SanTan Brewing Company – Chandler Arizona

Located in Chandler (Greater Phoenix) Arizona you will find SanTan Brewing Company a great little brewpub.

Photo from SanTan Brewing Website.

Walking in the door you will find the reception desk where they have a bunch of swag for sale.


After that you will find yourself in a long rectangular room with lots of tables and a nice long bar.  Everywhere you look you will see brewing equipment from the brewhouse which is located near the entrance to the pub to a wall of glass on the far side with tanks everywhere as well as some packaging equipment.  Side note they now have a production brewery that makes most of the beer that you will find in stores.  They have some really good food on offer so come in with an apatite.

The brewery does fill growlers which is awesome but they also fill crowlers called Canzilla at SanTan Brewing.  These are 1L or 320z cans that are filled onsite fresh and sealed right in front of you.

The brewery does scheduled brewery tours but they were not doing tours when I was there for lunch.  Luckily for me I popped my head into the brewery and talked to the brewing staff and they were happy to give a Canadian blogger a tour.  Starting out I got a tour of the brewhouse itself.

Once finished in the brewhouse itself we headed back into the brewpub so we could head to the far side of the pub to the tank farm.  They still do some packaging here but not very much.

If you find yourself in Chandler make sure to check out this Pub as it has great beer and great food!

SanTan Brewing Company
8 S San Marco Place
Chandler, AZ
85225, USA


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Calypso Pale Ale (Single Hop Series #2) – Persephone Brewing Company

Persephone Brewing out of Gibsons BC has started up a single hop series recently.  The second beer in this series is the “Calypso Pale Ale” a series where the beer recipe will only be altered at the hops level.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of earth, mild fruit and citrus.  The flavour is of earth, tea, citrus, pear, lemon, hops bitterness and a malty finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  After trying the Galaxy Pale Ale it is amazing at just how different this beer is seeing it is a very similar recipe with just the hops changed.  Once again this was a great beer that showcases what the Calypso hops can produce.



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Dead Pony Pale Ale – Brewdog

From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Dead Pony Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, floral hops and some malts but the fruit really shines above all else.  The flavour is of hops bitterness, tropical fruits, citrus, melons and malts but being a session ale it is understated.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% but with a pretty good hops kick.  I really enjoyed this session ale but I wish that I had more than one bottle brought back from England for me.

Commercial Description:

Get ready to gun it down the Pacific Coast Highway through a hop-heavy west-coast wonderland.  This ale is chopped, tuned and ready to roll.  Bright and bracing, Dead Pony* has been crafted from an insane amount of west coast hops to deliver massive citrus aromas. Dive in and the toasted malt base soon gives way to a huge box-fresh hop hit washing tropical fruit, floral hits and spicy undertones all over your palate.  This is a session ale with balls of equine proportions. Laidback, but hop-forward. California dreaming for the craft beer generation.

*no ponies were harmed in the making of this beer.


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Commander Imperial Stout 2015 – Dead Frog Brewery

Limited Release

From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Commander Imperial Stout 2015”.  This years edition of Commander has been altered from last years edition once again.  This Russian Imperial Stout pours a deep opaque black colour with a chocolate brown head with lots of lacing.  The aroma consists of vanilla, dark fruits, banana and roasted malts.  The flavour is of vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, banana, earthy, molasses and chocolate.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 65.  If I had to choose I think I would pick up a bottle of the 2014 Vintage before this edition because I enjoy the flavour profile more.  This is still a great beer and will age very well and change over time.

Commercial Description:  The 2015 Commander was updated to make it more approachable without maturation. Steve Black, Dead Frog’s head brewer said of this year’s release, “it’s a little lighter-bodied with an emphasis on oak and honey whiskey, backed by hints of molasses and chocolate.”


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Ridin’ Shotgun Belgian Blonde – Red Truck Beer

Limited Edition

From Vancouver’s Red Truck Beer Company comes their “Ridin’ Shotgun Belgian Blonde”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, bananas, fruity and some spices in the finish.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bananas, fruit, citrus, bread and spice notes in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. As blonde ales go this is quite refreshing although it would have made more sense to release this in the summer.


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Hopinionated IPA – Off The Rail Brewing

As breweries pop up in Vancouver faster than you can keep up with another brewery opened up.  Off The Rail Brewing has recently launched in East Vancouver and one of their initial beers is the “Hopinionated IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, mild fruitiness and floral hops.  The flavour is of hops bitterness, earthy, caramel malts, citrus and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% and the IBU is fairly low as the bitterness is not overpowering.  I would say this IPA is much more akin to an English IPA than a West Coast IPA that we are used to here on the coast.  This isn’t to say that its a bad IPA as it is not.  It is actually a very tasty beer it just is not what some of us hop heads would expect from the style.

Hops used in this brew:  Topaz, mosaic and centennial

Hopinionated IPA

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Big Rock Urban Brewery (Opening Soon) – Vancouver

I think the best way to know your local beer scene has exploded is to have breweries move from other Provinces or States to your home town.  Well known brewery Big Rock from Alberta is about to open Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver.


