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Best place to grab a post-hike craft beer

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Inspired by the mexican food/pizza posts, I'm wondering about good places around AZ to grab a beer after a hike or backpack trip. The smaller/more obscure towns would be especially appreciated, because I'm used to only coming across only the cheap domestics at those places.
Some places I've stopped at post-hike:

Prescott- Prescott Brewery. The Petrified Porter is good, but their seasonal "Achocolypse" (which is Petrified Porter brewed with milk chocolate) is absolutely amazing.
Flagstaff- Lumberyard Brewery. Imperial Red was awesome.
Sedona- Oak Creek Brewery. Boo. Not a single redeeming quality here. Chicken quesadilla was mediocre, beer was watery.
Tucson- Nimbus Brewey- Though I love Old Monkeyshine from a bottle,it was twice as good on tap.

In Tempe we'll frequent Boulders on Broadway and Four Peaks after gym climbing. Actually, we're spoiled here in Tempe. Example: I live next to the most ghetto looking corner store ever, but upon walking in you'd think you're in a Total Wine.

Yardhouse would be a good place to hit on the way in town from the west. I suppose Rock Bottom from the northwest, though I wasn't impressed with any of their beers.

Any ideas? I'm particularly curious about the Payson area.
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@mazatzal
Well if there's finally something good to drink there, next time I visit, I might just have to Bremain. Or is it too late for that now? :whistle:
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Too late :o
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This guy should stick to beer. He obviously knows nothing about hiking! :roll:
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Just got off the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, WA. The restaurant in the National Park Inn at Longmire serves Wonderland IPA. It really hit the spot. I hear it is served at the Sunrise restaurant too.
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SunUp Brewing in Phoenix taps its new limited-release 'Wild Thing', a Southwest double IPA dry-hopped with rare Arizona wild hops, today. SunUp brewers collected 25 pounds of the large hops (shown in link below with beer can for size comparison) and also used 40 pounds of agave to create Wild Thing (8% ABV, 85 IBUs).
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Alston_Neal wrote:Broke with our traditional post hike Mexican food fest and tried Verde Brewing Company. On the main drag in Camp Verde.
Verde Brewing has recently vacated the 'big barn- aka Boler's Bldg.' on the main drag in C.V.; the new address is 724 N. Industrial Drive, Unit 7a, Camp Verde, AZ. Just off the main Cottonwood/C.V. exit, just east of I-17, north down that small road kinda behind Starbucks. It was their production facility and now will house production and a taproom/limited-menu restaurant.
I will miss the 'beer garden' at the old place.
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Lochiel and 12West are both knockin' em dead. great stuff there.
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While this post is still alive and kicking with new additions we stumbled onto the Beer Research Institute a few days ago. If they were smart they would figure out a way to take advantage of Wilderness Brewing's constant waiting list on the weekends. I found myself out in the east valley over the weekend, right down the street from Wilderness Brewing. Wanted to see if Chumley had more pictures of himself up on the wall. But alas I couldn't even find a place to park, even the overflow parking was jammed. Pulled out my phone and the next closest place was the Beer Research Institute in Mesa. Tucked away in strip mall next to a movie theater my expectations were low. Very surprised at how good it was.
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BRI is quality. Definitely worth a visit.
As for AZW, I've found the crowds to be significantly better than they used to be. But prime time isn't ever gonna be good.
After 8pm on a weekend night and you should be ok. But that 5-8pm window is never a good time (pretty much at any place that people like!)
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Love BRI's Street Cred! Have not been there, though in a coupla months; have they opened the expanded area in the adjacent space to the north yet?
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@chumley
chumley wrote:After 8pm on a weekend night and you should be ok. But that 5-8pm window is never a good time (pretty much at any place that people like!)
The chances of me ever being east of the airport after 8 PM are slim to none unfortunately. By then I'm looking for places within walking/stumbling distance of my house.
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@SpiderLegs It's good right after church too. Just go to the early service. They open at 11. :)
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te_wa wrote:Lochiel
A little over a year ago I was in Lochiel, Scotland, where the beer was about as good as it gets. Just seeing the name makes me thirsty.
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The new Vig in North Scottsdale is heavily geared toward hikers and mountain bikers. It's a 2 minute drive from the Gateway Loop trailhead of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve. There's direct views of the McDowell Mountains from the patio. In part because of Scottsdale's snooty visual signage rules the whole building has a cool desert theme to it.

Food is not great. Go there for the hike and then beer.
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The BRI brews are very good. I took the family there for lunch on a Sunday 2 summers ago and we actually had to send some food back. I'll buy the beers if I see them somewhere, but our experience there for the food wasn't good.

Just discovered Lochiel. Brews are quality, but not hoppy enough for my liking. Everything seems to be a twist on the Scottish recipes, which makes sense. The Strong Pale just tastes like another Scottish ale.
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chumley wrote:It's good right after church too. Just go to the early service. They open at 11.
That might be one of your better ideas. I've been attending a Lutheran church lately and you know what they say about Lutherans. Wherever three or four are gathered, there's always a fifth.
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SpiderLegs wrote:
chumley wrote:It's good right after church too. Just go to the early service. They open at 11.
That might be one of your better ideas. I've been attending a Lutheran church lately and you know what they say about Lutherans. Wherever three or four are gathered, there's always a fifth.
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SpiderLegs wrote:they say about Lutherans. Wherever three or four are gathered, there's always a fifth
Well that wasn't true of my grandfather the Rev. Schwegler, but it certainly was of my other Lutheran grandpa Hansen.
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Carver Brewing Co. in Durango, CO offers a free pint of their Colorado Trail Nut Brown Ale to those finishing their Colorado Trail hike. Let me tell ya, it's tasty!
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Carver's is a winner.
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