Lauren Cusimano

Superstition Downtown

Jeff and Jen Herbert, the pair behind Prescott’s Superstition Meadery, have opened a Phoenix outpost called Superstition Downtown. This ain’t the place for vodka-sodas and IPAs. It’s a true meadery, with bottles, jugs, and 24 taps of mostly meads and ciders. They’re offered as 1-ounce pours, which we’ve found to be an excellent way to sample Superstition’s selections. The staff, a friendly crew on the other side of the lengthy bar (it’s made with wood salvaged in the splintery wake of a west-of-Flagstaff tornado), is happy to guide you through the menu, which also contains some damn-fine tapas and a stunner of a soft shell crab sandwich. This place opened in fall 2020, but it already has the feel of a decades-old neighborhood classic.