One of Phoenix's newest breweries is gaining a lot of buzz with its craft brews after RateBeer.com, which is known as the preeminent craft beer ranking site, made it number one in its list of the world's top new breweries. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Gilbert has only been open a little over half a year, but the small craft operation has gained praise with an ever-changing lineup of beers using all locally sourced ingredients.
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In a recent interview with Esquire, the brewmasters spoke about being near bankruptcy before opening the wildly popular brewery. If you remember, the brewery was funded by Kickstarter, and if you donated to the project, we can bet that you're patting yourself on the back for helping these guys open a brewery that's putting our fair city on the map for things other than controversial politics.
Since opening seven months ago, the brewery has made 65 beers in 44 styles using all locally sourced ingredients from vendors like Hayden Flour and Go Lb. Salt. We're partial to the Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale. However, if you're looking to try out some of their buzzworthy brews, you can only find them at the brewery for now. Looks like it's time to make a trip to Gilbert.
Though we're sure being named the best new brewery in the world is plenty praise enough for AWBC, the brewers are also a finalist in this year's Big Brain awards for Culinary Art. You'll have to wait until Artopia to see if they'll get the prize.