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, such as 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.
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 Hefen and Barrel-Aged Honey Nut Barleywine.
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!
690 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 256-1623
Hundred Mile Brewing Co. is officially the new kid on the block — having opened in December 2022 — but combining her microbiology degree from ASU with her passion for craft beer and love of the Tempe community has been owner Sue Rigler’s a goal since 2014. Today, this 10,000 square-foot (10-barrel) brewhouse, restaurant and craft-beer-and-cocktail bar marks a full-circle moment in Sue’s life. Add in the talents of award-winning brewer Valerie Adee, and co-chefs Nick Bymaster and Tylor Anderson, and you have the perfect recipe. The space is bright and modern, the large patio is bike and dog friendly, and the menu features elevated pub fare, including a wide variety of small plates as well as burgers, salads and such entrees as coffee-rubbed short ribs. Hundred Mile brews include Coyote West Coast IPA, Pinetop Pils, Desert Neon Hazy IPA, Crowd Surfer Mexican Lager (with lime and salt) and The Natural Blonde Ale.
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 passionate about American craft beer. From a light wheat ale called “Papago Orange Blossom” 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.
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.
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.
9895 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
Since 2015, Goldwater Brewing Co. has been brewing and pouring pints in the Valley of the Sun. Today, the McClelland family operates a brewery that pumps out kegs for over 100 bars and restaurants, in addition to their two Tap Rooms (Scottsdale and east mesa) … until early 2023, that is. This year, south Tempe will welcome the company’s third taproom. Standout brews include Hop Chowda, an New England/hazy IPA that features peach, mango and citrus, and Desert Rose, a Kölsch brewed with 100% organic prickly pear.
Tap on … for more beer in Tempe
1730 E. Warner Rd., Ste. 11, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (602) 960-6001
Freely Taproom in Tempe offers quality craft beers on tap, pairing perfectly with their kitchen. The beer and wine menu is always rotating, so there’s always something new to try. See what’s available on tap today!