By Alison Bailin Batz
Photos by Taylor Aldridge
PHX Beer Co., a new brewery and restaurant concept, is now open in Phoenix. Times three.
The brand, which was created by a team of local entrepreneurs and industry veterans, now occupies both of Phoenix Ale Brewery’s former locations, including the Downtown Phoenix brewery and tap room and the Central Phoenix restaurant, which was formerly called Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen. They also opened a Scottsdale restaurant in August located in the McCormick Ranch area.
The Downtown Phoenix brewery is the anchor and where Adam Wojcik is now leading a team of brewers. Wojcik, an Arizona native and Arizona State University graduate, comes to PHX Beer Co. with 17 years of experience in the beer industry. Most recently, he served as a member of the national sales team with internationally recognized Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Among PHX Beer Co.’s initial offerings are Arizona Gold, which is the brand’s flagship IPA; Lemon Bite Radler, which is a marriage of blond ale and house made lemonade; Orange Grove IPA, which pays homage to Arizona’s historic citrus industry and is made by infusing citrus hops as well as orange peels in the IPA; Iron Horse Porter, which is brewed with chocolate malt to give a roasted yet sweet flavor; and Morenci Copper Ale, which is malt forward with caramel and biscuit notes as well as subtle melon.
The Central Phoenix location acts as more of a restaurant and showcase for the beers. It’s led by Richard Stark, former owner and CEO of local favorite NYPD Pizza. Stark also founded the Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen. His menu is stacked with decadent comfort food favorites such as the Cast Iron Macaroni & Cheese ($10) and Iron Horse Porter Brownie ($8), as well as creative culinary options like Morenci Copper Ale Wings (10 for $14), Black Iron Pizzas (available with gluten-free crust by request and ranging in price from $11 to $21) and Whiskey BBQ Meatballs ($10). There is a beer recommendation conveniently noted next to each menu item as well, for those who wish to pair.
The Central location also offers weekend brunch as well as both growler and crowler refills. For those unfamiliar, a crowler is a large aluminum can that can be filled with one’s favorite brew and enjoyed right on the spot.
Wine and cocktails are also available at the Central location. Though a beer-focused concept, the eight signature cocktails – ranging in price from $9 to $12 – are especially impressive. Of particular note is The Figgy Peach ($9), which is made with Phoenix Ale’s Nine-Year Elijah Craig Bourbon, AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Pudding Bitters, Peach Reàl and lemon juice.
The Phoenix location is open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Central Phoenix restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.phxbeerco.com.