January 20, 2014

Arizona Strong Beer Festival Breweries & Beer List Released

'Tis the season for spring-like weather in Phoenix. It's still winter, of course, but Phoenicians are used to 75 and sunny this time of year. Nice weather means the beer festival circuit is upon us, and that can only mean that the Arizona Strong Beer Festival is near.

Many of you clamor for a list of who's pouring what. Well, that list is here (okay, a partial list) and posted below for your perusing pleasure. 120+ breweries representing, with newbies like Nebraska, Destihl, Hangar 24, Upslope and Victory debuting at the fest. 350+ different beers pouring. Thousands of your craft comrades. Yeah, I wouldn't miss it either. Look for the list to be updated as it rounds out. 


Where: Steele Indian Head Park near downtown Phoenix
When: Saturday, February 15 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (VIPs), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (GA)
Tickets: VIP is sold out, but you can buy general admission tix here. You get a 4-oz. commemorative glass and 15 tasting tickets.


Abbey Brewing 
  •  Monk’s Ale (Belgian-Style Abbey Single) – ABV 5.2% 
  •  Monk’s Double (Belgian-Style Abbey Dubbel) – ABV 7.4% 
  •  Monk’s Tripel (Belgian-Style Abbey Tripel Reserve) – ABV 9.2%
Abita Brewing    
  • Abita SOS (Weizen Pilsner) – ABV 7% 
  • Abita Andygator – ABV 8%
Alaskan Brewing 
  • Hopothermia DIPA – ABV 8.5% 
  • Taku River Red – ABV 5.7%
Arizona Wilderness Brewing 
  • Barely Wine Barleywine Collab with Borderlands (Both Versions) 
  • Juniper Mesa IPA Black IPA Collab with THAT Brewery (Both Versions) 
  • Bear Wallow Berlinerweisse with Grapefruit
  • Refuge IPA
Avery Brewing 
  • The Maharaja Imperial IPA – ABV 10.2%
  • White Rascal Belgian Wit – ABV 5.6%
Bad Water Brewing 
  • Bad Water Saison – ABV 6% 
  • Bad Water Western Lager (if available)
Barrio Brewing 
  • Barrio Blonde Ale
  • Barrio Blanco White IPA
  • Barrio Rojo Scottish Amber
  • Nolan's Robust Porter
  • Single Whiskey BA NCAALE Porter #6 – 12:30 tapping
Beast Brewing 
  • TBD
Beaver St. Brewing 
  • Belgian Trippel – ABV 10.5% 
  • Bristlecone Brown – ABV 6.3% 
  • Rio de Saison – ABV 5.3
Bell’s Brewery Inc. 
  • Black Note BA Stout – ABV 11.5% 
  • Hopslam Double IPA – ABV 10% 
  • Oberon American Wheat – ABV 5.8%
Big Dog’s Brewing 
  • Hounds of Winter IPA – ABV 7.5%
  • War Dog Imperial IPA – ABV 9% 
  • El Perro Diablo Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale – ABV 9% 
  • Leglifter Light Ale – ABV 4%
Big Sky Brewing Company  
  • Ivan The Terrible BA Imperial Stout ABV 12% 
  • Big Sky IPA – ABV 6.2% 
  • Bobo’s Robust Porter – ABV 6.2%
BJ's Brewhouse in Chandler
  • Goliath Imperial Red
  • Abbey Normal
  • BA Grand Cru
  • Hop Storm IPA
Black Diamond Brewing 
  • Rampage Imperial IPA
  • Tripel Plum 
Black Market Brewing 
  • Aftermath Pale
  • Quadrophenia (only keg in the state)
Borderlands Brewing 
  • Barely Wine Barleywine Collab with Arizona Wilderness
  • Sonoran Imperial Red Ale
  • Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter
  • Agua Bendita Wheat Wine
Boulder Brewing
  • Hazed & Confused Dry-Hopped Ale
  • Mojo IPA
Breckenridge Brewery 
  • 471 Double IPA – ABV 9.2% 
  • Barleywine – ABV 10%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge and Brouwerij Bavik
  • Gulden Draak Belgian Dark
  • Piraat Belgian Triple Hop IPA
  • Petrus Aged Cherry Red
Bunaberg 
  • Ginger Beer
Cartel Brewing 
  • F.Y.I.T.M Imperial IPA – ABV 9% 
  • Desert Pale Ale – ABV 5.6% 
  • Christmas Ale – ABV 6.7%
  • Coffee Brown – ABV 6%
Cismontane Brewing 
  • Blacks Dawn Imperial Coffee Stout
  • Coulter IPA
  • The Mesa – 2:30 tapping
College Street Brewing 
  • Big Blue Van Wheat Ale
  • Creamy Demon Nitro Stout
  • Fraternity of Hops IPA
  • Brother Dewey's Date Night Belgian Ale
Coronado Brewing 
  • Idiot IPA
  • Black Sails Black IPA
Crescent Crown Distributin 
  • TBD
De Halve Maan Brewing 
  • Straffe Hendrik Belgian Triple
  • World Cup Gold
Deschutes 
  • 2012 Dissident Flemish Sour
  • 2012 Abyss Imperial Stout
  • Class of '88 Collaboration with Goose Island Belgian-Style Golden Ale
  • Pine Drops IPA
Desert Eagle Brewing  
  • Imperial Adler Imperial Oatmeal – ABV 12.6% 
  • Route 66 IPA – ABV 7.5% 
  • Black Sugar Rum and Oak-Aged Imperial Stout – ABV 9%
Destihl Brewery 
  • Hoperation Overload Double IPA
  • Wild Series Flemish Amber
  • St. Dekkera Blueberry Sour
Dogfish Head  
  • Theobroma  Chocolate Ale
  • Birra Astrusca Bronze Ale
Dragoon Brewing Company 
  • Dragoon IPA – ABV 7.3% 
  • Biere del Bac Belgian Quad – ABV 10.6%
Epic Brewing  
  • Brainless Belgian-Style IPA – ABV 6.4% 
  • Brainless on Raspberries Belgian-Style Ale – ABV 10%
Fate Brewing
  • Imperial Bourbon Barrel-Aged Candy Bar Milk Stout – ABV 9.5%
  • Oatmeal Double IPA – ABV 8.2%
  • Hatch Green Chile Cream Ale – ABV 5%
  • American Pale Ale – ABV 6%
  • Two Additional Super Special Releases TBD
Firestone Walker Brewing 
  • 2013 Parabola BA Russian Imperial Stout
  • 2013 Stickee Monkee BA English Barleywine
  • Double Jack
  • Wookey Jack
Four Peaks Brewing 

