Ever wonder why February is shorter than all the other months? It’s because Arizona Beer Week is so awesome that the higher-ups had to take some days out of February to avoid all the other months getting jealous. True story.
From February 8-18 (which is longer than a week, but we won’t tell if you won’t), bars, restaurants and breweries across the state will be hosting amazing events, and taps will be flowing with deliciousness at unheard-of rates. It’ll be Christmas for beer nerds.
Want to see everything we have planned for Beer Week? First, call your boss and ask for the week off. Then read on.
Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairings – Thursday, Feb. 8
Peanut butter and jelly. Peaches and cream. Bacon and eggs. There are some food pairings that just work. And the greatest of these couplings, of course, is Girl Scout cookies and beer.
Join us for the return of our wildly popular cookie and beer pairing events during Arizona Beer Week, featuring five delicious brews paired with our favorite Girl Scout cookies (plus a few cookies of our own creation). With reps from the Four Peaks brewing and kitchen teams walking you through the flavor connections displayed in each of the pairings, you’ll leave with a full belly and a better understanding of how to pair beer with food—scout’s honor.
The Arizona Strong Beer Festival – Saturday, Feb. 10
The big one. For 18 years, this annual celebration of strong and strongly flavored beer has been Beer Week’s preeminent event. Festival-goers will have a chance to sample from more than 150 in- and out-of-state breweries, and this year we’re bringing more than a dozen of our favorite beers, including:
– Sirius Black (our licorice root- and coffee-infused imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels)
– Hopsquatch 2016 (vintage barleywine!)
– Double Knot (an imperial IPA)
– New Fashioned CocktALE (a bock infused with orange peel and botanicals, then aged in bourbon barrels to mimic an Old Fashioned cocktail)
– Port Barrel-aged Blind Date (a GABF gold medal-winning dark ale brewed with dates aged in port wine barrels)
– Margarita Gose (our Kumquat Gose aged in anejo tequila barrels)
– Barrel-aged Heavy Lifter (a Scotch ale brewed with barrel-aged barley)
…and many more. Our tapping game, like the festival itself, is strong.
BONUS: Our 8th Street pub is conveniently located walking distance from the Dorsey/Apache light rail station, which will transport you directly to Steele Indian School Park and the Strong Beer Festival. Grab a pre-fest brunch at our 8th Street pub and you’ll get a free pretzel necklace to keep your stomach full and your palate fresh throughout the event.
Dinner on the Desert Belle– 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
Enjoy amazing food paired with incredible beers while cruising the waters of Saguaro Lake. Tickets are $70 and include a two-hour cruise along with a five-course meal paired with five different Four Peaks beers. Find out more via the link in the event title.
Course 1: Charcuterie Board For the table (variety of housemade and local pickles, cheeses and meats) | Golden Lager
Course 2: Strawberry Beet Salad (wild arugula, golden beets, strawberries, toasted almond, white chocolate vinaigrette) | Peach Ale
Course 3: Odelay Fondue (gjetost cheese, goat milk, 70% dark chocolate, soft pretzel) | Chai Milk Stout
Course 4: Mocha Osso Bucco (Malabar coffee- and cocoa-braised beef, celery root puree, wilted beet greens) | Odelay
Course 5: Valentine Box (handcrafted cookies and chocolates) | Barrel-Aged Kilt Lifter
Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner @ 8th Street– 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14
She wants to go to a fancy dinner for Valentine’s Day; you want to go to a brewery. Four Peaks’ Valentine’s Day beer dinner represents that most important part of a good relationship: compromise. Yes, there will be beer. But there will also be an exquisite menu of delights (check out the full menu below) served in a romantic setting. Love will certainly be in the air.*
Tickets are $70 (which includes tax and tip) and are available via the link in the event title. The menu:
Brewer’s Board: House-prepared charcuteries and cheese – paired with Golden Lager
Oyster Flight: Oysters on a half-shell prepared three ways
Naked – paired with Sunbru
Horseradish, Ponderosa lemon, cocktail sauce – paired with Pitchfork
Oyster Tapenade – paired with Oatmeal Stout
Wheat Berry Chop Salad: Shaved gold beats, strawberry, avocado, purslane, endive, red wheat berry, artichoke, caraway vinaigrette – paired with White Ale
Sunchoke Soup with guanciale, honey-roasted peanuts, scallions – paired with Port Barrel-Aged Blind Date
Coffee Colorado Lamb Chop with cipollini-fig mostarda, Camembert strudel – paired with Chai Milk Stout
Valrhona Dark Chocolate Souffle with treacle/tobacco ice cream – paired with Barrel-Aged Cherry Porter
*Full disclosure: since Four Peaks is a working brewery, the smell of beer will also be in the air. But for us, that’s kind of the same thing.
