We’re quickly approaching the most wonderful time of the year.
No, not Christmas, but Arizona Beer Week.
I will admit, however, it does feel a lot like Christmas. I’ve been growing my winter beard, and we’re breaking out some special presents for everyone. I didn’t sew up a giant red sack, and reindeer are hard to come by in Northern Arizona, but we do have some presents, and I promise I won’t make you wait until morning to open them.
We’re planning a whole host of events for beer week this year, and we’ve got most of them pretty dialed in at this point. If you’re looking for other events around Arizona, check out the Arizona Beer Week page. AZ Beer Week runs from Febraury 15th to 22nd and there are events in every corner of Arizona, with new ones popping up on the website every day.
Lets dive right in, shall we?
A couple weeks ago several of the finest breweries from around the state converged on the Four Peaks Brewing location in Tempe, and brewed up a big batch of Weizenbock as a collaboration between all the breweries. We were there along with Mother Road, Huss, 1055, and Dragoon. The Weizenbock used several local ingredients from around the state, and a few somewhat ‘non-traditional’ brewing techniques, including one that involved Urs from Mother Road, a mallet and some pinion nuts….
The plan is to debut this beer at the Strong Beer Festival and then at several other locations around the state during beer week. We’ll give you the full rundown on what went into it when the time draws a little closer.
Saturday, February 15th – Strong Beer Festival
The Strong Beer Festival is the traditional kickoff to AZ Beer week. It’s held every year at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. We’re going to be serving up some of our normal lineup there as well as some small batch beers that we’ve got going in the fermenter right now. This is a really fun festival and usually sees a lot of breweries pulling beers out of their ‘hidden in a back corner of the brewery’ stash.
Sunday, February 16th – Boulders on Broadway Beer Festival
The folks down at Boulders on Broadway have been big supporters of us since we opened and we had a great time at their festival last year so we’re setting up the big orange tent on their front patio and hooking up a couple kegs of beer. It’s a much smaller and more intimate festival than the Strong Beer, but equally as fun.
Monday, February 17th/Tuesday, February 18th – Biggest Little Beer Dinner
The smallest pizza joint and the smallest brewery in Flagstaff, amazing wood-fired treats paired with delicious small-batch beer?
We’re teaming up with Caleb and his crew at Pizzicletta to put together a delicious 5-course paired beer dinner. To say that space is limited may be an understatement. Caleb has 22 seats, and monday’s event filled up in a matter of hours, so we opened up tuesday as well. There were still a few spots left at the time I published this post, but if you want a spot, Pizzicletta is managing the reservations, so give them a call or send them an email to reserve some of the remaining few seats on Tuesday night (contact info on their website under “events”). I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Wednesday, February 19th – Four Peaks/Wanderlust Tap Takeover at Hops on Birch
It wouldn’t be a beer week without a tap takeover somewhere, and although we don’t have enough to truly take over every tap at Hops (28 beers!), between us and Four Peaks, we’re going to do our best to make a dent in that wall.
We’ll have the collaboration beer there as well as 8-10 other offerings. There will be our regulars, nitro taps, small batch, and some stuff from the archives in our fridge. Four Peaks will be filling up another 10 taps, and is digging up some really fun kegs to bring along as well, including some of the barrel-aged beers. Andy Ingram from Four Peaks and I will both be hanging around (probably drinking each other’s beers!), handing out some swag, and chatting about this, that, and the other thing. It’s going to be an event not to miss!
Thursday, February 20th and Friday, February 21st
Taproom hours with some of our small-batch beers, and a firkin tapping (we’re keeping that one under wraps for now, but needless to say, you’re going to want to be around for this one!)
It’s going to be a great beer week this year, and although I’m exhausted just thinking about it already, it’s going to be a ton of fun. Even if you can’t make our events, make sure to check out the other things that are going on around the state, and support Arizona Craft Beer!