Barrel-Aged Offerings
  • Sirius Black - ABV 9%
  • 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Hopsquatch – ABV 11.5% 
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Kilt Lifter – ABV 6% 
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonehead Red – ABV 8% 
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Ryewine – ABV 11% 
  • Tequila Barrel Aged Raj IPA – ABV 7% 
  • Wine Barrel Aged Cherry Baltic Porter – ABV 7.7%
Specialty / Rare Beers
  • Double Knot – ABV 9%
  • 2012 Hopsquatch – ABV 11.5%
  • Diablo Rojo – ABV 9.2%
  • Weizenbock Collaboration – ABV 7.5%
  • 2011 Winter Wobbler (Ryewine) – ABV 9.2%
  • 2012 Winter Wobbler (Black IPA) – ABV 7%
  • Odelay – ABV 8.1%
Core Beers
  • Kilt Lifter – ABV 6%
  • Sunbru – ABV 5.1%
  • Hop Knot – ABV 6.7%
  • Raj IPA – ABV 6.9%
  • 8th Street Pale Ale – ABV 4.7%
Full Sail Brewing 
  • Big Daddy's Malt Liquor
  • Chris' Deligh Berlinerweisse
  • IPA
Funkwerks 
  • Deceit Belgian-Style Tripel
  • Dark Prophet Belgian-Style Strong Ale
Gentle Ben's Brewing 
  • IPA
  • NCAAle Strong Ale
  • Mocha Java Stout
  • TJ's Raspberry Ale
Golden Eagle Distributors 
  • TBD
Goose Island  
  • Pere Jaques Dubbel
  • Sofie Belgian-Style Saison
  • Matilda Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Pepe Nero Belgian-Style Dark Saison
Gordon Biersch  
  • Winterbock – ABV 8% 
  • Blonde Bock – ABV 7.2% 
  • Hefeweizen -  ABV 5.2% 
  • Marzen – ABV 5.7%
Gouden Carolus / Het Anker Brewery 
  • Grand Cuvee Van de Keizer Belgian Strong ale
Grand Canyon Brewing 
  • Black Iron IPA
  • Shaggy Bock 
Great Divide Brewing  
  • Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout – ABV 9.5% 
  • Orabelle Belgian-Style Tripe) – ABV 8.3% 
  • Hercules Double IPA – ABV 10% 
  • Peach Grand Cru – ABV 12.2% (1:00 tapping)
Green Flash Brewing 
  • Palate Wrecker Double IPA
  • Le Freak Belgian-Style IPA
Hangar 24
  • Pugachev's BA Russian Imperial Stout –Special Tapping
  • Winter Warmer
  • Double IPA
  • Hullabaloo Scotch Ale
Hensley Beverage Co. Distributors  
  • TBD
Hess Brewing
  • Umbrix Rye Imperial Stout
  • Ficus Dark Fig Saison
  • Hiems Winter Warmer
  • Ordeum Rex Barleywine
Historic Brewing
  • Bear Arms Imperial Chocolate Wheat
  • Everyday Special Pilsner
  • Joy Rye'd Rye Pale Ale
  • Piehole Cherry Vanilla Porter
Hofbrau Brewing
  • Original Lager
  • Hefeweizen
Hop City   
  • Barking Squirrel Amber
  • Mr. Huff Pale Ale
Howe Sound
  • Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA
  • Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout
  • Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale
Huss Brewing
  • Snowbird Imperial Oatmeal Stout Collaboration with Destihl
  • That’ll Do IPA – ABV 7% 
  • Rice Pudding Porter – ABV 5%
  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Stout Cask – 3:00 tapping
Joseph James Brewing
  • Hop Box Imperial IPA
  • Mother of Quad Belgian-Style Quadrupel
  • Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mystery Beer
Lagunitas Brewing 
  • Hairy Eyeball  American Strong Ale – ABV 9.4% 
  • Brown Shugga American Strong Ale – ABV  10%
