September 14, 2011

Brewery and Valley Re-defined by the AZ Republic.

What??
From the Arizona Republic comes a list of Beer Breweries in Arizona. Written--or perhaps aggregated is a better word--on September 9th the list begins with this confusing intro paragraph:
"Whether you'd like to try out the newest microbrew or enjoy an old-fashion handcrafted ale, these Valley breweries are sure to make any beer lover happy."
It's confusing because it kicks off with Barley Brothers located 188 miles from everyone's definition of the Valley. Most of the time lists about beer are notable for their omissions. This time around The Republic added a few places that never received a bag of grain nor tossed a hop into the boil.

The list:
  • Barley Bros. Brewery
  • Barrio Brewing Co.
  • Beaver Street Brewery
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • D'Arcy McGees
  • Flagstaff Brewing Co.
  • Four Peaks Brewing Co.
  • Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant
  • Mudshark Brewing Co.
  • Nimbus Brewing Co.
  • Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
  • Oak Creek Brewing Co.
  • Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
  • Old World Brewery
  • Papago Brewing Co.
  • Pinnacle Peak Patio
  • Prescott Brewing Co.
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • SanTan Brewing Co.
  • Silver Spur Saloon
  • SunUp Brewhouse
  • The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
  • Thunder Canyon Brewery
So just how many problems can you find with this list?

Answers after the jump.
Federal and State Brewer's Permitted AZ Breweries not located in the Valley
All are AZ Craft Brewers Guild Members except where noted*
  • Barley Bros. Brewery
  • Barrio Brewing Co.
  • Beaver Street Brewery 
  • Flagstaff Brewing Co.
  • Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
  • Mudshark Brewing Co.
  • Nimbus Brewing Co.*
  • Oak Creek Brewery and Grill 
  • Oak Creek Brewing Co. 
  • Prescott Brewing Co
  • Thunder Canyon Brewery
* Nimbus is not in the Guild.

Former Permit holders that do not brew.
  • Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. - Removed their 7 bbl Brewhouse in March of 2010 and no longer brew on premise.
  • Silver Spur Saloon - Fomerly housed Black Mountain Brewing, makers of Cave Creek Chili beer. Black Mountain surrendered its state license in 2000. The beer is made in Mexico by brewing concern  CervecerĂ­a CuauhtĂ©moc-Moctezuma the makers of Tecate.

Restaurant Bars
I have no idea why they are included on any brewery list. 
  • D'Arcy McGees - An Irish themed bar.
  • The Keg Steakhouse and Bar - A Steakhouse and Bar that can't be bothered to list a beer menu.


Valley Federal and State Brewer's Permitted AZ Breweries
All are AZ Craft Brewers Guild Members. All brew on premise except where noted.*
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse* 
  • Four Peaks Brewing Co.
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant
  • Old World Brewery 
  • Papago Brewing Co.*
  • Pinnacle Peak Patio - is the location of Sonoran Brewing a valley brewery.
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • SanTan Brewing Co.
  • SunUp Brewhouse
*BJs brews at the Chandler location only. Beer made there is also shipped to BJs locations in NV and CA. Papago contract brews through Oak Creek and Sun Up. (In a previous incarnation, Papago sold homebrew supplies. So they have, in fact, received bags of grain and boiled hops.)

And just a note to commenter kenmiller who writes:
"lol - "local" beer brewed with water diverted from the Colorado River, using ingredients grown far from the desert."
Most of the craft beers made in the US get their grain from North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Southern Canada, Continental Europe and Great Britain. I can't think of a Malting house that is more southerly than ADM in Decatur, IL. The hops come to us from Continental Europe, Great Britain or the Yakima Valley. Yeast is supplied from White Labs (San Diego), Wyeast (Hood River) or BSI (Woodland Park near Colorado Springs). As for our water:
"Between 2001-2005 an average of 3,659,480 acre-feet of water was used annually in the planning area for agricultural, municipal and industrial purposes (cultural water demand). Of this total demand, approximately 43% was met with groundwater supplies, 32% was met with Central Arizona Project (CAP) water, 21% was met with surface water and 4% was met with effluent or reclaimed water." My emphasis. Source
The management area cited above spans metro Phoenix, Tuscon and all the way down to Nogales. CAP water is a much lower percentage in Phoenix and Tempe where the valley breweries are. Very few breweries have the luxury of using strictly local ingredients. I prefer to drink fresh beer here.

How about you?

11 comments:

  1. Looks like they took this list straight from the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild website without doing any real research.

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  2. Ouch. So many things wrong here, starting at the very top with the headline "Beer Breweries." Redundant headline is redundant.

    I'm also intrigued by the distinction between "microbrews" and "old-fashion handcrafted ales." Do they think today's beers are created by terminator robots?

    Also, not only does The Keg not brew its own beer, but (if I remember correctly, only been there once), their beer selection is abysmal.

    This reeks of some editor going, "Hey, this beer thing is getting pretty popular. Let's get one of the interns to google 'beer+Phoenix' and see if we can brew something up before deadline. Hurr hurr hurr."

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  3. I think it was put together by a web bot.

    Anon, you won't find several of those bars in the AZ Brewers Guild.

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  4. I truly hope someone at the Republic wanders over to see your post here...I'm sure *someone* might just have to pester them enough to do some actual research next time....

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  5. Gentle Bens - isn't that the same as Barrio?

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  6. The AZ repugnant is garbage. A recent article about the Winklevoss twins seemed to be researched by watching 'the social network'.

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  7. Thanks for sharing. Yeah, messed up. Mudshark in a good Arizona beer, but Lake Havasu is pretty far from the valley. You can get it on tap in the valley. Plus a few mentions are national chain places that are not making anything special. Plus they missed the boat on a few all together.

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  8. Mad Chef Mario, Gentle Bens and Barrio have the same owner.

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  9. It's a shame when the local AZ craft beer culture can't even get the right coverage and analysis from our own major newspaper! SHAME SHAME SHAME

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  10. I did a review of The Keg a few years ago, I doubt conditions have changed much.

    http://bit.ly/nyRmmF

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