Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.87/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(480) 284-9863 | map
azwbeer.com

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Added by Jeremy6566 on 09-06-2013

BEER STATS
Beers:
110
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
1,191
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
132
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
4.9%
 
 
Taps:
6
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of RyanK252
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of JuliusPepperwood
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of UcDru
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of estairs591
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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 décor 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!

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Photo of Neal_Moots
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of 98green
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mitchgx
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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'.)

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Photo of Kylo76
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of dbriesemeister
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We sat at the bar - service was excellent. Food selection was diverse (burgers and other grub). Beer range was broad, when we were there ranging from a Wassail to a potent IPA to a Peanut Brittle to a Belgian Quad.

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Finally visited here today. Just to dang far out of the way but today Da Boss and I made it part of our far east valley destination stops.

Atmosphere is nothing special. Bathroom décor was humorous with empty world class beer bottles in both the men's and women's (per Da Boss) restrooms.

Food was quite good but it may helped that we just finished a fairly strenuous hike (for a couple of 51 year olds). I had the Arizona Trail Burger and Da Boss had I believe a Hawaiian style burger. Fries were very smackable - fried in duck fat and garnished with Rosemary.

Beers were very good bordering on world class. I had the IPA and Double IPA which were very clean, not to far from Alpine quality. Da Boss had the Belgian PA which was nice and balanced and paired well with her burger.
There were 8 beers on tap which is not bad given how small they are. They also had a Coffee Stout, a Saison, a couple of sours and I cannot remember the other. They may consider adding some world class guest taps to give more variety.

The server we had was very knowledgeable. Bobby was very informative without being pompous or overbearing. Very timely with his service and very nice.

Definitely stop in if you get a chance...we will need to get out to the Superstitions to hike more often!

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Photo of Irrenarzt
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Man is this place way overhyped! I went there Friday 9/26 during happy hour so it was full but not overly crowded. It's a nice spot with a good feel to it and the fermenters are sneaking out into the brewpub space, I assume as they have run out of space in the back. We did not eat anything but the fries (mediocre at best, definitely not Belgian style double fried, but they do claim duck fat), and got a flight of 7 beers on tap. I did like the concept of having 3 sour/belgians right up there with "clean" beers, however they are not well executed. I really wanted to like these beers as they are super hyped up, but unfortunately, they do not deliver.

The gose was pretty filthy with diacetyl and was the least drinkable of the beers I've had. There was a slight enteric note as well but I couldn't get past the diacetyl. The berliner was about the same, but was a touch less diacetyl forward. I'm a certified BJCP judge and I know diacetyl. I wish I didn't, but I pick it up pretty easily nowadays. The Rookie IPA was pretty caramel-forward but there was also a bit of baby diaper forming underneath. Not the worst of the beers, but by far not the best. The saison and the coffee infused stout were pretty good, but not 40 point beers. I would say solid 35's.

I was thrilled by the short blonde server with the striped white and black dress. She was unfortunately the best part of the visit. She wasn't our server, but she was nice to look at while she floated around. The food smelled great, and I wish we had more time to check some of it out but the beer wasn't really good enough to hold my interest. My partners, who are less advanced in their palate development, agreed as well so it wasn't just me. No way in hell is this the best new brewery in 2013, so there is definitely something wrong with the setup over on Ratebeer.

I would say go as the place itself is pretty nice, and the ASU chicks are a sight to see, but have an exit plan ready to execute.

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Photo of mikefuski17
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Visited Phoenix to house hunt. I will be moving from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Their activity kept popping up on my untappd feed and I heard the food was good. Went to be k it out after hitting Four Peaks in Scottsdale. Walked in, the place wasn't too busy but looked great. The beer on tap was fantastic. They had Hellsgate Saiaon, an imperial saison aged in tequila barrels, simply amazing. Their burgers are out of this world. And the Belgian fries; hand cut French fries fried in duck fat... WOW. Staff was very friendly and the patrons sitting next to us were extremely friendly. Great conversation. I will miss being close to Victory and Tired Hands. I can't wait to reside in Glendale to see these on a regular basis!!!

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Photo of kaleodrum
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The microbrews at AWBC are excellent. The food is head and shoulders above many other breweries. The customer service is top notch. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better brewery. Their $10.99 lunch special is especially alluring - a build-your-own burger plus a pint of a craft brew - really can't be beat.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

So many good aspects of this place. Good quality taps, good variety of offerings, and reasonable prices too. What really impressed me was the friendly service from multiple employees, as this is quite uncommon at craft beer places that tend to rest on their laurels and have bad service. Very welcoming and mellow place for a pint of locally made beer. Highly recommend trying.

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Photo of CRStromante
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was just there last week with my husband and a few friends, the majority of us being beer geeks and employees of a brewery ourselves. Patrick and Jonathan were gracious hosts and are obviously deeply invested in the livelihood of this pub, from the biodegradable food containers, to the slow food philosophy they follow, to the creative and classic beers they create.

I cannot RAVE about this place enough. It's a wonderful asset to the city of Gilbert (and to Phoenix, which is in a fledgling state when it comes to craft beer) and to the craft brewing world in general. I highly recommend the Estrella Saison and the Coffee Stout on nitro, which is probably the finest stout I've ever had. Later on in the week, I did try the Refuge IPA from a growler and I loved it. I think even people who eschew really hoppy beers or IPAs would like this particular beer. Food wise, the menu is just mouth-watering. Many, many meat-forward options, like the wings and meatloaf sliders, but as I am a vegetarian, I had the insane artichoke dip, which I immediately wanted more of.

The pub just generally CARES about what they're doing and about offering high-quality food and brews. It's a lifestyle and philosophy, and they are so passionate, it's infectious. Please go support this business, you will be very glad you did.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Enjoy coming to visit AZW but can't say they have enough to draw me in from my little S. Phx neighborhood. I love what they do and I love how much they care about AZ. It really seems to be hit or miss for the beer and for the selection of beer. I understand they are new and the issues will be worked out and once they...expand...things should be rockin' and rollin'. Keep it up, guys!

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Photo of KimberleyD
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

What a great place! The beer is original and very tasty, the people very nice. I seriously doubt I could ever give a higher rating!

I love the fact that the Master Brewer is not trying to just please the masses, but rather stives to produce the very best beers in The World and follow his passion/whim.

Amazing.

If you don't come, that's ok, I need your seat at the bar!

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