From wilderness to Wilderness

Believe it or not, bottle collecting and breweries are not my only hobby.  I also quite enjoy getting myself out into the wilderness from time to time. No camping or anything, but I do really enjoy a good nature trail. Phoenix presented some definite possibilities.  But, being May, it also presented 104 degree temperatures in the heat of the day.  The only way I was going to get to a nature trail was if I got up pretty damn early and got out there before the heat of the day.  Good thing for me that didn’t really interfere with any of my other Saturday plans.  I wanted to hang out with friends who certainly weren’t dumb enough to go out in the heat or get up early on a Saturday, and I wanted to visit breweries that most definitely weren’t open on a Saturday morning.  So, there was nothing standing between me and heading off you know, to a distant land.  An hour’s drive from downtown Phoenix was the Hieroglyphic Trail.

Hieroglyphic Trail

Up in yonder canyon, at the end of the trail, you can still see petroglyphs left by the Hohokam Indians.  Yup… I know… you don’t need to say it.  Petroglyphs on the Hieroglyphic trail.  Somebody somewhere was confused.

Petroglyphs on the Hieroglyphic Trail

Hieroglyphics Trail 04 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

I’m used to Florida nature trails that are flat, flat, flat.  Climbing up to the petroglyphs was an interesting challenge.  But, then I got to enjoy the nice down hill walk back.  I was better able to pay attention to the wildlife around me and even spotted a cactus that looked like it had boobies.

Boobie Cactus

I didn’t see much in the way of wildlife (outside of nasty, nasty insects) while I was on the trail.  But, as I was driving away I saw a bunch of cars pulled over to the side of the road gawking at a snake.  They asked if anyone was willing to chase it away so no one would run it over.  I got out to take a picture and it diligently ran away.

Snake in the road

The hour drive to the trail, several hours on the trail, and an hour back to Phoenix.  Somehow, I managed to time things just right to be in brewery land right around 11am when they were all opening up.  But, what is the right brewery to stop at when you’ve spent all morning in the wilderness. Believe it or not, there is a definite correct answer to that question.  It’s Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. exterior

There is a big tree decoration in the center of the main brew pub.

Tree decor in Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Beyond that, the wilderness decor is pretty low key.  For the most part, it looks quite a bit like a brew pub.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. tap room

I had worked out my wilderness mojo for the day, so I was definitely good with seeing brewing equipment instead of boobie cacti and snakes.  There were still lot’s of wilderness themes coming my way in the beer names.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. brewing equipment

I got myself a Baboquivari Belgian Blonde named for the Baboquivari Peak Wilderness Area. I was getting ready to start asking to interview someone to get more information, when the first of my friends started getting active for the day and asked me to join them for lunch… in 10 minutes.  I weaseled my way into 20 minutes and took the time to get myself a growler of Aravaipa Abbey Dubbel to enjoy later in the hotel.  Before I left, I stopped into the smaller tasting room and discovered that I could have had a much larger selection of bottles and crowlers.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. tasting (and swag) room

C’est la vie.  I’m really glad I got to squeeze in the trip here, even though it was far too short.

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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