Overview of Phoenix Ale Brewery
The Phoenix Ale Brewery, located off of 30th St and Washington in Phoenix Arizona. I was first introduced to them by seeing a couple of their beers on tap at other bars, including Rula Bula and World of Beer in Tempe, Arizona. I enjoyed the Camelback IPA so much I wanted to find out more about them.
Phoenix Ale was founded in 2010 by Gregory Fretz & George Hancock. Fretz previously had over 15 years of beer sales and distribution while Hancock was previously the co-owner of Pyramid Breweries one of the largest craft brewers based out of Seattle, Washington. This means that they have a lot of industry knowledge to apply to their craft at Phoenix Ale.
They have a tasting room at 30th and Washington where you can get flights of four of their signature craft beers. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to get a tour of their brewery. If you ever get the chance you definitely need to check them out and try some of their excellent beers.
Types of beers
- Fretzy’s Unfiltered Ale – Ale – 5.0% ABV – 30 IBU
- Camelback IPA – India Pale Ale – 6.1% ABV – 60 IBU
- Hoppy Valley Session IPA – American IPA – 3.9% ABV
- Watermelon Ale – Wheat Ale – 4.8% ABV – 20 IBU
- Ironwood Imperial Porter – Porter – 7.0% ABV – 60 IBU
- Wheatstalk Imperial Hefeweizen – Wheat Ale – 7.8% ABV – 60 IBU
Rating Phoenix Ale Brewery
When I went there they had plenty of parking out front and I was right next to the door. The place even began to pick up in the late afternoon and there was still plenty of spots. I would imagine with them being right next to the light rail that this can also be an important means of getting there and also drinking safely.
Upon walking inside, I got the impression that it was a spartan office in a warehouse with some various and unrelated artwork around the tasting room. There are several high tables with chairs throughout and a simple bar area where the taps and beer are dispensed for us to enjoy.
There were a couple of televisions setup with various sporting events and ESPN. It even appears that they occasionally have bands in an open area since I saw a stage being setup when we were leaving
I found the place very inviting as the gentleman and woman behind the bar were very friendly and helpful when my lovely date was deciding what type of beer she wanted first; letting us know that we could get a flight that had four different beers of our choice to try out and decide.
We went with two flights to cover all 7 of their current craft beer offerings.
I was very happy with the service, even when it went from 5-6 people in the tasting room to about 30. We never had to wait to order another pint of delicious Camelback IPA and the Wheatstalk.
I ended up getting a couple bottles of Phoenix Ale to go so that I could enjoy them at home.
There are no food options at Phoenix Ale with the exception of some complimentary pretzels that we had brought to our table. I didn’t ask, but I don’t think think they would have issue with you bringing in food. I found that to be the case with another local brewery, Sleepy Dog.