One of the great things about having family that lives out of town is traveling and trying as many new beers as you can. We are lucky in Ohio that a ton of breweries distribute here, but not all of them. My parents live in Arizona so my husband and I go visit every year. We make a point to visit all of the bigger breweries and even some smaller ones. We also stop at some of the larger better beer stores and the ones that are off the beaten path. We usually end up coming back to Ohio with a checked suitcase full of beer.
This year while visiting Phoenix we discovered a new brewery we had never been to before. SanTan Brewing is in Chandler Arizona which is just outside Phoenix. It was an awesome brew pub with a fantastic atmosphere. I ordered a sampler to try everything they offered and then went from there. My favorite beer at SanTan by far was the Devil’s Ale. It’s a pale ale with an orange-ish amber color with a very nice head. There is a ton of hop aroma here folks. There are nice piney and citrus notes on the nose. There is also a ton of floral hints as well. The mouthfeel is good, not at all watery, however, not as much effervescence as I would normally expect in a pale ale, but still pretty good. The taste is outstanding. It starts with citrus, orange and then slightly more grapefruit towards the end. This beer has a ton of flavor with a 5.5% ABV. It is quite quaffable and very session-able so it’s perfect for a sunny Arizona afternoon. I tried all the beers on tap the day we went to the brew pub and this definitely stood out as the most exceptional of the bunch. If you are ever in Phoenix and looking for a good place to grab a bite and a beer I highly recommend checking out SanTan Brewing in Chandler, Arizona. You won’t be disappointed.