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Here are the Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of all of Season 1. As well as some highlights that we pulled out when listening back to them for episode 100.

01: ep21 2017/7/26 The Shop (Inappropriate Beer Names) – David, Jason, Dylan, Chris, Jeff, Nate

  • First interview with them, maybe first appearance of rapid round (not called that)
  • David Wanted to be a Dentist
  • David (Kilt Lifter), Jason (Killians/Two Hearted/Dale’s Pale), Dylan (Old Chub/Dale’s Pale)
  • We talk about “brewing beer the hard way” slogan from AB
  • AB 6 points from the High End
  • We get real deep into AB and their buyouts and how they work
  • Dylan brought up the mobility of the local brewery vs big brands to pivot with trends
  • Undiagnosed ADD comes from Dave talking about all the side projects at Cartel
  • Cartel to The Shop
  • Build out of the brewery
  • We had Rob Fullmer do a pitch for RWW during the break
  • Modern Times Collab – bingo, bango, bongo (7.2abv Hazy 4.04 Untapped)

02: ep18 2017/06/14 Wren House Brewing – Drew, Luke, Chris, Nate, Jeff

  • Old intro music, Drew (go’s next door to see what candy they have) quote in the beginning
  • This was recorded like 3 days before their 2nd year anniversary week.
  • Luke was a homebrewer, working at Angel’s Trumpet
  • Peaches and Cream was drank by all
  • We got to try the PV, Tombstone, and Wren Collab early (The Ten, their first 16oz can) about 500 cans total.
    •  Luke mentions the ease of the mobile canner, and probably going to see more 16oz going forward from them in the future.
  • Talking about expanding someday, and Drew mentions ideas about opening a taproom in Scottsdale or a farmhouse thing.
  • He also says they don’t plan on buying a giant warehouse and making S**** loads of beer.
  • We didn’t have break music.
  • We got to share a bottle of NoJo (said only 6 was left of the 200)
  • The great Vanilla shortage of 2017
  • They did a lot of big sweet candy stouts. Luke was responsible for pastry beers since he oversaw casking beers when he got there.

03: ep20 2017/07/12 AZ Wilderness – Chase, Chris, Nate, Jeff

  • Dry golden wet beaver shower (Chase), and Takosubo Men intro, no break music
  • Chase (Dogfish Head Palo Santo) he was also going to be a Dentist
  • Worked at San Tan when he first moved here
  • Was thinking about opening his own place in Barnone
  • First beer he brewed was a grisette (sold awfully)
  • We are drinking a stout and Nate says sour stout
  • Last Dirty Hop Water he wasn’t happy with it, and he said the next one will blow our minds.
    • The idea was to make each one its own little experiment.
  • We had a bottle of Muir’s Mûre (one of the last bottles left) – wild ale, black berry
  • His first week was the first Camp Coolship
  • Just all the collabs they had
  • The Sinagua Malt, to replace alfalfa crops with barely during the summer months
  • 140 acres of barley, they want to open it to all the other breweries

04: ep23 2017/08/23 12 West Brewing – Noel, Chris, Jeff, Nate

  • Pickle brine sour called Pickle Rick Quote (Jeff), and Takosubo Men intro
  • They gave us an IPA flight
  • Nate said he likes kettle soured beers
  • Noel (Blue Moon Variety Packs)
  • Homebrewer and brewed with BRI
  • Barnone was the going to be the Sour location and then offsite production
  • 12 West name and logo, 12 West Main in Downtown Mesa
  • Chris said he liked their Kolsch
  • Quad Dutch Rudder came up
  • Got inside story of the Mijo (Noel’s first brew, making a triple) Sam Elliot’s nickname for Patrick Swayze in Road House
  • All the Ricky and Morty references
  • Anchor Steam bought by Sapparo, RIP Anchor Steam

05: ep19 2017/06/28 AZ Whales and Hazy Days – Chris, Jeff, Nate

  • Old music, no break music
  • We drink Wren House Peaches and Cream IPA Crowler was held for us by Drew (the infamous Podcast Dudes tag)
  • We talk about our collab with Historic Brewing Company called Hazy Days of Summer
  • We talk about how excited we are with Wren House
  • First Wren beer that Jeff has ever had
  • Nate talks about the parking spots at Wren, and the small parking lots
  • Crappy parking in general at places
  • Nate is all in on Wren and is ok about AZ Wilderness
  • Standout Beers Jingle 21:00


