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San Tan Brewing Company - Chandler, AZ
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San Tan Brewing Company
Overall: Great    Score: 72.2 / 100
8 South San Marcos Plaza
Chandler, AZ 85225
United States
(480) 917-8700
Listed Since: October 2007
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hours of operation
Sun 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Mon 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Tue 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Wed 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Thu 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Fri 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Sat 11:00AM - 02:00AM

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Parking was no problem; but I was there at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. Maybe at night it's a little tight but not for me. We parked right in front. The waitperson was fantastic. She obviously had been there since their opening or had been well trained. She knew the hops in the IPA and also of the hop shortage last year. The IPA is great. So is the Stout. I also had the chips and 3-dip. Guacomole and salsa are great, lots of garlic in the salsa. The cheez-wiz type dip, not for me. Definitely worth a stop.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bob Morseburg Bob Morseburg, Seattle, WA

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I just returned from San Tan & had a great time. I'm an IPA drinker so the Hopshock was my choice. I thought it was a good version. I also ordered some food. The waiter helped me decide with the Brat sandwich. It was boiled in Hef & wrapped in Beer bread. I thought it was a hit! I don't know why the previous reviews stated that the service was bad because my waiter was on top of keeping my pint glass full the entire time. I would have to say it was a good experience and I look forward to returning to their establishment in the near future.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from David Lentz David Lentz, Corona, CA

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San Tan is right smack in the middle of a touristy street in Chandler. While this is nice for people watching from the tables on the patio, it attracts the type of crowd from which I try to hide by going to local brewpubs. The live music was way too loud causing the entire front half of the bar to be empty and packing everyone else in the rest of the space. Our server paid little attention to us, and we even had to remind him that we had ordered beers a couple times. My local friends tell me this is typical of their staff.

I sampled all of their beers on tap. The Sunspot Gold was watery and tasteless, the Hef tasted like banana Koolaid, and the Big Red Pale Ale is a very confused beer. They were out of the IPA which was a huge disappointment. The seasonal was a Spring Ale at 8.6%, and I expected a lot more from it. It tasted exactly like the Big Red and had none of the taste or feel of a higher alcohol beer. The Oscuro was by far the best of the bunch - fairly smooth with decent malt flavor. The Gordo Stout was OK, but a little light on flavor and finish. The food - I think they are trying too hard. I had the Philly which is served on a wrap-style Beer Bread. There was so much sauce on it that I'm still not sure if there was any meat. I'll skip this one next time.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from joe schmitz joe schmitz, portland, OR

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Beer: IPA has good aroma, hoppy taste, but disappers quickly. The Golden Pilsener was crap...bad beer. The SanTan Pale Ale was a standard ale - nothing special Beer Selection: Six choices, not great Food: Average at best. Burger (requested medium) was served as a hockey puck. The chicken sandwich was bland and the tacos were average. Nothing special here. They were out of the crab cakes... Service: Nice waiter, bad service. He knew it was our first time at the establishment. He never asked what we thought of the beers or what our taste in beer was so he could make a recommendation. Our main meal came out at different intervals. Our glasses were often empty waiting to be refreshed. Ambience: Good layout, outdoor smoking area with plenty of seating as well as bar seating. Crowded on a Wednesday night. Mixed crowd. Overall: An average restaurant that brews average beer. Four Peaks in Tempe is still the class of brew pubs in the Valley

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from DAVE DAVE, Chandler, AZ

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We managed to get through the entire beer selection, with the exception of the winter ale (that had temporarily replaced the SanTan Pale). Certainly the weakest was the Sunspot Gold. We didn't bother finishing it as life is too short to drink mediocre beer. The Hefeweizen was OK, but was way too sweet/fruity. The IPA was very hoppy and had a great aroma, so if you're an IPA fan this is the one for you. The Oscuro was a nice, smooth, very drinkable beer. Finally, the Gordo Stout was a great way to finish off the evening--distinctive smooth taste and texture. The food was really quite good and it made for a fun evening.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Phoenix, AZ