Left Coast Brewing
  • Hop Juice Double IPA
  • Voo Doo Stout
  • Asylum Belgian-Style Tripel
Left Hand Brewing 
  • Widdershins Barleywine
Leinenkugel 
  • Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
Lonesome Valley 
  • TBD
Lost Coast Brewing  
  • Winterbraun Imperial Brown – ABV 8% 
  • Double Trouble Double IPA – ABV 8.4%
Lumberyard Brewing    
  • Highwater Imperial IPA – ABV 9.5% 
  • Big Rapid Red – ABV 9.3% 
  • Knotty Pine Pale Ale – ABV 5.4%
Marble Brewery
  • Double White  - ABV 7% 
  • Imperial Red – ABV 9% 
  • Double IPA – ABV 8% 
  • Imperial Stout – ABV 11%
Maui Brewing
  • Lahaina Brown
Mission Brewing
  • Shipwrecked Double IPA
  • El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale
Mother Road Brewing Company  
  • Alternator – ABV 6.5% 
  • 2nd Anniversary – ABV 8.4% 
  • Lost Highway - ABV 8% 
  • Gold Road – ABV 4.3%
Mudshark
  • TBD
Nebraska Brewing
  • EOS Hefeweizen
  • Double Hopicide Double IPA
 Nectar Ales
  • TBD
New Belgium Brewing  
  • Wild Wild Dubbel – ABV 8% 
  • Cascara Quad – ABV 10
  • Snapshot Wheat – ABV 5%
  • Rampant IIPA – ABV 8.5%
  • Clutch (Dark Sour, Special Tapping) – ABV 9%
North American Breweries  
  • Magic Hat Pale Ale – ABV 5.1% 
  • Magic Hat Dream Machine Lager – ABV 5.7%
North Mountain Brewery
  • N'erotic Belgian-Style Tripel
Oak Creek Brewing  
  • Cherry Chocolate Porter – ABV 6.5% 
  • Olde Knicker Kicker Scotch Ale – ABV 11%
Odell Brewing
  • Prospector's Pick Baltic Porter
  • Celastrina Saison
  • Creme Brulee Porter
  • Lugene Milk Stout
OHSO Nano Brewery  
  • Barley Wine 
  • Imperial IPA 
  • Strong Belgian Dark
  • Stout
Old World Brewery  
  • Dark Knight Porter – ABV 6.8% 
  • Four Leaf Irish Red – ABV 5.5% 
  • Arizona Honey Wheat – ABV 5.2% 
  • Highlander Scotch Ale – ABV 8%
Oskar Blues Brewery  
  • Dale’s Pale Ale – ABV 6.5% 
  • Mama’s Little Pils – ABV 5.3% 
  • Old Chub Scotch Ale – ABV 8% 
  • G’Knight Imperial Red IPA – ABV 8.7%
Papago Brewing    
  • Hopago IPA 
  • Breckenridge Collaboration – Mango Chile IPA 
  • Orange Blossom Mandarin Orange Vanilla Wheat Beer 
  • Lil Joe Coconut Coffee Stout
Parallel 49 Brewing
  • Salty Scott Scotch Ale
  • Old Boy Brown
Peoria Artisan Brewery
  • Haboob Black IPA – ABV 6.5%
Phoenix Ale Brewery  
  • Keeper Biere de Garde – ABV 6.3% 
  • Camelback IPA – ABV 6.1% 
  • Watermelon Wheat – ABV 4.8% 
  • Ironwood Imperial Porter
Pitcher of Nectar Distributing
  • TBD
Pizza Port Brewing
  • Surf Check Alley Imperial IPA – ABV 9%
  • Infamous Chocolate Imperial Stout – ABV 11%
  • Devil's Collaboration Belgian-Style Strong Ale – ABV 13.3%
  • Off the Chain Imperial IPA – ABV 8.3%
Prescott Brewing  
  • Raven Maniac Imperial Stout – ABV 9.5% 
  • Ponderosa IPA – ABV 7% 
  • Liquid Amber – ABV 5% 
  • Achocolypse Chocolate-Vanilla Porter – ABV 6%
Quail Distributing
  • TBD
Redstone Meadery  
  • Nectar of the Hops – ABV 8% 
  • Black Raspberry – ABV 8%
Rock Bottom
  • TBD
Rodeo Cold
  • Lager
Rough Draft Brewing
  • Hop Therapy Double IPA
  • Weekday IPA
  • Emboozlement Bourbon BA Tripel
SanTan Brewing  