Not only will this be a production brewery but it will also be an Eatery, retail location and an on site distribution centre.  The Eatery potion of the brewery has a slight barn feeling to keep with the Alberta feel but also brings in many Vancouver Urban notes to make a great looking space.  The bar area even has a Cask Engine!  They plan on having an extensive cask program on site.  One very nice touch with the Eatery is they have a stage for live music!  We seem to loose small local stages every year in Vancouver so its good to see that they want to support the local arts community!

They have built the brewery with a very open concept at this location.  At the back of the Eatery there are a bank of windows.  Through these windows you can see the entire brewery and even their lab to the far side.  One thing that is very obvious is that there is a huge amount of space for expansion of this brewery.  When it comes down to it they could even expand into the distribution area and do that portion of the business off site in the future!

I did not get a great view of the retail space as I showed up at the brewery unannounced.  Currently they have a big space with 4 Growler filling stations as well as a big bank of coolers for packaged beer and bombers.  I am sure they will also have the space full of all kinds of brewery swag.


With construction still underway the staff is furiously dusting the entire Eatery trying to keep it in tip to shape as the opening day is really not that far off.  From my discussions with Brewery staff at Whistler Village Beer Festival the beer brewed in Vancouver wont just be their Alberta recipes but beer brewed in the West Coast tradition.

“Brewing beer that is as authentic and true to its environment, as it is to established craft beer standards, is kinda the whole point of having a brewery in Vancouver to start with. You can expect these brews to be: locally inspired, using as many natural, Lower Mainland ingredients as humanly possible; brewed entirely on location at our Mount Pleasant brewhouse; sold exclusively in BC, and to share the uncompromising ideals and deliberate difference of their siblings below.”

I know I am always excited to have a brand new brewpub in Vancouver and I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us from the Brewery and the kitchen!

Big Rock Urban Brewery

310 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1G9

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Enjoy By 02.14.15 IPA – Stone Brewing

From Stone Brewing out of Escondido California comes their “Enjoy By 02.14.15 IPA” a beer that is brewed to be enjoyed within 5 weeks of the bottling date (bottled on Jan 9, 2015.  This is to ensure that the beer is enjoyed very fresh.  The beer pours a orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, peaches, caramel malts and some floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, melons, pineapple, sweetness, caramel malts and a good bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.4%.  I had a real romantic moment with this beer on the bottle date on Valentines Day and I was sad that I made her acquaintance on the last day of its fresh date.

Commercial Description:  You have in your hands a devastatingly desirable double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs – we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.


They even have a website for this beer.

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Galaxy Pale Ale (Single Hop Series #1) – Persephone Brewing Company

Persephone Brewing out of Gibsons BC has started up a single hop series recently.  The first beer in this series is the “Galaxy Pale Ale” a series where the beer recipe will only be altered at the hops level.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, earth and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  As single hop beers go this is a great beer that really shows off what to expect with Galaxy hops and how they can change a beers flavour.

Commercial Description:  Persephone’s Single Hop Series pays homage to the unique aroma and flavor character of select varieties of hops – the spices of beer – in a sessionable Pale Ale style.


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Off The Rail Brewing Co – Vancouver

In the ever growing Vancouver Craft Beer scene when you think things have calmed down it just means a new brewery has opened up.  This time it is Off The Rail Brewing Co off of Adanac Street.


Located on the same street as Bomber Brewing and only blocks away from Strange Fellows Brewing this is looking to be just one more big hotspot in East Vancouver.  Walking into the brewery you will find a nice decent sized tasting round that currently only has a tasting room license but the lounge license is in the works.  The brewery opened quietly on Sunday February 15th, 2015 but made the opening known on social media on Tuesday.  When I arrived they had 8 different beer on tap which is a pretty awesome launch list and included 3 English IPA’s (maybe they are not English IPA’s but the bitterness is low).  3

Luckily when I stopped by I was able to talk to Steve Forsyth the Owner and Brewer and get a tour of the brewery.  I am guessing they will probably offer tours to the public in the future but at this point the brewery is usually closed to the public.  They did just open so I am sure they need to figure out what their staffing situation will need to be.  The brewhouse itself is a 20 Hectolitre system witch is actually a pretty good sized system.  The gain is held on a Mezzanine and from that height the grain is milled and sent to the brewhouse.  I forget how many bright tanks they have but they will be used for their Lagers and Pilsners.  They plan to always have a few high quality Lagers and Pilsners on tap to fill a hole that our local brewing scene has.

Take a break in the next few days and stop in the the brewery and see what your think of the latest addition to Vancouver scene.  Both Steve and Trigger are very friendly people and you will be sure to enjoy your time there.

Off The Rail Brewing Co

Off The Rail Brewing
1351 Adanac St.
Vancouver, BC V5L 2C4
Telephone: (604) 563-5767


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