It's Kinda Like That

A day in the life at The Shop Beer Co.

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50 Best Breweries in America to Grab a Beer at Right Now

50 Best Breweries in America to Grab a Beer at Right Now



50 Best Breweries in America to Grab a Beer at Right Now

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In this episode, the Craftsmen sit down with Dave, Jason and Dylan from The Shop Beer Co. to chat about what it's like to rebrand, relocate, build and open your own brewery the hard way, through passion, deviant obsession, dedication, blood, sweat & beers. Tune in and listen to us talk about ABInBev's six points from the high-end, air quotes, Brokeback brewing, and undiagnosed ADD, inappropriate beer names, more inappropriate future beer names, dick jokes, and raucous laughter. 



In this episode I sit down with Dave Arnce and Jason Calhoon from The Shop Beer Co. in Tempe.

The Shop Beer Co. started off as side project within Cartel Coffee Lab a few years ago. Today these dudes are making some really badass beers including 2 of my favorite Arizona beers: F.I.T.Y.M. Double IPA (listen to the show for the acronym explanation) and DPA (Desert Pale Ale). And don’t forgot about any of their beers that feature any type of coffee. Remember these guys came from an amazing coffee company so their coffee game is legit including their own line of cold brew coffee (Sidekick Cold Brew). I am normally not a fan of nitro beers but their Nitro Coffee Brown blew me away. On Wednesdays they do what they call “Randall Wednesdays” which basically means they take one of their flagship beers and using a contraption called The Randall they infuse it with pretty much whatever they want. They have done this with crazy shit like Girl Scout Cookies, tequila-soaked oak chips, or chai spices. I haven’t been there for a “RandallWednesday” but it’s on my list.

The brewery/taproom is located in a renovated house that was the home of a former Tempe mayor. The place is located in pretty much a residential area which really gives it that neighborhood feel which is great because that’s what the guys are going for. Between the taproom and the actual brewery lies the beautiful beer garden. On the patio lies a large picnic table but you go down a few steps and there are tables and stools in abundance. The guys told me that they get live music going on there during the week. The outside space is great with lots of room but small enough to get a real community feel when the place is busy. A place where you can’t help but talk to all your new friends around you (especially after a couple of F.I.T.Y.M.’s.). However, the real highlight of the beer garden is the amazing graffiti-style artwork that covers a huge wall that runs the entire length of the west end of the beer garden. A giant animated beer wandering about complete with the classic hobo bindle and some sort of wasps nests and an array of colors. I’m not exactly sure what the hell it is but I know that it’s awesome and that’s all that matters. And you know the coolest part? Dave is the artist behind the amazing work! The big building in the back is the brewery and you can even get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action through the glass.



Our celebrity co-host was David Arnce, principal of The Shop Beer Co., who got us current on his line-up of suds and what’s making brews news in his Tempe taproom. We also sat down with Cory Jochems, certified sommelier with Quench Fine Wines, who revealed his personal picks for wines that go well with the great outdoors (like Derby parties!). Jonathan Hebert of Mr. Cookman’s New Orleans BBQ truck also rolled in to the conversation with his take on southern cuisine. And his ribs? Righteous! We also got caught up with Kyle Blessinger, GM of Three Canyon, who talked about his desert oasis for beer and wine lovers and how his “third of an acre of outdoor drinking space” has become so popular.

A flight of beers from The Shop Beer Co.!

We closed out the show with a flight tasting of beers from The Shop Beer Co. What a photo finish!