Yesterday I highlighted five fruit-flavored beers that are brewed right here in the Phoenix metro area. Today, I’ll mention five more that are brewed elsewhere in the state, but are available in the East Valley. Look for these rotating on and off tap handles at local bars and restaurants:
Mudshark Havablue: One of my favorite fruit beers is this Lake Havasu brewery’s American wheat seasonal flavored with blueberries and vanilla (pictured above at D’Vine in Chandler – you didn’t expect it to be blue, did you?). Only in draft. 5.5% ABV. (FYI, Mudshark also has a seasonal raspberry wheat, and just debuted a watermelon wheat that I haven’t seen in Valley yet.)
Lumberyard Raspberry: Available year-round, this Flagstaff brewery’s light ale also is known as the popular Bramble Berry Brew at sister location Beaver Street, also in Flag. Also available in bottles. 4.4% ABV.
Borderlands Prickly Pear Wheat: Arizona Cactus Ranch is the source of fruit for this young Tucson brewery, which balances the succulents’ tunas with cucumber and melon flavors. Only in draft. 6% ABV.
Thunder Canyon Bees ‘n’ Berry: This Tucson brewery also makes Orange U Glad, an orange juice-infused wheat beer (3.5% ABV), but it’s its blackberry honey ale that won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Only in draft. 4.5% ABV.
Barrio Taylor Jayne’s Raspberry: Brewed as a one-time offering in 1992 (and named for the brewer’s daughter), this ale is so popular the Tucson brewery had to keep it. Also available at sister location Gentle Ben’s. Only in draft. 4.5% ABV.
• Earlier: 5 to try: Fruit-flavored Valley beers