Four Peaks Brewery is an Arizona brewery and restaurant. The original and main location is in an old creamery and warehouse on 8th Street in Tempe, Arizona, about 1/2 mile east of the campus of Arizona State University.
Nearby Scottsdale, Arizona boasts an additional location, and, in response to high demand (nearly 40,000 barrels in 2012 alone), another Tempe brewing site will be up and running by the summer of 2012. The Tempe site was selected following a review of 25 potential sites, including the famed Sunkist facility in Mesa, Arizona and numerous warehouses in downtown Phoenix.
The original Tempe location has a small display of Minnesota Viking and Elvis Presley paraphernalia. The brewing equipment is visible in the northern and western sections of this historical property. The building was built in 1892 as an ice plant. The current architecture dates back to 1927 when it was remodeled in a Mission Revival style. It served as a creamery until 1953.
The selection at the brewery varies, but several favorites (Kilt Lifter and 8th Street Ale) are available on tap, in bottles, in cans at local bars, and restaurants throughout the Southwestern United States. The brewery usually has one or more real ale ready to serve, and depending on the season, cult favorites like Pumpkin Porter may also be available.
Four Peaks has gained nationwide notoriety in recent years as a result of earning numerous awards at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Categories in which Four Peaks brews were recognized and awarded medals include Scottish Style Ale, American-Style Strong Pale Ale and English-Style Bitter, just to name a few.