James Swann of Whole Foods Chandler reports that Ska's Modus Hoperandi was among the top selling growler pours along with Ballast Point Sculpin. Four Peaks Peach has also been a big winner. James offered that the number of women coming in to by Papago's Orange Blossom was a surprise--not so much the beer or that it was women buying it. It was just a steady stream of women, by themselves, getting the beer and immediately leaving.
Ryan Jones of Taste of Tops was surprised at how many growlers of New Belgium Abbey are being sold. IPAs are generally selling well. Opening day, it was Bells Two Hearted but as their supply kicked it has shifted the other hop-centric offerings.
|OHSO is boiling water|
Lane has a minor inspection hurdle to clear and he's read to brew most likely next week. This week he posted picture of the 1bbl brewhouse boiling water.
Jess Harter at Mouth By Southwest has put a winning guide to growler locations in the east valley with 16 locations and counting. I unreservedly applaud Harter's efforts. Still, I can't help but think that we truly won't be the beer city that we all long for until we get comprehensive beer coverage across the entire valley.
Our pulp publications have failed us and the largest one seems to be headed for it's own failure.* You should not have to pay money to learn about beer events.
This isn't a call to Harter. It's a call to the the industry to figure out how to build an event driven Arizona Beer Website and provide an unbiased editorial group with a feed of information and some start-up funds. Let writers write. Give them some freedom to editorialize. You're going to have to pay them too.
And No. It isn't this site or any that exists right now.
|The well lit interior.|
Others have experienced the common problems that befall a new business. One experience in particular bears a note. If you agreed to be seated on the un-lighted patio because the place was packed and you could not read the menu, perhaps just order a beer and come back another time. There are places that cater to dining in the pitch black, this is not one of them. If you couldn't see before your food arrived, it's silly of you to bitch about it online.
To those who have yet to visit, my advice is to check it out. If it fails to meet your expectations, talk to the owners and give them till at least their official Grand Opening on September 15 before you go internet tough guy.
*Edit I am aware of and enjoyed reading Shannon Armour's top 10 list of places to fill growlers in the New Times. That type of content has it's place. I'm looking for something similar to the weekly band guide that they publish--A definitive Valley-wide guide.