May 16, 2011

Spring AZRW 2011: Best Beer Bets

Here are our Spring Arizona Restaurant Week picks for best beer menus. Our criteria was that beer menus had to have at least one local craft beer. Menus also had to feature styles that represent the wide palate of flavors contained in beer. We did not rate whether each beer was the best representation of style.

You'll find biscuit, bread, yeast banana, clove, spice, fruit, caramel, chocolate, toffee, citrus, pine, resin, dark fruits, grape, cherry, corn, coriander, effervescence, light, medium and heavy body flavors and sensations in most of these menus.

See our five best bets after the jump.


The House at Secret Garden
Lindeman’s Framboise - raspberry, high palate cleansing carbonation
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale - biscuit, bready, citrusy piney cascade hops
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA -  citrusy american hops
Four Peaks 8th Street Ale - minerally, bready, slightly fruity
Guinness Stout - roasty coffee, big body
Odell’s Cut Throat Porter - toasty caramel, chocolate
Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout - big body, cocoa, caramel, molasses
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale - molasses, coffee, ginger, raisinettes, chocolate
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter - sweet bready caramel, slight bitterness
Session by Full Sail - grainy, fruity, corny
Delirium Nocturnum - pears, cloves, brown sugar, berries, dark fruit
Hoegaarden White - apricot, citrus, lemon banana, wheat, cloves, coriander
Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen - banana, clove, orange, efflorescent

The District American Kitchen & Wine Bar
Lagunitas Pils - biscuit, bready, grainy, crisp bitterness
Nimbus Oatmeal Stout- coffee, cream, big body, cappuccino, sweet, roasty
Oak Creek Nut Brown - caramel, nutty, chocolate, brown sugar
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter - sweet bready caramel, slight bitterness
Old World Nitro Blond - crisp, grainy
Four Peaks Brewing Sunbru - subtle lemon, faint fruit, traces of nutty, refreshing
Rogue Dead Guy - sweet malty, fruity, bitter, complex
Black Dog Raspberry - honey raspberry
Oak Creek Hefeweizen - wheat, banana, citrus, clove
Nimbus Blond - corn, honey, citrus, light
Stone IPA - grapefruit, citrus, pine, biscuit

Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar [PDF]
Four Peaks Brewing Sunbru - subtle lemon, faint fruit, traces of nutty,refreshing
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter - sweet bready caramel, slight bitterness
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale - biscuit, bready, citrusy piney cascade hops
Deschutes Inversion IPA - caramel, malty, toast, assertive bitterness
Deschutes Black Butte Porter - chocolate, sweet, smokey, roasty, vanilla, coffee
Anchor Steam - biscuit, bready, earthy northern brewer hops, rustic, citrus, woody
Lion Stout - dark fruit, chocolate, creamy coffee, toffee, fruity, warm
Guinness Stout - roasty coffee, big body
Hoegaarden White - apricot, citrus, lemon banana, wheat, cloves, coriander
Lagunitas Pils - biscuit, bready, grainy, crisp bitterness
Schneider EdelWeiss - lemony, honey, cloves, light banana
Negra Modelo - sweet, malty, medium roast, bitter finish, nutty, caramel, light body

Corbins Bar & Grill
O'Dell 90 Shilling Ale - toast, toffee, caramel, nutty, piney with balanced bitter finish
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale - sweet grainy malt, piney, floral, citrus, high hop flavor, crisp
Negra Modelo - sweet, malty, medium roast, bitter finish, nutty, caramel, light body
Fat Tire Amber Ale - distinct bready biscuit flavor, mild bitterness, floral
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter - sweet bready caramel, slight bitterness
Firestone Double Barrel - bready, biscuity, sweet malt, slight wood tannin, citrus, toast, fruity
Full Sail Pale Ale - light caramel, bready, citrus, mild sweetness, crust
Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen - less pronounced, wheaty, yeasty, light citrus
Pete's Strawberry Blonde Lager - light american lager qualities, strawberry
Bridge Port India Pale - sharp citrus, floral, pine with notes of bread, crust, toast
Anchor Liberty Ale - sweet malt, piney, fruity, citrus, caramel
Young’s Double Chocolate - chocolate milk, big body
Hacker Pschorr Weisse - bubblegum, banana, clove
Guinness Stout - roasty coffee, big body
Duval - pronounced white fruit, grapes, pears, fruit gum, champaign-like finish, warmth
Hoegaarden White - apricot, citrus, lemon banana, wheat, cloves, corriander
Lindeman’s Framboise - raspberry, high palate cleansing carbonation

Citizen Public House
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter - sweet bready caramel, slight bitterness
Four Peaks Hefeweizen - wheat, banana, nut, bubblegum, bready, clove
Pilsner Urquell - floral herbal grassy hops, crisp, bread honey finish
Lagunitas IPA - fruity floral hops, light caramel malt, lingering bitterness
Guinness Stout - roasty coffee, big body
Anchor Steam - biscuit, bready, earthy northern brewer hops, rustic, citrus, woody
Stone Smoked Porter - roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, coffee
Grolsch - mild sweet grain, corn, grassy, lemon hop, mild euro-lager skunkiness.
Nimbus Nut Brown Ale - brown sugar, toast, dark fruit, molasses
Duval - pronounced white fruit, grapes, pears, fruit gum, champagne-like finish, warmth
Hopf Hefeweizen - banana, lemon, orange, clove, wheat
Eggenberg Urbock - sweet warming alcohol, caramel, honey, dried fruit, cherry
Green Flash Hop Head Red - bready toffee, citrus, piney, resinous, sweet caramel, bitter
Four Peaks 8th Street Ale - minerally, bready, slightly fruity
Widmer Brothers Nelson IIPA - tropical fruit hoppiness, mango, sweet malty caramel, butterscotch
Lindeman’s Kreik- sour cherry, high palate cleansing carbonation

See our other Spring AZRW 2011 posts here:
Adding Beer to JuxtaPalate's Spring AZRW Picks
Arizona Restaurant Week - Beer Menus Spring 2011

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