Best Craft Beer Bars in Metro Phoenix
Written by Stefan Canchola aka AZ Beer Jedi
10.) Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 374-6936
Starting off this list this establishment deserves some recognition and love from not only beer fans but also gamers and nerds of all genres. If you’ve never been….GO! You’ll fall in love instantly!
731 E Union Hills Dr B10, Phoenix, AZ 85024
Phone: (602) 493-8977
I REALLY REALLY love this place, but unfortunately I’m not a cigar smoker so that can pose a challenge when trying to enjoy Parabola or a Vanilla Rye.
8.) The Attic Ale House
4247 E Indian School Rd #102, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 955-1967
Location, Location, Location! The view of Camelback Mountain from the second story patio is worth a visit alone. A solid beer selection and amazing burgers also helps.
7.) The Casual Pint
1095 W Queen Creek Rd #8, Chandler, AZ 85248
Phone: (480) 219-2666
I not usually a fan of “chain” anything, but The Casual Pint in Deep Chandler has always delivered on my visits. Great growler fills, an amazing draft menu and finding that rare bottling I’ve been hunting down have all contributed to my great experience.
6.) Flanny’s Bar and Grill
1805 E Elliot Rd #104, Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: (480) 659-0870
Two words: “TAP TAKEOVER”!
This neighborhood joint has been a beacon of hope for craft beer for many years and I see no signs of it slowing down. P.S. Build your own mac’n’cheese…that is all! (mic drop)
5.) Ground Control
4860 N Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Phone: (623) 535-9066
This list has became more difficult to rank as we get closer to #1. Ground Control is the great Westside Craft Beer Stronghold worthy of it’s name. Nestled close to Luke Air Force Base GC is often the first to premier not only Arizona’s best IPA’s but also phenomenal national beer.
4.) Angels Trumpet Ale House
810 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 252-2630
It wasn’t so long ago that the beer scene in Phoenix was almost as dry as the desert itself. Behold! The call from the heavens! ATAH is the modern craft beer house done proud! I’ve had some AMAZING beers on draft here, what’s also impressive is the food, check out the brûlée and the poptarts, nuff said!
2.) Craft 64
6922 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 946-0542
My heart…the only reason I will not put this powerhouse at #1 is because the emphasis is solely on local only which is actually the reason it should BE on top! Everyone at Craft 64 is happy: wine lovers, cocktail snobs, expert beer drinkers and newbies to craft beer. The fact that this is all delivered by local food purveyors is incredible. A true testimony of how amazing the options are here in AZ. Hey did I mention the wood-fired pizza?! Best pizza, period!
1.) The Wandering Tortoise
2417 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 441-3490
Here it is folks, my pick for THE BEST CRAFT BEER BAR currently in Phoenix, AZ “The Wandering Tortoise”.
Why? Well because BEER! That’s why. No frills, no gimmicks, no MACRO or Domestic nonsense [aside from the properly named S.H.I.T. beer of the week option. Because, Hey! every beer has its place right?] These boys know what they’re doing and we’re so grateful they do! From the Tap Takeovers that make us drool and lose our minds to the specialty tappings and beer collaborations that demonstrate a wealth of knowledge not acquired overnight. Thank you fellas. We are not complete without you, ENJOY!!!