October 16, 2011

Four Peaks to Announce New Brewery Location Tomorrow [Final]

Tomorrow, Four Peaks will announce the location of the new production facility that will supplement the 40BBL brewhouse on 8th Street in Tempe. Four Peaks has brewing almost around the clock to meet production and has been searching for a second brewery for some time now. An announcement was expected at the end of August, however, the diligence process took longer than expected.

The location will feature a larger brewhouse and a simple beer only taproom and no restaurant. The taproom was the final negotiation point to work through. That hurdle was cleared last week.

Although the location has been known to a few industry people, we'll wait for the Four Peaks announcement. We can definitively say that the Mesa location written about in the Arizona Republic was ruled out as well as a site in Chandler which would have required the use of heating oil to fuel the brew kettle.

A Four Peaks insider officially referred to the site as the "Annex", but unofficially called it FPWTBS or "Four Peaks Without the BS" because there will be air conditioning, ample parking and fewer college students.

Want a hint? Give your Regards to ... to Teddy, and also Ted Golden.

Four Peaks currently has a taproom in Scottsdale which does not have brewing capability.

UPDATE: Nothing has changed as of today, October 19th. The information is still solid. We await the official word from Four Peaks.

UPDATE 2: Several ASH members reported that they were told the location last night at the ASH Peaktoberfest. Membership has its benefits.

UPDATE 2.5: I'm told that a press release has been drafted and its release is expected soon. Four Peaks Brewsletter comes out tonight? Fingers crossed.


Here is the presser-

Four Peaks Brewing Co. Selects Second Brewing Facility Site

TEMPE, ARIZ. – Oct. 19, 2011 – Sometimes, all roads lead to home.

After an exhaustive search for a second brewing location, Arizona’s largest and most popular craft brewery leased an industrial property in Southern Tempe and will be brewing more of its ever-popular beer by next summer.

But Four Peaks isn’t closing the door on potential new restaurant sites throughout the Valley.

“We scoured the Valley for a historic production facility with quintessential Four Peaks character and the infrastructure necessary to be operational in the timeframe we needed,” said Four Peaks Co-Owner Jim Scussel. “There were a number of properties in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa on our short list, but unfortunately remediation of every one of the historic properties would have taken longer than was possible for us.”

Four Peaks’ craft beer popularity and its position as Arizona’s favorite local brewery accelerated the search. In fact, demand for Four Peaks’ craft beer will reach 40,000 barrels in 2012, which is capacity at their facility in the historic creamery at 8th Street and Dorsey in Tempe.

“We simply need to make more beer, ASAP,” said Co-Owner Andy Ingram. “This second location gives us the room to be creative and experimental, and add new varieties to our award-winning lineup.”

Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter has amassed a cult following. More seasonal and specialty beers will be introduced after the second production facility is operational.

“We are happy to have the new Four Peaks brewing facility in Tempe and will work with Andy and Jim to find new ways to continue the outstanding partnership with this hometown brewery,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman. “We consider Four Peaks to be a part of Tempe’s vibe and a great corporate partner.”

The new facility, located near Broadway Road and Hardy Drive, will initially create 20 jobs and will cost more than $3 million when complete. The lease was signed Oct. 17.

“To accommodate Four Peaks’ aggressive timeline, we moved quickly to negotiate a lease and have already begun improvements to the building,” said Mike Sacco, Vice President of EastGroup Properties, which owns the building. Four Peaks was represented in the ten-year lease by Anthony Nocifera, Principal with Abitare Realty Advisors & Investment Corp. EastGroup was represented by Curtis Brown and Bob Crum of Ross Brown Partners.

As background, Four Peaks issued a request for proposals for suitable sites. More than 25 sites were submitted, including Downtown Phoenix warehouses and the famed Sunkist Facility in Mesa. Four Peaks toured the preferred facilities in Summer 2011 and sought the advice of adaptive reuse experts to determine the scope of the renovations necessary.

The new Tempe facility, though not a historic property, had the shortest development timeline and from a logistical standpoint, works well with the current facility.

“Tempe is home,” Scussel said. “We’re proud of our history in Tempe and look forward to additional opportunities.”

And here is the precise location.

Want a hint? Give your Regards to ...[Broadway]  to Teddy [Roosevelt] , and also Ted Golden.

EDIT: 2401 W Wilson Not the building above, Tucked in the Industrial Park.


  1. Word - that's the Wells Fargo non-branch kitty corner from Boulders and just three happy blocks from chez gfa!!!

  2. I bike past there every week on my way to work! Might have to start getting growlers filled on my way home...

  3. Please note the location change. Four Peaks was rather smart when they listed the cross streets as Hardy and Broadway in the press release while at the same time telling folks that it was at Roosevelt and Broadway.

    In the end it is closer to Broadway and Mill.

    When I pointed this out, I got the reply, "Strategery".

    Well played.