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Cartel Brewery to Open Second Location in Tempe Next Year

David Arnce, owner of Cartel Brewery, has announced plans to open a second brewery in Tempe. The new location will be called The Shop Beer Company and will be located at 922 W. 1st Street in Tempe. This is the latest adventure for the Cartel Brewery team consisting of Chief Beer Officer David Arnce, Head Brewer Matt Johnson, Dylan DeMiguel (sales), and Chief of Staff Jason Calhoon.

The brewery is expected to open February 2016.

“People have been supporting what we’re doing, so we want to continue that,” Arnce says of the new location. 

Upon opening, The Shop Beer Company plans to feature twelve housemade brews and four guest taps. For those keeping track, that’s seven new creations on top of the five — FYITM DIPA, 480 Session, Amber Rye, Coffee Brown, and D.P.A. — available at the current brewery at 225 W. University Drive in Tempe. Head Brewer Matt Johnson is excited to try out some new recipes, including a double stout, a red ale, and a stylistically solid IPA. He's hopes to create a core line up of stylistically-accurate beers and is looking forward to doing a fair amount of barrel aging. 

The new location, which will be housed inside an existing home, sits at 9,500-square-feet of which 6,000 will be dedicated to brewing space. That's a sizable increase from the current location, which sits at 1,200-square-feet with the brew pub at a mere 400-square-feet. The new location will offer eleven 60-barrel tanks compared to the current four tap system, which houses five, 15-barrel tanks.

The existing home will be converted into a bar that will seat about fifty people between barstools and booths. There will also be an attached, partially covered patio/beer garden that will include a stage for live events, as well as two spaces allotted for a rotating food truck program. An indoor/outdoor brewery space will include a hallway where  guests can get a full view of the brewing process.

Arnce, a graduate of Arizona State University says that when considering location for the new brewery, “Tempe is home and it just felt right.”

He and the rest of the team hope to provide a space for local events and entertainment, as well as to help people “creating great connections by way of great beer.”

Though the new brewery won’t be open its doors until early next year, you can still check out the current line up of brews at the Cartel Brewery Tasting Room located at 225 W. University Drive in Tempe. For more information visit the Cartel Brewery Facebook
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