Nothing completes a day at the pool or a backyard cookout quite like an ice-cold beer. Arizona’s greatest breweries are offering stellar beers to up your summer sipping. Here are seven of our favorites. Note: Though most taprooms are temporarily closed for on-site drinking, the breweries are allowing pick-up (or even delivery, in some instances) of product that can easily be pre-purchased online.
Wren House Brewing Company
Phoenix’s Wren House is an award-winning favorite known for its incredible limited releases that often have fans lining up around the block. Currently, season-friendly Wren House picks include 12-packs of its light and refreshing lager, Valley Beer, and four-packs of Spellbinder, with a bright aroma of tangerine peel marmalade, strawberry and pungent pineapple. www.wrenhousebrewing.com.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Planning a picnic or a camping trip? Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s State Park Pale four-packs are a classic West Coast-style pale ale just right for enjoying in the great outdoors. Bonus: The limited-time beer also promotes conservation and protection of Arizona’s parks. azwbeer.com.
Goldwater Brewing Co.
A perfect pick for sipping all day long by the pool with a good book in hand, Goldwater Brewing Co.’s Day Beer is an easy-drinking favorite. Pick-up is available at both brewery locations: Old Town Scottsdale and Mesa. www.goldwaterbrewing.com.
Dark Sky Brewing
It doesn’t get more “sip while hanging on a hammock” than Flagstaff-based Dark Sky Brewing’s Slushies thanks to its low ABV and ICEE-like consistency. These limited-time, rotating-flavor Slushies feature a Dark Sky beer base with plenty of fruit to make it a sweet cooling treat. www.darkskybrewing.com.
12 West Brewing Co.
Zona Pilsner, available in a six-pack, is a crisp, light and refreshing beer (in a cute can, too!) with a low ABV for easy breezy drinkability. 12 West has two Valley locations: Gilbert and Downtown Mesa. www.12westbrewing.com.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Co.
A great option for cooling down on a warm day, Hef from Tucson’s Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. is a classic Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. Available in six-packs, cases or single cans. www.pueblovidabrewing.com.
Huss Brewing Co.
Huss Brewing Co.’s flagship sip, Scottsdale Blonde, is an easy-drinking crisp lager. The golden-hued Huss classic is especially refreshing on a hot summer day and offers a slightly sweet finish to appease even beer beginners. www.hussbrewing.com.