Craft beer is a growing trend that has taken the world by storm. From crisp lagers to hazy IPAs, there’s a beer for every palate. But how do you know if you’re drinking a high-quality beer or not? Or maybe you have been invited to a beer tasting party but don’t know what to say. In this guide, we’ll show you how to taste and evaluate craft beer like a pro and then muddy those waters up with uniquely Hoppy Craftsmen vernacular.

Step 1: Proper Glassware

Photo Credit: Nate Libby

The first step to evaluating craft beer is to choose the right glassware. Different beer styles should be served in different glasses to bring out the unique aromas and flavors. Is a phrase you will hear craft beer drinkers say. But, in reality you can drink any beer out of any glass. Will choosing a glass made for that kind of beer help, sure… but it won’t make so much of a difference you are missing out on something.

Here are a few common and uncommon beer glasses we think you should know:
  • Pilsner Glass: A tall, narrow glass used for serving lagers, pilsners, and light beers. Can have weird bulbous shapes and will be told “that’s a pilsner glass!” and to which you can respond “not if I put an IPA in there, it’s not!”
  • Tulip Glass: A glass with a tulip shape that’s ideal for serving ales, stouts, and IPAs. The shape of the glass helps to trap the aroma and release it as you drink. This is the glass that non-craft beer drinkers see and think what a snob that dood is.
  • Snifter Glass: A glass used for serving strong beers, such as barley wines and imperial stouts. The shape of the glass helps to release the aroma, making it easier to smell the beer. Or to our thinking, those beers are strong (i.e. high ABV) so give me less so I don’t get faded too quickly.
  • Libbey Pub Glass: Our favorite glass for drinking beer. It typically has a cylindrical shape with a slightly wider rim and a sturdy base, designed to hold the beer securely while providing a comfortable grip. The glass usually holds around 20 ounces of liquid, providing enough space for a 16 ounce can of beer with head room to spare. Just barely…
  • Teku Glass: It was created by Italian beer sommelier, Leonardo Di Vincenzo. The glass has a unique shape with a rounded bowl and stem, and a flared lip that helps to direct the beer towards the center of the tongue, where the majority of taste buds are located. This glass has fallen off popularity in recent years. Though eBay and Nate might tell you different. We are still waiting for his investigating journalism to verify.
  • Stemless Wine Glass: The wide bowl of the glass allows for a comfortable grip and provides ample space for the beer to breathe, enhancing its aroma and flavor. The design of the glass eliminates the stem, which can sometimes get in the way or get knocked over, making it a convenient option for clumsy drinkers or really just drinkers. Bonus: if your significant other drinks wine, then it won’t count toward your “stop buying glassware!” limit.
  • Pint/Shaker Glass: The preferred glass of bars everywhere. They aren’t good, but they can be free from vendors so take one or two.

Step 2: Look at the Beer

Before you taste the beer, take a moment to look at it. The appearance of a beer can give you important clues about the flavor and aroma. Also, gives you a chance to see if you just bought a beer for the label and didn’t quite read it correctly.

Here are a few things to look for:
  • Color: The color of a beer can range from light yellow to dark brown. The color can indicate the type of malt used to make the beer and the degree of roast. Keep in mind that the color of the beer doesn’t mean body or the beer. There are heavy light beers, and very light dark beers. Looking at you Guinness.
  • Clarity: The clarity of a beer can range from crystal clear to hazy. Some beer styles, such as wheat beers, are intentionally cloudy, while others should be clear. The biggest example of this is the currently, is the hazy or juicy IPA. Though how they get the cloudiness can vary which can affect the taste.
  • Head: The head is the foam on top of the beer. The head should be creamy and long-lasting, and the color should match the beer. Alot, of the aroma can come from the head of the beer, so more is better here. Also, if you watch internet videos you’ve seen how much gas can be stuck in an improperly poured beer.

