Molly Smith

SunUp Brewing Company

SunUp Brewing is the sort of spot some Phoenix diners and drinkers put into heavy rotation because of affordable vittles, an amiable atmosphere, and, naturally, the in-house beers. Brewed on-site in a seven-barrel system located in the glass-walled "Brewer's Den," the malty amber is a crowd favorite, while hardcore hop-heads dig the Trooper IPA, and those who like to keep things mellow choose the smooth Light Rail Cream Ale. There are others on tap (any of which you can schlep home in one of SunUp's growlers) including the Vanilla Porter, the Armadillo Red, a pale ale, a wheat ale, and whatever seasonal specialties the brewmaster has crafted. The establishment's menu is just as beer-y: SunUp's chefs use brews in their recipes for Horizon Hefeweizen Mussels and the Light Rail Cream Ale BBQ Wings. The brewery's burgers (including a Kobe beef, a roasted portabella Swiss, and a BBQ cheddar Buffalo) are worth devouring even if you're — God forbid — a teetotaler.