Thursday, February 11 marks the beginning of the 6th annual Arizona Beer Week, a week filled with events ranging from tappings of much-anticipated collaborative beers and opportunities to meet local and national brewers. Craft beer will be celebrated throughout the Valley, and craft beer fans will no doubt find themselves feeling like a kid in a giant, booze-filled candy store.
So, to help you navigate your Arizona Beer Week adventure, we've compiled a list of the top 10 events for the 2016 Arizona Beer Week.
Yucca Tap Room Inaugural Toast
Thursday, February 11
At this event, you'll be able to taste the first beer to come from a collaboration among female brewer across the state. This Red IPA proceeds will go to Go Red for Women) will be tapped at 5 p.m. at Yucca Tap Room. The toast will kick off this year’s Arizona Beer Week, while making history as Arizona’s first all-female, all-Arizona brew collaboration. (For those in the West Valley, the beer also will be on tap at Freak'N Brewery)
Craft and Charity Night featuring San Tan Brewery
Friday, February 12
This event is being held at The Coronado in Phoenix and will feature a variety of beers from San Tan Brewing Company, including some rare offerings. A dollar from every pint and two dollars from every dinner will go toward the National Forest Foundation and Northern Arizona Forest Fund. This event will also include a live DJ, giveaways, and a photo booth.
Strong Beer Fest
Saturday, February 13
This don't-miss event features more than 400 beers from 120 breweries across the state and country. A $45 entrance fee will get you 40 tickets for two-ounce samplings. This year marks the 16th year of the Strong Beer Festival, at which craft beer connoisseurs can enjoy a variety of outstanding beers from renowned to lesser-known boutique breweries. Get your tickets now, as this event tends to sell out quickly and is one of Arizona Beer Week's premier events.
7th Annual Valentines Day Massacre Cruiser Ride
Sunday, February 14
Join TT Roadhouse, Ska Brewing, and Huss Brewing Company for a Valentine’s Day Massacre Cruiser Ride. This event begins at noon at TT Roadhouse and will head to Papago Brewing, then off to Fate South and the Well Bar before returning to TT Roadhouse.
Four Peaks Beers, Boats and Brats
Monday, February 15
Take a cruise on the Desert Belle with Four Peaks Brewing Company. A $65 ticket not only includes a four-course meal with individual beer pairings, but also a cruise on Saguaro Lake, with the Tonto National Forest as the scenic backdrop. Attendees can enjoy a gorgeous Arizona sunset while relishing courses such as a vanilla coffee porter and Forrest berry strudel. Ship sails at 4:30 p.m. and will take off from Desert Belle Tour Boat Saguaro Lake.
Beer, Bites, Banter and Bromance
Tuesday, February 16
A unique collaboration is going down at the Fate South Barrel Room. Beginning at 6 p.m. join locals, Fate Brewing Company of Scottsdale and Huss Brewing Company of Tempe, as they join forces with two of Colorado’s finest, Ska Brewing Company and Breckenridge Brewing Company, for a collaboration that promises not to disappoint. Included in this event, which costs $35, are a variety of small bites and select offerings from each brewery. For more information, check the Huss Brewing Instagram.
Sonoran and Phoenix Ale Tap Assault and Burger Night
Wednesday, February 17
If you love good burgers and locally crafted beer, then be sure to mark your calendars for this one. Join DeSoto Central Market and guests Phoenix Ale Brewery and Sonoran Brewery for a burger and beer pairing. This is not your average pairing, however. Patrons will get to choose between six burgers and six beer options, so choose your own adventure and end up with the best of both worlds.
Arizona Firkin Day at Angels Trumpet Alehouse
Thursday, February 18
Head to Angels Trumpet Ale House in downtown Phoenix for the second annual Arizona Firkin Day. The alehouse has asked brewers from all over the state to cask a unique and original brew for this event. Last year’s event brought in 15 breweries pouring 15 exclusive and original beers from across the state. Angels Trumpet anticipates this year’s participation to jump to 30 breweries. The fun begins at 1 p.m. with pours going until 11.
Sun Up Brewing Company Cigars and Brews with Brewmaster Uwe Boer
Friday, February 19
Join Sun Up Brewing from 3 to 7 p.m. for an informational afternoon of cigars and beer with Brewmaster Uwe Boer. He's bringing out an impressive lineup of beers for the event, including a Russian Imperial Coffee Stout, a Belgian Strong Ale, a XXX IPA, and a bourbon barrel aged Barleywine. Boer will be available to answer questions and simply enjoy an afternoon of cigars and beer — he's also hinted at possibly bringing out a few special casks for attendees to enjoy.
O.H.S.O. “Evolution of IPA” Beer Series
Saturday, February 20
If you are an IPA fan, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Head to any O.H.S.O. location for the brewery's “Evolution of IPA” Beer Series. This event will take you through the progression of the IPA from Old English to English American to the more prevalent West Coast IPA. This will be an educational experience featuring four different IPAs that take you a geographical timeline of tastes. The event starts at 9 a.m. and costs $5 for four 10-ounce tastings.
Beer Brunch with Wren House Brewing Company
Sunday, February 21
End your beer week on a high note with Wren House Brewing Company's beer brunch at Ground Control in Litchfield Park. The brewery, located at 4860 N. Litchfield Road, is offering a beer brunch, which will be just the thing to help say farewell to another Arizona Beer Week while also filling up on brunch offerings — and yes, one last round of great Beer Week brews. Wren House is offering four great options for the event, ranging from the Chai Jolly, a dark American wheat ale that might pair well with Dulce De Leche French toast, to the Globe-Miamiweisse, a uniquely kettle-soured ale paired with an eggs Benedict burger. The brunch goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Editor's Note: This post has been changed from its original version.