Craft Beer – The History and Heritage Toggle

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Featured Beers

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Cartel Amber
Cartel Desert Pale Ale
Cartel F.Y.I.T.M. IIPA
Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale
Four Peaks 8th Street Pale Ale
Mother Road Lost Highway Black IIPA
Mudshark Vanilla Caramel Porter
Mudshark Up River Lager
Papago Orange Blossom
Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale
Sleepy Dog Parched Pooch Hefeweizen

Arizona’s first microbrewery was Electric Dave’s Brewery opened by Dave Harvan in Bisbee in 1988.  The first brewpub (brewery/restaurant) in Arizona was Bandersnatch in Tempe.  Now Arizona boasts more than 50 microbreweries and brewpubs with more than 15 dedicated microbreweries in Phoenix alone.

Beer is brewed using hops, grain, yeast, and water. Although those same four basic ingredients are used to make all beers, better beer is made using better ingredients: more whole hops, all-grain barley malts, unique yeast strains, and of course fresh pure water. The varieties and quantities of each ingredient determine the color, flavor, aroma and overall character of the beer being brewed.

Hops (Humulus Iupulus)

Hops provide beer with flavor and aroma, as well as acting as a natural preservative. Hops grow on climbing vines, producing tiny cone-shaped flowers. There are more than 100 hop varieties grown throughout the world.

Malt

Malt is the major ingredient in beer, influencing color, body, flavor and strength. Malt is actually the term used for grain (usually barley) that has gone through the malting process. As a general rule, the darker the malt the darker the beer; and the more malt used in the brewing, the more flavorful and higher the alcohol content.

Yeast

Yeast is the catalyst that produces the alcohol contained in beer, as well as its natural carbonation. The yeast converts the sugars from the malt into carbon dioxide and alcohol. Different yeasts ferment sugars in different ways, producing unique flavors and defining whether a brew is classified as a lager or an ale.

Water

Since each glass or bottle of beer is made up of between 90 & 95% water,  it does have an effect on the final taste.

Beer Education:

  • All beer is either ale or lager.  The difference is either a top fermentation yeast (ale) or a bottom fermentation yeast (lager).
  • Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages with chemical evidence of barley beer dating back to circa 3500-3100 BC.
  • At 65 percent alcohol by volume, Armageddon from Brewmaster in Scotland is the world’s strongest beer.
  • Beer is easiest on the kidneys among alcoholic beverages because it has the highest water content.
  • The first beer cans were produced in 1935.
  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago, that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month”, or what we know today as the “honeymoon”.
  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”.

Want to Learn More?

Arizona Beer Styles Guide (courtesy of Craft Beer AZ)
Beer Trail Map (courtesy of Craft Beer AZ)



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