AZ Beers That Give Back

While you’re kicking back in the warm spring air and cracking open a cold one, we suggest you to sip a beer that gives back. Here are local favorites for glugging–and giving back.

Visit Mesa has teamed up with local brewmasters, 12 West Brewing Co. and Chupacabra Taproom, to launch Spectrum Double IPA, a collaborative beer made available in the Valley on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. (Mesa was recognized as the nation’s first-ever Autism Certified City.) Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition brew–a West Coast Double IPA packed with Mosaic and Simcoe hops, giving it bursts of blueberry, passionfruit and citrus–will benefit the Mesa Regional Foundation for Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion. Spectrum Double IPA is available now for pre-sale and will be available at Valley-wide breweries and restaurants starting April 2. Purchase the beer on tap at a number of brewery locations listed online at www.spectrumipa.com and also at participating restaurants including Culinary Dropout (all Valley locations), The HUB Grill and Bar (Mesa locations), GOAT at Bell Bank Park, and on tap at both Chupacabra Taproom and 12 West Brewing Co.

Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery’s Brew 42 is an Irish Red Ale brewed to commemorate the life of Goodyear Fire Department Engineer, Austin Peck, who died in 2019. A good friend of team members at Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery, the brew team crafted an ale to honor Peck’s life, spirit and energy. While Brew 42 is ready on tap year-round at Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery, it is now available for limited release March to May at bars, restaurants, and at Safeway and Albertsons grocery stores in Arizona. A portion of the sales of Brew 42 are donated to the Arizona Firefighters Emerald Society, an organization of retired Celtic firefighters that support local charities and offer mentorship programs for aspiring firefighters.

Arizona Game & Fish Department and Flagstaff-based Mother Road Brewing Co. have teamed up for the third year to bring wildlife conservation work to over 800 species across the state through proceeds from sales of Conserve & Protect Golden Ale. This year’s ale–available at Safeway, Sprouts and Total Wine–even features a environment-friendly packaging update. Since 2019, proceeds from sales of Conserve & Protect Golden Ale have funded two important population survey projects for the Sonoran desert tortoise and the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel. 

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