Pedal Haus Brewery
730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.
Beer and Bavarian-style eats at a massive brewery on Mill Avenue that doesn't feel
like it's on Mill Avenue.
Pedal Haus occupies a massive space near the AMC movie theater on Mill Avenue. In the mood for a round of cornhole on a sunny patio? Pedal Haus has everything you need. And for the few weeks each year when it actually feels chilly outside, the brewery also has a beautiful indoor space with plenty of seating. The indoor features an industrial esthetic — but it goes with the we're-brewing-beer-here atmosphere.
Happy hour prices for food follow a simple premise at Pedal Haus: Take $2 off any appetizer. Fortunately, the starter menu offers a long list of apps, including Bavarian-style bites and other pub food. Between the cheese board ($14), garlic hummus ($6), and tempura-fried cheese curds ($4.5), no one will complain about a lack of options.
We started with grilled bratwurst bites ($5), which came with two slices of brioche toast, stone-ground mustard, sauerkraut, and Pedal Haus' own beer cheese. The brioche was boring enough to skip entirely, but the brat bites were snappy — though they could have used a little more flavor kick. The sauerkraut was crunchy and sour, but the stone-ground mustard really made the best companion for the bites, giving them a little more flavor.
These days, it seems every bar's appetizer menu comes with a pretzel, whether it's in bite, loaf, or traditional pretzel shape. Pedal Haus' Bavarian pretzel ($4) is shaped like a demi baguette and comes with a small crock of beer cheese and a dab of stone-ground mustard. The pretzel is heavy but goes well with the complex, almost nutty taste of the beer cheese. Its outer shell was buttery, with a satisfyingly chewy inside. If we had one (small) complaint, it'd be that the cheese was served lukewarm. We like our cheese hot and bubbly.
Unless you despise beer, it's definitely the way to go at Pedal Haus, which brews a wide arrangement of beers, from a light and airy wheat to an English-style brown porter. During happy hour, all beer is $2 off, or you can go for a $5 glass of wine. We ordered the Witbier ($3), the brewery's take on a light, Belgian-style brew. We could taste citrus from the Moroccan orange peel used during the brewing process. The beer is light and airy, plus, the price was excellent.
Pedal Haus offers a strong happy hour, with a long list of intriguing starters and a decent range of beers. The bratwurst bites were a little lackluster, but the nice flavor in the mustard and beer cheese more than made up for it. On the brewery side, the Witbier was perfectly light and refreshing for a warm day. If you're into darker beers, Pedal Haus has options for you, too (and for many preferences in between.)
The beer. The selection is fantastic and you can't beat the price with happy hour discounts.
The expensive parking situation in Tempe. Fortunately, Pedal Haus validates for the garage at the Hanover Apartments.