Summer is in full swing, and what better way is there to fight off the Arizona sun than to kick back with a nice cold beer? The Grand Canyon state is well known for its scorching heat and dry desert climate, making it the perfect incubator for very drinkable beer produced by an abundance of high-quality craft breweries. There is not enough of a lifetime to try all of the beer in Arizona. Therefore we gathered a list of 8 of the best local beers you should absolutely make time to sample this summer!
1. Valencia Gose – Arizona Wilderness Brewing
This bright Gose-style beer brewed by Gilbert’s first brewery is a refreshing choice for the dog days of summer. It is brewed locally grown Valencia oranges for an extra tang and, at 3.9% A.B.V., it won’t catch you unguarded. Try crushable take on a sour beer without being overpowering.
2. Popcycle Blonde Fruit Beer – O.H.S.O.
In the mood for a frozen grown-up treat by the pool? Popcycle Blonde is the answer to your problem. This light beer brewed with raspberries and lemons is a highly-drinkable, slightly regressive counter to Arizona’s scorching heat.
3. Charlie Bravo Delta Blonde – Flying Basset Brewing
This CBD-infused beer is sure to help you relax as you wait for the A/C to kick in or the cooler days that will come eventually. Try it at the Flying Basset Brewing located between downtown Gilbert and downtown Chandler.
4. 1920 Lager – SanTan Brewing Company
We like a dark and heavy brew as much as the next person, but Arizona’s summer days call for refreshing, crisp and session-able beer instead. This is where the 1920 Lager brewed by SanTan Brewing Company in Phoenix comes in.
5. Brut Me Baby One More Time – Freak’n Brewing Company
Brut I.P.A.s are the latest trend in the brewing industry and make for an ideal thirst-quenching beverage, perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. We like Freak’n Brewing Company take on this type of beer, bursting with Citra and Mosaic hops for a super crisp taste that keeps us coming back for more.