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Enjoy the inviting menu at Sip Coffee and Beer Garage

If you haven’t been to Sip Coffee and Beer Garage on the corner of 36th Street and Indian School, you are in for an enjoyable experience. Formerly an auto oil and lube shop, Sip has been creatively transformed into a popular neighborhood hangout. The relaxing atmosphere has a great selection of specialty coffees, an inviting menu, locally crafted beers, handcrafted cocktails and popular wines that attract customers of all ages.

Sip Coffee and Beer Garage, which opened in November 2015, is the second location for owners Travis and Tida Radevski who opened Sip Coffee and Beer House at Goldwater and Scottsdale Road in 2014. It’s a dream came true for Travis who grew up in a family of restaurant owners. He wanted to duplicate the comfortable, community feeling he remembered as a kid when he’d observe men gathering together drinking coffee and telling stories. At that time, it was at the McDonald’s in his small town. Today, it’s at Sip.

Alex Cardineau, operating partner, met the Radevskis when he was bartending in Tempe. They immediately knew he was the right guy to join them in their endeavor. His marketing background, outgoing personality and work experience were just the right combination to run the second location.

“Our goal was to create a small-town environment in a big city that is warm, welcoming and open,” Cardineau says. “Sip has a casual, friendly atmosphere where people like to hang out with their friends or meet new ones.”

Something for Everyone

Coffee lovers will enjoy the many specialty coffees available made with Cartel Coffee Lab coffee. Kaitlynn, the friendly barista and “Beerista,” as she refers to herself, suggested I try a Kevlar coffee that is made with black dripped coffee, MCT oil that has a hint of coconut flavor and butter. It was very flavorful and different. Equally good was my vanilla latte served with a heart design in the foam. Kaitlynn was originally a regular customer who fell in love with the Sip concept and became part of the team.

The menu lists a number of sandwiches and salads all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I enjoyed the popular short rib sandwich with hot quinoa and a mix of mushrooms. I was impressed with how tasty it was and how generous the servings are. Sandwiches come with a choice of chips, green salad or potato salad. Other popular sandwiches include a turkey club, BLT and a hummus veggie sandwich. An assortment of breakfast pastries and bagels are offered as well as a large breakfast menu. Some favorites are the breakfast burrito and breakfast sandwich, which is served all day and comes on brioche with a spicy aioli. Brunch on weekends is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with $5 mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrivers

So Much More

Sip has a drive-in window that is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for commuters. The oversized, dog-friendly patio is a perfect place to congregate and there’s a street-side patio in front. If that’s not enough, an underground tiki bar is located where the oil pits use to be. Owners Jason Asher and Rich Fernari opened a small bar called UnderTow located below Sip which serves only Polynesian handcrafted specialty drinks. It’s an experience in itself and reservations are highly recommended.

Local craft beers are rotated regularly and a variety of handcrafted specialty cocktails make the Sip evening hour interesting. Some unique delights are Grease Monkey, Scuttle Butt, Fat Fender and Maid in AZ. Music adds to the ambiance where you’ll find local artists performing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and during brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A great happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday offers drink specials and $5 appetizers that include funky mushrooms hummus, artichoke dip and chicken quesadilla. There is always something happening at Sip and you’ll find yourself wanting to join in on the experience again and again.

Sip Coffee and Beer Garage
3620 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018