About Us | Four Peaks Brewing Co.

BLIND AMBITION,
DUMB LUCK
AND UNDYING
THIRST

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That’s what got us here. There wasn’t a fancy plan; just a group of people obsessed with beer and sharing it with the community. So we decided to build a brewery.

Our History

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2015
Today

1892

1982

BUILT BEFORE ARIZONA’S STATEHOOD

What better place to brew cold, refreshing beer than a retired ice house? Originally christened the F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory, this Mission Revival-style brick beauty is still standing strong after more than 100 years. Before we came along, the building housed a dairy creamery and Uranus Recording, which hosted the likes of The Gin Blossoms and Stevie Nicks in its studio.

1995

1995

RECEIVE FIRST LOAD OF GRUNDY TANKS

Selling these guys funded our operation. Originally used in England, Grundy tanks are large vessels perfect for serving beer. They went out of style across the pond right around the time the craft beer scene was picking up in the states. We imported shiploads and sold them to budding breweries across the U.S. If you ever see one in the wild, chances are it came from Four Peaks.

1996

1996

KILT LIFTER IS BORN

Kilt Lifter is our flagship beer. This guy keeps the lights on, making up 60 percent of what we brew. It’s the No. 1 locally made beer in Arizona and has won multiple medals at Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

1997

1997

A GRAND OPENING

Nearly three years after we got the idea to start Four Peaks, we finally opened our brewpub to the world. Two decades later, we’ve maintained that neighborhood pub mentality; we’ve just added more equipment to help share our brews far beyond Tempe, Arizona.

1998

1998

FOUR PEAKS’ KITCHEN OPENS

We didn’t want to just drink beer; we wanted to eat it too. Our menu incorporates Four Peaks brews into many of our dishes, from beer batter to pizza crust. Our kitchen serves up high-quality pub fare that’s handmade and always fresh.

2004

2004

FOUR PEAKS GRILL & TAP IN SCOTTSDALE OPENS

What the people want, the people get. In this case, it was a North Scottsdale location. The Four Peaks Grill & Tap has all of our great beers in a space that’s equally focused on family and food.

2012

2012

WILSON BREWERY OPENS

Things got busy. To keep up with demand, we sought a location with enough room for huge brew tanks and nearly round-the-clock production. The fact that the adjoining taproom operates as the perfect space for all sorts of private events? That was a nice bonus.

2013

2013

SKY HARBOR OPENS

Yup. You can make Four Peaks the last thing you drink before you fly out or the first thing you taste when you touch down.

2015

2015

FOUR PEAKS EXPANDS WITH ANHEUSER-BUSCH

We partnered with the world’s largest brewer to help share Four Peaks and Arizona with the rest of the world. If we aren’t already in your state, we’ll be there soon. Keep an eye out for us.

Today

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WE HAVEN’T PEAKED YET

Four Peaks has grown just a bit since the ‘90s. To keep up with demand, we opened a second brewery a few miles down the road from our original location in Tempe. We have pubs in Scottsdale and Phoenix Sky Harbor. We’re available in eight states (and counting). We’re constantly innovating to give you new and exciting beers. And we’re not going to slow down anytime soon.

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Don’t ask us about what’s trendy. Trends come and go. Style is timeless.

Scottish ale. Hefeweizen. Stout. IPA. There are centuries of history to be experienced in each sip of these beer styles, and we want to share that history with the world. So we honor the brewers who came before us by making beer that stays true to flavors and techniques perfected over centuries.

But style is about more than beer. Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn what anyone else thinks about it. For more than 20 years, we’ve done things according to our own sense of quality and craftsmanship.

We don’t think that kind of thing will ever go out of style.

The Process

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OUR BREWING PHILOSOPHY

Our brewers take great pride in brewing beers that are true to style. We appreciate the innovation involved in developing something completely new, but we love the challenge in brewing beer that stays true to historic flavors and practices. Our quest for the perfect pale ale, IPA or Scottish ale drives us to be the best.

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BREWED WITH THE BEST

You could say we’re obsessed with quality. We make annual trips to the Yakima Valley to hand-select the best hops available, we apply rigorous standards to ensure our beers are only made with the finest malted barley, and we go to great lengths to protect and preserve our proprietary yeast strain. We even go so far as to strip our municipal water supply to its most basic state and add back salts and minerals to create the perfect water for brewing each style of beer. We’ve invested in the best equipment, the best processes and the best people to create what we think is the finest beer possible.

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FROM KETTLE TO TAP

We are traditionalists. We don’t believe in fixing things that aren’t broken. Accordingly, very little has changed in our brewing process over the years. Even the best brewing equipment in the world won’t brew beer by itself; it takes dedicated people to steward the brewing and fermentation process. It requires great patience and attention to detail to be the best. For us, good enough is never good enough.

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QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY

We don’t take anything for granted. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and the technicians who work inside them ensure that only the best possible beer reaches our customers. We test and taste and re-test and re-taste every batch that goes through our brewery, and if it’s not up to our standards, we don’t release it. Beer can be a fickle drink and consistency can sometimes be elusive, so we leave nothing to chance when it comes to quality.

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BEER FOR EVERYONE

We’ve never thought that beer should be the center of attention. In fact, we’ve often taken the greatest pleasure in a simple, well-made beer in the company of good people while talking about anything but beer. We believe that whether part of a quiet conversation or a party for the big game, beer belongs. But our beers aren’t designed to turn heads and raise eyebrows; they’re designed to keep the night going just a little bit longer.

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