Craft Breweries in Tempe

Author: Toni

Posted on: June 19, 2017
Last updated on: March 26th, 2018 at 9:36 am


What’s the true taste of Arizona? In Tempe, it’s all about craft beer. Tempe has a vast culinary scene that extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at House of Tricks and Top of the Rock. One trend that ties all of Tempe’s eateries together is the growing variety of excellent microbrews. With multiple craft breweries in Tempe, our city is producing some of the best of suds in the Southwest.

Four Peaks Brewing Company is the original destination for great Tempe craft beer. Their signature brews, including the Scottish style Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale and Hop Knot IPA, can be found all of over town, but they are best experienced at their location on 8th Street in Tempe. Originally a creamery building that dates back to the 19th century, this charming red brick structure seems custom made for their brewing operations, large bar and sunny outdoor patio. You can take a tour of this historic building and their brewing operations every Saturday. And, they were recently named America’s favorite craft brewery as part of the Travel Channel’s inaugural Microbrew Madness.

While beer is the main draw to this neighborhood hangout, food comes in a close second. The Four Peaks beer bread sandwiches, perfectly seasoned fries, enchiladas and pizzas are some of the best around. And, if you don’t get a chance to visit their original location, don’t worry. You can get a taste of Four Peaks on your way home. Traveling out of town? No problem. Visit their location in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Blasted Barley Beer Company is a microbrewery located on Mill Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Their first beer made in-house is called Orange Bomb, a dark, sweet and full-bodied orange chocolate stout. This spring, they debuted Bang Bang, a imperial black IPA, Das Blitz, a German Kölsch, and Strawberry Bottle Rocket, a light and sweet cream ale. They also serve 30 local, domestic and imported brews on tap, cocktails and dishes such as a smoked turkey leg paired with a sweet potato waffle and Monte Cristo sliders. There are two design elements in the restaurant that are particularly noteworthy: Los Angeles-based artist Eric Skotnes was hired to paint murals on the walls and floor of Blasted Barley and the bar top is made from the original floorboards of the Pabst Blue Ribbon factory in Milwaukee.

The newest addition to breweries in Tempe is Pedal Haus Brewery. Pedal Haus Brewery is a Mill Ave. restaurant, brewery and entertainment destination. This 14,000 sq. ft. bike-friendly brewery features hand-crafted European-style beers, a Belgian-American gastropub food menu, Downtown Tempe’s largest patio and three indoor and outdoor bar options with 24 taps each. An outdoor performance area dubbed the Session Stage and an expansive, dog-­friendly beer garden enhance entertainment opportunities even further.

Sleepy Dog Brewery has been a Tempe brew pub since 2009. With names like Red Rover Irish Ale, Wet Snout Milk Stout and Tail Chaser IPA, beers from this dog-themed pub stand out from the crowd. Huss Brewing Co. is owned by a husband and wife team with a passion for American craft beer. From a pale ale called “Magic in the Ivy” to their German Style Kölsch called “Scottsdale Blonde,” this is a casual spot to enjoy brews with friends. Like Sleepy Dog Brewing, Huss does not offer a food menu. But, every Sunday at 11 a.m., visitors can enjoy a yoga class right next to the Huss brew tanks. That’s what we call Zen.

There are a few more spots in Downtown Tempe that celebrate craft beers. Gordon Biersch Brewery has unequalled views of energetic Mill Ave. from their second story patio. They serve German style beers, brewed on site, and a tasty food menu. The Shop Beer Co., formerly Cartel Brewery, has some incredible craft beer that’s made onsite. The bar doesn’t have a restaurant but guests can grab a bite from a food truck that is parked onsite and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. The Handlebar Tempe is an American interpretation of a German biergarten. It has a dog and bike-friendly 2,000 sq. ft. patio with lots of space to gather with friends. Their resident “beer geek” hand picks 24 beers on draft and 24 bottled and banned selections, including European, local and American creations. Their food options, from brats to burgers to pretzels with dipping sauces, are the perfect accompaniments.

Just a few minutes walk from Downtown Tempe is The Yard Tempe. The Yard is a revamped warehouse space on First Street and Farmer Avenue. It is home to Culinary Dropout, an expansive gastro pub with a cool come-as-you-are vibe. Their oversized patio is a destination unto itself with a well-stocked bar, cornhole games, ping pong tables and live music on the weekends – all illuminated by twinkling lights. They serve a rotating selection of beers, from classics to Arizona brews. Their inventive lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu ranges from meatloaf to a kale and sweet corn salad. And, it’s hard to resist hand-crafted cocktails with names such as “Pistols at Dawn” and the “Smashed Irishman.”

To learn more about Tempe’s brew pubs, visit or call 800-283-6734.


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