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Tap Houses and Bottle Shops

Though the name might suggest it, this is not a top ten list. The best place to buy good craft beer is whatever is closest and/or most convenient for you. And we all know that buying from the source is the best. Yet, we feel that these are the 10 best places to buy to go craft beer in the valley. Places that you should go out of your way and check out.

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The Sleepy Whale
290 South Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
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Many ask where the name comes from. It's because of the rarity of finding a sleeping whale or rare brew in the beer community. They server tons of unique craft beer, wine, and mead. In a pretty amazing spot in downtown Chandler.

Ground Control
4860 N. LITCHFIELD RD., LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ 85340
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Locally owned coffee shop featuring in-house roasted Fair Trade coffee ☕️, 27 craft beer drafts🍺, and wood-fired pizzas🍕

The Wayward
1028 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007
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Serving an awesome selection of craft and domestic beers as well as ciders, wines, and seltzers. Tasting room is located right in the heart of Grand Ave near Grand Ave Pizza Co, Novel Ice Cream, Pueblo, Bacanora, and many more gems!

The Wandering Tortoise
2417 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85016
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The Tortoise or also know as (WT) specializes in craft beer and wine from coast to coast. The vision was simple, create an amazing atmosphere with the best possible hospitality and curate the most amazing beverages that we can get our hands on. The goal and mission has always been to help elevate the Arizona craft beer scene.

Bottleshop48
3316 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Our philosophy at Bottleshop 48 is pretty simple: drink great beer, sip great wine, support local, and most importantly, take care of our community. We believe that beer and wine have the unique ability to bring people together. It can be a catalyst for community building, friendship, understanding, and comradery.

Trevor's Liquor
7340 E McDowell Rd. Scottsdale AZ, 85257
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Trevor's believes that acquiring a wide variety of familiar brands in conjunction with local favorites is the recipe for success. Trevor’s is proud of the personal relationships they form with the local breweries. Allowing them to offer fresh and limited selections you will not find anywhere else.

The Casual Pint
1095 W Queen Creek Rd Ste 8, Chandler, AZ 85248
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The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market, offers a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere much like a coffee shop, with a focus on Craft Beer. Our expert “Beer-tenders” can serve up Craft Beer by the pint from our tap wall, by the can or by the bottle to enjoy in our store.

Rift Wine + Tap
431 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, 85257
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Rift is Scottsdale's premiere lounge for craft beer and boutique wines. With 25 rotating craft beer handles, a large selection of cans and bottles to go, and a specially curated wine retail selection.

Craft Beer Quick Stop
18655 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85024
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They have more than 1000 cold beers to choose from including Craft Beer, Fine Beer, Local Brew,
Import Beer and Domestic Beer. We also have Growlers Station with 51 taps. Definitely a hidden gem in North Phoenix.

The Theodore
110 E Roosevelt St Ste. C, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Beer + Wine Bar & Bottle Shop located on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix! Outside food welcome. Dog friendly. Sister location to The Golden Pineapple Craft Lounge & The Sleepy Whale Beer Bar & Bottle Shop!

The Theodore
403 N 6th Ave #135, Tucson, AZ
Honorable Mention:

We know the title said 10, but we couldn't leave out this amazing bottle shop and taproom in Tucson! Tap + Bottle has tons of great events, lots of great beers. And we can't say enough how amazing the people there are. If you're heading to Tucson, you should really stop in and have one.

What makes a great tap house or bottle shop? Loads of things come to mind. Though, there are some things that make a place standout from the rest. If you are a listener of the show, then you know how much we talk about fresh beer. This is very important when we start getting into craft beers from other states. Another thing to keep an eye out for is the beer being kept cold. Places that have shelves upon shelves of warm beer are not doing anyone a favor. Sure, there are some beer that can be aged at room temp. There are lots of others; looking at you IPA’s, that should never be sitting on an endcap degrading as we speak. The atmosphere is another great thing to look for. Listen sometimes you have to bring your kids, your spouse (who doesn’t drink beer), and possibly the fur kids as well. They all need a space to chill, and enjoy the things they like too. So, find a space that allows for this to happen. Last but not least, is their selection of the latest, and freshest local craft beer. We love to support places that support our local craft breweries. Here are 10 of the places that we like to support in and around the Valley. Did we miss any? Let us know

(NSFW) This week the guys decide that since everyone else is doing some kind of pairing they should too for AZ Craft Beer Week. Going along with the pairing they talk about current news for a couple Arizona breweries. They touch on who else has decided to get into the craft beer game. You’ll never guess. And is the term over rated really that over used or does it mean something else completely.

Music Credit: Porno Galactic by Concrete Dinosaur

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Links to Articles

National News

Cascade New Branding – https://www.craftbeer.com/news/beer-release/cascade-brewing-debuts-new-branding-with-release

Overrated is Overused – https://www.beeradvocate.com/mag/15180/overrated-is-overused/

 Local News

Chicago-based Two Brothers Brewing buys Sleepy Dog Brewery in Tempe – http://mouthbysouthwest.com/2017/02/03/two-brothers-buys-sleepy-dog-brewery-in-tempe/

OHSO Opens in Downtown Gilbert – http://mouthbysouthwest.com/2017/01/18/ohso-brewery-creamistry-are-latest-additions-coming-to-downtown-gilbert/

Craft Beer Culture

A Reality Show, About Craft Beer. – http://barelybeershow.com/

Sweet Water Vs Sam Adams – https://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-com-news/craft-brewers-get-atlanta-boston-big-game-super-bowl-rivalry

Check out this episode!

(NSFW) This week Brandon, Nate, and Chris talk about a new brewery opening in the east valley, and four new ones opening up in the Tucson area. We go into some of the events we want to check out for Arizona Craft Beer Week. Brandon and Chris dig into the lineup changes from Great Divide. Somehow we get back on the topic of another buyout from big beer, and what that really means to us now. This leads them to a discussion on indie beer versus craft beer. What does it mean? Oh, and if you happen to have a bottle of Sierra Nevada from their Ashville bottling facility, you might want to check you bottle. Lots to cover, thanks for listening. Enjoy.

Music Credit: Porno Galactic by Concrete Dinosaur

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