018
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed this place. The beers were solid as well as the service. I enjoyed the Wilderness look and feel of everything. The flights were pretty awesome, too.

Sep 17, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great brewery, awesome setup, tons of beer. The staff is amazing, super nice people and fun to talk to. Great beers and tons on tap. Plan on spending the day here its that fun.

Sep 01, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a late dinner and drinks after a day of hiking and road tripping. Staff was super friendly making sure we were well taken care of, asking how our trip was going, and making suggestions for other things to see in the state. Beer was awesome. I love the mix of traditional and adventurous approaches. Everything we tried was delicious. Food was also super tasty. There's a soft spot in my heart for any place with poutine on the menu. I don't know when I'll get the chance to return, but I would in a heartbeat.

Apr 11, 2017
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Interesting place that I will evaluate two fold; beer, then food. As far as beer goes, they have a fair selection of their own taps in a wide variety of styles, from sours, to IPA's, to BA stouts. The IPA's are hazy, turbid, and usually average or there about. The sours that I had were not good, giving off flavors of latex. However, the stouts and BA versions were pretty solid, with my only comment being that the barrel flavors bordered on overpowering at times, but were decent overall.

For the food, the menu had a decent variety, with burgers dominating the menu, but plenty of other options as well. If you want to try an obscure combination of ingredients on a burger, they can probably do it. Service was good as well. The really odd thing about the entire place was the vibe/atmosphere. It has an outdoors theme throughout, which is done pretty well in the tasting room area. However when you get seated to eat, the vibe goes from outdoors to outdoors theme in a very dark, almost strip club like room. Other than that, the dining experience is average to slightly above.

Overall, not one of my favorite places, but it is worth checking out at least once. There is a ton of hype around this place, so the wait can get long at peak times. If you are near it, why not; if you're making a trip for it, don't.

Jan 17, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Lots of beers to choose from, but more ain't always better. A lot of unimpressive brews to be tried here, which is pretty wild considering the buzz this place gets.

Their IPAs aren't anything memorable at all and even their saisons just don't hit the mark. The beers that most impressed were their BA beers, but unfortunately, the prices are slightly ludicrous for small pours. Imagine NYC prices but in a Phoenix suburb.

Jun 21, 2016
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JuliusPepperwood from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Got lunch here and the burgers were outstanding. They offer about 8 house brewed beers including some nice sour options. The Refuge IPA was the only hoppy option but was really good. The server was friendly and helpful as well.

Apr 11, 2016
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UcDru from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool spot with quality brews and food. Good amount of seating with a tasting room patio and brew pub all on site. Plenty of tvs too so a good spot to catch a game.

Nov 16, 2015
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OnePuttBlunder from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had lunch today 9/19 food wise had the daily special the caprese burger and it was fantastic onion rings very good pretzel sticks a bit bland but over all impressed with the food quality. Service was decent not great not bad. Went with a taster flight chocolate bunny salt river saison dc mountain dipa the rye ipa and tropical ipa. Had a glass of the chocolate bunny porter with lunch. I'm an admitted hypocritical craft beer drinker I want to support local breweries but haven't been super impressed with fate ohso Scottsdale beer company or fourpeaks. AZ Wilderness will definitely be getting repeat business from me. Really enjoyed all aspects of my visit today. Looking forward to going back again.

Sep 20, 2015
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alwaysplayin from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Read the article in BA Mag and luckily was in the area a few weeks later. Great beer and food, all staff I chatted with were personable and engaged.

Wish I lived closer, as I'd definitely frequent this place. Salt River Saison and Chocolate Bunny were very memorable selections for me.

Sep 06, 2015
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estairs591 from Iowa

4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Visited 8-28-15. The place seemed very crowded mid-day. (although it was Friday ) Took about 5 minutes for a spot to open up at the bar. Staff was very tentative and friendly. Had 12 or so beers on tap. Had a Refuge IPA first and then the guy behind the bar suggested their Tropical Storm, which was incredible. If memory serves me right, it was single hopped ( Galaxy I believe ). My girlfriend (who isn't a fan of beer in general) ordered the Hummingbird Saison/Sour which was very refreshing and she quickly gulped down a couple of these guys.( Ended up taking a meowler back to Iowa) We ordered the breadsticks and they were excellent. Would have liked to try one of there many burgers. ( Perhaps next time ) Stumbled into the taproom upon opening and discovered the same taps as the brewpub plus some additional handles. Noticed in the back of the taproom they had a "Sour Room" but surprisingly dindt see a lot of sours on the menu.

Overall this was an excellent brewery and from the sounds of things, is still fairly new. Will defiantly stop in again if Im ever in the Phoenix area.

Aug 30, 2015
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Floydster from California

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

We visited this past Wednesday evening a half hour before the tasting room closed. We got there early enough to get a growler of the Smoked Apple Gose, which was probably my favorite beer of our entire Arizona trip, along with a sample of the red wine barrel aged barleywine. The inside of the tasting room is fairly small but well done with awesome local wood work. Glass windows show the barrel room and the brewing area behind the bar. There is a nice selection of tee shirts and swag to go. Once the tasting room shut down, we went into the brewpub connected directly next door. We got a table immediately, service was great and quick. I had the jalapeno jelly peanut butter burger and it was great. I had a flight of beers and all of them were good with the IPA and Double IPA being standouts. Prices are reasonable. The vibe is a little more dry in the brewpub and the d├ęcor is lacking in comparison, but still nice and clean. The bathrooms had empty bottles of beer lining the sink, that was interesting! This is somewhere I will be revisiting next time I am in Arizona. It is a much needed beer destination in Gilbert and a place worthy of the praise it has got the past year or so!

Aug 10, 2015
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Neal_Moots from Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Jun 14, 2015
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98green from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -18%
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.

May 11, 2015
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Docrock from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

May 09, 2015
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mitchgx from Arizona

4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

May 04, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Expansion just opened, which I haven't been able to hit yet, but the old spot was plagued by overcrowdedness and an awkward mixture of outdoorsy + modern decor. Definite strip mall turned brewery feel. Not really a place I enjoyed hanging out at, and the beer could be pretty hit or miss, but the crowds obviously indicate a lot of folks like it. Either that or the East Valley crowd is seriously deprived of halfway decent drinking spots.

(Edit: looks like the expansion has resulted in some seriously expanded selection. Well done. As for the beers, they remain hit and miss. I think their lower ABV stuff is generally solid, particularly the hoppy stuff. Their Belgian stuff tends to strain an understanding of the style, but it's not like they're the first to bastardize Euro styles. Big thing here is that there's a lot of stuff to try, so the tickers can keep on tickin'.)

Feb 12, 2015
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Kylo76 from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Dec 31, 2014
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Gilbert, AZ
Brewery rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1483 ratings