The craft brew craze has been extremely popular ever since the rise in the early 2000s. Craft breweries produce smaller batches of beer than the large, national brands and typically focus on the quality, flavor, and techniques required to brew the complex and unique flavors. Each year, more breweries open with hopes of developing a loyal following that will grow and spread the word. There are over 4,000 craft breweries in the US today that expertly produce deliciously unique beer for their loyal followings. One of the great things is that each craft beer tells a story or is influenced by the location of where it is crafted so whenever you travel or have the opportunity, supporting craft breweries can bring you more than just good tasting beer.
Local restaurants are some of the biggest supporters of local breweries because customers love the idea of buying local and keeping the money in the community. Grubstak is one such place in the Valley that stocks a great selection of local brews from a few different breweries. New to the culinary scene of downtown Gilbert, Grubstak has reinvented the way that we eat French fries. Featuring a menu full of indulgent and healthy options, diners with all tastes and preferences will be more than satisfied with the homemade sauces, house braised meats and a large selection of other delectable toppings. To go with their Staks, Salads, and Grubchettas (combination of a grilled cheese and bruschetta), they carry a great selection of craft beers.
- Mother Road Brewing Co. can be found along the storied U.S. Highway 66 in Flagstaff, AZ. The founders had an unrelenting love for craft beer, traveling, and Arizona, which ultimately led them to create Mother Road. Taking its name from the Grapes of Wrath when author John Steinbeck told the tale of a family traveling the route in hopes of new beginnings.
- Tower Station IPA– named after the iconic Tower Stationed that thirsty motorists found refuge at, this beer is an unfiltered Indian Pale Ale that greets drinkers with aromas of tangerine and pineapple at first. Drinkers will find that there is a striking balance between the Pilsner and Pale malts with flavors of grapefruit and pine as the taste experience concludes.
- Mother Road Kölsch-Style Ale– Kölsch style ale was once only brewed in Köln (Cologne), Germany, but today a few brave breweries dare try their take on this rare style, and Mother Road Brewing has crafted a true winner. The biscuit malt body finishes off with hints of pear and apple that make it a great ale for any season.
- Four Peaks Brewing Company is in Tempe, AZ just a short drive from downtown Phoenix in the original F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory. After being retired as an ice house, the building housed a dairy creamery and Uranus Recording, which welcomed The Gin Blossoms and Stevie Nicks. The idea for Four Peaks Brewing Company was born in October of 1994
- Four Peaks Kilt Lifter– this is Four Peaks flagship beer and one of the best around as it is a five-time GABF medal winner. This full-bodied Scottish-style ale features a malty sweetness, caramel, and roasted barley flavors and finishes with the slightest touch of smokiness.
- Four Peaks Single Tank Series– being a craft brewery, there are times when a random fermenter is left empty. When this happens, Four Peaks decided to take the opportunity to create a single tank batch of something new; either for them, you or both. There is no rhyme or reason to what they will turn out next, but that fits exactly with how Four Peaks started.
- Barrio Brewing Company– the dream for Dennis Arnold, owner, and brewmaster, began when he visited a San Francisco brewery in the 1980s. Their first shop of operation was in a little restaurant near the U of A campus in 1991. They quickly outgrew that location and settled into a former WWII Quonset-hut that turned into a warehouse just a couple miles from downtown Tucson. They dubbed it the “Barrio” and ultimately led to the name. They have two GABF medal winners in their lineup of delicious beers.
- Barrio Blonde– light, crisp and just the right sweetness, this blonde is one you’ll never forget. Made with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops that perfectly balance out the sweetness.
- Barrio Santa Rita Jefeweizen– brewed with 40 percent wheat, this German classic is made with specialized yeast and presents subtle tones of banana and clove.
These can be found at Grubstak that pair perfectly with just about anything on their menu. To view the full menu, visit https://grubstak.com/gilbert-restaurant-menu/.