Limited-Release Beers
  • Heavy D (Imperial Devil's Ale)
  • Saison di Aleatico
  • Big DIPA
  • KGB Russian Imperial Stout
  • Blueberry Saison
  • Count Hopula Blood Red IPA
Core Beers
  • Devil's Ale
  • HopShock IPA
  • Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter
Santa Fe Brewing
  • Happy Camper IPA
  • Java Stout
  • Black IPA
  • Chicken Killer Barleywine
Shmaltz Brewing
  • Hop Nanna IPA
  • 2013 Funky Jewbelation
  • Jewbelation Reborn (17)
Sierra Blanca
  • Alien Wheat
  • Alien Imperial Stout
Sierra Nevada Brewing  
  • 2014 Bigfoot Barleywine – ABV 9.6% 
  • Narwhal Imperial Stout – ABV 10.2% 
  • Ruthless Rye IPA – ABV 6.6%
Ska Brewing
  • Decadent Imperial IPA
  • Hibernal Vinifera Stout
Sleepy Dog Brewing
  • TBD
Sonoran Brewing
  • White Chocolate Ale
  • Victorian IPA
  • Smooth Rebel Strong IPA
  • Inebriator Cask
  • Root Beer Soda
Squatters / Wasatch Brewing
  • Outer Darkness Imperial Stout
  • Hop Rising Double IPA 
Speakeasy Brewing
  • Godfather Barleywine
Stone Brewing
  • Ruination IPA
  • Double Bastard
  • Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
  • Old Guardian Barleywine 
Sun Up Brewing    
  • White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout – ABV 9.2% 
  • Barleywine – ABV 9.5% 
  • Double Bock – ABV 7.5%
Telegraph
  • TBD
Ten Fifty Five Brewing
  • Leap Pale Ale
  • Lazy Duck Wheat
  • Imperial Irish Red
  • Salted Caramel Stout
Tenaya Creek Brewing
  • Hop Ride IPA
  • Old Jackalope American Barleywine
THAT Brewery  
  • Imperial Doppelsticke Alt on Bourbon and French Oak ABV 10% 
  • Road Rash IPA – ABV 7% 
  • Chai Dry Stout – ABV 5.2% 
  • Arizona Trail Ale English Pale – ABV 6%
The Address Brewery (1702)
  • Tequila Barrel-Aged Down Porter
  • Red Sky Imperial Red
The Bruery  
  • Sour in the Rye – ABV 7.6% 
  • Humulus India Pale Lager – ABV 7.2% 
  • Bois BA Olde Ale – ABV 15% 
  • Melange #3 BA Blended Strong Ale – ABV 16.8%
The Great Beer Company, Inc.   
  • Hollywood Blonde Kolsch – ABV 5.3%
The Lost Abbey Brewing
  • Dates of Wrath Lager
Thunder Canyon Brewing  
  • Old Shaftburry English IPA – ABV 5.5% 
  • Double Diablo American Strong Ale – ABV 7.1% 
  • Black Cloud Black IPA – ABV 7.8% 
  • Orange U Glad Wheat – ABV 4.2%
Uinta Brewing
  • Hop Notch IPA
  • Dubhe Imperial Black IPA
Uncle Bear’s Brewhouse Grill  
  • Holiday Hound – ABV 8.3% 
  • Oak-aged Holiday Hound – ABV 8.3% 
  • Stout – ABV 6.5% 
  • Double IPA – ABV 8.3%
Unity Vibration Brewing
  • Bourbon Peach Kombucha Beer
  • Raspberry Kombucha Beer
Upslope Brewing  
  • Pale Ale – ABV 5.8% 
  • Foreign Style Stout – ABV 6.9% 
  • IPA – ABV 10%
Victory Brewing
  • TBD
Wanderlust Brewing Company  
  • 928 Local Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale – ABV 8% 
  • Shakedown Whiskey BA Baltic Porter – ABV 10%
Widmer
  • Upheaval IPA
  • Alchemy Pale Ale
  • KGB Russian Imperial Stout
Woodchuck
  • Wyders Reposado
  • Woodchuck Pumpkin
  • Woodchuck Barrel Select
Young's Market Distributing
  • TBD

