Beer, beer, beer, Arizona loves beer!
Over and over in my head I hear that catchy little tune sung by Ron Burgundy in Anchorman professing his love for scotch. You know you’ve at the very least mumbled this little ditty a time or two when sipping a glass of your own. Unfortunately for Ron and other heartfelt scotch lovers, we certainly aren’t seeing any scotch bars popping up around the valley. There has been, on the other hand, a sudden surge of craft beer bars planning their debuts here in Phoenix in the upcoming few months.
Actually, forget the word “bar”. These new venues are serving up frosty glasses at what they like to be known as, brew houses. These new joints specialize in craft beers, local beers, micro-brews, and are mostly draft served, but they certainly have bottled beers as well.
The best brew house we have on the scene at the moment is O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery (interestingly, the owners refuse to reveal what the abbreviation stands for). O.H.S.O. serves craft beers alongside some really fantastic food. They have 36 beers on tap. O.H.S.O. crafts their own beers (currently two) at their nano-brewery, but you’ll mostly find beers from other Arizona breweries, as well as other incredibly obscure but really tasty beers. The bartenders and servers encourage the beverage adventurist to order beer flights to sample as many beers as possible without falling out of their chairs. They offer a happy hour Monday thru Friday, and a reverse happy hour 7 days a week.
The World of Beer makes its official debut August 8th, but have an early opening planned for August 7th. The party on the 7th is supposed to be a clandestine special event to thank their Facebook followers (me!). Then the Phoenix New Times will be throwing a grand opening party on the 8th, and they will be pouring limited edition Lagunita’s drafts.
The World of Beer is located on Mill Avenue, and they’ll be pouring 50 (possibly 70) draft beers at all times. They also promise to have an astonishing 520 different bottled beers on hand. Holy beers, Batman!
We blogged earlier more detailed information about the World of Beer, so be sure to check it out to learn more. On a personal note, August 7th is also coincidentally this bloggers birthday! Happy birthday to me, maybe I’ll see you there!
We have been promised that sometime in the month of August, an exciting new place named Angel’s Trumpet Ale House. Angel’s Trumpet is still in the construction process in downtown Phoenix, and not too much information has been released about it. What I can tell you is that the husband and wife ownership team has an unrelenting passion for craft beer. Mat and Sherry Eaglehorn up and quit their jobs and have dedicated themselves to bringing craft beers to Phoenix. Their plans entail having 31 rotating draft beers as well as two “gigantic coolers” stocked with bottled beers.
Angel’s Trumpet has caught the particular attention of beer lovers for their use of the direct draw method to pour their draft beers. This unique method ensures 100% fresh beer, unlike traditional drafts that hold beer in the lines connecting keg to pour spout. Even more highly anticipated, the Eaglehorn’s have invested in two cask beer units. The word here is that cask beer is completely different than beer stored in any other container as it does not infuse external carbon dioxide and allows the beer to mature naturally. You can count on me to check out this crazy gadget!
Caution: too frequent of visits to brew houses may cause complete rejection of mainstream beers. Rejection may result in a sour face, spewing of the sub-par beverage upon consumption, as well as the very real risk of your friends calling you a beer snob. Hey, there are worse things!