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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,281
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1340 E 8th St
phone: (480) 303-9967
(Place added by: mzwolinski)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Not a world class brewery, but its an exciting place to go when you're stuck in the Phoenix area.
Atmosphere: very large. The restaurant is larger than one would think for the small output of the brewery. very nice and clean inside. high quality. tables are among the kettles which i found nice.
Selection: besides having pints of various four peaks beers, i got a sampler there as well. i find the beer selection at four peaks to be just awful. they do nothing creative or fun. all they do is brew mediocre to poor examples of the most common styles you can find.
Food: we only had some appetizers but there were very tasty and went quite well with beer.
Service: quite poor. our waitress didn't seem to know much about beer or waitressing for that matter.
08-20-2011 20:37:05 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I was at Four Peaks Tempe a couple days ago. I prefer Papago, but we've been there so often in the last few weeks that I knew my wife would object if we went again. So we went to Four Peaks for a change. I only go about once a year, and every time I go I remember why I don't go more often. Plenty of outside seating under the awning in the shade, but they stuck us in the sun and ignored us for the next ten minutes until we asked to move inside. Then they ignored us for another ten minutes while the staff stood around and gabbed with each other. But at least the football game was turned up to a deafening volume on the TV. Not that you could make out a word that was being said on TV due to the echo chamber of a room. I had to shout at my wife in order for her to hear me. I don't get it. Is louder supposed to be better?
I was told the Pumpkin Porter was available when my wife asked for it, but it's not on the menu and it's not on the chalkboard on the wall. I guess it's a secret. My wife asked the server the ABV, and she had no clue.
If not for the Hop Knot, which is first rate, the place wouldn't have much going for it at all.
We visited on a Sunday afternoon. If you've never been, be advised that there is no parking lot, and you'll be parking on the street and walking a block or two.
There is covered seating available outside, as well as inside. The atmosphere is really a sports bar, complete with lots of TVs everywhere you look and plenty of screaming sports fans. There were also a lot of kids and babies in strollers, and I can't help but wonder why anyone would bring a kid to this place.
I've had both pizza and the salmon BLT there, and they were both OK but nothing special. I kept feeling like my fingers were getting covered with grease. To be fair, I'd recently gotten back from Seattle, and was hoping to recapture the salmon dishes I'd had there, but should have known that it wouldn't be close. My wife really liked her food though, a salmon salad. She also really enjoyed the peach beer.
I ordered the beer sampler, which consists of nine different samples. It's hard to savor this many beers with a meal, because they warmed up to room temperature long before I was finished. It's one of the largest samplers I've ever had, and I was fairly buzzed by the time I finished it. As a general observation, I thought the beers were average, with the Hop Knot being the best.
The service was good, and there are plenty of servers, but they seem to have plenty of time to stand around, too. I asked my server what the price would be for a 6-pack of Hop Knot. She gave me the price, and when I said "I'll take one," she then said "I'm sorry, but we don't sell it in 6-packs." Well, what the hell did the price mean, then? That's one beer that should really be available in bottles.
The menu was pretty limited, some pizza, some basic sandwiches, some salads, and not many in each category. The prices are quite reasonable, though.
A very middle of the road establishment with average beer. I'm not sure why Arizonans go on and on about it. Not bad, but nothing special.
09-18-2007 08:06:29 |
More by PhxHorn
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Made the mistake of going by this place on a Friday night. Super packed, parking sucked, the wait sucked too, and this place is huge. Part of the problem was the place was obviously understaffed. Empty tables needing to be bussed, but instead, patrons wait and wait and wait.
Wide open area, in the college part of town, a mix of old folks and college folk, not a lot of beer geek crowd, but that's ok (sometimes even preferable). Definitely has the brewery look, appears they may have expanded a few times, as the hodgepodge of bar/brewing/patio/tables/booths seems to be a bit disjointed. Average selection of usual ale/lager styles, nothing exotic in quality or selection. Food is good bar grub, again, good, but nothing special.
While this place isn't bad (it is the most popular from what I can tell) it just didn't have the experience that other places in the area did for me.
03-30-2011 18:40:15 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I like a few of this brewery's beers and was excited to visit. It has a standard brewpub feel to the place. Brewery is in the back and the restaurant is in front. Beers from this place are poured all over the Phoenix area. They have a sampler tray if you want to try the current offerings. The food is good and about what you would expect from a brewpub. The crowd, when I went, was mostly college students from the local University and some older folk, like myself. If you have some time it is worth the drive from downtown to give it a try. Oh yeah, parking sucks!
