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Days after we got married, Christopher had an event to go to in Arizona. This was NOT how I had planned to spend the first few days of marriage, but I was not going to be away from my husband so soon after saying I Do. We jumped in the car and called it our “Newlywed Road Trip: Because Nothing Says Romance Like Gilbert, Arizona.” 😀
I tweeted to my friends in Arizona and asked for their top restaurants recommendations. I kept seeing the name Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Yes, I’m a wine lover, but I can appreciate a good brew especially coming from San Diego. We set the standard high when it comes to craft beer.
You can tell that Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. is very much loved. The decor is rustic where the outdoors, rough terrain meets industrial beer brewing. We had a great server, Scott, who gave us the rundown of the best and must-try eats at the restaurants. I also explained to him of my love for wine and exposure to amazing beers. He suggested we try the beer sampler.
This is the Refuge IPA 6.6% ABV. Mango with melons. I could easily drink 10 of these, but I had 5 more to try on the cool, log sampler.
Chicken Wings Confit $7.99
Scott also suggested we eat some wings. This made the man from Buffalo (aka Christopher) very happy. The ones at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co are not your traditional kind. These are “Frenched” (or like a lollipop), meaty and wrapped around the bone. Can I recommend the habanero sauce? It’s spicy and delicious. We asked for the sauce on the side, but you can also order them mixed with the sauce. If you’re not a spicy fan, they have sweeter sauce called Beer-B-Q (or Beer Barbecue). I might still be dreaming about these. They were SO good!
Arizona Trail Burger $11.99
The first burger we tried was the Arizona Trail Burger. It’s a brisket blend burger with bacon, cheese, jalapenos, and a sweet sauce on a pretzel bun. The meat was cooked just as we like it, but it lacked in flavor. Luckily, the pretzel bun was soft and the rest of the ingredients were yummy and tasty.
Beer Braised n’ Blue Burger $10.99
Brisket blend burger, blue cheese crumbles, beer-braised onions, and arugula on a pretzel bun. All of the ingredients went well together. The peppery arugula was tamed by the blue cheese. A soft, salty bun and sweet, delicious onions, but again, the meat lacked in flavor and in saltiness. A “good” burger that falls short from “great.” The homemade chips that come with the burger, however, are crisp and worth every calorie consumed.
So, I wasn’t too happy with the burgers, but I would definitely go back for the beer, the chicken wings, and chips. Cheers and Happy eats!
To Visit Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co:
Address: 721 N. Arizona Ave. #103 Gilbert, AZ 85233