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Local Love: Wren House Brewery
If in Phoenix for Brewers spring training (they play in the city’s Maryvale neighborhood), Wren House is a must. Operating in a circa 1922 house with hardwood floors and subway-tile backsplash, the former Westward Brewery is devoted to stretching the boundaries of experimentation by scouring the globe for recipes. Ethiopian coffee beans fuel its Jomax oatmeal stout, while Celtic sea salt freshens up its Lady Banks gose. There’s also a beer brewed with desert honey, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and chocolate wheat (Chai Jolly), plenty of west- and east-coast IPAs and big imperials, and an active barrel program. Tons of variety.
This homegrown brewery emerged from homegrown Arizona natives who happen to be passionate about their community – and their craft beer. Wren House’s owners say they find inspiration both locally and internationally and strive to make their beer the best. Other craft beer lovers are making return engagements to this Phoenix brewery that leans toward minimalist and hipster-ish in its decor. What Wren House lacks in food offerings (no eats on the menu), it appears to make up for in custom flavored brews with a Chocolate Cherry Stout, Ginger Pale Ale and a Wild Rice Vienna Lager among the beers on tap.
Start your visit with a stroll through Roosevelt Row Arts District, or RoRo as locals have taken to calling it. Art galleries, studios, restaurants and bars sit side by side in this walkable creative district in the downtown core. Then head over to the Green Gables neighborhood for a hoppy farmhouse ale at Wren House Brewing Co., a cozy taproom set in a 1920s bungalow.
Wren House Brewing has emerged as one of the best breweries in metro Phoenix, young or old. The 24th Street taproom seems to wipe the stresses from life, leaving you in a space that has a residential vibe, like a cool friend’s lake house where people bullshit and share pictures and drink good beer.
In this episode I sit down with Drew and the ever-elusive Preston from Wren House Brewing Company. I profess my love for their beer and we talk about stuff. Enjoy the show