First it was The Polar Vortex and then it was The Ice Age that we survived so I thought it was time to do a quick long weekend escape! Probably not high on Forrest’s bucket list but I felt it really deemed a necessity after the extreme weather and his very long 60 plus hour work weeks. So I found a couple of plane tickets to Arizona (where our son and daughter in law recently moved to), gave him the dates, packed our bags and drug him to the air port.
To keep Forrest from being bored we had a list of projects we told our son we would help him with. Also on the list was finding a brewery, which are popping up like crazy around Phoenix and the rest of Arizona. A place my son really wanted to check out was a brewery called Arizona Wilderness Brewing which is located in Gilbert Arizona.
Gilbert is about an hour from where we were staying. So one day after our son was able to get out of work we decided to head out to The Wilderness Brewery for a late lunch. The place was really quaint and they took the wilderness theme to heart. The beer flights were brought out on logs. There was a huge outdoor gas fireplace where people could sit outside all year around and enjoy a beer. The decor was also rustic. Forrest and my son each got a flight of 5 different styles of beer so they could try lots between the two of them. I could list some of the beers but unless you are able to get there in the next week or so the flavors will probably change. Both Forrest and my son felt all the beers they tried were “pretty solid”. Forrest is a big hop fan so his taste buds were satisfied, the stouts and porters were also quite tasty (remember I only taste I don’t drink). My son really likes sour beers so he too was happy.
Now onto the food! I had pork belly sliders on homemade pretzel buns. The belly was made to perfection and the buns really tasted like pretzels not bread. There was just enough flavor with spices to round everything out. Arizona Wilderness served a beer cheese on the side that actually tasted like something other than a plastic cheese dip, it was divine! We were even dipping fries in it. I believe they called it a wort cheese dip. My son and daughter in law had burgers that looked and tasted really good. Forrest had fries topped with pulled pork and the wort cheese dip. Not exactly my cup of tea for a meal (too much going on and I don’t like to mess with my fries especially when they are truffle fries) but he loved it and said the pulled pork was done perfectly and he too loved the wort cheese dip.
If you are in Gilbert Arizona I would definitely recommend this brewery. There are lots more things we want to try on the menu as well as try more of the beer. I have attached a link for the web site so you can check it out and learn more about how the brewery was started as well as read about the brewers. They were not there the day we were so I didn’t get to talk with them. I also had brought some of my beer marshmallows with me (the weather was cool enough for me to bring them to Arizona) and wanted to share some with the guys. Our server was excellent. Although the place was really hopping he took the time to answer any questions we had about the beers and was very knowledgeable which is always a huge plus.
Forrest and my son even got a 4 pack to go and a 40 of a sour . One of things we found interesting is the cost of filling a growler, even your own was more expensive than to purchase a 4 pack of beer. that was a first for us. But as a side note this brewery did give very generous pours for their flights.
Until next time!