January 23, 2015

Arizona Strong Beer Festival Breweries & Beer List Released

Brace yourself, beer fans, for the Arizona Strong Beer Festival is almost upon us. In its 15th year, the fest is continuing to evolve thanks to the burgeoning local beer scene, increased distribution, and the hard work put in by the Arizona Craft Brewer's Guild and the outside agencies brought in to help run a smooth operation.

This year's sudsy soiree will once again be held at Steele Indian Head Park near downtown Phoenix, and just so happens to fall on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 (time to get that hall pass, fellas). VIP is sold out, but general admission tickets are still available and can be had here. Be on the lookout for a record number of breweries (140+) and beers being poured (400+), special local collaboration beers, food trucks like The Bullet, The Traveling Monk and Mother Bunch Brewery, and much more. Oh, and the "Text for Tappings" feature will return — simply text STRONG BEER to 555888 to receive alerts about special tappings taking place during the festival.

So, without further ado, here is this year's list of breweries and beers being poured. Please note the list is ever-growing, so check back often. 

8-Bit Brewery
•    Legend of Zymur (Double IPA)

Abbey Brewing Company
•    Monks Ale (Belgian Ale – 5.4%)
•    Monk’s Dubble (Belgian Dubble – 7.4%)
•    Monk’s Tripel (Belgian Tripel – 9.2%)
•    Monk’s Wit (Belgian Wheat – 5.2%
•    Monk’s Dark (Dark Beer – 6.5%)

Abita Brewing Co
•    Legendary Gator (Triple Bock – 10.25%)
•    Twin Turbo Dog (Ale – 9%)

Alaskan Brewing Co.
•    Alaskan Imperial Red  (Imperial Red)
•    Alaska Hopothermia  (Double IPA

•    Olde Ale (English-Style Old Ale)

Anchor Brewing

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
•    Blood Orange Gose (Gose – 4.2%)
•    Huge Arker (Imperial Stout – 13.5%)

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
•    American Presidential Stout

Avery Brewing Co.
•    Beast (Grand Cru – 15%)
•    Czar (Imperial Stout - 10%)
•    Hog Heaven  (Dry Barleywine - 9.2%)
•    Maharaja  (Imperial IPA - 10%)

Bad Water Brewing
•    Bad Water IPA (IPA)
•    Bad Water Western Lager (American Lager)

Barrio Brewing Co.
•    Barrio Blonde (Blond Ale – 4.5%)
•    Barrio Blanco (White IPA – 6.5)
•    Barrio Rojo (Scottish Amber – 6%)
•    Imperial IPA
•    Specialty Brew (Cask Ale)

Beast Brewing
•    Beast Ale (American Strong Ale – 7.5%)
•    Electric Lager (German-Style Lager – 5.4%)
•    Sexy Beast (Coffee Stout – 5.6%)
•    Thunderbird (Double IPA – 9.4%)

Beaver St. Brewery
•    R & R Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout – 6.8%)
•    Horn Creek Ale (Imperial Amber – 7.1%)
•    Inner Basin Barleywine (American Barleywine – 9.3%)

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
•    Honey Hearted (Barley Wine – 16.3%)
•    Smitten (Golden Rye – 6%)
•    Two Hearted (IPA – 7%)
•    Quince Love (Wheat Wine – 13.7%)

Big Dog’s Brewing Company
•    War Dog (Imperial IPA – 8.3%) 

Big Sky Brewing

Bison Brewing
•    Kermit the Hop (Double Imperial IPA – 8.5%)
•    Oakland IPA (Session IPA – 5.5%)
•    Honey Basil (Ale – 6%)

Boonville Cider House
•    Bite Hard Cider
•    Bite Hard Dry Cider (Cider – 6.9%)

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
•    Committed IPA (Double IPA)
•    Abbey Normal (Belgian-Style Abbey Ale)
•    Jeremiah Red (Irish-Style Strong Ale)

Black Diamond Brewing Co.
•    Carnage (IPA – 11%)
•    Grand Cru – 12%
•    American Sour (Dubbel – 11%)
•    Rampage Imperial (IPA – 9%)
•    Carnage Triple (IPA – 12% Special Tapping for VIP)
•    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Grand Cru (Special Tapping at 2 pm)

Black Market Brewing Co.
•    Hefeweizen (Hefeweizen – 5%)
•    Seek & Destroy Smoked Quadruple IPA  (Quadruple IPA – 12% | Special tapping for VIP)
•    Goliath Belgian Dark (Strong Ale - 11.2% | Special Tapping at 2:45 pm)