04-24-2008 18:02:43 |
More by TheEclecticGent
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was in Chandler on business. I've had some of the Four Peaks beers in the past (found them at a local Fry's grocery store) so when I heard they had a brewpub I was determined to check it out. AND, it happened to be in the direction we were heading (Rangers were in town playing the D-backs). I had a kiltlifter (scotch ale), and 8Th St Ale (American Amber) with dinner. We got lucky last night, the temps were cooler than normal so we sat on the patio where we were seated right away (there was a line to get inside). The food was decent, but nothing to rave about (I had the Carne Adovada, my friend the chicken enchiladas), but the price is very reasonable. I didn't go inside, as it was fairly crowded, but the atmosphere outside was nice. My only knock on the place is the service was not that great. The server wasn't around much, I had to flag her down just to order another beer, in fact someone came by and took my pint glass away without even bothering to ask if I wanted another.
06-27-2009 00:05:04 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
nice place, bigger than the parking for it. Parking stinks, but that is really not something they can help due to the location. Get there early or be prepared to walk a couple blocks after parking.
nice outdoor patio and very large bar area.
Lots of beers on tap to choose from with house brewed taps, decent bottle selection as well.
A bit noisy when the place is full, but that is to be expected; it is, however, almost a sports bar.. and they dont necessarily support the home team!
Service when i was there was a little questionable, not the best waitstaff in my opinion, and the bartender was a tad rude, but he was busy, so that could be why.
I will go back, but it isnt my first choice of brewpubs in the valley.
01-29-2008 12:25:40 |
More by tayner
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
I love the food at Four Peaks and the hot waitresses. The building is an old creamery and has a lot of charm, however what it lacks is air conditioning so you can really only go there 8 months out of the year if you want to be uncomfortable. I stopped in the other day and had to drink 3 glasses of water per beer just to stay cool. Lot's of televisions inside along with a pool table and the usual bar games. The daily food specials are really good. They have cask beer every Thursday. Four Peaks is Arizona's largest brewery and one of the few that distribute their beers in bottles. Because they are into distribution they are more mainstream with most of the beers. However, from time to time they do make some wonderful seasonal beers. Their wheat beers have been really good both the Wit and Hefewiess, however they don't bottle them. Worth a stop in the valley of the sun if it is the winter time but it is far from being a real beer oasis given that it is so uncomfortable there in the summer.
12-28-2005 17:12:27 |
More by bigbelcher
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My girlfriend took me here on my birthday, as all I was looking for was a quite night, with beer and baseball. This provided just the place I was looking for. I sat down at the bar and they turned a TV to the station I was looking for (go A's!) and helped me make good beer choices. The beer wasn't terrific, but the atmosphere that they put out is just as importaint as that when going out to drink. The special beer here is their Barleywine, it took me much time to get through it, but its very complex. If you are looking for a good alehouse with a cool atmosphere, this is it.
01-09-2006 22:42:53 |
More by Toddv29424
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
During my visit to Four Peeks, I enjoyed their hefeweizen. It had a mild banana flavor which made this brew extra enjoyable; it was definitley just the right amount. i do not usually prefer lighter beers but this one was an exception. And during happy hour it only cost around $2.75 a pint. I have only had the spinach artichoke dip with pita bread which was average but i wasnt too hungry so I cant rate their food too much. The patio had a very relaxing vibe with christmas lights and misters. The place was filled with other fellow beer-geeks as well. and in the middle of tempe it definitely was a college crowd. The service was around average, maybe a little better, but the waitress was fairly sweet. Overall, for the cost of the bill combined with the location, I give Four Peeks a fairly sweet review...
07-30-2007 05:00:34 |
More by kaishashahy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Warehouse feel, always busy, and a fair selection of homemade brews and food.
I was surprised when I discovered that I hadn't review Four Peaks as I have stopped in several times over the last few years when in town for business. The place always seems to be busy. On my latest visit, there was a 15-20 minute wait for an outside table on a Tuesday at 6 pm. Inside, there's a warehouse feel: tall ceilings, open space, and a bit on the dark side. A great place to sit when it's blistering hot outside. Outside is a big patio facing the student housing across the not so busy street. Beerwise, they typically carry their standard offerings and a seasonal or two. If you're there Wednesday (and until it lasts) something goes on cask. Unfortunately, no seasonals this time. The quality is slightly better than average brewpub. Service is respectable, never had to go empty, a bit slow sometimes on the food service, otherwise good. Food is slightly upscale pub food, but well prepared.
Would I return? Now that I've been to Four Peaks a number of times it's starting to get a bit old. If there was something different in the area, I might give that a try. As a solid standby, though, it makes a good fallback.
03-30-2011 12:41:41 |
More by LittleDon
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