House of Brews, a Gilbert neighborhood sports grill that opened in May 2011, closed its doors for good early Sunday evening, surprising staffers and customers, most of whom received little or no warning.
The restaurant and bar had taken over a strip-mall space on the southeast corner of Cooper and Warner roads that formerly housed the short-lived Sky Box Sports Grill and, before that, a longtime Uncle Bear’s.
Despite its name and two dozen beer taps, House of Brews never seemed to show much interest in the fast-growing craft beer scene, catering mostly to a Bud and Coors clientele.
To my knowledge, HOB never hosted a beer tapping, a beer dinner, or any other type of beer-related event.
Instead, House of Brews tried to forge a niche as a family neighborhood hangout – a casual eatery first, a sports bar second – probably not the image its name brought to most people’s minds.