ARIZONA

The 48th state.
Capital: Phoenix
Motto: God Enriches
Flower: Saguaro
Bird: Cactus wren

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

Flagstaff

Driving on a dark stretch of two lane road, the Marquess family headed into the final stretch of their journey home. Pondering how to better live their creed of 'finding joy in the adventure,' they came up with a plan to join their passions of craft beer, travel, Arizona and the enjoyment of life. Founded, was Mother Road Brewing Company.
The Mother Road was the moniker given to U.S. Highway 66 by Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, as he shared the story of the fictional Joad family, who traveled the road in hopes of trading desperation and heartache for hope and new beginnings. The Mother Road Brewery now resides along a lost portion of the storied highway, symbolizing both the journey we’ve made and our passion for craft beer, motoring and history.

 

 

 

 

Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Daily Driver" IPA HERE

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Tempe

We won’t brew on a dare, but we’re not complacent. Sure, we may use an off-the-wall ingredient in our Single Tank Series, but we always brew with intent. Since the beginning, we’ve vowed to use only the best in our brews.

That’s you. We brew beer, and if you dig it, we make more of it. It’s that simple. Whether you’re sipping with friends, around the dinner table with family or at the pub next to a stranger, good beer makes for great company. The best friends are made over beer.

 

Sedona

Oak Creek Brewing Co. is Sedona’s only combination production craft brewery and brewpub having produced finely handcrafted brews for more than 20 years. We have colorful range of craft beers on tap, delicious food, laid back beer garden with fire pit and live music 5 days a week.

Tuscon

Established 1971, Gentle Ben’s was once located under what is now the lobby of the Marriott Hotel. Built in 1908, as a private residence for the Hamilton family, it served as the university president’s house, a boarding house, and home to several fraternities. In 1994, the Marshall Foundation, who owns most of the real estate in the neighborhood, including the old Ben’s, informed us of plans to raze the block and offered Ben’s the chance to rebuild.


The new location at the time was the U of A Center for Architectural Landscaping, but was originally a bank, built in 1970. The still intact bank vault remained intact and now serves as an office and employee room. Gentle Ben’s salvaged much of the wood and brick from the old Ben’s location, as well as the bank, to construct the new Gentle Ben’s.


In 1991, Gentle Ben’s began brewing, and, at the time, was the only brewery in Tucson. When Ben’s was rebuilt, the kitchen was tripled in size, allowing Ben's to offer kegs to other restaurants and bars throughout Arizona. The original brews were Tucson Blonde, Red Cat Amber, and Copperhead Pale Ale. Gentle Ben’s still offers those brews today, along with five other brews.

Flagstaff

They say attitude is everything in life, and back in the day Beaver Street Brewery owner's Winnie and Evan Hanseth knew how to go with the flow, but they needed a little elevation in their lives.
So in 1994 the couple left their jobs as a computer programmer and mechanical engineer and headed back home to Arizona and poured their skills into a new venture opening Beaver Street Brewery in downtown Flagstaff.
Sixteen years later, and only one block away from Beaver Street Brewery, the couple restored one of the last standing building from Flagstaff's lumber era and created the Lumberyard Brewing Company.
Thus expanding their brewery to allow for distribution of their award winning beers to the laid back fun loving locals of Northern Arizona.
At the "Yard" it's not just about the attitude, it's all about the "altitude".

Scottsdale

Founded in 2001 as a bottle shop, homebrew supply store, and tasting room, Papago Brewing Company has evolved into a full service restaurant and the premier place in the Valley to enjoy world-class craft beer.
We feature 30 beers on tap. And every time a keg runs out, a different one takes its place. You will never see the same lineup twice. We also offer over 500 different bottled beers to drink on site or to take home. We love beers from all over the world, and you can choose from a wide selection of Belgian, German, and English beers from our coolers and on tap. But our pride and our specialty is kick-ass American craft beer. We love to drink local, and we love to offer the best of the best from microbreweries around the countr

Scottsdale

We believe that every community needs a place to go to celebrate the better things in life like new jobs, relationships, good friends and happy families.

And to us, that place has always been the local brewpub. So in 2012, Steve McFate built Fate’s Tap + Barrel in North Scottsdale to be the place in our community we’d take our best friends to. From the beginning, we earned tremendous neighborhood support and the Fate crew made a lot of good friends with regular patrons throughout the years. It wasn’t long, however, before we encountered an unexpected problem; we kept running out of our own beer! Our small brewhouse couldn’t keep up with demand and it was time to expand with a second location in South Scottsdale in 2015.

Chandler and Phoenix

Founder and Brewmaster Anthony Canecchia has a mission to pair great beer with great food to inspire conversations that could change the world. In 2007, we opened our doors in the heart of Historic Downtown Chandler to accomplish just that.

People liked our beer, so we began packaging it in cans in 2009. As active leaders of the “craft can revolution”, we’ve stayed committed to the supreme package that provides improved freshness, shelf-life and is easy to recycle.

