AZ Beer Quest: Visiting every craft brewery in Arizona

It all started back in June 2015 with a random visit to (then) Fate Brewery in north Scottsdale with my friend Jenny. We hadn’t been there before, and had gone to remedy that. Earlier in the summer, I had brought her to a few of my other favorite breweries. While we sat at Fate, we remarked that we might as well visit all of the breweries in the area—and suddenly, a quest was born. We would visit all of the breweries in metro Phoenix together.

As we started to close in on the finish line, we decided to expand the quest to all of Arizona. It would require much more time, effort, and expense—but it still seemed like the natural extension. Besides, the quest would ensure that we spent more time traveling around the state.

Things have evolved since then. First, I’ve completed this quest a number of times. That’s because the first couple years of this quest coincided with a huge boom in new breweries in Arizona. It required actual work to keep on top of the newest openings and changes. And, as I discovered, there’s not a single accurate list of all the local craft breweries in the state. So I researched and produced this one, which I believe to be the best list available. I strive to keep it as complete as possible—at least according to the rules I set forth below.

If you’re interested in completing your own Arizona Craft Brewery Quest, then you definitely need to check out the Questing App.

The rules & which breweries qualify

Every quest has some rules. To be included in azbeerquest, breweries must be local, brew on site, and serve its own beer on site. Unfortunately, not every brewery meets those requirements.

Below are the ones that do.

The list of craft breweries in Arizona

  1. 12 West Brewing – Gilbert
  2. 1912 Brewing Company – Tucson
  3. 8-Bit Brewery – Avondale
  4. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company – Gilbert, Phoenix
  5. Barley Brothers Brewery and Grill – Lake Havasu City
  6. Barnstar Brewing Company – Skull Valley
  7. Barrio Brewing Co. – Tucson/Mesa
  8. Beast Brewing Company – Bisbee
  9. Beaver Street Brewery – Flagstaff
  10. The Beer Research Institute – Mesa
  11. Black Bridge Brewery – Kingman
  12. Black Canyon Beer Company – Phoenix
  13. Black Horse Brewing – Show Low
  14. Blackrock Brewers – Tucson
  15. Bone Haus Brewing – Fountain Hills
  16. Borderlands Brewing Company – Tucson
  17. Button Brew House – Tucson
  18. Catalina Brewing Company – Marana
  19. Cave Creek Beer Company – Cave Creek
  20. College Street Brewhouse & Pub – Lake Havasu City
  21. Copper Brothel Brewery – Sonoita
  22. Copper Hop Ranch & Farm Brewery – Elgin
  23. Copper Mine Brewing Company – Tucson
  24. Coppertop Alehouse – Prescott
  25. Corbett Brewing Company – Tucson
  26. Crooked Tooth Brewing Company – Tucson
  27. Dark Sky Brewing – Flagstaff
  28. Desert Eagle Brewing Company – Mesa (x2)
  29. Desert Monks Brewing – Gilbert
  30. Dove Mountain Brewing – Marana
  31. Dillinger Brewing – Tucson
  32. Dragoon Brewing Company – Tucson
  33. Dubina Brewing Company – Glendale
  34. Edge of the World Brewing – Colorado City
  35. Flagstaff Brewing Company – Flagstaff
  36. Flying Basset Brewing – Gilbert
  37. Four Peaks Brewing Company – Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix
  38. Freak’N Brewing Company – Peoria
  39. Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company – Tucson
  40. Goldwater Brewing – Scottsdale
  41. Grand Avenue Brewing Company – Phoenix
  42. Grand Canyon Brewing Company – Williams
  43. Granite Mountain Brewing – Prescott
  44. Green Feet Brewing Company – Tucson
  45. Harbottle Brewing Company – Tucson
  46. Helio Basin Brewing – Phoenix
  47. Helluva Brewing Company – Chandler
  48. Helton Brewing – Phoenix
  49. Historic Brewing Company – Flagstaff (x2), Williams
  50. HOP Central Brewery & Taproom – Chandler
  51. Huss Brewing Company – Tempe, Phoenix
  52. Insurgent Brewing – Chino Valley
  53. Iron John’s Brewing Company – Tucson
  54. Lochiel Brewing – Mesa
  55. Lonesome Valley Brewing – Prescott Valley
  56. Lumberyard Brewing Company – Flagstaff
  57. McFate Brewing Company – Scottsdale
  58. Mesquite River Brewing – Scottsdale
  59. Mother Bunch Brewing – Phoenix
  60. Mother Road Brewing Company – Flagstaff
  61. Mudshark Brewing Company – Lake Havasu City
  62. North Mountain Brewing Company – Phoenix
  63. O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery – Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert
  64. Oak Creek Brewing Co. – Sedona
  65. Old Bisbee Brewing Company – Bisbee
  66. Old Ellsworth Brewing Co – Queen Creek
  67. Oro Brewing – Mesa
  68. Pedal Haus Brewing – Tempe
  69. Peoria Artisan Brewery – Peoria
  70. The Perch Pub & Brewery – Chandler
  71. Phoenix Beer Company (formerly Phoenix Ale Brewery) – Phoenix
  72. Pinetop Brewing Company – Lakeside
  73. Prescott Brewing Company – Prescott
  74. Prison Hill Brewing Company – Yuma
  75. Public Brewhouse – Tucson
  76. Pueblo Vida Brewing – Tucson
  77. Richter Aleworks – Peoria
  78. Rickety Cricket Brewing – Kingman/Prescott/Flagstaff
  79. Saddle Mountain Brewing – Goodyear
  80. SaddleBrooke Ranch Brewing – Oracle
  81. SanTan Brewing Company – Chandler/Phoenix
  82. Scottsdale Beer Company – Scottsdale
  83. Sedona Beer Company – Sedona
  84. Sentinel Peak Brewing Company – Tucson (x2)
  85. The Shop Beer Company – Tempe
  86. Sleepy Dog Saloon & Brewery – Tempe
  87. Sonoran Brewing Company – Phoenix
  88. State 48 Brewing – Surprise, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix
  89. Sun Up Brewing Company – Phoenix
  90. Ten 55 Brewing – Tucson
  91. THAT Brewery – Pine/Cottonwood
  92. 1702 / The Address Brewing Co – Tucson
  93. Thunder Canyon Brewery – Tucson
  94. Tombstone Brewing Company – Tombstone
  95. Transplant City Beer Company – Litchfield Park
  96. Uncle Bear’s Brewery – Phoenix/Mesa/Gilbert/Queen Creek
  97. Verde Brewing Company – Camp Verde
  98. Walter Station – Phoenix
  99. Wanderlust Brewing Company – Flagstaff
  100. Wren House – Phoenix

