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Papago Brewing Co.
Papago Brewing Co.’s Orange Blossom Ale is a symphony of subtle flavors. Bright citrus powers the opening movement, which gives way to a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel laced with hints of vanilla. It’s no wonder that the light wheat ale is the brewery’s most popular, but the others are hardly slouches. Elsie’s Irish Coffee Milk Stout packs the delicate punch of a dark roast, and the Oude Zuipers—Flemish for “Old Drunk”—lives up to its name with a hefty 11% ABV. Such offbeat styles could only be crafted by people who love beer, and Papago’s founders certainly fit that description. They started the brewery as a modest bottle shop and brewing supply store, but their passion for the “craft” in craft beer led them to open a full-scale restaurant with more than 30 beers on draft. Among these are representatives from all over the world, including Germany, England, and Belgium. The focus, however, is definitely on American craft beer, and the brewery features six of its own varieties for drinking year-round. Pair a Coconut Joe coffee stout or a Hopago IPA with one of the restaurant’s signature hand-pressed pizzas, but don’t be surprised if you get more beer than you thought you ordered. Each pizza features a draft beer baked right into the crust, though the pint glasses are still large enough for dipping.