The Phoenix Ale Brewery hoisted its sign and opened its doors to the public for the first time this morning. Located 3 miles east of downtown Phoenix, the brewery, bottling facility, offices, and visitor center sit on a little over one acre of land right on the Phoenix Metro rail system. The brewery will hold tours weekdays at 4pm and weekends at 2pm and there will be tastings and growler purchases available. The shop at the brewery will be open from 12pm-5pm on weekdays and 12pm-3pm on weekends.
The Phoenix Ale Brewery is owned by partners George Hancock, who founded Pyramid Breweries, and Greg Fretz, 15 year beer salesman. John Donehower will be the head brewer. The new brewery will specialize in traditional English style ales brewed with only the finest ingredients and water purified on site. The annual brewing capacity of this facility is 4,800 barrels, but is designed to expand to 25,000 barrels. Plans are also in the works for a restaurant and pub to be built at the same site in late 2012. [PressRelease]