Over the years, we’ve won some national and statewide awards including medals at AmeriCAN Championships, Canfest Reno, the US Open Beer Championship, and Great American Beer Festival + the World Beer Cup!

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Grand Canyon

South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Day hike to the mule hitching post at Cedar Ridge is 3 miles (round trip). Best views for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, no water, little shade. Water available seasonally at the trailhead. Upper portion of the trail may be extremely icy in winter or early spring and in summer months watch out for thunderstorms. This is the only trail at Grand Canyon National Park that holds true to a ridgeline descent. This trail is also the quickest way to the bottom. The trail begins with a series of tight switchbacks. After these initial switchbacks, the trail traverses below Yaki Point to Ooh Ah Point (the first panoramic view of the canyon). From Ooh Ah Point on, the trail follows the top of a ridgeline and is consequently without shade. Several broad and steeply plunging switchbacks later, hikers reach Cedar Ridge. 

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Grand Canyon

Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.

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Sedona

Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot.  Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.

Oljato-Monument Valley

Welcome to Monument Valley, our home. Monument Valley is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Join us for an experience that will stay with you for years to come: a true insider's tour, a guided journey through a mythical southwestern landscape, and the culture and story of its people.

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Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

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Grand Canyon

Havasupai Falls Arizona is a major destination for hikers who want to visit the blue green waterfalls. Hidden in the Grand Canyon, and difficult to get reservations for, this paradise is for those who can plan ahead and enjoy hikes of 8 miles or more. The Havasupai people live near the Havasupai Falls in the Supai Village.

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Chinle

For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.  In the place called Tsegi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyons. A place like no other, the park and Navajo Nation work together to manage the land's resources

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Boulder City

Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas.

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Petrified Forest

Did you know that Petrified Forest is more spectacular than ever? While the park has all the wonders known for a century, there are many new adventures and discoveries to share. There are backcountry hikes into areas never open before such as Red Basin and little known areas like the Martha's Butte. There are new exhibits that bring the stories to life. Come rediscover Petrified Forest!

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Tucson

Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

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The mysterious and haunting beauty of Antelope Canyon (also known as "Corkscrew Canyon") awaits the adventurous traveler who seeks to discover one of the most spectacular -- yet little known attractions of the Lake Powell area. A tour to this awe-inspiring sculpture set in stone is a must for amateur and professional photographers alike. Come see nature's surprising masterpiece of color.

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Lees Ferry

The 112,500-acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness lies approximately 10 miles west of Page, Arizona in Coconino County, Arizona and Kane County, Utah. 
Nationally known for its beauty, the Paria Canyon has towering walls streaked with desert varnish, huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces, and hanging gardens. The 3,000-foot escarpment known as the Vermilion Cliffs dominates the remainder of the wilderness with its thick Navajo sandstone face, steep, boulder-strewn slopes, rugged arroyos and stark overall appearance. Some of the best slot canyon hiking opportunities on the Colorado Plateau are found here. Deer and desert bighorn sheep inhabit the area. 
The wilderness also provides opportunities for backpacking, photography, and solitude. In the northwest portion of the wilderness lies Coyote Buttes, an area of spectacular scenery displaying domes, aprons, fins, corridors, and a variety of small fragile rock sculptures carved in colorful swirling cross bedded sandstone. The variety of colors and textures in the rock formations within the wilderness constantly change with variations in light and weather. This colorful sandstone area creates a feeling of wonder and amazement.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Cottonwood

Pillsbury wines are a true product of the American Southwest, made from sustainable high-altitude, desert-grown grapes planted in Cochise County. Founder Pillsbury, seeking to break the mold of mass-produced wines, began planting grapes in Cochise County in 2000, inspired by seeing grapes grown in unusual places during his youth in New Zealand. Just six years later, the Pillsbury Wine Company opened in 2006 and began offering his unique Southwestern style. In the decade since, the winery has been recognized for their great wines, receiving more than 26 medals in 2015 and 2016, including several gold medals and the recent double gold award for the 2013 “Guns & Kisses” Shiraz at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions in the nation – where Pillsbury Wine Company was one of only three double gold award-winners in that category.

Elgin

We planted our Buena Suerte Vineyard in May/June of 1990. Our planting happened to coincide with a vicious heat wave, one consequence of which was that Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix was shut down for a few days. Nobody had tested passenger jets at temperatures over 120F. But it was only 105F in Elgin …Needless to say, we lost a few (thousand) vines.
This experience set the stage for what would become the Callaghan M.O. – replanting – always with an eye toward grape varieties and rootstocks better suited to our arid, windy, sun-bleached region. So, over many years, we have tossed out our original Bordeaux mindset and moved to one rooted in the Mediterranean. Spanish varieties, in particular, seem best-suited to our site – Graciano, Mourvedre, Grenache. We have found that one Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot, provides us with a distinctive spicy/peppery/meaty blending component. Finally, Tannat, a black, burly variety from just north of the Pyrenees, has shown itself to be well-adapted to southeastern Arizona’s terroir. As for white wine, we have only one estate white now – Lisa’s – a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Malvasia Bianca, Clairette and Petit Manseng. The object is to produce an uncommonly nuanced white wine with great freshness and flavor "chew". With all of our wines, our primary concerns are depth of flavor and complexity. Textural considerations are secondary and best addressed by appropriate cellaring and/or food pairing.

