Drinking local brews has become almost as popular a movement as eating local. As of June 1, 2013 there are more than 1,500 breweries in development in the U.S. Craft brewers operate in 344 congressional districts and the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery.
While those that succeed only account for about two percent of the beer made in the U.S., Americans are drinking them up. The Great American Beer Club in Chicago began in 1994 and now has 13,000 members who receive four types of beer a month, all made by microbreweries. At the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, 300 microbreweries poured their products to many thirsty patrons. It seems that the trend is brewing!
Phoenix is home to many great microbreweries including Four Peaks and San Tan Brewery. The newest brew on the block, Fate Brewing Company crafts their own on-site in seven-barrel batches that continually change allowing customers to try a vast variety of beers.
Small yet mighty, Fate is located in Scottsdale in a storefront on Shea and Scottsdale Road. A woodfire pizza oven is the focal point that keeps everyone fed and all the beer is brewed in small batches and sold on the premise. The founder, Steve McFate built the restaurant and has attracted a neighborhood crowd thirsty for beer know-how. The actual barrels that are doing the brewing can be viewed inside the restaurant.
Their flagship beer, Irish Red, has received local and national kudos with a bronze medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and a mention in Chow Bella’s Phoenix New Times column. Fate’s philosophy is to make a little bit of great beer, a lot. With a small-batch, they have the opportunity to brew often and rotate what's on tap. With an aggressive line-up of traditional and modern favorites including Belgian Wit, Black IPA and Candy Bar Milk Stout, they are creating a buzz in Phoenix.
Just like any good wine pairing, Fate offers a simple, yet flavorful variety of pizzas, salads and appetizers. Try their Potato Nachos featuring wood-fired rosemary potato slices topped with bacon, red onion, mozzarella, roasted garlic sour cream and chives, a great accompaniment to their daily brews. Sit in or out on their patio during their daily 3pm-6pm Happy Hour where pints are $3.75, Pizza Bread is $5 and Potato Nachos are $6.50. Each day offers a different beer, so check out what’s on tap to see your fate.