In the face of craft beer’s growth having slowed to 6% after years of double-digit growth and more breweries now online than ever before, many of Arizona’s now 100+ breweries are taking a bullish stance with big-time expansion plans for 2018.
Just before the holidays, SanTan Brewing, one of Arizona’s leading craft breweries announced that they would be opening a brewpub In Phoenix. Founded in 2007, this would be the Chandler-based brewery’s second location which they hope to have open by spring of 2018.
But SanTan’s not the only ‘out-of-towner’ making moves into Phoenix this year.
In the spring, Tempe, Arizona’s Pedal Haus will open an outlet at The Churchill, an urban market, outdoor food court, and community area will be built using shipping containers (!).
And Surprise, Arizona’s State 48 Brewery will also be opening a second base of operations in Phoenix that couldn’t be more different from Pedal Haus in both size and scale.
The first tenant to occupy the historic Welnic Building, a recently-revitalized structure in downtown Phoenix, the State 48 Brewery will occupy nearly 10,000-square-feet of this iconic space with its own brewing operation, and indoor/outdoor restaurant as well as a mezzanine and a catwalk that overlooks everything.
And if that wasn’t enough, ABC 15 is reporting that State 48 will also be opening a third brewery in Scottsdale next year. The State 48 Barrel & Lager House will emphasize European style lagers feature have a huge barrel aging program.
You’ll have to wait till 2019 to check Arizona Wilderness Brewing’s move into Phoenix. In December the Gilbert-based brewery announced plans for a downtown fast-burger and beer garden destination that will reportedly combine the German beer garden aesthetic with the “it-is-what-it-is” style of San Francisco’s Zeitgeist.”
OHSO (also known as the Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost) is currently constructing a 10,000-square-foot brewpub in downtown Gilbert with a restaurant and a second level brewery facility. This will be OHSO’s fourth location in the region.
Add to all this expansion, new breweries set to launch in Arizona in 2018 including…
The Grand Avenue Brewing a 3,000-square-foot neighborhood brewery in Phoenix’s funky Grand Ave neighborhood.
And Desert Monks Brewing has also announced plans to open a new brewery in Gilbert this year. The 3,000-square-foot operation will have a taproom, backyard games and plenty of room for food truck access.