The Beer Can Derby – 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
The Four Peaks Beer Can Derby makes its triumphant return during Arizona Beer Week 2018, bringing back all the nonstop drama and heart-pounding action that you can possibly get from wood blocks on wheels.
The entry fee is $10 (link to buy in the event title) and includes a starter kit to be picked up at the Four Peaks studio at 8th Street in Tempe. Each starter kit includes everything you’ll need to create your racer: wheels, framing, axles and, of course, empty Four Peaks cans. Cars must be built using the included wheels, axles and framing as well as at least (1) Four Peaks beer can.
All race cars are gravity racers and can have no propulsion of any kind. (This includes but is not limited to: fans, compressed gas, electric motors, explosives and flux capacitors.) Decor and design elements that make your car unique and badass, however, are highly encouraged. Just make sure that your car doesn’t exceed these parameters:
Max. Width: 3.75″
Max. Height: 8″
Max. Length: 10″
Max. Weight: 12 oz.
Races will be held between two cars at a time on random and alternating track lanes. Each race will be best of three, with the winner advancing and the loser moving to the consolation bracket. In the rare event of a tie, the race will be completed until a winner is established. The prizes for the top three finishers are as follows:
First Place: $100 Four Peaks gift card, fame
Second Place: $50 Four Peaks gift card, slightly less fame
Third Place: $25 Four Peaks gift card, still some fame but not as much as those first two
We’re also introducing a new aspect for this year’s event: An all-Arizona brewery bracket. Cheer on your favorite local breweries as they battle for pinewood derby dominance!
Ultra-rare Keg Tappings – Starting Friday, Feb. 9
We’ve been stashing some of our favorite beers at our 8th Street and Scottsdale pubs for a special occasion, and AZ Beer Week seems special enough to us. There’s just one keg each of these delicious curiosities, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
Friday, Feb. 9: Barrel-aged Raj (tapping at 8th Street)
Our cult favorite English-style IPA aged from three months to a whole year inside Four Roses bourbon barrels. 8.5% ABV
Sunday, Feb. 11: Margarita Gose (tapping at 8th Street)
This special edition of our Kumquat Gose gets a south-of-the-border boost from sweet oranges and two months of rest in anejo tequila barrels. 5.0% ABV
Sunday, Feb. 11: Barrel-aged Heavy Lifter (tapping at Scottsdale)
A stronger, Scotch ale edition of our flagship aged 13 months in Four Roses bourbon barrels. Think of it as a barrel-aged Kilt Lifter on steroids. 9.3% ABV
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Cherry Black Saison (tapping at 8th Street)
Brewed with Midnight wheat, French saison yeast and Lemondrop hops, then aged on tart cherries for 13 months. 7.5% ABV
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Barrel-aged Cherry Porter (tapping at Scottsdale)
Our Imperial Porter aged one year in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, moved into stainless tanks, and aged an additional five months on 45 pounds of cherries. 8.5% ABV
Friday, Feb. 16: Sherry Barrel-aged ML209 (tapping at 8th Street)
A malt liquor named after a rapid on the Colorado River that kicked the asses of several Four Peaks brewers and owners, ML209 was brewed with flaked maize (along with other adjuncts), run through a hopback packed with Hallertau and Liberty hops, then dry-hopped with Cascade and German varietals. This special batch was then aged nine months in a sherry barrel to become an asskicker once again. 8.5% ABV
Sunday, Feb. 18: Rum Barrel-aged Hopsquatch 2016 (tapping at 8th Street)
Our American barleywine rested a full year inside stainless tanks and another 10 months inside very wet rum barrels. 10.75% ABV