If you thought the craft beer community wasn't alive and thriving in the Valley before now, you're either not a beer drinker, or blind. Just take one look at the sheer number of craft breweries in metro Phoenix and Arizona. And while the brewers certainly deserve a lot of the credit for all this activity, there's another lot that we have to thank for bringing forth frothy glasses of locally-made beer to the masses: the retailers.
And tomorrow, local beer drinkers will have a chance to drink to that -- in a big, delicious way.
"This began with the idea that all the brewers have their guilds," explained James Swann, a longtime craft beer enthusiast. "They can play house anytime they want."
To even the playing field Swann recently rounded up a gang of non-brewers who, like himself, are passionate about beer but lack a way to turn that passion into, well, actual beer.