One of Tempe‘s first female-owned and -operated breweries, Hundred Mile Brewing Co., is now open. The new spot is run by founder and owner Sue Rigler and award-winning head brewer Valerie Adee, offering locals a taste of fresh, clean beer in a laidback environment.
Open since early January, Hundred Mile Brewing Co. has brought a refreshing spin on traditional breweries by offering a beer that remains fresh and is crafted only by women. The beer program and brewing process are run by Valerie Adee, who previously worked in Southern California as an award-winning brewer. With the help of Sue Rigler, the founder and owner, the duo has curated a beer program that utilizes microbiology to create the freshest beer in town.
Hundred Mile Brewing Co. features an open-concept dining space with cool tones, wood elements and metal accents. The spot boasts a variety of TV’s throughout the area showcasing the latest games, while views of the kegs and brewing processes can be viewed through a glass wall. An open wall grants access to a lush outdoor patio where guests can kick back with brews and their furry friends.
Each beer on the brewery’s menu is inspired by Arizona, including the Roadrunner, a light lager that is mellow, floral and clean with a 4.5 percent ABV; the “A” Mountain Amber Ale, a tribute to the iconic A Mountain, with dark fruit notes and flavors resembling black tea; and The Natural Blonde ale, a simple, pale ale that is smooth and straight to the point, to name a few.
In addition to its beer lineup, a curated collection of handcrafted cocktails can be found on the menu, including the Sweet Heat, with jalapeño vodka, passion fruit, lime, jalapeño simple syrup, cilantro and dehydrated lime; the Lavender Sour with Empress Gin, Thatcher’s Elderflower Liqueur, lemon, lavender Monin syrup and rosemary; and the Sun Devil Sunset, crafted with Arette Reposado, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, orange juice, ginger syrup and Tajin.
Grabbing a bite to eat is a must at Hundred Mule Brewing Co. Nothing goes better with a beer than an assortment of burgers, cheese curds or shredded beef tacos. In addition to these staple beer pairings, the brewery boasts uncommon plates that complement a pint of brew beautifully, including the hoisin brussels sprouts, with hoisin, sriracha, Fresno peppers and cashews; the sesame-crusted ahi, crafted with green and red cabbage, marinated shiitake mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, carrots, yuzu and wasabi; or the poke nachos, to name a few. A variety of vegan and gluten-friendly options are also available, like the Vegan BLT, with toasted rustic bread, crispy tempeh slices, avocado, marinated heirloom tomatoes and fresh frisee.
Come April, the Tempe brewery will launch the Pink Boots West Coast Pale Ale and donate $1 from the sale of each pint to the Pink Boots Society. The nonprofit serves to assist, inspire and encourage women and non-binary individuals in the fermented/alcoholic beverage industry to advance their careers through education.
Hundred Mile Brewing Co. is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
To learn more about Hundred Mile Brewing Co. in Tempe, visit hundredmilebrewing.com.