7 unique beers to try at the 2018 Real Wild & Woody festival

PHOENIX - Beer and summer go together like ice cream and chocolate chips.

So do Arizona summers and air conditioning. And water. And shade. And sunscreen.

Those 21 and up will be able to beat the heat and sample some of 350 craft beers and ciders at the Real Wild & Woody Festival on Saturday, July 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The event runs 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and tickets are $57-$65 and include 20 four-ounce samples. A $25 "designated driver" ticket includes food, but no alcohol.

Many of the breweries are local: 8-Bit Ale Works, Huss Brewing, Lumberyard, Phoenix Ale Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, 1912 Brewing Company, and Barrio Brewing.

Organizers shared with us a few of the unique flavors this year:

  • Pickle Rick Gose by Grand Canyon Brew Co.: A pickle-flavored gose, which is typically made with 50% wheat malt. 
  • Black Mage with Cocoa Pebbles by 8-Bit Aleworks: A chocolate stout carbonated using the sugars from the cereal.
  • Juicy Fruit Barrel-Aged German Kölsch by Huss Brewing Company: peach and mango purée aged in Colorado whiskey barrels.
  • Apricot Sour Ale by Lumberyard Brewing: aged in Page Springs Chardonnay barrels and blended with two batches.
  • Prickly Pear Blonde Ale by Phoenix Ale Brewery: aged three months with added Prickly Pear juice.
  • Barley Wine from Dragoon Brewing Company: aged 12 months in a mixture of whiskey barrels.
  • The Rain Crow IPA: A collaboration beer from Borderlands, Wren House, and Crooked Tooth breweries and National Audubon Society. It is a 50% wheat Hazy IPA with five different hops.

8-Bit Aleworks has a couple of other cereal-flavored beers, including Reese's Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. 

There will also be live music and food from local restaurants.

IF YOU GO:
Real Wild and Woody Indoor Beer Festival (July 28)
Where: Phoenix Convention Center North Building
Time: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $57-$65, including 20 4-ounce samples

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