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This place has been open now for just about 15 weeks! I had the pleasure of checking it out on a weekday, late in the afternoon. The bartender, James, filled me in on the back story of the place and offered me a fine selection of their brews as well as a some suggestions from their menu. The beers are served in handblown 18oz. beer glasses with a most unique shape & design; a must see! The Obscura Brown is my favorite thus far & is amazingly smooth! Plus, their sliders from the appetizer section were definitely the best I've ever had! I finished with their stout which is from a nitrogen tap and went down as smoothly as it was poured! I look forward to a return visit to sample some of their other brews on tap!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Gina Mann Gina Mann, Deptford, NJ

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Well, I have a bit of a different take on this place than the first reviewer. I was impressed by the beer. The Obscura especially was a very solid offering. As the brewery is so new, several beer options were not yet available the two times I went, most notable their Pale Ale was not to be had. The food menu, similarly, is limited to a few bar stand-bys as they get the kitchen fully up and running. I have high hopes for this place, but they need to resolve some issues with their servers.

The biggest negative I have with this place is that their servers seem more interested in socializing among themselves and their off-duty coworkers, than attending to paying customers. I had to wait more than 15 minutes for a beer (on a pretty slow night) because the bartender was talking it up with an off-duty employee (still in uniform) who was drinking at the bar. I expect that these issues will get worked out as they start weeding out the bad seeds.

In summary, the beer and prices are good enough to bring me back. If the food and service improve, I'll start recommending this place to others.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Phoenix, AZ

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Wow! Looks like I have the responsibility of reviewing SanTan first. Thats quite a responsibility!

Decided to check this place out since its the new microbrewery in town. I wasnt very impressed with the beer. They had a stout that didnt have much body and had an odd taste I couldnt identify, and their HopShock IPA was somewhat forgettable. The Oscuro brown beer was worthwhile, but certainly not as good as most of the craft beers you can buy at the supermarket.

The only have four beers, and three guest beers. I felt that was very limited. The bartender told me that they dont intend on having seasonals or specials. Thats really a pity but I guess thats OK if you are into guest beers.

I didnt have the bar food but from what I saw it wasnt worth ordering. It all looked out of a bag or the microwave.

The atmosphere was OK but nothing special. It has that typical old warehouse look but is basically a box in a strip mall. My guess is that the beers will improve because their brewmaster is from Four Peaks. He probably knows what he is doing but may need time to get the processes right. Their selection could use improvement by having some seasonals.

I wasnt impressed enough to come back soon. Better to give them some time to improve.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from RobSanz RobSanz, Chandler, AZ

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San Tan opened on 9/22/07, so this review is for the first week of operation. I will try to update again 6 months. The décor sucked. The whole place is designed to be loud. With the place only ½ full, we could not hold a conversation between two people without raising our voices. The food is typical pub fare. We had the mushroom appetizer. Skip this unless you are looking to be ripped off - $8 for five small stuffed mushrooms. The other food coming out of the kitchen looked OK, but nothing on the menu said, We can think outside the beer bar box.

Beer: During opening week, they did not have the two brews I was planning on trying  the Hefe and the Pale Ale. We did try the remaining four brews. The Sunspot Gold (SG) is the lightest selection. Budweiser at a NASCAR race tastes better than the SG. At least I can tell when I am drinking a Budweiser. SG was totally flavorless and forgettable. Drink ice tea instead. The Oscuro is an amber lager. First, it was not amber in color. Second, like the SG, it was mostly flavorless. I say mostly because if I swished the stuff around like mouthwash, I could detect the faint flavor of beer. The Gordo Stout should be renamed the Gordo Pleasantly Plumb. Stout it was not. While the Gordo did have a nice front of the mouth taste, it failed to finish in the back of the mouth. Disappointing. The only pleasant note was the Hopshock IPA. It was hugely hoppy typical of the American IPA. I would recommend this beer to IPA drinkers.

Overall, I recommend waiting 6 months for this place to mature. I think they need at least 3-4 brewing cycles before they get their beers to a drinkable state.

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