May 13, 2011

Arizona Restaurant Week - Beer Menus Spring 2011

Arizona Restaurant Week (AZRW) begins today May 13 through May 22 and it overlaps American Craft Beer Week. It seems natural that there would be some emphasis on beer with AZRW. Unfortunately we find that not to be true.

We wrote an Open Letter to Arizona Restaurant Week (AZRW) last July to encourage participating restaurants to make craft beer a larger focus of this event. The Fall 2010 iteration of AZRW was sponsored by World Class Beverages, a craft beer focused distributor.

The results for the beer drinkers among us for AWRW 2010 were poor; of the 105 participating Phoenix restaurants:
  • 82 (78%) had a beer or wine menu (2 were specified as BYOB)
  • Of these, 80 (76%) listed a wine menu and 32 (30%) listed a beer menu.
  • Of those who had a beer list, only 14 (13%) had at least one local craft beer to choose from.
This Spring 2011 edition of AZRW shows little improvement, of the 78 participating Phoenix restaurants::
  • 56 (71%) had a beer or wine menu (2 were specified as BYOB)
  • Of these, 54 (69%) listed a wine menu and 21 (26%) listed a beer menu.
  • Of those who had a beer list, only 14 (18%) had at least one local craft beer to choose from.
Bear in mind that this is restaurants taking the time on the websites to inform their potential customers about the beers that they have. It is not an indication of the quality of the beers.

We're done ranting and razing about the shoddy treatment beer drinker get for now. If you're interested on our thought on beer pairing check out our Ignite page. You should also read a local Brewmaster's opinion.

To save everyone a great deal of time, here are all of the beer lists from AZRW participating restaurants.
See the list after the Jump!



* Indicates at least 1 local craft beer. In many cases this literally is 1.

UPDATE: 39 restaurants care to tell you that they have Gluten Free options. 21 have their beer menus published online. What's the message here?

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