Posted by Shawn | Posted in Arizona, Bar / Brewery | Posted on 16-10-2011
Four Peaks Brewery has got to be one of the biggest craft breweries in Arizona (in terms of production and following). There’s a good reason for that and it centers mostly on how damn good their beers taste. If you have had the chance to visit the brewery and restaurant in Tempe, you have probably gone back. Everything from their food to the service matches up in quality to their selection of brews and I’m proud to say they make one of my favorite beers – HopKnot IPA. What’s even better is that it comes in a can! Ha, take that beer snobs!
Now of course I need to talk about the food here, but I wanted to quickly say that they are announcing a new production facility tomorrow which is great news for them and customers. Not only will they be able to expand their business but I’m guessing this new location won’t be so crowded with ASU students. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Tempe location but come here on a weekend and it gets tiring waiting for a table if you bring a group.
On to the food. I would come here even if they didn’t brew a drop. The menu here is complete with options for everyone and I have tried pretty much everything. That said, I only dislike one item on the menu which happens to be their pasta salad. The rest of it though, you have to try this stuff! Burgers here are big, pizzas even bigger and everything tastes great. Their fries come battered in their own beer, their sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients and their appetizers like the nachos are fun to share. I regularly take visitors to Four Peaks but I don’t need an occasion to come here.
This time I went with Jeff and between us we had 3 dishes. I went with my staple, the Southwest Burger that comes with an Anaheim chile, tomato, onion, lettuce, pepper jack cheese and a spicy sauce. Always a winner and I’ve never had an off night when ordering this. It’s a big portion but always tasty, the fries are a perfect accompaniment and pair it with a HopKnot or 8th St Ale and you got a meal. Jeff decided to go with the Tap Room Tenderloin, a Filet Mignon on a hoagie roll with bleu cheese, onion straws and the usual toppings. Also a great sandwich, this one isn’t quite as filling but maybe a bit more tasty though you’ll pay for the difference.
However before we ordered either of these, we had to get the 5 Layer Nacho Dip. Be warned: get this for at least 3 people because it is huge and if you add chicken it is a complete meal. Served with the jalapenos, black beans and sour cream on the side, you can decide how loaded you want these nachos to be but then again why would you not load them with everything? The nachos are a must for me but like I said just be sure to have some backers on this one.
If you decide to come here but not for the food, you won’t be disappointed either. Four Peaks has 8 regular brews always on tap. They are as follows.
- Kilt Lifter Scottish-Style Ale – Their flagship beer with little bitterness or hop taste but plenty of flavor. Goes great in the colder months or even as a keg.
- 8th Street Pale Ale – A personal favorite of mine, this beer is easy to drink and has a great hop taste.
- Hefeweizen – A decent wheat hefe with a banana aroma, probably my least favorite of theirs.
- Sunbru Ale – Tastes similar to a traditional domestic beer you would drink at any bar but has a slight bite to it that distinguishes it from the rest.
- Oatmeal Stout – Exactly like it sounds, rich and creamy with bold flavors and an almost chocolaty taste.
- HopKnot IPA – My favorite of all of them, a good American style IPA with citrus aromas and a somewhat piney taste from the hops.
- Raj IPA – A strong traditional English IPA that is dry and high in alcohol.
- Arizona Peach Ale – A favorite of the ladies but not embarrassing if ordered by a man (at least in our group), it has great flavor and is light.
If I haven’t convinced you to go here yet, then shame on me I guess but I’ve only started to spread the praise for Four Peaks when I should have been doing it earlier. I guess I just didn’t want this place to get more crowded, but with a new location opening up (no food though) the lines might get a little better.
Tip: Get a growler to go and when you return fill it up to get 5 beers worth cheaper than the regular price.
1340 East 8th Street #104
Tempe, AZ 85281