The 2,000-square-foot establishment has 500 square feet dedicated to wine and 1,000 square feet for handcrafted beer. Book aims to offer beer and wines that may not appeal the masses, favoring instead more unique products.
“There’s no marketing campaign pushing beers down consumers' throats saying if you drink this, you’ll be sexier or you’ll be a winner,” Book says.
Off-the-beaten-path offerings include wines from Mathaisson in Napa Valley and Columbia River’s Gramercy to League of Rogues out of Paso Robles, California, a winery headed up by husband-and-wife team Jake Gottlieb and Jessica Leitch — both graduates and former athletes at Arizona State University who have since become winemakers.
If craft beer is more your style, Book presents the same exploratory lineup. Current inventory includes everything from newly popular sour brews to a diverse selection of IPA’s, limited barrel-aged catches, and brown ales.
Having caught the craft beer bug while working in Australia on a six-month work visa, Book tried his hand at everything from bartending to helping with the brewing process. His experiences sparked a passion, and there was no turning back when he returned to his hometown. That's when Book decided he wanted to create a place where East Valley residents could become familiar with as many local varieties as he could get his hands on.
For more information, check the Bottleshop48 website.