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Need recs for a casual restaurant with a great beer list in PHX

Hi Chowhounds,
I am hoping you can help me. I am looking for suggestions on a casual restaurant with a great beer list that is not The Yard House or Rock Bottom Brewery. We'll be staying at the JW Desert Ridge and would like to go somewhere within 20 mins of there on a Weds night. All suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. Local brewery Four Peaks has two locations, one in Tempe (the actual brewery) and one up by your resort, at the corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and the 101.

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    1. re: azhotdish

      Second on Four Peaks Brewery. We go to the one in Tempe but that's outside your geographic range. For a brewery, the food is quite good; several notches up from normal pub grub. A nice touch: there are beer recs on their menu.

    2. The Main Ingredient on 7th Street in the old Lisa Gs location. Great beer list both on tap and bottle. Short list of wines but carefully selected by experts. Lots of good apps and sandwiches under $10. Large outside patio and comfortable indoor seating with a small bar.

      Only problem is that it may be a bit more than 20 min away. Come down 51 and exit on Thomas. West to 7th St and go south (left) on 7th. In an old house on your left.

      1. I have read heard positive comments about Old World Brewery. But from what I understand, it's more of a brewery with an occassional band playing than a pub and grub spot. Still, it's on that side of town and is a local brewery spot. Check it out and report back!

        old world brewery
        201 W Lone Cactus Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027

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        1. re: tabe1978

          I work about half a block from Old World, and it is definitely not a restaurant. I've seen them fry up some chicken wings on hot plate a few times, but that's about it.
          That being said, the beer is decent, and apparently it gets quite the crowd on the weekends. A real hard rock/heavy metal bar.

        2. I'd suggest The Dubliner Irish Pub on 40th St & Thunderbird. There will probably be a band on Wednesday, the food is tasty, and there is a solid beer selection.

          Dubliner Irish Pub & Restaurant
          3841 E Thunderbird Rd Ste 109, Phoenix, AZ 85032

          1. Delux would be a good choice for you. They have a well-chosen beer list (20+ taps if memory serves), and some of the best burgers in town. If beer is important, you can't miss Papago Brewing, which is the premier beer bar in the Phoenix area. They have about 30 taps, and easily another 100+ selections in their cooler. The food menu is limited and nothing special, though the pizza isn't bad. And, as was mentioned, Four Peaks is always a good choice. They are the biggest brewery in the state (typically about 8 styles at any one time), and have excellent food.

            3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            1. Try Sun Up Brewing (http://www.sunupbrewing.com/). They have good food, tasty brew (be sure to ask what they have on cask) and a shady courtyard to sit in. It's miles above Four Peaks, and Delux (bleh). If you can live with bar food Papago Brewing (http://www.papagobrewing.com/) will give you a greater selection of beer (lots on tap, more in bottles).

              For anyone heading north to Flag to beat the heat don't pass up the Beaver Street Brewery (http://www.beaverstreetbrewery.com/).

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              1. re: echt

                Just to get the comparison's correct. Sunup doesn't hold a candle to Four Peaks and Beaver Street is overrated. The beers I had there were the weakest out of the Flagstaff- Sedona breweries.

                1. re: danieli10

                  Got to agree with Danieli. Sun Up is OK, but Four Peaks is the standard bearer for Arizona breweries. Their food is darn tasty, too.

                  1. re: ajs228

                    BJs is a great option, too! I think they have a nice selection of beers, both their own, and some others as well. They also have great food; we love their pizzas! There is one in Desert Ridge, close to your hotel; on the Tatum side.
                    Try Magnum's for lots of Beers and Scotches. Unbelievable selection, and you can drink it there while enjoying a cigar (indoors) if that's your thing. Magnum's is on Union Hills (and 7th, I think), also not too far from your hotel.

              2. Sun Up has some of the best beer in town, Uwe is considered by most to be one of the top brewers in the state. Always something different on tap and always a cask conditioned beer.

                Another place to check out, close to the JW is Mellow Mushroom at Happy Valley and I17. Should be less than 20 minutes from where you are. 40 taps, all goog, good bottle and can selection and a nice menu which they do well. Also check out Blu Burger Grille at Hayden and Thompson Peak, 12 taps all craft and high end import, good burger selection. Those two will both hit your 20 minute requirement.

                Blu Burger
                20511 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254