Blasted Barley Beer Company
•    Orange Bomb (Dry Chocolate and Orange Stout)
•    Bang Bang  (Imperial IPA)

Boulder Beer
•    Cold Hop (British Ale – 6.3%)
•    Fryed (Rye Pale Ale – 6%)

Borderlands Brewing Company
•    Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch Ale (Collaboration with Grand Canyon Brewing)

Brasserie Caracole
•    Caracole Saxo (Belgian Blonde Ale)

Brew Dog Brewing

Brewery Ommegang

Brouwerij Van Steenberge & Brouwerij Van Honsebrouk
•    Gulden Draak (Belgian Dark Triple – 10.5%)
•    Piraat (Triple IPA – 10.5%)
•    Kasteel Rouge (Belgian Cherry Ale – 8%)
•    Cuvee de Chateau (Quadruple – 11%)

Brouwerij Verhaeghe
•    Duchesse De Bourgogne (Flemish Red Ale)

Buffalo Bill's Brewery
•    Buffalo Bill Cody (American Lager – 5%)

Butte Creek Brewing

Caldera Brewing
•    Hopportunity Knocks (IPA – 6.8%)
•    Pilot Rock (Porter – 5.8%)
•    IPA (6.1%)
•    Ashland Amber (Amber – 5.4%)

Cartel Brewing
•    FYITM (Imperial IPA)
•    Christmas Ale (Porter)
•    Cruz de Garde (Biere de Garde)

Cismontane Brewing Co.
•    MESA #3 (Table Beer)
•    Dos Cone Es Oaked Imperial IPA (Imperial IPA – 10% | Special Tapping for VIP)
•    Blacks Twilight Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout - 11% | Special Tapping at 2 pm)

Coachella Valley Brewing Co
•    Desert Swarm (Double Wit – 7%)
•    Monumentous (IPA – 7%)

College Street Brewhouse

Coronado Brewing Company
•    Islander IPA (American Strong Ale)
•    Orange Avenue Wit (Citrus Witbier) 

Deschutes Brewery•     Abyss (Stout – 11%)
•     Black Butte XXVI (Porter – 11%)
•     Hop Henge IPA (IPA – 9%)
•     Super Jubel (American Strong Ale)

Desert Eagle Brewing Company
•    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Holiday Hooch (American Strong Ale – 10%)
•    Black Talon (Russian Imperial Stout)

Destihl Brewery
•    Saint Dekkera (Sour – 6%)
•    Bella (Pilsner – 9%)
•    Wild Sour Series Black Berliner (Weisse – 3%)
•    Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout - 12.5% | Special Tapping for VIP)
•    Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Le Diplomat (Special Tapping at 2:15 pm)

Dogfish Head Brewery
•    90 Minute IPA (IPA – 9%)
•    Sixty-One Minute (IPA – 6.5%)
•    Birra Etusca Bronze (Herbed Beer – 8.5%)
•    Palo Santo Marron (Brown Ale – 12%)
•    120 Minute (IPA 18%) (Special Tapping at 3pm)

Dragoon Brewing Co.
•    Dragoon IPA (American IPA)
•    Biere del Bac (Belgian Quad)

Duvel Brewery

Elevation Beer Company•    Apis Belgian Quadrupel (Belgian Honey Quad – 11.5%)
•    Oil Man BBA Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout – 10.8%)
•    Senorita Horchata Imperial Porter (Herb/Spice Beer – 8.5%)
•    Montana RBA Horchata Imperial Spice Beer (Herb/Spice Beer – 9.7%)

Epic Brewing Co
•    Hopulent IPA (IPA – 8.9%)
•    Brainless on Peaches (Belgian Fruit – 11.8%)

Fate Brewing Company
•    Imperial IPA (IPA)
•    Barrel-Aged Droppin’ Beetz Saison (Beet/Herbed Saison)
•    Barrel-Aged Double Stout (Imperial Stout)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
•    Double Jack (Imperial IPA)
•    Wookey Jack (Black Rye Imperial IPA)

Fort Collins Brewing
•    Chocolate Stout (Stout - 5.3%)
•    Red Banshee (Red Ale – 5.3%)
•    Rocky Mountain (IPA – 6.2%)
•    1020 Pale Ale (Pale Ale – 5.3%)