We’re keeping an eye open for these potential new openings:

  • Drop Axle Brewery – Scottsdale
  • East Valley Brew Company – Phoenix
  • Moon Down Brewing – Gilbert
  • Rusty Bus Brewing – Chandler
  • RelicRoad Brewing – Winslow (open, but not brewing beer yet)
  • Local Route Brewing – Tempe
  • Deep Roots Brewing (at Sazerac) – Phoenix (open, sorta, but not at its own tap room yet)
  • Greenwood – Phoenix (expected in summer)

Plus additional locations expected for:

  • Pedal Haus – Phoenix
  • Borderlands – Phoenix

While the listing above is the most complete and up-to-date list of breweries in Arizona, you may want to check out Rate Beer’s list, as well as the Arizona Beer Trail Road Map from the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

Updated May 5, 2019.

9 thoughts on “AZ Beer Quest: Visiting every craft brewery in Arizona”

  1. Great list! I am your AZ rep for Ouray Sportswear and we sell hats and apparel to breweries all over the country. I’m a new Allied Member of both the AZ Brewer’s Guild and the New Mexico Guild. I’m happy to report that both Green Feet Brewing in Tucson and Insurgent in Chino Valley are open for business. Green Feet is doing really well. I’m worried about Insurgent. He was brewing ten gallon batches and couldn’t keep up with demand. 🙂

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  2. We have been appreciating craft beers for years and recently finished a 5300 mile 7 week road trip which included 275+ new beers. We live have started a tradition of annual craft beer tours for our birthdays which are 3 weeks apart in the fall. Thanks so much for such an informative, fun organized page. We will use it to guide our next birthday craft adventure. Prost!

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    • That sounds like an excellent tradition! I have several travel quests, but I usually try to work in a brewery whenever I can. Lemme know the next time you’re heading back through Arizona.

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  3. Scott thanks for listing my brewery Mesquite RIver Brewing Company in Scottsdale. I would like to invite you to my brewery if you haven’t already been. I have met a couple of costumers that are on the same quest as yourself with one from Colorado. Look forward to meeting you. Karl

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  4. Scott,
    Thanks for listing our brewery! We have a few updates. Our location is going to be in Queen Creek, AZ. We are currently under construction; open by June-ish. If you would like a pre-opening tour just hit me up in my email! We will be opening with 4-6 original Old EBC taps depending on our timeline, We will have 12 taps total at opening and plan on filling them with mostly local AZ beers. Our family has a friend who opened Telegraph Brewing so we will probably give him a tap….if he is nice.

    Might even be able to snake some swag for ya (we just ordered hats)!

    – Brian – Slave to the craft –
    Old Ellsworth Brewing Company
    22005 South Ellsworth Road
    Queen Creek, AZ 85142
    http://www.oldebc.com

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    • Good to know, Brian—thanks for providing an update. Please ping me when you’re getting close to opening and I’d love to stop by and move you up onto the official list. Looking forward to trying some of those brews! I’ve updated the list with your website, expected opening in June, and changed your location to Queen Creek.

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