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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on June 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Filed under: beer, featuredarticle

World Cup Brew on Tap

restaurant, brewery, food and beverageJust in time for the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup Soccer Tournament, Four Peaks Brewing Company, a local Phoenix microbrewery will release today their Motley Brue RyePA, a dark rye IPA made with seasonal malts and rare hops.  The beer, which was brewed at Four Peaks during Craft Brew Week in May, is the result of a local collaboration among several Arizona breweries.

Named after a prominent landmark on the eastern skyline of Phoenix, Four Peaks is a reference to the four distinct peaks that form the mountain’s summit.  As the highest point in Maricopa County I think they look like the four knuckles (from your pinky to your index finger) on your hand when bended.  Well, put it this way, they are very distinctive and on a rare occasion are snow capped in the winter.

Four Peaks Brewery - Tempe Historical Cremery Building

Owner Jim Scussel and his business partners opened Four Peaks Brewery in 1996 in a century-old brick building in Tempe that once housed a creamery.  Not wanting to follow the strip mall crowd, they were more intrigued by the rustic atmosphere of this turn of the century brick warehouse located about 1/2 mile east of the Arizona State University campus.  Originally constructed in 1892, the building reflects Mission Revival style with wooden ceilings and a glass clerestory reaching as high as 35 feet supported by steel suspension.

Today, Four Peaks has another location in Scottsdale where they offer eight mainstay beers, including Kiltlifter, 8th Street Ale and Hop Knot IPA. There are also seasonal beers like the Winter Wobbler and Pumpkin Porter, and the occasional cask-conditioned ale. The selection ranges from the Peach Ale at 4 percent alcohol, to the Raj IPA at 6.9 percent, to the Hop Squatch, a barley beer that packs a 13 percent punch.

Four Peaks recently released the Devil’s Pitchfork Ale, a tribute to the alumni association at Arizona State University, the owners alma mater. 

If you’re a brew master enthusiast, I suggest you take a brewery tour and learn about all the intricate steps involved in beer brewing.  Scussel claims that brewers are part of a close-knit community and welcome newcomers.

mountains, outdoors, trails

Four Peaks Mountain Range

Four Peaks brews 18,000 barrels of beer each year, or 558,000 gallons/36,000 kegs.  They have decent pub grub to accompany their brews and a great Sunday brunch.

In celebration of the World Cup (note:  the USA plays England on June 12) toss back a cold one at Four Peaks, one of my favorite local watering holes.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe (map)

Four Peaks Grill & Tap
15730 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale (map)

Photos courtesy of Four Peaks Brewery and flickr

Related places:
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    Four Peaks Brewing Company
    1340 East Eighth St, Tempe, AZ 85281-4396
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    Four Peaks Grill & Tap
    15730 N Pima Rd Ste D5-7, Scottsdale, AZ
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  • Bob says:

    Fourpeaks is greatto spend the afternoon having a beer with friends enjoying a game or catching up.
    Very nice article Heather, Tarbells complimented you on your article of them too.

  • Sal says:

    Enjoyed the story re Four Peaks .. Great article!
    They’ve great beer and munchies and their Tempe location is a fun place to hang out.

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