Founders Brewing Company
•    Dark Penance (Imperial Black IPA – 8.9%)
•    Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout – 10.5%)
•    Black Rye (Black Rye – 7.5%)

Four Peaks Brewing Co.
•    Sirius Black (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout)
•    Barrel-Aged Diablo Rojo (Red Ale)
•    2008, 2012 & 2013 Hopsquatch (Barleywine)
•    2012 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hopsquatch)
•    2015 Double Knot (Double IPA)
•    Birch on Hops (collaboration with Wanderlust Brewing Company)
•    Idle Hands (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale)
•    Belgian Red (Belgian-Style Ale)
•    Sour Brown (Sour Brown Ale)
•    Dickel Barrel-Aged Raj (IPA)
•    Jack Daniels Barrel-Aged Kilt Lifter (Scottish-Style Ale)
•    Double Pumpkin Porter (Porter)
•    Odelay Mexican Chocolate Ale (Brown Ale)
•    Short Hop (Session IPA)

Freak'N Brewing Company
•    Freak'N Sweet Thang (Imperial Milk Stout)

Full Sail
•    LTD 3 (Pilsener – 5%)
•    English Pale (English Style Ale – 5.2%)

•    Tropic King (Saison – 8%)
•    Deceit (Belgian Golden – 9%)

Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
•    TJ’s Raspberry Ale (Fruit Ale – 4.5%)
•    Copperhead Pale Ale (Pale Ale – 6%)
•    Mocha Java Stout (Stout – 6%)
•    NCAAle (Strong Ale – 10%)

Goose Island Beer Co.
•    2014 Bourbon County Stout (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – 14.2%)
•    2014 Bourbon County Barleywine (Barrel-Aged English-Style Barleywine – 12.1%)
•    Goose Island IPA (IPA – 5.9%)
•    Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat (Wheat Beer – 4.2%)

Gordon Biersch Brewing
•    Winterbock (Bock)
•    Belgian Dubbel (Abbey Ale)
•    Scottish Ale (Scottish Ale)
•    White IPA (Belgian IPA)

Grand Canyon Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing Co.
•    Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout)
•    Barrel-Aged Hibernation Ale (Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer)
•    Hercules (Double IPA)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
•    Le Freak (Belgian Double IPA – 9.2%)
•    Grand Cru (Belgian Dark Ale – 9.1%)
•    Double Stout (Stout – 8.8%)
•    Serrano Chili Double Stout (Stout – 8.8%)

Hanger 24 Craft Brewery
•    Betty (IPA – 6.8%)
•    Double IPA (Double IPA – 9%)
•    Chocolate Porter (Porter – 8.5%)
•    Pugachev Cobra (Imperial Stout – 18.9%)

Heretic Brewing Co.
•    Torment (Belgian-Style Quad)

Historic Brewing Company
•    Bear Arms (Imperial Raspberry Red Ale)
•    Pie Hole Porter (Cherry/Vanilla Porter)
•    Everyday Special (Pilsener)
•    Deer Lord (German Altbier)
•    Screaming Goat Sour Saison (Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison)
•    Everynight Special (German Schwazbier/Pilsener)

•    Original Lager (Lager)
•    Dunkel (Dark Ale)

Hop City Brewing Company
•    Hopbot IPA (IPA – 7.1%)
•    Barking Squirrel Lager (American Amber Lager – 5%) 

Humboldt Brewing Company
•    500 BC (Double IPA – 8.3%)
•    Hemp Ale (American Brown Ale – 5.7%)

•    Lemon Lush (Ale)
•    That’ll Do (IPA)
•    Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs (Collaboration with Fate Brewing)
•    Grapefruit IPA (IPA) 

Joseph James Brewing Co.
•    Busker Brown (American Brown Ale)
•    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout (Stout) 

Kannah Creek Brewing Co.
•    Devise of Ivan (Russian Imperial Stout)
•    Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale (American Robust Red Ale) 

L. Huyghe/Het Anker
•    Golden Carolus Noel (Belgian Christmas Beer – 10%)
•    Delirium Tremens (Belgian Blonde – 8.5%) 

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Left Coast Brewing
•    Epeteios (Imperial Stout – 9.5%)
•    Double Up IPA (IPA – 8.5%) 

Left Hand Brewing
•    Fade to Black (Stout – 8.5%) 

Lost Coast Brewing
•    Red IPA (American IPA – 8%)
•    25th Anniversary (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale – 8.8%)
•    Sharkinator (White IPA – 4.8%)
•    Scotch Ale (Scotch Ale – 8.5%) 

