Local Pubs & Microbreweries

Great haunts where great evenings get brewing


Photo: Goldwater Brewing Company

Local breweries and pubs are popping up, creating not only a vast variety of tasty beers but also bringing together the community in these local hangouts.

No example is better than O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery. What gets you through its door is a fun and inviting atmosphere, and what keeps you there is a wide selection of its own beers as well as local Arizona favorites. Step outside to the backyard patio that opens up to the Arizona Canal and you’ll find a super dog-friendly area complete with water bowls and a dog washing area to keep your pup happy on even the hottest days. To quench your thirst, try the White Chocolate Ale from Sonoran Brewing Company and Orange Blossom from Papago Brewing — both of which have unique flavors and a smooth finish. Food at O.H.S.O. is full of artful favorites, but be sure to make the trip on the weekends for a combo of select beer and brunch items for $10.

Step over into Old Town and you have three more places to grab a craft brew. Two Brothers Tap House located right on Scottsdale Road has a wide-open feel and a seemingly endless row of taps behind the bar. Like many of our snowbirds, Two Brothers is from Illinois and offers an extensive amount of year-round and seasonal beers. Try the Peppermint Porter — a smooth, dark beer with a hint of peppermint that will be sure to add a little spice to your winter season.

Just down the road, check out Goldwater Brewing Company. With a more intimate taproom feel, Goldwater has 10 of its own brews on tap. Something truly different that it offers is the Desert Rose, a cactus ale. It is pink in color and has cactus fruit and desert botanicals to give it a unique flavor. Although Goldwater doesn’t have a kitchen, follow it on social media to find out what food truck it has invited to serve food in its taproom.

On the east side of Scottsdale Road sits Bad Water Brewing. Started in 2012, Bad Water is known for its Saison beer. Saison (also referred to as a farmhouse ale) is an ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter. Bad Water’s Saison has a light, almost fruity taste with little bitterness.

Regardless of the drinker, these breweries have the variety to bring together a group to cheers. Prosit!

Bad Water Brewing
4216 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 748-4460

Goldwater Brewing Co.
3608 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 350-7305

O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery
4900 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(602) 955-0358

Two Brothers Tap House
4321 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 378-3001


For those not-so-avid beer drinkers, deciding to venture outside of a lager and into a craft beer can be confusing. The major differentiating factors between beer types are how the beer is fermented as well as the types of the three main ingredients — malt, barley and hops.

Pale ales are predominantly lighter-color beers that are made with a pale malt (hence the name). Your trendy India pale ales (IPAs) fall into this category, and, although they range in strength and taste, they’re traditionally pretty hoppy and bitter. Porter beers (similar to stout) are dark and are made from brown malt.

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