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Phoenix's Best Beer

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I am looking for good places to grab some local or specialty brews. Any suggestions?

Some of the places I already know about are Cornish Pasty in Tempe, Four Peaks around the Valley, and Delux... I have just got into the beer side of drinking and am looking for new places to broaden my beer horizons.

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  1. Easily the best beer selection in the Phoenix area is at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, located on Scottsdale Rd and McDowell. They do brew a handful (of generally very good to excellent) beers, but the main draw is their excellent collection of micros and imports, both on draft and in bottles. They also allow you to buy any of the bottles to go, which is nice, as they routinely have beers that can only be found at a small handful of liqour stores (Sun Devil and Topps primarily).

    BeerAdvocate has ranked it in the top 10 places in the country to have pint for a number of years now.

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    Papago Brewing Co
    7107 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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    1. re: ArizonaJim

      Another vote for Papago here. Another great thing about them is that all of their beers are the same rather low price - you're not paying double the amount for a Belgian as you are for a domestic brew. I also love their board game selection and the fact that they have free wifi - I've never felt too weird bringing my laptop in to get some work done. Their spinach and artichoke dip is pretty good if you need something to nosh on.

    2. Magnum's on Union Hills & 7th St has a pretty extensive beer selection, as well as a nice bar/cigar lounge adjacent where you can taste them.

      1. How about the Roosevelt Tavern...Matt Pool know his brews

        1. In addition to the afore mentioned Papago, a few others off the top of my head are Sonoran Brewhouse/Brewer's Den at 3rd St. & Camelback, Oggi's (Bell Rd. & the 101 in Scottsdale and 67th Ave & the 101 in Glendale), and the various Rock Bottom and BJ's locations.

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          1. re: JPinAZ

            Thanks, guys! I will try to check them all out within the next few weeks. I live in Arcadia, so will probably try Papago's first.

            1. re: DLow

              And when it comes to German lagers, I don't think you can beat Gordon Biersch. Very hard to find these styles of beers as fresh anywhere else.

              1. re: DLow

                If in Arcadia, check out the Black Forest Mill at 49th & Indian School. They have a formal dining room, but there's a casual bar area (think sports bar vibe) with lots of Germanic beers on tap and by bottle. Best bet is a happy hour visit. Otherwise, I echo the Papago suggestion as next nearest.

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                Black Forest Mill German Restaurant
                4900 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I've been there a few times, but totally spaced on their beers!!! Thanks for the reminder :-) We're heading there this afternoon!

                2. I stopped in Sportsman's Wines yesterday...heck, they even recommended Papago! Can't wait to check it out.

                  1. Ok, specialty beer is my thing and trust me, everyone's right about papago. They rotate their twenty beers constantly and the prices are extremely reasonable. Also, the bartenders are very knowledgeable about beer and are more than willing to let you sample any beer and help you choose. Only negative is I find their food pretty mediocre.

                    Also if anyone's in the east valley(east mesa, gilbert) I've been to a pretty good restaurant Red, White and Brew which has a decent beer selection. Bevmo also surprisingly has a ton of specialty beers for sale in bottles as well.

                    Last thing finally, if you go to 4 peaks right now they have their pumpkin porter up until thanksgiving. Although it is a porter it is not too heavy, the pumpkin taste isn't overwhelming, and it is insanely popular because of how good it is. A few places around town managed to get their hands on a couple kegs of it so if you don't want to head to tempe give the Vig and Delux a call to see if they still have it stocked.

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                    Red White and Brew
                    4580 S Gilbert Rd, Chandler, AZ, USA, Chandler, AZ

                    Red White & Brew
                    6740 E Mcdowell Rd # 102, Mesa, AZ

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                    1. re: AnonymousWaitress

                      Ohhh, I'm in love with their Pumpkin Porter! I also found it at Nello's, where it was cheaper than the brewery.

                      1. re: AnonymousWaitress

                        The pumpkin porter is also at Papago right now! Love the stuff. If you go to Four Peaks on Thanksgiving morning they have growlers of it for sale - we're planning on getting some for the big meal.

                        If you go to Papago's website (http://www.papagobrewing.com) they are pretty good about updating their tap list, in case you wanted to see what was there in advance before going.

                        1. re: sistinas

                          Oh, that'd make a great Thanksgiving day treat. Do you know if they have them at both sites, or do you have to go to the Tempe store?

                          1. re: ajs228

                            I'm not sure since I've never been to the one up north and just go to the Tempe one - you'd probably need to call and ask.

                      2. Sun Devil Liquor has an even better carryout selection than Papago, and you can break any 6-pack without a price increase (yay!). The small bar in their basement is billed as a "wine bar" but serves beer, although their selection of drinking-temperature ones is a lot smaller than what's in the store.

                        If you actually want to do your drinking on-site, Papago definitely rules in the beer department. (If you see their coffee stout on tap, get it!!!) Four Peaks has much better food, though.

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                        Sun Devil Liquors
                        235 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201

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                        1. re: bortukan

                          Agreed on all counts. Sun Devil has a great selection of beers, Topps to a lesser-extent (same owners). They also have a very long list of kegs.