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Craft Breweries in Tempe

What’s the true taste of Arizona? In Tempe, it’s all about craft beer. Tempe’s vast culinary scene extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at Caffe Boa 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 suds in the Southwest.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967

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 over town, but they are best experienced at their location on 8th Street in Tempe.

Originally a creamery building dating back to the 19th century, this charming red brick structure seems custom made for its brewing operations, large bar and sunny outdoor patio. You can tour this historic building and its brewing operations every Saturday. While beer is the main draw to this neighborhood hangout, food comes in at a close second. The Four Peaks beer bread sandwiches, perfectly seasoned fries, enchiladas and pizzas are some of the best. And, if you don’t get a chance to visit their original location while in Tempe, don’t worry. You can taste Four Peaks before leaving town – at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Terminal 4! 

Four Peaks Brewery Photo by ELEVATE from Pexels
Four Peaks Brewery photo by ELEVATE from Pexels

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337

A rising star in Tempe’s craft beer scene is Pedal Haus Brewery. Pedal Haus Brewery is a Mill Avenue 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. Check out the many yard games on their expansive, dog-­friendly beer garden and patio to further enhance entertainment opportunities.

Pedal Haus Brewery
Pedal Haus Brewery

Fate Brewing Co.
201 E. Southern Ave. #111, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-2395

Fate Brewing Co. has been a local favorite in the metro area for years, and its newest location in Tempe is a beautiful yet uber-cool industrial space with lots of seating indoors and out. They serve many craveable menu items, from juicy burgers to flavorful Hawaiian Salmon. And, you’ll be hard-pressed to choose your favorite beer with choices like Fateful IPA, Halfway to Heffen and Barrel Aged Smoked Baltic Porter.

Fate Brewing Company
Fate Brewing Company

Huss Brewing Company
1520 W. Mineral Rd. #102, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 264-7611

Huss Brewing Co. is owned by Jeff and Leah Huss, 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. The Huss Tempe Taproom does not offer a food menu. But, patrons are welcome to bring in their own food or order in from GrubHub, Postmates or another delivery option.

Huss Brewing Tempe sampler
Huss Brewing Co.

The Shop Beer Co.
922 W. 1st St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 477-9212

The Shop Beer Co. is located on First Street, just south of Rio Salado Parkway and east of Hardy Drive. The Shop has turned what was once a residence into a great place to hang out with old friends and new ones. And, they are known for brews like Church Music, a juicy IPA, and Coffee Brown, an American nut brown ale. Food is not available for purchase at The Shop, but guests are welcome to bring in their own food or use a delivery service.

The Shop Beer Co credit Mark Lipczynski
The Shop Beer Co. credit Mark Lipczynski

McKinley Brewing Company

1435 E. University Dr. Ste. C-111, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 418-6347
McKinley Brewing Company is a small family-owned neighborhood brewpub with a relaxed atmosphere and a great dog-friendly patio. They serve a rotating selection of Arizona craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and freshly made burgers, salads and sandwiches. Their brews will be ready summer of 2022 – count us in!

McKinley Brewing Company
McKinley Brewing Company

You can find a full list of Tempe bars and restaurants on our website.

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Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!