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Must try brews from AZ/distributed to AZ?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by DrewShal9, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    Title says it all: please help! I'd like to know what beers I must try that get distributed/available to your wonderful state of Arizona. Also, if there's anything limited/special release that's available now let me know!

    P.S. I know about seekabrew.com and I'm from Massachusetts.
  2. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    There's a lot we get that you don't in MA
    Maybe style suggestions would help us to help you.
    Also can't hurt to search this forum a little
  3. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    I like just about everything and really want to know what's the best that the southwest has to offer.
  4. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Are you just in town visiting and wanting to know what is a "must try" before you go home? I live in AZ and can give you suggestions but not sure what you can't get in MA.

    Anything by Odell for starters...
  5. Jefeipa

    Jefeipa Initiate (0) May 6, 2009 Arizona

    When are you coming to town and where are you staying?
  6. DrewShal9

    DrewShal9 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    Not going to Arizona (although, I would love to get out of this crap weather) but getting a trade set up with one of my former regulars at my liquor store (beer buyer for a Boston based liquor store). She wants raspberry UFO and the new coffee porter from harpoon and I want to try good brews that are distributed/available in AZ. If there are limited/special releases out now then I would like to get those too! Thanks in advance for the advice/suggestions!
  7. Jefeipa

    Jefeipa Initiate (0) May 6, 2009 Arizona

    I don't know if you get Bell's but Hopslam is about to be released.
  8. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Well i did the best I could. I tried to list locals and out of state beers that AZ gets that MA doesn't that i have had and would definitely buy if i were coming here. it is hard to say what qualifies as a must have. I think every beer on this list is very good. I've highlighted stuff i wouldn't pass up. Style in parenthesis if not clear from the beer's name.

    i sure there's many that AZ get that MA doesn't that i didn't think of Hopefully others can chime in.

    Please do also search this forum.

    Locals (brewed in AZ)

    Papago Brewing
    Oude Zuipers (Tripel)
    Elise’s Irish Cream Stout (Sweet Stout) (growler only from the brewery but awesome)

    Lumberyard Brewing
    Big Rapid Red Iimperial Red)
    Inner Basin Barleywine
    Fireside Ale (American Strong Ale)

    Sonoran 200 (crazy strong ale made from agave nectar)
    Inebriator Stout
    7 Wives Saison

    Apache Trout Stout
    Wapiti (Amber)

    Four Peaks
    Hopsquatch (American Barleywine)(growler only at the brewery)

    Old Monkey Shine (English Strong Ale)

    From other states that (I think) are not distributed in MA

    (get anything from this great brewery)
    Abyss (this one goes without saying and there may be still some if you ask staff at beer stores)
    Conflux #1 (collab with Hair of The Dog!, one of the best beers made by anybody, anywhere) (American Strong Ale)
    Chainbreaker White IPA
    Black Butte Porter
    Black Butte XXIV (Imperial Porter) (ask staff at beer stores)
    Obsidian Stout
    Mirror Pond Pale Ale

    (get anything from this great brewery)
    Smoked and Oaked (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) (amazing)
    Elder Brett (Saison)
    Big Bad Baptist (Imperial Stout)
    Fermentation Without Representation (Imperial Porter)
    Sour Apple Saison
    Hopulent (DIPA)
    Utah Sage Saison
    825 State Stout
    Blue Law Porter

    Expedition Stout
    Third Coast Ale
    Cherry Stout
    Java Stout

    Big Sky
    Ivan the Terrible (Imperial Stout) (ask staff at beer stores)
    Olde Bluehair (English Barleywine)

    Smoked Porter
    Barley Wine
    25th Anniversary Perseverance Ale (Imperial Stout)(some were still on shelves a few weeks ago)

    Lost Coast
    8 Ball Stout
    Great White (Witbier)

    Idiot IPA

    Point Reyes Porter (criminally underrated, a world class beer)

    Dark Seas (a great Imp stout which gets no love)
    Mission IPA
    Shipwrecked (DIPA)

    New Belgium
    This is tough since they make lots of beers and it is very hard to say what will be on the shelf. Stuff I ve seen around recently that I would buy:
    La Folie (Oud Bruin)(this is an epic beer)
    Peach Porch Lounger (sour peach ale)
    Abbey (Dubbel)
    1554 (FWIW Bros call it “Belgain Dark Ale” it is a dark thinale with Belgian yeast)
    Super India IPA (collab with Alpine!..asgreat as you’d expect)
    Snow Day (winter warmer)
    Frambozen (raspberry brown ale)
    Prickly Passion Saison
    Transatlantique Kriek
    Tart Lychee (sour fruit beer)
    Cocoa Mole (chilli.cocoa beer)

    Tricerahops (DIPA)

    Wasatch/Squatters/ Utah Brewers Cooperative
    Squatters Hop Rising (DIPA)
    Squatters Outer Darkness (Imperial Stout)
    Wasatch Polygamy Porter
    Squatters Fifth Element (Saison)

    Footprint (American Strong Ale)
    Woodcut # 1(Old Ale)
    Woodcut # 5 (BA Quad)
    Woodcut #6 (American Strong Ale)
    Myrcenary (DIPA)
    Meddler (Oud Bruin)
    Mountain Standard (Black/Cascadian IPA)
    Cutthroat Porter
    Friek (Kriek mixed with Framboise)
    Double Pilsner

    Killiwit (Witbier)
    Seizoen Bretta (Saison) (fantastic!)

    Imperial Eclipse Stout (we got six of the treatments still on shelves)

    Whiteout Wit (Witbier)
    Love Buzz (Saison)

    Oatmeal Stout

    Santa Fe
    Imperial Java (coffee stout)Also in this thread i listed soem of the better IPA/DIPA/Pale Ales you can get here in AZ

  9. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    In my opinion just don't bother with Arizona beers. We receive so many regional crafts that are among the best in the country that it's oh so easy to eclipse what the locals offer. Bell's, Firestone Walker, Port Brewing, Ballast Point, Stone, Deschutes, Odells, New Belgium, among others come to mind right away. Just look at the inventory on totalwine.com or bevmo.com for locations here in the Phoenix area and you'll see most of what's available.
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  10. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    Im movin there soon and this list had been really re assuring. I dont wanna leave my CA Beers :slight_frown:
  11. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 Arizona

    The 50/50 Eclipse stouts are still around. $28 a bottle but worth it. I highly recommend the Elijah Craig.
  12. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    The imported list is amazing. Very similar to California except we no longer receive Victory & Allagash (we lost them), and Russian River skipped over Arizona and went to Colorado and other states.

    We do have Bell's. I guess that's the one great brewery we receive here that isn't in CA, yet.
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  13. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    Yea im very excited about Bell's, also excited about Odell sours :slight_smile:
  14. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    See a lot of the Odell special releases but the only drawback is that quite a few of them are a bit pricey. Their IPA is a regular in my fridge, plus the St.Lupulin when in season. Judging by the freshness dating it seems we get really fresh stuff - at least for the retailers with high volume.
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  15. blkhrt

    blkhrt Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012

    Grand Canyon Brewery has some good brews but love the kilt lifter and hopknot.
  16. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I love Bell's. I wish they'd come to Texas for one reason that no one else on the forum would ever think to ask for: Bell's Amber.

    Bell's Amber is one of my favorite beers of all time. I could drink that stuff until I exploded in happiness.
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