I have done all the legwork to prep for my trip to Phoenix and the big day has finally arrived. I land at 12:30 pm (Arizona time) and can’t check into the hotel until 4 pm. What, oh what, am I going to do with my time while I wait? Fortunately, I’m a man with a plan. I get my rental car and head straight to the brewery that looked best for getting pictures. Those that know me know that I am an animal lover. However, those that really, really know me know that I’m not really a bird person. I’ve had dogs and cats who’s owners claim to hate everyone just saunter right on up to me and have a grand old time. Birds, on the other hand, just don’t seem to like me. Except for cockatoos. No idea why that particular exception exists. Parrots and parakeets bite at me. Cockatoos put their head down and get close to the bars of the cage so I can scratch their neck. But I digress. Regardless of my personal attitude towards birds, The Perch Brewery in Chandler, AZ is a definite must see and a place that I had to bring the 360 camera.
Turns out I made a fantastic choice for the first brewery to hit up on my trip. Not only did they have a great beer selection, they also had some really interesting food choices. I got the “Pig Wings” which are beer marinated pork shanks, dry rubbed, fried, and then grilled. They look like chicken wings and taste incredible.
But the real treat was still to come. Even though I came to The Perch to see the wildlife, I found out that they are super serious about being a cutting edge brewery. I got a chance to speak with one of the brewers who showed me their stone fermenter. The Perch has the only stone fermenter in Arizona, and there are less than 10 stone fermenters anywhere in the country. This is going to give The Perch a great opportunity to play around with some really unique flavors. My only regret is that their first batch wasn’t going to be ready until just after I had to leave Arizona. What a shame.
After all that excitement, I scored what I’m always there for. I got a growler of their Belgian Peach ale to add to the collection.