Lumberyard Brewing Company
•    Big Rapid Red (Imperial Red – 9.5%)
•    Coir a Bois (Belgian-Style Tripel – 10.8%)
•    Flagstaff IPA (American IPA – 6.1%) 

Magic Hat Brewery
•    Magic Hat #9 (Ale – 8.1%)
•    M.H. Electric Ale (IPA – 6%) 

Marble Brewery
•    Imperial Red (Red Ale – 9%)
•    Marble Double White Ale (Belgian-Inspired Witbier – 7%)
•    Marble Pilsner (German-Style Pilsener – 4.7%) 

Maui Brewing
•    CoConut Porter (Porter – 6%)
•    Mana Wheat (Fruit Beer – 5.5%) 

Mendocino Brewing  

Mike Hess Brewing
•    Habitus (IPA – 8%)
•    City Park (American Strong Ale – 8.5%)
•    Ordeum Rex (Barleywine – 12.9%)
•    Umbrix (Stout – 10.2%) 

Mission Brewing
•    Carrack (Imperial Red – 10.2%)
•    Hefeweizen (Bavarian Hefe – 5.3%) 

Mother Road Brewing Company
•    Lost Highway (Black IPA – 8%)
•    Gold Road (Kolsch)
•    White Walls Extra Pale IPA (IPA)
•    Third Anniversary Ale (Imperial Stout)
•    Tower Station (IPA) 

Mudshark Brewery
•    2015 Belgian Quad (Belgian-Style Quadrupel – 12%)
•    Imperial IPA (IPA – 9%)
•    Lunacy (Belgian – 12%)
•    Abominable Winter Ale (Stout – 9.7%) 

Nebraska Brewing Co.
•    Cardinal (Pale Ale - 5.7%)
•    Melange a Trois (Belgian-Style Strong Ale – 9% | Special Tapping for VIP)
•    Attack of the 50’ Brunette (Imperial Nut Brown Ale Aged in New Holland Whiskey Barrels – 11% | Special Tapping at 2:30 pm)

New Belgium Brewing Co.
•    Cocoa Mole (Chile Ale)
•    Blackberry Barleywine (Barleywine)
•    NBB Love (Sour Ale)
•    Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout (Belgian-Style Stout)

Ninkasi Brewing Company
•    Tricerahops (Double IPA – 8%)
•    Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout – 9.1%)
•    Dawn of the Red (Malt )
•    Devil Went Down to Oregon (Imperial Dark Rye Ale in Collaboration with Devil's Backbone | Special Tapping at 1pm)

North Coast Brewing Company
•    Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (Russian Imperial Stout)
•    Old Stock Ale (English-Style Old Ale)
•    Brother Thelonious (Belgian-Style Strong Ale)

North Mountain Brewing Company
•    C.R.E.E.M. (Golden Ale)
•    Baby Belgian (Belgian Tripel)
•    Cyrious IPA (Double IPA) 

Northwest Brewing
•    Hoppy Bitch (Northwest IPA – 6.3%)
•    Crazy Bitch (Double IPA – 7.5%)
•    3 Skulls (Orange Wit – 5.5%)
•    Mangoweisen (Wheat Beer – 5.3%)
•    Foggy Goggle (Imperial Porter)
•    Black Pearl (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Oak Creek Brewing Co.
•    Chocolate Cherry Porter (Porter – 8%)
•    Knicker Kicker (Scotch Ale – 9%)

Odell Brewing Company
•    Myrcenary (Double IPA – 8.3%)

O.H.S.O. Brewery
•    SMaSH Party (Barleywine)
•    Mexican Chocolate Stout (Imperial Stout)
•    Imperial Hoppy (Imperial IPA)
•    Abobora Preto (Imperial Stout)
•    Brass Monkey (Imperial Blond Ale) 

Oskar Blues Brewery
•    Dale’s Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
•    Hoppy Mutha (Pale Ale)
•    Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Czech-Style Pilsner)

Papago Brewing Co.
•    Coconut Joe (Stout)
•    Orange Blossom (Mandarin Wheat Beer)
•    Oude Zuipers (Belgian Tripel Abbey Ale)
•    Hopago IPA (IPA)

Peoria Artisan Brewery
•    Daddy Angus (Barleywine – 11%)
•    Imperial Peanut Butter Porter (Porter – 8%)

