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Suds for all seasons

What goes better together than football and beer? And have we got a brew bonanza for you. From the outside, Tops looks like an ordinary neighborhood booze purveyor, but as soon as you take a stroll down the narrow aisles -- where shelves are stocked high with a jaw-dropping variety of beers from around the world -- you'll understand why beer connoisseurs can't resist this place.

First of all, the inventory is divided by regions and countries, so things are easy to find. The refrigerated section has a sizable selection of cold ones, and the list of kegs is impressive, too. And then there are the obscure brews -- harder-to-find stuff like Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA -- that get the beer geeks riled up. But just because enthusiasts love Tops doesn't mean it's a pretentious place to buy brewski.

In truth, it's so laid-back here that the staff can seem indifferent at times, so you're on your own, buddy. Still, if you know what you're looking for (or are adventurous enough to take a chance on some unusual suds), Tops is the place to visit.

Tops Liquor: 403 West University Drive, Suite 104, Tempe; 480-967-5643

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