For true beer lovers in Phoenix, there are a growing number of great microbreweries, beer bars, and places to to shop for sometimes hard-to-find brews. Here we rounded up the seven best independent shops to fill your growler or grab a six-pack of that hard-to-find, special-release craft beer.
City Wine & Spirits
At City Wine in Mesa the selection seems endless, and most of it is sold cold.
6671 East Baseline Road, Mesa
One of the most organized and neat bottle shops around, there is a tremendous selection of craft beer available at City Wine and Spirits in Mesa. Owner Adam Rahhal hires knowledgeable staff who are passionate about craft beer, so when you come into City Wine, you not only have a great beer selection, but also an encyclopedia of beer knowledge from which to learn. Besides being a strong supporter of local breweries, City Wine also provides an array of draft selections for growlers, many of which are rare, hard-to-find selections. Are you a homebrewer? Bring your CO2 tank to City Wine for $1.50 per pound refills.
Desert Rose Chevron
The wall of beer at Desert Rose Chevron gives you a fantastic selection of local, national, and import craft selections.
37 South McQueen Road, Gilbert
Multiple area hotspots within the Gilbert town limits boast great beer selections, but Desert Rose remains one of the best. Proprietor Ken Hightower is a craft beer lover who designed his beer haven to appeal to the most devout beer lover. You can find your mass-produced beers here, too, but it's really all about the craft, with 20 rotating taps showcasing new and rare selections and a wall of beers offering many local and national selections to choose from, including a wide selection of beers from Alpine Brewing of San Diego.
The wall of taps at King's Convenience in Phoenix showcases an unheard-of 54 craft tap options to choose from.
2811 North Central Avenue
With 54 craft beers on tap that are constantly rotating, King's also claims to be the only shop in the Valley that offers 32-ounce crowlers (canned on demand) at no extra charge. This craft beer wonderland also features an all-singles fridge with over 1,000 different bottles to choose from. King's is conveniently located right off of the light rail and is spotless, organized, and very easy to navigate. Chances are, whatever you are looking for, King's has it.
If you can't find what you're looking for at Liquor Express, it probably doesn't exist.
1605 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe
Over 1,500 different craft beers are available at Liquor Express, and proprietor Kyle Delly's incredible knowledge, which he passes along to his staff, makes this the place to go if you have a beer question. They've recently replaced their growler wall with additional cold space to ensure your beer stays cold and in pristine condition. Specializing in barrel-aged beer as well as in limited, hard-to-find special offerings, if there's a limited-edition beer that's being released, there's a good chance Liquor Express will have it, and if not, they can order it for you. Liquor Express offers a beverage-chilling service at no additional cost, allowing any beverage not already cold to be perfectly frosty after seven minutes in the chilling barrel. The shop offers year-round craft beer specials, sometimes featuring discounts as high as 80 percent off.