The Perch
•    Lemongrass DIPA (Double IPA)
•    Belgian Peach (Fruit Beer)
•    Sage Thyme Pal (English Pale Ale)

Phoenix Ale Brewery
•    Camelback (IPA)
•    Watermelon Ale (Wheat)
•    The Keeper! (Biere de Garde)
•    Ironwood (Porter)
•    Feniks (Tripel)
•    Wheatstock (Imperial Hefe)

Pinetop Brewing Company
•    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter (Porter)

Pizza Port Brewing Co.
•    Faceplant (Belgian-Style Abbey Tripel – 10.4%)
•    Leather Bound Books (Scotch Ale – 8%)
•    T-Rex (IPA – 8%)
•    Thruster (Imperial IPA – 11%)

Prescott Brewing Co.
•    Raven Maniac Stout (Stout – 9.5%)
•    Ponderosa (IPA – 6.5%)
•    Achocolypse (Porter – 6%)
•    Liquid Amber (Amber – 4.5%)

Rogue Ales & Spirits

Rough Draft Brewing Co.
•    Hop Therapy (Double IPA – 9%)
•    Eraser (IPA – 7%)
•    Barrel-Aged Freudian Sip (American Strong Ale – 9% | Special Tapping at 2:30 pm)

Saddle Mountain Brewing Company
•    Taildragger 300 Foot Steve (American Ale – 7.5%)
•    Taildragger Hop Snob IPA (American IPA – 5.9%)

SanTan Brewing Co.
•    Mad Czar (Russian Imperial Stout)
•    Devil's Ale (American Pale Ale)
•    Mr Pineapple
•    Ivanhoe (White IPA)
•    Moon Juice (IPA)
•    Heavy D (Imperial IPA)
•    06300 Single Hop (IPA)
•    Tequila Barrel Aged KiloHop (Imperial IPA | Special Tapping at 2 pm)

Santa Fe Brewing
•    State Pen Porter (Porter – 6.4%)
•    Black IPA (IPA – 7.1%)
•    Happy Camper (IPA – 6.6%) 

Schilling Cider Co.
•    Oak-Aged Cider (6.5%)
•    Berry Cider (6.9%)

•    Galeforce IPA (IPA)
•    Porter (Porter) 

Schmaltz Brewing
•    Lenny’s RIPA (Double Rye IPA – 10%)
•    Chanukah Beer (Dark Ale – 5%) 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
•    Hop Hunter IPA (IPA)
•    Nooner Pilsner (Pilsner)
•    Hoppy Lager (India Pale Lager)
•    Bigfoot Barleywine (Barleywine) 

Sir Perry Cider  

Ska Brewing
•    Decadent (Imperial IPA – 10%) 

Sleepy Dog Brewing
•    Coco’s Imperial Chocolate Stout (Stout – 10%)
•    Scootcher (Strong Scottish Ale – 8.4%)
•    Red Rover (Irish Amber Ale – 6.2%)
•    Tail Chaser (American IPA – 6%) 

•    Really Old Brown Dog (Olde Ale)
•    Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Porter)
•    Gravitation (Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale) 

Sonoma Cider
•    The Hatcher (Common Cider)
•    The Anvil (Bourbon-Flavored Cider)
•    The Pitchfork (Pear Cider) 

Sonoran Brewing Company
•    Dark Rum Oak-Aged Inebriator Stout (Stout)
•    Blanco Tequila Oak Aged SMTH RBL DIPA (Double IPA)
•    White Chocolate Ale (American Wheat Ale)
•    SMTH RBL DIPA (Double IPA) 

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
•    Metropolis Lager (Dry-Hopped Craft Lager)
•    Big Daddy IPA (IPA)
•    High ABV Barrel-Aged Beer 

Squatters Craft Beer
•    Hop Rising (Double IPA – 9%)
•    Outer Darkness (Imperial Stout – 10.5%)
•    Black Forest (Schwarzbier – 6%)
•    Wee Peat (Scottish Ale – 5.6%) 

St. Bernardus
•    St. Bernardus ABT 12 (Belgian Abbey Quadrupel)
•    St. Bernardus Wit (Belgian Wheat Ale) 

Steven's Point Brewery
•    Point Classic Amber (Amber Ale – 4.73%)
•    St. Benedict’s (Winter Ale – 6.2%) 

Stone Brewing Co.
•    Stone Enjoy by 2-14-15 IPA (Imperial IPA – 9.4%)
•    2014 Imperial Russian Stout (Imperial Russian Stout) 

