Arts and Culture

Tempe brewery and distillery tours

Have you ever thought about what it takes to make your favorite adult beverage? Tempe brewery and distillery tours give you the chance to learn a lot more about what happens before your craft brew or bourbon hits the glass.

Both Four Peaks Brewing Company and Arizona Distilling Company offer behind the scene tours of their Tempe locations. Besides learning about the rich history and culture of their craft beer and spirits, you can get an insight into how each drink has been carefully created and perfected to make sure it comes out just right. It’s a great chance to get a taste of something that’s locally made right here in Tempe.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

Four Peaks Brewing Company is well known for providing constant high quality beer, food, and service in a community-based atmosphere. The Original Four Peaks Brewing Company on 8th Street (south of University Drive and east of Rural Road) is now hosting their very own brewery tours every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Get a chance to go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to create their legendary craft brews, such as Kilt Lifter and SunBru, that have made this a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. And, you’ll learn a bit about the history of their turn of the century building that originally was a creamery in the late 1800s.

Each tour costs only $10 and takes roughly 40 minutes.  The tour includes coupons for two 16oz. beers. This is the only location currently participating in the tours, so make sure you schedule in advance through their website. Tours are limited to 15 lucky people.

Arizona Distilling Company

Tempe’s local micro distillery, Arizona Distilling Company, captures Arizona’s rich history and culture with each glass. Known as the “traditional distilling with an outlaw spirit”, this distillery is dedicated to manufacturing premium, small batch craft spirits. Every product produced by Arizona Distilling Company is deep rooted in Arizona history from prohibition, to pioneering to current days. They make Copper City Bourbon, Copper City Moonshine and Apple Pie liqueur at their location on First Street, just west of Farmer Avenue.

For just $10, you can take a tour and get a taste of the distilling process. Tours run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so plan a weekend to come learn more about Arizona’s greatest past times. Visit their website for tour times and booking information.

Alicia Kentz
Written Alicia Kentz

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!