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Papago Brewing Company

2 Ratings: 4.0
An American brewing company and brewpub in Phoenix, Arizona.

From the Papago Brewing Company website, Papago is "a 30 tap bar where the line-up changes daily plus a beer engine for cask conditioned ales; showcasing the Southwest and serving the finest microbrews as well as great classic beers from around … see full wiki

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An oasis for beer lovers.

  • Nov 23, 2009
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Papago Brewing Company is a little brewpub crammed into a Scottsdale strip mall. It may not sound impressive, but wait till you see their beer menu. Of the 30 beers on tap, I saw craft brews, imports, and several Papago originals. What choice did I have but to sample one of each?

The Papago brew, dubbed Orange Blossom, was a hefeweizen with distinct citrus flavors. Light and refreshing, almost like a witbier—I can understand why it’s popular. Next I chose something more my speed: the Chimay tripel. Huge, spicy malts balanced by subtle hops and earthy yeast … in other words, standard Chimay awesomeness. But the night’s best brew awaited me in The Abyss, an imperial stout from Deschutes brewery. This towering ale smelled of bourbon, coffee beans, and oak; tasted like bitter chocolate and roasted malt; and had the mouthfeel of maple syrup. Yet it was surprisingly drinkable. One word can describe it: “balanced.”

Papago Brewing Co. respects beer. Each ale arrived in appropriate glassware (the tripel even came in a Chimay chalice!), and the interior design pays homage to great breweries around the world. I haven’t even mentioned the rear wall lined with beer-stuffed coolers. At Papago, beer lovers can find respite. It’s an oasis for the brew-minded.

To read more about my beer adventures in Phoenix, visit beereinstein.com.

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