Craft beer continues to grow in popularity, so much so that travelers will seek out a local brew while visiting new destinations. If you are exploring Mesa, you will want to make a stop and quench your thirst at these breweries.
In the heart of Downtown Mesa, Desert Eagle Brewing Company was one of the city’s first owned and operated micro-breweries. IPA’s are all the rage these days, however you can find many more options on tap here. Enjoy a Dunkel, Wheat, Porter, and more while relaxing to live music or partaking in their open mic nights.
You have to make a stop at Beer Research Institute not only for their delicious brews, but also to check out the unique names they’ve been given. I mean who doesn’t want to ask their waiter for a Top Secret Battle Monkey, Mjango Unchained, or Fire Squirrel? This Mesa brewery was formed after years of home brewing ‘beer research’ and has now turned into a community gathering place.
Take a walk on the wild side and throw some brews back at Arizona Wilderness. Rated World’s Best Beer by RateBeer.com in 2013, you can try unique beers created with local ingredients. Heirloom grains from Hayden Flour Mills, peaches and grapefruit from Agritopia, beets grown at Steadfast Farms, and juniper and pine found in Arizona are some of the unique additions to the brewing process. It doesn’t stop there with sourcing ingredients close by; dine in for Local Wednesday and enjoy their specialty menu featuring food prepared with local, Arizona ingredients.
The new kid on the block, Oro Brewing Company just recently opened its doors in Downtown Mesa. Their taproom and brewhouse are separated by a large glass door and window providing you with a peek at the brewing process right from your table. Oro Brewing Company recently tapped their first beer, rightfully named Batch #001, which is a mix of an English IPA and East Coast Juicy IPA.
Photo credit: Oro Brewery
What better way to drink responsibly than to join fellow beer lovers on an adventure with Arizona Brewery Tours? Your knowledgeable and experienced Beer Guide will take you to the local breweries for flights, food, and a behind-the-scenes look at brewing. Whether you are on vacation, at a conference, or a long-time resident with a craving to experience new beer, a HOP-ON Arizona Brewery Tour is a great way to discover the local craft-brew scene. Tours can even be customized to celebrate birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and more.
If you find yourself sipping on a cold one in Mesa, be sure to include #VisitMesa on your social posts. Cheers!