The fancy umlaut in BrüCo Taproom's
name might lead to you to believe that Queen Creek’s newest watering hole has an affinity for German brews. Nope – it’s just a cool name that originated during a family brainstorming session. In fact, most of the beers on tap are local brews, according to its owners.
"We ultimately settled on the name and the symbol because we like the way it looks," says owner Randy Waldref.
Waldref and his wife, Julie, have been residents of Queen Creek for about six years.Their taproom near the northeast corner of Power Road and Germann Road is their first venture into the restaurant world. The 1,600-square-foot taproom opened last month and has 30 rotating craft beers on tap, along with wine and a small food menu that includes pizza and chicken wings. There is a cozy indoor space to eat and an outdoor patio with a garage door-style window to the bar.
Currently, 17 of the 30 beers on tap are Arizona brews. Waldref says the most popular suds are Huss Brewing Co.'s
Scottsdale Blonde and Arizona Light Lager, and Four Peaks'
The Joy Bus WOW Wheat Ale. Another favorite is Full Moon wheat beer from Mudshark Brewing Company, based in Lake Havasu.
Other local beers making the lineup come from Barrio Brewing Company
(Tucson), Lumberyard Brewing Co.
(Flagstaff), and Tombstone Brewing Co.
(Phoenix). Black Currant Cider from Crush Craft Cider Company
(Tempe) is on deck, according to Waldref. The full menu can be found through the Untappd app.
The 1,600-square-foot BrüCo Taproom in Queen Creek opened in December.
Beers are priced from $2.50 to $3 for a five-ounce draft and $7-$8 for a 16-ounce pull.
"We got into this industry for the beer," he says. "We have been beer aficionados for years."
BrüCo Taproom is for beer enthusiasts, by beer enthusiasts – but there's a good selection of wines, too, Waldref says. They are in the process of rolling out a small bites menu for early 2022. Expect pizzas, appetizers, and wings, for starters
Waldref says the reception from other local establishments, even those serving beer and wine, has been extremely friendly and supportive.
"Even people I would have thought of as competitors to BrüCo came to visit and have a drink at the place," he says. Ultimately, the goal is to be a "neighborhood spot boasting craft beer and great food."
Stay up to date with the taproom through their Facebook feed.
7529 South Power Road #103, Queen Creek
Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.