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Best Places to Grab a Beer in Chandler

The craft beer community in Chandler continues to thrive as is seen with the expanding number of breweries popping up in Chandler.  There is no shortage of places to pop in for a local brew and with many showcasing the best of Arizona craft beer. Here is a guide to Chandler’s breweries, tap rooms and gastropubs for cold pints and bites.

SanTan Brewing Company

One of the state’s best craft breweries is located in Downtown Chandler. SanTan Brewing Company specializes in Southwestern-style ales, which have slightly more carbonation, like its highly regarded pale ale, Devil’s Ale. Other year round beers include HopShock IPA, Mr. Pineapple, MoonJuice IPA, SunSpot Gold, Epicenter Amber, and Gordo Stout.

The brewery also has a seasonal lineup (watch for Sex Panther, a double chocolate porter available November through January) and limited releases that are aged a minimum of six to eight weeks. Several beers such as Hibiscus Pale Ale, Cherry Vanilla Stout, and Negro Nitron Black IPA are only available on tap at the brewery.

The Perch Brewery & Pub

Also popular with beer lovers, The Perch Brewery & Pub has 40 craft beers on tap, many of which are brewed onsite. The ever-changing selection of Perch beers includes favorites like the Mas Macho Pilsner; Howler Back Girl, a hefeweizen; and the Why So Mad Bro, a rye beer.

Rotating selections from other Arizona craft breweries are also on tap, including suds from Huss and Sleepy Dog. Enjoy a 5-ounce sample or 16-ounce draft on the rooftop or on the brick patio surrounded by more than 50 rescue birds.

HELLUVA Brewing Company

Chandler’s newest microbrewery features 20 beers on tap, eight of which are from Helluva: an American wheat, an IPA, pale ale, light lager, amber, red, Kölsch and two seasonal brews.  In addition, the brewpub features a variety of gastropub eats with an emphasis on smoked meats and vegetables.

Hop Central Brewery and Taproom

Hop Central Brewery and Taproom currently has two of its own beers, its House IPA and a brown ale called The Big Tasty. The majority of its remaining 36 taps dispense craft brews from Arizona favorite breweries, including SanTan, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, Pedal Haus, Huss, Goldwater Brewing, and McFate.

Other beers come from The Shop Beer Co., Grand Canyon Brewing, Dragoon, Oak Creek Brewing, Barrio Brewing, That Brewery, Sun Up, and Lumberyard Brewing. Cider is also available from the Cider Corps in Mesa.

Hop Social Tavern

The similarly named Hop Social Tavern doesn’t brew its own beers but boasts 52 local beers on tap including those from SanTan, Four Peaks, O.H.S.O., Oak Creek Brewing, Barrio Brewing, Mother Road Brewing, McFate, Huss, Papago, The Shop Beer Co., Prescott Brewing, and Sleepy Dog.

But, the list of Arizona breweries doesn’t end there. Look for selections from Arizona Wilderness, Barley Brothers, Thunder Canyon, Uncle Bear’s, Nimbus, Borderlands, Freak’n, Copper Mine, Tombstone Brewing, 8-Bit Aleworks, 12 West, and many, many others. Hop Social also has Chandler-made cider from Desert Cider House on tap.

Twisted Cactus Brew & BBQ

At the Twisted Cactus Brew & BBQ, the taps feature a rotating selection of craft beers from Huss, Papago, 12 West, Helio Basin, Dragoon, The Shop Beer Co., Uncle Bear’s, Grand Canyon Brewing, and several others.

You can also order cocktails made from O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery’s vodka and its line of flavored vodkas.  

The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market

The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market takes beer seriously, so much so it has “beer-tenders” manning its tap wall. Try Arizona beers from Borderlands, Wren House, Freak’n, and Wanderlust and mead from Superstition Meadery.  What’s not on tap is often available in cans or bottles in the cooler.

Looking for a particular Arizona craft beer to bring home? Fill a growler, order a keg, or create a mix-and-match six pack of your favorites. In addition to Arizona beers, The Casual Pint has a number of California, Colorado, German, and other outstanding beers on tap or available for purchase in cans and bottles.

The Local Chandler

The name says it all—The Local Chandler serves local craft beers and televises local sports teams. Local craft beers include Valley favorite O.H.S.O.’s Popcycle Blonde, SanTan’s Devil’s Ale, Huss’ Scottsdale Blonde, Dragoon’s IPA, Papago’s Orange Blossom Mandarin Wheat, Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter, and Desert Cider House’s hard cider.

You can also order cocktails made with local spirits: O.H.S.O’s vodka, flavored vodkas, gin, and rum; Arizona Distilling’s gin, vodka, bourbon, and moonshine; Caskwerks gin; Lucidi Distilling’s rum and rye; and Three Wells Distilling’s prickly pear spirit. And, you can sample Arizona wines from Caduceus Cellars, Flying Leap Vineyards, and Chateau Tumbleweed.

Good Time Charli’s Neighborhood Craft Pub

Another good option for Arizona beers is Good Time Charli’s Neighborhood Craft Pub. On tap, you’ll find College Street’s Big Blue Van; Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter and Peach Ale; Lumberyard’s Humphrey’s Hefeweisen; and SanTan’s Devil’s Ale, Oktoberfest, and Sunspot Gold. Or, pop the top on canned beers from Barrio and Huss.

Good Time Charli’s also features Arizona wines on tap from Caduceus Cellars, Dos Cabezas, Fire Mountain, and Sand Reckoner as well as cocktails made using Arizona spirits from O.H.S.O., Del Bac, Arizona Distilling, and 3 Amigos.

Bourbon Jacks

Sure, it has more than 200 whiskeys and bourbons on its menu, but Bourbon Jacks has an impressive list of Arizona craft beers, too. Sample Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter, SanTan’s Devil’s Ale, Lumberyard’s IPA, Oak Creek’s Nut Brown Ale, and seasonal beers on draft. Or, opt for a can from Nimbus, Grand Canyon, Oak Creek, Four Peaks, SanTan, or Sleepy Dog.

On Monday nights, enjoy three craft beers in cans for $8 along with a build-your-own-burger starting at $6.99.

Fibber Magee’s

Fibber Magee’s may be one of the few authentic, Irish-owned pubs in the Valley, but it’s also a great spot to try local beer. The line-up rotates frequently but features popular breweries like The Perch, Four Peaks, and Grand Canyon Brewing. Check the pub’s Facebook page to see what’s currently on tap.

The Hungry Monk

This neighborhood sports bar has 27 craft beers to choose from, and while most are not from Arizona breweries, the local beers on tap rank among the state’s best: Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter and HopKnot IPA, SanTan’s Devil’s Ale, and Sleepy Dog’s Red Rover.

Ginger Monkey Tavern

Take your pick of 30 beers on tap, ranging from Blue Moon to Arizona favorites, at Ginger Monkey Tavern. Arizona brews include SanTan’s Devil’s Ale and Mr. Pineapple; Huss’ Scottsdale Blonde and Koffee Kolsch; Papago’s Orange Blossom; and Four Peaks’ Hop Knot.

Dirty Blonde Tavern

At the Dirty Blonde Tavern, sip Grand Canyon’s Sunset Amber, a bready American amber, or Sonoran’s White Chocolate Ale, a light wheat with subtle chocolate flavor.