Arizona Beer Week: local breweries offers spicy new beer

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 12:00 PM

GILBERT, Ariz. -- It's Arizona Beer Week and two local breweries are teaming up to create a special "spicy" brew.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, Ryan O'Donnell visited one of our state's newest breweries. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company in Gilbert has been named the top new brewery in the world by ratebeer.com.

"It's very humbling," says owner Jonathan Buford. "It's humbling to say these guys came and rated us and thought, these guys are great. And when we got the news, it just put the icing on the cake, and now we're open, and we're considered a worthy candidate and one of the best in the world."

Buford and Drew Carricato, head brewer at the Grand Canyon Brewing Company, came up with the spicy new brew called "Smoked Chipotle American Presidential Stout Beer."

Chipotle peppers will give the beer a kick. And they're using locally-grown grains to brew the beer. "The grain's incredible," says Buford. "The farmers are incredible. And we have a relationship now with the soil that we stand on, and that's a much bigger deal than just getting a craft brew out."

For more information:

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
721 N Arizona Ave #103, Gilbert, AZ 85233
480-284-9863
www.azwbeer.com

Grand Canyon Brewery
233 Historic Route 66, Williams, AZ 86046
928-635-2168
www.grandcanyonbrewery.com

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