SunUp Brewing Co.
•    Barleywine (Barleywine – 9.5%)
•    I’ll be Back (Bock – 6.2%)
•    White Russian (Imperial Stout – 9.5%) 

Telegraph Brewing Company
•    Rhinoceros (Belgian-Style Strong Ale – 9.8%)
•    Los Padres Ale (Dry-Hopped Saison – 7.2%) 

Ten 55 Brewing
•    Leap (Pale Ale)
•    XOXO (Coffee Stout)
•    AZ Test Batch (Extra Pale Ale) 

Tenaya Creek
•    Hop Ride (American IPA – 7.2%)
•    Old Jackalope (Barleywine – 10.2%) 

THAT Brewery
•    Imperial Nut Brown (Nut Brown – 10%)
•    Road Rash IPA (IPA – 7%)
•    Strawberry Blonde (Blonde – 5.2%)
•    Blocked Out IPA (IPA – 6%) 

The Beer Research Institute
•    Lolli (Imperial Belgian-Style Blonde – 8.2%)
•    Saison De’Hiver (Imperial Winter Saison – 9%) 

The Great Beer Co., Inc.
•    Hollywood Blonde (Kolsch) 

Thunder Canyon Brewery
•    Warhead Stout (Russian Imperial Stout)
•    Orange U Glad (Orange-Infused Wheat Beer) 

Twisted Manzanita
•    Chaotic (Double IPA – 9.7%)
•    Prospect Pale (Pale Ale – 5.7%) 

Two Brothers Brewing Company
•    16th Anniversary (Belgian-Style Golden Ale) 

Uncle Bear’s Brewery
•    Mandarin Wheat (Wheat – 5.1%)
•    Tukee Town Nut Brown (Nut Brown – 5%)
•    Oak-Aged Holiday Hound Winter Ale (Winter Ale – 8%)
•    Hop Dog Double IPA (Double IPA – 8.4%)
•    Black IPA (IPA) 

•    Maudite (Belgian Amber Ale – 9%)
•    Trois Pistoles (Belgian Dark Ale – 9%)
•    La Fin du Monde (Belgian Tripel – 9%)
•    Terrible (Belgian Dark Ale – 10.5%) 

Uinta Brewing
•    Detour (Double IPA – 9.5%)
•    Wyld (Pale Ale – 5%)
•    Cockeyed Cooper (Barleywine – 11.1%)
•    Sea Legs (Baltic Porter – 8%) 

Unity Vibration
•    Bourbon Peach (Kombucha – 7%)
•    Raspberry (Kombucha – 7%)
•    Dank Wasser (Collaboration with Witch’s Hat Brewing, Sour Saison Kombucha Blend with Clove & Mango) 

Upslope Brewing Company
•    Brown Ale (Brown Ale – 6.7%)
•    Imperial IPA (IPA – 10%)
•    Lee Hill Taproom Specialty
•    Foreign Style Stout (Stout - 6.9% | Special Tapping at 12:30 pm) 

Vermont Hard Cider Co. LLC
•    Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select (Cider)
•    Wyder's Reposado (Cider) 

Victory Brewing Company
•    Golden Monkey (Belgian-Style Tripel)
•    Dirt Wolf (Double IPA) 

Wanderlust Brewing Company
•    928 Local (Farmhouse Ale)
•    Whiskey Barrel-Aged Quad (Whiskey Barrel-Aged Quad)
•    Golden Brett Sour (Golden Sour)
•    Birch on Hops (collaboration with Four Peaks) 

Wasatch Brewery
•    Apricot Wheat (Fruit Wheat – 4%)
•    Devastator (Lager – 8%)
•    Polygamy Porter (6%)
•    Black O’Lantern (Porter – 5.5%) 


Westward Brewing Company

Wild Cider
•    Bee Hoppy (Cider – 5%)
•    Spiced Apple Pie (Cider – 5%)
•    Pineapple (Cider – 5%)
•    Apple (Cider – 5%)

September 30, 2014

GABF: From Fermentation to Festival

Beer festivals are plentiful these days, but none are grander than the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. But what does it take to get a beer from fermentation to the festival? We sought out our good friends at Fate Brewing in Scottsdale and had them walk us through the process.

