16 July . 2017
3 Must-Visit West Valley Breweries
Arizona is known for its beautiful desert landscapes, tall saguaros, and the grandest canyon of them all, however did you know Arizona is also home to one of the hottest growing craft brewing scenes in the country? In 2011, the state had 34 breweries in total, which has grown to 86 as of 2017, a 153 percent growth. Discover must-visit West Valley locations serving up hand-crafted beers and delicious bites, some just down the hill from Estrella.
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company
Just beyond Estrella, residents can find the first microbrewery to open its doors in Goodyear, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company. The full-service restaurant and brewery pairs a delicious selection of appetizers and entrees with a rotating selection of Saddle Mountain beers. Inspired by the founder’s favorite WWII plane, the PT17, the brewery has several beers paying homage to classic fighter planes. Additionally, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company has a strong partnership with nearby Luke Air Force Base and frequently partners with several military charities including Fighter Country, Honor Flight Arizona, and Commemorative Air Force.
Opening its doors in 2015 with a retro gaming theme, 8-Bit Aleworks offers guests unique, small-batch, video game-inspired beers in its Avondale microbrewery. While 8-Bit is strictly a taproom and doesn’t offer food, they do have a wide variety of retro video games for visitors to enjoy and revel in nostalgia as they play Super Nintendo, arcade, and tabletop games.
State 48 Brewery
Celebrating all things Arizona, Surprise-based State 48 Brewery sports a wide variety of craft beers inspired by the Grand Canyon State, and other local beers on tap. State 48 pairs cold ones with made-from-scratch entrees and wood-fired pizzas, all served up in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The brewery’s interior boasts floor-to-ceiling décor and art from local designers and artists to immerse guests in Arizona culture. After celebrating its one-year anniversary in July 2017, State 48 Brewery is in the process of opening a second location in Downtown Phoenix, expected to begin service in 2018.
Enjoy an ice-cold beer with family and friends while supporting a local Arizona business at any of these West Valley breweries. For more information on Arizona breweries, visit chooseazbrews.com.
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