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We are incredibly honored and grateful to be named the Best Brewery of 2018. Thank you to Phoenix New Times and its readers for your support!
From 303 Magazine: “For those of you attending GABF 2018 and in need of a haze fix we have got you covered. Here are our top five brewery booths you should visit to sip on haze as you wander around 500,000 square feet of beer Utopia. WeldWerks Brewing Company, they helped get the style recognized and Juicy Bits will be flowing. Great Notion Brewing out of Portland is also sure to have haze available along with Wren House Brewing from Phoenix who has shown us stellar haze in recent months. Modern Times out of San Diego will be there featuring the Dankness Dojo and we recently sipped on haze from fellow San Diego brewery Pure Project and immediately added them to our GABF list.”
From Audobon AZ: “It is in this spirit of cooperation and in celebration of the monsoon season and one of our favorite Arizona birds that we announce Audubon and the Western Rivers Brewers’ Council’s (WRBC) latest collaborative brew: Rain Crow IPA. Brought to you by Borderlands, Wren House, and Crooked Tooth brewing companies”
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From HopCulture: “Christmas in May? Why not? Christmas Cactus is a blend of three beers aged in bourbon barrels and brewed in collaboration with Horus Aged Ales. This beer from the Phoenix, Arizona brewery is big and bold with warm vanilla and rich chocolate notes. Sip on this one with a piece of chocolate cake around a campfire.”
Also, check out the “Judge's Review: 92 Rating” from The Beer Connoisseur
Watch the video to learn more about Wren House’s 3rd Anniversary celebration and Wally’s World can release!
“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.“
From bestcities.org: “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!”
From CraftBeer.com: “We want them to know that the barley will be local and that the river is being conserved because of it,” says Thoeny. “That’s the water that helps us make the beer and we’re preserving it for future generations.”
Today, there are over 6,000 craft breweries operating in the U.S. according to the Brewers Association —and many of them offer tours and tasting rooms for visitors. To help you celebrate your right to drink, MONEY partnered with Yelp to identify the best breweries to visit in the U.S., and then dug into our Best in Travel database to find the cost of a weekend getaway.
“We are joined by owner/founder Drew Pool of Wren House Brewing Co. in Phoenix Arizona. Wren House Brewing Co. is a fairly new Southwest brewery making a big name right now.”
Looking for the best place to sip on some saucy libations and cut loose on the dance floor? Lucky for you Phoenix has one of the hottest nightlife scenes so you’ll never have to experience a boring weekend again! Here are AZFoothills.com readers top picks for nightlife and cocktails in the Valley.
Right here in our own backyard of Phoenix the number of breweries currently open and soon-to-be opening stands as a testament to the strength and resolve of this movement. Positioned among the most celebrated of these breweries stands Wren House Brewing Company located in the heart of Phoenix. In its relatively brief time on the scene Wren House has carved out an established and well deserved place among the most acclaimed and sought-after beer in Arizona. From moment they opened Wren House came out swinging and have made every blow count.
Last Friday, the line of beer drinkers awaiting the noon release of the brew collaboration between Wren House Brewing Company and Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix stretched around the block. We previewed the beer a few months ago. It's the latest entry in Wren House's pie-themed "Pie Thief" series.
What a game! As if you need another reason to celebrate the Diamondbacks NL wild card win over the Rockies last night...Mayor Stanton gets to keep his Valley Beer
Thanks to KJZZ for talking with us about our participation in the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge! Listen to the interview with head brewer Preston Thoeny...
Wren House is a proud participant of the Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge created by Pima County's Southwest Water Campus. This innovative project helps us all become more comfortable with the amazing technologies that enable recycled water reuse in drinking water applications and ensure a sustainable water supply for the arid southwest. We brewed "Hydrologic Pale Ale" as tribute to this cause and entered into the competition. Come try it while it lasts in the taproom!
Wren House is proud to be a member of Audubon Arizona's Western Rivers Action Network. Growing our craft in the desert southwest relies on long term sustainable management of our rivers, and WRAN is committed to making this happen. Please join us in taking action on this issue by signing the Petition for Healthier Arizona Rivers
Check out this cool video showing some of the action at our recent beer pairing dinner with Federal Pizza...
From ABC15, "We asked Yelp to sift through its reviews and rankings to find the top breweries in the Valley. Scroll through the gallery to see the list."
From DRAFT Magazine, "Wren House Brewing Co.’s Who Hit John Grand Cru is a tasty beer with an uncommon twist: The 13% ABV imperial porter was aged in barrels that once held a special cuvee version of Berry White..."
From DRAFT, "We expected a decent response from the brewers we emailed asking for submissions. We did not expect to get nearly 400 IPAs in total..."
Every year since 2014, the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (the nation’s biggest homebrew club) hosts and judges a competition among all the breweries pouring at the Strong Beer Festival, awarding medals in seven general categories and naming a sole beer Best in Show. This year, Happy Camp was that beer. It’s easy to see why the hazy imperial IPA won—its intense nose is like a mango-strawberry-grapefruit smoothie, while a sip adds peach pits and tangerine peel to the blend atop soft, sweet breakfast pastries. The dry finish with citrus peel bitterness is slightly higher than we see in most New England IPAs, but the finish is squeaky-clean and the 8.6% ABV is nigh unnoticeable.
Wren House could have been just like any other neighborhood bar in Phoenix — but it's special. Not only do they brew their own beer, they do it in a stylishly designed, repurposed house that dates back to 1922. That means some cool Phoenix history, and even cooler: cold craft beer. At this small scale, the brewery nimbly built a cast of dependable beers that run the gamut from Jomax Oatmeal Stout, brewed with coffee from the local Press Roasters, to the Hi Jolly American Wheat Ale, which folds chamomile and local desert honey into each batch. Finally, we've got a brewery and bar that reflects a new, tasteful, and modern vision for Phoenix.
Ruling societal norms dictate that beverages stay within their assigned daily territories: coffee in the morning; beer and wine after 5 p.m. You know the drill. But Wren House, one of the new stars of Phoenix’s revitalized brewery scene, is having fun mixing things up with a coffee- and oatmeal-infused beer that, God forbid, you might consider drinking before noon.
From DRAFT, "In a market rife with so-called “mole stouts” bursting with overwrought cinnamon and cocoa flavors, Olmec is a breath of fresh jungle air..."
Between the weather and the culture, Portland, Ore., and Phoenix don’t have much in common. Drew Pool couldn’t do anything about the weather, but he wanted to try and do something about the beer. Pool, who had worked for Intel in Oregon, took over an old bakery in the center of Phoenix and got to work turning out a strong lineup of year-round beers under the guidance of former Big Sky brewer Preston Thoeny. “I think that kind of set us apart here in Phoenix,” Pool says of his focus on core beers. “Our IPA right now—we’ve been sold out for a week or so because we can’t keep up with demand even though we came into a super-saturated IPA market.”