I grew up in Tempe and remember when Islands was at this location and then it sat empty for some time after it closed. But is looks like Tempe finally found a winner in Pedal Haus. It is a locally owned brewpub that features handcrafted European-style beers along with a Belgian-American gastropub menu. They opened in 2015 and just recently went through a renovation. They have some pretty creative dishes like brisket argue pasta, lobster mac & cheese, tempura-fried cheese curds and moules frites. You can’t miss this place because it is huge. They have three bar areas with an enormous patio (with cornhole) and beer garden. I was first introduced to Pedal Haus on a food tour of Tempe last year and happy to finally make a return visit.
I started my day off with the Bavarian pretzel which comes with sides of beer cheese, stone-ground mustard and a maple butter. The pretzels are shaped liked a baguette and come served warm and soft. The maple butter was a pleasant surprise. Then I got the Green Chili Bacon Burger which is a pretty good-sized burger loaded with all types of flavor. I’m an ale guy and enjoyed their amber ale for my beer choice. One fun fact that I found interesting is that they recycle heat in the brewing process. The steam (which is typically lost) is distributed to a hot water tank that warms up the next batch. They have a killer happy hour that offers reduced prices on their appetizers and beer. Like many of the new breweries opening up, they are pet friendly, so feel free to bring your dog.
Scottsdale Beer Company uses a custom 10 bbl brewing system to brew their beer. They prioritize freshness and craftsmanship and are inspired by the work of beer masters from past generations. The head brewmaster is an Arizona native and has been making beer for over twenty years. I tried the East End Amber and found it very tasty and delicious. The Chicken Molé Tostadas were recommended by my server and I enjoyed every bite. The tostadas are made of beer brined chicken thighs braised in red molé sauce, served over refried beans and topped with cheese curds, jalapeño crema, cilantro, cabbage, radish, lime-pickled onions, and apples. I’m really enjoying all the craft breweries that are popping up everywhere in the Valley. This place was a pleasant surprise and added to my dinner and play evening out.
I have to post a picture of this delicious beer shake I got at Red Robin. It is a blend of creamy vanilla soft serve, Blue Moon Belgian White beer, Cointreau orange liqueur and orange juice. Wow! Red Robin does a few variations of beer shakes and this is definitely one of my favorites!
I really enjoy this beer, especially in the summer. It’s SanTan Brewing Company’s famous Mr. Pineapple wheat beer. It’s available in cans or on draft and has a nice tropical touch to it. It’s a traditional wheat beer infused with fresh pineapple juice that’s perfect anytime.
I love going to Angels Trumpet Ale House. 31 craft beers on tap. Only 5 feet of line from the keg to the glass with stainless steel taps keeps the beer as fresh and cool as possible. They are always rotating different beers, so you have to keep an eye on the chalk board for your favorite. And of course they have great food too! A bunch of us got together for some beers for a fun night.
I love the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix. FilmBar is a twenty one and over beer/wine bar dedicated to screening new, classic, cult and local independent/foreign films in a microcinema setting (about 70 seats). FilmBar is a unique place in Phoenix and caters to the local downtown Phoenix culture. I saw a movie called The Ambassador tonight. I love noir feel to it and the local art displayed on the walls.
The New Belgium Tour de Fat makes its rounds to Tempe around this time of year. I love riding my bike in this little parade because of the creativity and the goofiness that goes with it. The idea – trade your car and ride your bike. They promote clean living but with some fun and humor to it. Sponsored by Fat Tire beer, I had fun riding around Tempe Town Lake through Mill Ave observing the fun outfits and creative bikes.