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Wandering Tortoise Celebrates First Year of Pouring Some of the Best Beers in the Valley

Has it only been one year?

Could The Wandering Tortoise actually be celebrating just its first anniversary? I know it’s true, but it does seem hard to believe. Anyone that has been in the Wandering Tortoise know it is a special spot. Seeing that tap list when you walk in makes that clear, but it goes a lot deeper than that. The Tortoise is owned and operated by people that love beer and love providing a great place to enjoy beer. The owners, Justin and Shay, just get it. The Wandering Tortoise has been at the top of its game since opening because they have the experience and understanding of what it takes to make something special. They know it’s about the people. That’s clear with everyone they employ and every collaboration/partnership they bring into their shop. We all know that every business is dependent on making money, but some are different, some of these places are so genuine and driven to provide the best experience that sometimes they don’t seem to care.

Wandering Tortoise

Wandering Tortoise 1st Year Anniversary


In just one year they have doubled in size and have hosted some of the best tap takeovers and special events in Phoenix. The list of first class breweries that these guys have worked with and hosted in one year is not only impressive, its endless. They support craft beer from around the country but you will always find Arizona’s best on that wall too. Besides the insane list of craft beer on tap, they curate an incredible bottle and can selection that would make any beer geek jealous. I have lost a lot of time standing in front of those glass doors. It is filled with not just the best bottles and cans available to them, but also local, always fresh cans from surrounding Arizona breweries. That might be one of the most impressive aspects of The Wandering Tortoise, they truly support the Arizona Craft beer industry at its foundation.


The collaboration and camaraderie found amongst breweries is no different with craft beer shops or taprooms. They are there to support the industry and great ones, like The Wandering Tortoise, make those around them better. One year on and it is clear The Tortoise is in a rare class. They are running at full speed and there is no stopping them at this point. We have many more years of great things to expect from The Wandering Tortoise and it will be very exciting to see what the future holds.


Hoppy Craftsmen Craft Beer Podcast

First Episode with Wandering Tortoise

To commemorate their first anniversary, we are rereleasing our episode recorded at The Wandering Tortoise with owners Shay and Justin. This was recorded on location before the Wandering Tortoise had its beautiful expansion, doubling its original size. We had a great conversation and enjoyed some very good beer. They were gracious hosts and we can’t wait to go back to record with them again! Please enjoy this episode and get down to the Tortoise today, they have another insane line up for their anniversary celebration. Check out the information below.


Wandering Tortoise 1st Anniversary

When: Dec 16th 2017
Where: 2417 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85016
More Info: Facebook


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