Cartel Coffee Lab – Tempe Arizona

In Tempe Arizona there is a really cool coffee shop where they roast their own beans in house.  The Coffee shop is called Cartel Coffee Lab.  Most coffee shops would be very happy with being just a great coffee shop but not these guys.  They also have a small nano brewery in house!


The coffee shop itself is pretty funky with the roasters off to the side so you can see the process.  There is a ton of seating and very helpful staff.

I wish I had taken more photos of the coffee shop side but I don’t drink coffee so at the time I just didn’t think of it.  The side I really cared about though was the brewery side and the lounge on that side.  The brew system looks like a really high end home brew system in the back with some tanks tucked in the other corner of the lounge.  I was quite impressed with the quality of beer that was being produced out of this coffee shop and I really think someone in Vancouver needs to look into doing this!

If you head to the Tempe (Phoenix) area in Arizona make sure to check out this coffee shop and brewery or one of their satellite locations around  the state.  You will not be disappointed in the beer or the coffee!

Full sized photos found here

Cartel Coffee Lab
225 West University Drive
Tempe, Arizona

That’ll Do India Pale Ale – Huss Brewing

From Huss Brewing out of Tempe Arizona comes their “That’ll Do India Pale Ale”.  The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus with a sweet and floral finish.  The flavour of the beer is of big bitterness and earthiness with caramel, citrus, lemon peel and a resinous finish.  Like I found with most Arizona beers it was sweeter than West Coast IPA’s but very tasty.  The alcohol content came in at 7.1% with an IBU of 91.

Hops used for brewing: Simcoe, Columbus and Zythos Hops.