Hot Local Places to Grab a Cold One
Two Brothers Brewing Company
4321 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
It was the love of great beer that had brothers Jim and Jason Ebel traveling the world. In 1996, having returned from living in France, they decided to take their passion to another level and opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, Illinois. Then, in early 2015, the successful brothers opened the Scottsdale restaurant and taproom and started beer production that October. Today, their passion has developed into the creation and distribution of multiple products including coffee, tea, crafted sodas and cinnamon root beer.
Head brewer Robert Rodriguez started homebrewing beer in 2008 and worked another four years with various breweries. His creativity develops new brews every couple of months. One of his creations, High Noon, has become the Scottsdale brewery’s best-seller. He has two new seasonal brews for this fall and winter; Lyin’ Eyes, a white stout with chocolate and orange infused flavors and Dragon Eyes, a cinnamon orange with Two Brothers black tea.
There are five beers brewed on-site and served on tap plus 11 beers brewed in Warrenville. The Domaine DuPage, a French country ale, is the flagship beer and is caramel tasting with a slight sweetness. The wide selection of food items on the menu is designed to accompany your beverage of choice. High Noon goes well with just about everything, especially the fried chicken or the margherita pizza with roasted garlic, pine nuts, fresh mozzarella cheese and Domaine DuPage Crust. Lyn’ Eyes pairs well with the tuna Nicoise salad and the Hoisin-Sriracha glazed Brussel sprouts that are grilled with spiced cashews, Fresno chili, sesame seeds and scallions.
Papago Brewing Co.
7107 McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Ron Kloth didn’t realize that his college days of homebrewing would eventually become a lifetime passion. He opened Papago Brewing in 2001 as a homebrew supply store and tasting room and now serves 500 beers, in bottles and cans and 30 craft beers on tap that continually rotate.
Although not currently an active brewer, Papago Brewing continues to serve their two famous beers, Orange Blossom Ale and Coconut Joe Stout. Huss Brewing Company acquired these two beers along with the Papago beer brands. Orange Blossom Ale is a light beer that has a smooth, fruity taste. Ron describes its taste as “like a Creamsicle in a glass.” The Coconut Joe Stout is a coconut coffee stout with a bolder flavor, a toasted coconut aroma and a touch of vanilla for a little sweetness.
The Orange Blossom Ale pairs well with the citrus salad that’s tossed with orange blossom vinaigrette or the house-favorite Flammekuek Belgian pizza that’s made with sour cream, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and bacon. The Coconut Joe Stout pairs nicely with the T-Rex pizza made with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, red sauce and mozzarella.
Ron, one of the founding members of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers, also carries local beers; a large refrigerator holds beers from around the world, including an Austria beer, radler and German beers from Weihenstephan Brewery, the oldest continuously operating brewery since 1040.
“Beer is best drank fresh, so one should buy local beers,” Ron says. “When refrigerated, can beer stays fresh for six months compared to three to four months for bottled beer as the light breaks down the flavor. If stored at room temperature, the freshness is cut in half.”
Partners Kristen Drewes and Johnny Miller assist with the operations of this proven brewery in south Scottsdale that will have a new home once the Papago Plaza is renovated.
Goldwater Brewing Co.
3608 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
In just 2 1/2 years, Goldwater Brewing Co. has made its mark as being a major player in the local brewing industry. This family-owned and operated brewery may be relatively new, but there are 30+ years of home brewing experience that has contributed to their rapid success. Greg McClelland’s passion as a young adult has since rubbed onto his two sons, Chad and Dillon, who helped him make beer growing up, and his son-in-law Jimmy Disken. Today, Chad is the brewmaster, Dillon is the creative director and Jimmy oversees the daily operations and distribution.
Located in a charming, old building that once housed a shooting supplies store adds to the charm of this brewery. There’s a warm and friendly atmosphere in this quaint taproom located in Old Town Scottsdale. Here, beer enthusiasts come together to enjoy 17+ of the original 67 Goldwater craft beers on tap and socialize in this neighborhood pub. The varieties of the beers rotate and are served directly from the Brite tanks, which ensure it’s the freshest beer you can get.
“We’ve gone from brewing 10 gallons to 10 barrels, and, now we are going from brewing to serving to distributing,” Dillon says.
Besides serving their crafted beer in the taproom, the intimate Gold Mine Underground Tap & Barrel Room located in the basement that once was the infamous shooting range. Now, lagering tanks fill the shooting tubes and eight barrel-aged and specialty beers are on tap. It’s a great location for small gatherings.
With so many recipes in a variety of colors and tastes, it’s not surprising this young brewery has been recognized as one of the best local breweries in the United States by Travel & Leisure magazine.