The silver medal. Ooooh.
First, it’s important to note that Fate has already stood on the stage with Charlie Papazian upon procuring a silver medal for their sublime Candy Bar Milk Stout – in their first year at the fest nonetheless. But owner Steve McFate and bad-ass bearded brewer Adam Schmeichel aren’t resting on their laurels. While they’ll certainly be entering Candy Bar again, which is even better this year (think batch 1), the other four beers being entered and poured at the festival include: Single-Hop Sour, International Pale Ale, Hatch Chile Cream Ale and Double Oatmeal IPA. 

Beers being entered into the festival are brewed on different schedules depending on how long each needs in fermentation. This can be tricky for a small 7-barrel brewery like Fate, which is why timing is so very important. Smaller breweries feel inclined to keep their guests happy, which means they need to ensure the brewpub’s taps are flowing with as many of their house beers as possible.

Adam hard at work.
Once the beers are done fermenting, it’s time to bottle. This can also be a bit tricky for small breweries that don’t bottle their beers, which Fate does not. Breweries with a bottling line can fire off the six bottles for each beer entered in no time flat. Fate, on the other hand, has to hand-bottle beers using a homebrew bottling system. It’s not really difficult to do, as the system attaches to a keg for transfer. But getting the carbonation level right isn’t as easy without the right measuring tools, which can be expensive. Interestingly, I happened to be at Arizona Wilderness when they were bottling their GABF beers, and they were transferring directly from serving tanks. The issue they faced was that the high 20psi pressure caused some over-carbonation issues. Thankfully, they were able to figure it out and get their bottles entered in time.

Industry professionals from around the world, known as The Professional Judge Panel, are invited to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers and determine the three best in each specified style category. Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of GABF. The number of entries is increasing each year, which makes medaling that much more difficult. 

Fate is one of over 700 breweries pouring their wares at the festival. Mr. McFate plans on pouring himself, and promises to have Adam or another Fate representative behind the booth at all times. I always see beer-lebrities like Garrett Oliver, Sam Calagione and Vinnie Cilurzo pour on the session floor, and admire the hell out of them for taking the time to be on their feet and meet and greet fellow beer geeks. 

Is it fate? Well, no, it's McFate.
So what will Fate’s ultimate fate be when awards are doled out the morning of October 4? It’s all in the judges’ hands now. But after having the opportunity to personally quaff Fate’s five beers being entered, I’d be hard-pressed to believe they won’t share that stage with Charlie once again. 

The awards ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 4. Be on the lookout for BeerPHXation Facebook and Twitter updates whenever Arizona breweries take home medals. Until then…


July 15, 2014

Real, Wild & Woody Beer List Released

Wait, this isn't the Real, Wild & Wooly fest?
Are you ready to keep it real this weekend, Arizona? Hope you snagged your tickets to the inaugural Real, Wild & Woody beer festival put on by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Because they kind of sold out. But you were warned many times, so snoozers really are losers this time around.

For those attending, you'll get a hand-blown commemorative glass and 20 tastings of specialty cask and barrel-aged beers. Most participating breweries are local, but look for something special from Firestone Walker, New Belgium and Epic. Below is a list, but look for more specialty beers at the fest. Beers being poured from 2-6 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Arizona Wilderness
-DOS: double IPA with mangoes added to cask
-Woolsey the Wild: sour wit beer aged in Russian River Sonambic barrels and fermented with local wild Brettanomyces yeast and 100 lbs of AZ oranges
-Old Brood: New Brood Belgian quad Braggot aged in red wine barrels. Collaboration with Superstition Meadery.

Barrio Brewing
-Vanilla Bean Cask Porter
-Barrio Blanco-Chai Tea: Simcoe dry-hopped white IPA cask
-NCAAle: whiskey barrel-aged strong ale
-Dark sour beer blended with raspberries

BJ's Brewery & Restaurant
-Woody Scottsman: Scotch ale aged in whiskey barrels
-Jeremiah Red cask
-Hopstorm IPA cask

Borderlands Brewing 
-Citrana Sour: lemon-forward Gose with sea salt and corriander
-Flemish red

Cartel Brewing
-Firkin Birch: birch-aged pale ale firkin
-Cupid's Delight: amber rye ale aged on cherry wood with cherries added
-O.C.P. (Oak Coffee Porter): porter aged on oak with whole bean coffee added

College Street Brewhouse & Pub
-Fraternity of Hops 1: West Coast-style IPA pulled before end of fermentation and allowed to finish and age in a firkin
-Fraternity of Hops 2: Same IPA aged on American oak spirals soaked in tequila

