In 2013, 7.8 percent of all U.S. beer sales were craft beers, mostly from small, independent brewers, according to the Brewers Association of Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, Arizona has produced several successful breweries with a local following including Mudshawk, Oak Creek, Four Peaks, Fate and San Tan Brewing.
A new brewery to enter the scene, O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano Brewery has recently opened their sister location in Scottsdale. Their Arcadia spot attracts a canine loving, bike (that’s bicycle – by evidence of the bicycles featured throughout the restaurant) riding crowd that are loyal customers willing to try the many brews that are introduced on a weekly basis.
As a nano-brewery, defined as a very small brewery operation, O.H.S.O features their Praying Monk brew plus a large selection of craft beers from other local breweries and well-known out of state varieties. The beer menu changes daily, sometimes weekly based on what is currently on tap. The popularity of Nano breweries is a result of the steady appeal for craft-brewed beers and the growing home brewing movement.
What’s even better about O.H.S.O. is its diverse menu. The weekend Beer Brunch, in which $10 gets you breakfast and a local beer is a great way to start off your Saturday or Sunday. The O.H.S.O. French toast with agave syrup and a berry marscapone pairs well with the beer equivalent of strong, black coffee--the OHSO Black IPA. Another hearty choice, their biscuits and beer gravy is not for the faint of heart with buttermilk biscuits topped with a white sausage beer gravy and served with bacon & fresh fruit.
Another favorite of mine is the backyard BBQ available every Sunday from 3pm - 7pm. Try brisket, grilled chicken, ribs and more with all the fixin’s barbequed right in the back lot for $15. It’s a great deal that includes 2nds and 3rds.
At this new Scottsdale location, they will begin micro-distilling. Starting in the fall, O.H.S. O. will make its own small-batch spirits, such as vodka and whiskey. And if you’re interested, you can learn to brew your own at the Brew It -Name It – Tap It- Drink It event where you will learn how to become your own brewmaster. Visit ohsobrewery.com to learn more.