Step 3: Smell the Beer

Now it’s time to smell the beer. The aroma of a beer can give you important clues about the flavor and help you identify different aromas. If you are looking for more adjectives to describe your beer, we have lots of shows were we spew out our 4th grade vocabulary words.

Here are a few things to look for:
  • Malt: The aroma of malt can be sweet, bready, or toasty. Not too often will you hear us talk about malt. I mean we are the “Hoppy” Craftsmen right!
  • Hops: Hops add bitterness and aroma to beer. The aroma of hops can range from floral to citrusy to piney. Some of our favorites include, “damn that’s good, whoa this is pineapple in a glass, and super dank”.
  • Yeast: Yeast can add fruity and spicy aromas to beer. The only time we think to attribute aromas to the yeast is when we are drinking some funky farmhouse style beers.
  • Other Aromas: Some beer styles can have unique aromas, such as coffee, chocolate, or fruit.


The only time we think to attribute aromas to the yeast is when we are drinking some funky farmhouse style beers.

Me in the previous paragraph

Step 4: Taste the Beer

Pinky Up!

Now it’s time to taste the beer. The flavor of a beer can be complex, with many different elements contributing to the taste. Again, this is where we deploy our highly skilled vocabulary and dig deep for this real hard hitting adjectives.


Whoa! That’s a Juice Bomb!

– all the Hazy Boiz

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Bitterness: Bitterness is the characteristic of beer that balances the sweetness of the malt. Bitterness can range from mild to intense. Which to some, intense might seem like the top of the scale. But, there is an even higher limit that we like to call “How much enamel did I just lose?! Damn that’s good!”
  • Sweetness: The sweetness of a beer comes from the malt. The sweetness can range from mild to intense. We use “that’s too malty, way to much malt, and where is the malt?” a lot of the time as well.
  • Body: Body refers to the mouthfeel of a beer. A beer can have a light body or a full body, depending on the ingredients and brewing process. This being a good thing can depend solely on the climate you are in currently. Sometimes and light refreshing beer hits, other times a dark full bodied stout warms the soul.
  • Finish: The finish of a beer refers to the aftertaste. A beer can have a dry finish or a sweet finish, depending on the ingredients and brewing process. This is where a lot of beers become not so good. They start great but lose you in the finish.

Step 5: Consider the Context

When evaluating a beer, it’s important to consider the context.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.
  • Style: The style of a beer can give you important clues about what to expect in terms of flavor, aroma, and bitterness. Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of different beer styles so you can better understand what you’re drinking.
  • Location: The location where you’re drinking the beer can also impact your experience. Drinking a beer in a noisy bar, for example, can make it harder to taste and evaluate the beer compared to drinking it in a quiet environment.
  • Food: Food can also impact the way you taste and evaluate beer. Pairing a beer with a meal can bring out different flavors and aromas in the beer. Working on a food pairing blog post as we speak.
  • Personal Preference: Finally, it’s important to remember that taste is subjective. What you like may not be what someone else likes. Don’t be afraid to try different beers and trust your own tastes and preferences. This is one thing that we have learn over the 90 plus episodes we have done. Your 5 star IPA is not mine and vice versa. When you find a beer you like, try to figure out why you liked it. Was it the type of hops they used? If so, look for other beers that use those hop combos.

Never judge a beer by its UnTappd score. Buy it for the label and then judge it accordingly.




Tasting and evaluating craft beer can seem intimidating, but with a little bit of knowledge and practice, anyone can do it. I mean we have whole shows were we do this. It probably wasn’t the worst 45mins of you life. Right?! By looking at the appearance, smelling the aroma, tasting the flavor, and considering the context, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the beer you’re drinking and discover new favorites. So, grab any glass you have, except that shaker glass, and start your beer tasting journey today! Feel free to join us on social media mostly Instagram and share what glass you use to drink craft beer from. Or better yet grab one and listen to a show, we have a ton to choose from!

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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.

Hoppy Craftsmen Craft Beer Podcast
The Sleepy Whale
290 South Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

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

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

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

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.

3316 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

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

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

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

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

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

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

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