Desert Eagle Brewing
-Black Sugar: barrel-aged Russian imperial stout
-Red Mountain Ale: casked amber dry-hopped with Amarillo 

Dragoon Brewing
-Saison Blue: farmhouse-style ale aged 11 months in tequila barrels
-Scout Porter: smoked porter aged 12 months in rye whiskey barrels
-Another TBD beer

Epic Brewing
-Hopulent IPA firkin
-Elder Brett: Brettanomyces-infused saison aged in wine barrels

Fate Brewing
-Puffs Imperial Coffee Milk Porter: cask-conditioned with Cocoa Puffs cereal
-Pebbles Session IPA: cask-conditioned with Fruity Pebbles cereal

-Into the Wild Sour Stout: collaboration with 1055 Brewing 
-Berlemoner: light, crisp, slightly tart berlinerweisse
-Cedar-Aged Pale Ale
-Breakfast for Dinner: barrel-aged porter with glazed donuts and Cartel coffee

Firestone Walker Brewing 
-Stickee Monkee: Central Coast quad aged in bourbon barrels
-Lil Opal: saison farmhouse ale barrel-aged and spiked with Brett and Lacto yeast

Four Peaks Brewing 
-Sirius Black: barrel-aged Russian imperial stout 
-Tequila Raj: English-style IPA aged in tequila barrels
-Sour peach cask ale

Grand Canyon Brewing 
-Shaggy Bock: traditional bock conditioned in fermenter with toasted oak

Granite Mountain Brewing
-Double English brown ale aged on U.S. oak. Collaboration with Lonesome Valley.

Huss Brewing
-Southern Hussy: peach ale aged in bourbon barrels
-BA Snowbird: imperial oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels
-BA That'll Do: barrel-aged IPA

Lumberyard Brewing
-Fireside Imperial Red aged in bourbon barrels
-Black IPA firkin

Mother Road Brewing 
-Wooden Spoke 3: bourbon barrel-aged Lost Highway black IPA
-Gold Road: Kolsch-style brew aged in Heaven's Hills barrels with Brettanomyces yeast and pear puree
-Roadside: dry-hopped pale ale cask

Mudshark Brewing 
-2014: Scotch ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels
-La Travail: saison aged on oak with orange, lemon peel and grains of paradise
-Frausboise Requin: raspberry lambic
-Shark Funk: barrel-aged old bruin

New Belgium Brewery
-Paardebloem: wood-aged ale brewed with peach juice, grains of paradise and dandelion greens. Collaboration with Red Rock Brewery.
-Wild Wild Dubbel: dubbel-style beer brewed with Schisandra berries
-Love Oscar: Oscar is the base beer for La Folie
-Biere de Peach: Biere de Mars aged in Leopold Brothers Peach Whiskey barrel with Brett and lemon peel

North Mountain
-N.I.B.: Russian imperial stout brewed with maple syrup

OHSO Brewery 
-Praying Monk Belgian-style quadrupel
-OHSO Hoppy: dry-hopped IPA
-Oaked Barleywine: malty, hoppy and smash-aged in a whiskey barrel
-Oaked Saison

Old World Brewery
-Whiskey Sour: Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrel. Tartness comes from 2nd run in barrel.
-Yard Dog 1: House porter soured and dry-hopped
-Yard Dog 2: House porter soured and aged in red wine barrel
-4 Leaf Irish Red aged in red wine barrel

Papago Brewing 
-Papago Park: barrel-aged pale ale
-Otis: barrel-aged milk stout

Peoria Artisan Brewery
-Artisan Arsonist: smoked and oaked red ale

SanTan Brewing
-Saison di Aleatico aged on oak
-Barrel-aged saison vs. Cabernet Franc
-Beer Gone Wild (no further info)

Sonoran Brewing 
-White Chocolate

Sun Up Brewing 

The Beer Research Institute

The Perch
-Rosemary IPA cask
-Very Cherry fruit ale cask

Thunder Canyon Brewing 
-Continuously hopped cask IPA
-Belgian Brick: barrel-aged Belgian-style pale ale
-Buckmaster: barrel-aged brown ale
-Good Vibe: barrel-aged sour IPA

Wanderlust Brewing       
-928 Local: Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with local wild yeast and honey
-Ostro: sour saison brewed with Lactobacillus yeast
-Farmhouse Rouge: Wine barrel-aged dark saison
-Pan American stout cask: coffee stout aged in the cask with whole vanilla beans