Try some of Arizona’s best at Valley tasting rooms. From cider to beer to wine, there’s something for every palette and preference. Cheers to that.
Arizona’s first full cidery and tap room is located in Downtown Mesa. The Veteran-owned Cider Corps creates ciders using local ingredients such as prickly pear, locally made cold brew, and locally made chai. Though most cideries are located in orchards, Cider Corps is housed in a 4,500-square-foot, 1880s-era building that was formerly a Mesa police station.
Brothers Jason, Sgt., USMC (Ret.), and Josh Duren began making cider as a hobby while Jason was recovering from injuries received in Afghanistan. When the ciders earned rave reviews from those within the beverage and culinary industries, they turned the hobby into a business.
With thriving vineyards both north and south of Metro Phoenix there are plenty of sips to savor—but there’s no need to road trip with the variety of local tasting rooms right here in the Valley. LDV Winery focuses on Rhone varietal grapes, including syrah, grenache and viognier.
At Carlson Creek, the portfolio includes varietals of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, syrah, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, grenache rosé, malbec and mourvèdre, with chenin blanc and merlot varietals being locally sourced.
The Buzz on Beer
Beer-lovers have their fare share of tasting to do in the Valley as there are numerous local breweries.
At Scottsdale Beer Company, Mother Bunch Brewing, SanTan Brewing Company and Pedal Haus Brewery, enjoy a meal and taste a unique brew. Wood-fired pizzas and rotating craft brews are served at two McFate Brewing locations in Scottsdale.
Other breweries with multiple Valley locations are Huss Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Company Arizona and O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery. The popular Two Brothers Artisan Brewing brought its Chicago craft beer to Scottsdale by launching a local brewery.