January 19, 2014

I Am Not Rob Fullmer

I don't don a fedora hat. I don't have mutton chops. I don't own lederhosen. And I certainly don't possess Rob's extensive knowledge of craft beer.

Rob started this blog a few years back, and has grown it into one of the best beer-centric blogs in the state. His unique, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial writing style and love of all things local is what sets this blog apart from others. But Rob had to go and get his dream job as the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. And now he's asked me to take the reigns and steer the BeerPHXation ship. The nerve.

As you can probably already tell, my writing style is different. My ability to think outside the beer box isn't as keen as Rob's, but that's okay. I've asked Rob to continue adding content when his schedule permits, as I feel it's important to keep the original voice of this blog in tact from time to time. I'd also like to ask other budding, beer-loving scribes to step up and pitch in. Hit us up at beerphxation@gmail.com if interested.

Here are some things to look for in 2014...

  • A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run Arizona's premier beer party, the Strong Beer Festival
  • A monthly Meet the AZ Brewers A-Z series
  • A travel log of trips across Arizona's beer landscape
  • An in-depth look at how Arizona beers go from fermentation to the Great American Beer Festival
  • Local beer reviews
  • And much, much more

Oh, and you might want to come back here Monday morning for a list of beers being poured at the 2014 Strong Beer Fest.

Prost!

-Mike Lauersdorf