Camp Verde

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards' wines are the expression of the fierce and wild Arizona terrain. We pride ourselves on being pioneers and farmers first, who use the landscape of Arizona to produce unique and prized wine that will compliment any occasion or collection. Each harvest is meticulously cared for year-in and year-out and every wine and blend is treated as an individual. We recognize that quality fruit is the key to all winemaking endeavors. Our wines showcase the originality of the southwest highlands and accent the terrain, which can be enjoyed in each glass of Arizona Stronghold’s amazing Site Archive wines as well as our signature, regional blends. The varietals are grown near Willcox, Arizona at our Bonita Springs Vineyard as well as fruit sourced from various other local vineyards. We are focused on crafting Arizona grown wines that express the highest quality and value our wild and fierce region has to offer.

Sonoita

We're a small winery that's awesome! One of many great Sonoita-area wineries in Southern Arizona, our family farm is a fun, warm place for families and wine afficionados alike.


Come in and enjoy our patio, tell some stories, and explore the wonders of a winery that has free Cheetos.

Elgin

The oldest commercial vineyard and winery in Arizona, Sonoita Vineyards was started in 1974, opened in 1983 and now includes over 30 acres of vines.  Aided by the unique growing conditions of the Sonoita Appellation (AVA – American Viticultural Area), the winery consistently creates award winning wines, including a Cabernet Sauvignon chosen by national wine critics to serve at a Presidential Inauguration Gala.  Perched at an elevation of 5,000 feet among rolling grasslands, the vineyard is surrounded on three sides by soaring mountain ranges.

Sonoita

Since 1995, Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been growing grapes and producing wines in Southern Arizona. Originally located in Kansas Settlement, the winery and 80 acres of vineyard were pioneered by the late visionary, Al Buhl. Todd Bostock joined the team as winemaker in 2002 and by the end of 2006, the Bostock family took over operations of the winery, and it was moved to Sonoita where it resides today.  The winery is supplied with distinctive, high-quality fruit from its two estate vineyards: Pronghorn Vineyard in Sonoita, and Cimarron Vineyard in the Kansas Settlement.

Willcox

At 5000 feet above sea level, the summer climate of warm, sunny days and cool, high desert nights combines with the unique rhyolite volcanic soils and hands-on winemaking to create Arizona's finest wines.

        
We produce estate grown and bottled Rhone-styled wines on our 21 acres of vineyards located along Rock Creek on the western slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in far southeastern Arizona. Our wines have been featured and reviewed in Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, Cusine of Arizona, Growing, the Wall Street Journal and are some of the highest scored Arizona wines by Wine Spectator and Tastings.com.

Willcox

Come out and enjoy cooler temperatures this summer at the vineyard. We are at high elevation here in Willcox Wine Country - 4200 feet - so while the metros of Tucson and Phoenix are simmering, temperatures at the vineyard are typically 10-20 degrees cooler. And the evenings are always pleasant here.
Our white wines and our rosado are a perfect accompaniment for a summer evening on the patio, chilled of course! But don't forget about the reds, because you'll want something more robust to go with the burgers and steaks you throw on the barby this summer.

Page Springs

At Page Springs Cellars, we create wines that express the high desert character of the Arizona landscape. From grape to bottle, our process is imbued with the belief that growing grapes, making wine, and raising a glass cultivate friendships and unite communities. Here, we’re a family and all are welcome. Come, sip with us.
At Page Springs Cellars, our goal is to create delicious wines that express the unique character of our landscape. We trust that our wines and winemaking convey our philosophies concerning family, education and living life to its fullest.
We believe to make great wine we must take just as much responsibility for the lands we steward as the community we live in.
We feel strongly that growing grapes, making wine and raising a glass is a cultural ritual that fosters friendship, brings together families, and unites communities. Good wine is not strictly the esoteric fare of nobility: Wine is for the people.
We desire to share our passion and interest in wine with everyone from the first time sipper to the seasoned enthusiast. Providing academic and hands on experiences are a big part of this desire to help people expand and trust their own senses.
Land, wine, grapes, friends, family, education, and fulfillment: Wine is within everyone’s reach!

Cottonwood

Burning Tree Cellars specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak, and patience.
Our wines will never be pushed through chain supermarkets or over marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. These wines are, and always will be for each other, our families, and our friends.

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