Phoenix, Arizona

SanTan Brewing

SanTan is a fixture around the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. A large brewpub with plenty of beer options on tap, a great lunch menu and TVs with sport all around the walls. Great spot for casuals drinks or after work beers and there is merch and take home options as well.

They have a large core range of beers and rotating seasonal brews, and like what I’ve found in most breweries in America, well priced for beers. These guys don’t mess around with their flights either. 8 come in the flight!

Flight #1

Sunspot Gold – standard Golden ale

Hefeweizen Wheat – standard Hefeweizen

Epicentre Amber Ale – sweet Amber Ale

Mr Pineapple – seasonal Pineapple Pale Ale

Juicy Jack – NEIPA

MoonJuice – West Coast IPA

Hop Shock – hoppy American IPA

Devil’s Ale – American Pale Ale

The standouts for me were the Hop Shock IPA. Had more flavour and punch than the MoonJuice. The Hefeweizen was pretty decent too.

Helluva Brewing

Decided to pop into this one as we were in the area and had a hour or so to kill before dinner. The place seems reasonably new, nestled in a commercial block behind a CVS pharmacy, you could almost walk straight past it without knowing it was a brewery.  The interior is a slick stainless steel and timber aesthetic with a mix of booths, high table and stools and regular table and chairs. Didn’t look through the menu but could see the kitchen was busy from where we were seated and the food coming out looked good. Again, food in breweries seem pretty standard American pub fair – Burgers, Chicken wings, pretzels etc.

They have a wide range of brewed beers on tap and a few guest rotating taps giving you an option of about 20 different beers to try.

Flight #1

Good Ole Boy – Light American Lager

Hopedelic – IPA

Red October – French oaked Red IPA

Black Sheep – American Stout

Flight #2

Red Headed Step Child – Dry Irish Red

Helleweizen – mix of Helles Lager and Hefeweizen

Cascade Brigade – standard American Pale Ale

The Juice Is Loose – NEIPA

The standouts here the NEIPA and Red October. Did take a moment to get used to the vanilla oak flavours in a red IPA but otherwise, a solid beer.

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