With craft beer shops opening on a near-weekly basis, the Valley is holding its own as a brewing hotbed. Soak up the suds for less during happy hour at these three locally-owned microbreweries.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
721 N. Arizona Ave, Gilbert
In its first year, Arizona Wilderness shot ahead of the pack with the “best new brewery” award from RateBeer.com. Gilbert’s signature brewery captures the mountain lodge vibe with wooden campground signs, mountain murals and twig taps. Flannel shirts and unkempt hipster beards are optional; what’s guaranteed is $1 off imaginative craft brews like Picacho Pecan Pie brown ale and Table Top Saison (pale ale made from unmalted farro and Sonoran white wheat) during happy hour. Sundays, score $1 off drafts and appetizers including yeasty Bavarian pretzel sticks with beer cheese ($4.99), jalapeño meatloaf sliders ($5.99) and duck fat fries ($4.99), the latter of which pairs well with Arizona Wilderness’ eye-opening coffee stout. 4-7 p.m. M-F; all day Sunday.
Mother Bunch Brewing
825 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
Nestled near Downtown’s artsy Roosevelt Row, Mother Bunch is the brewpub locals have been waiting for: gourmet eats and topnotch brews in a warehouse-style space with exposed brick and cozy lounge seating. Come happy hour, look for $1 off wines by the glass and vintage-inspired cocktails like the orange-scented Old Fashioned Devil and a jazzed-up Manhattan with Jim Beam Maple and Aztec chocolate bitters ($9 each). The extensive rotating selection of craft drafts is also $1 off; past hits have included Huss’ Scottsdale Blonde and College Street’s Big Blue Van. Most breweries have limited grub options, but Mother Bunch’s upscale kitchen offers a stellar selection of cheap happy hour apps. Stomach fillers range from beer mac with spicy tri-tip ($8.50) to Mother Loaded Fries with bacon and melted cheddar ($7.50), while smaller noshes like pork rinds ($3) and sliders ($3.50 each) leave wallet and stomach room for a refreshing Papago Orange Blossom. 3-6 p.m. daily.
17035 N. 67th Ave., Ste. 6, Glendale
Jared Dubina was inspired to open a brewery after checking out the pilsners in his grandfather’s native Czech Republic. From the red lion logo to the expansive U-shaped wooden bar, Dubina Brewing sports an old-world look reminiscent of Prague’s homey pubs. Score $1 off all pints and flights during happy hour, with selections such as Good Morning Glendale coffee stout ($4), Wee Little Pale ($4) and the intoxicating 9.3 percent ABV Arrowhead Imperial Ale ($5). A small selection of discounted appetizers rounds out the afternoon offerings. Pair a jumbo pretzel with pale ale or make tomato bruschetta ($5.09 each) glide down easy with a few seasonal pilsners. 3-6 p.m. M-F.
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