United States > Arizona > Tempe
ultrashuai (30) Bloomington, Indiana | April 24, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been coming to Sleepy Dog since they opened a few years ago. And we end up here whenever we visit Phoenix as we have friends living nearby and they really like it.
Just to update in reading the reviews below: they are open on Fridays but are closed on Mondays, contrary to the hours listed here. Pull up the web site for the updated hours, as they are a bit odd.
No food except really old and stale popcorn, but they have started getting food trucks, particularly on Fridays. You can also order or bring in anything to eat there.
Beers have been evolving since they opened, but have been decidedly improving. The seasonals tend to be excellent. Everything else is palatable to good. They have one of the few wheats that I really like. The IPA is good and I particularly like their Scottish.
Service is always good and friendly. Most are beer nerds themselves and can talk about comparisons and different styles.
They do a daily happy hour with discounted pints. Thereís usually a movie on the big TV above and the place tends to get very crowded into the evening. But itís a very comfortable, community setting, with a big couch, board games, and a generally pleasant ambiance. Not too pretentious, not too studenty, not too adult, etc. No kids though, per AZ law. No patio.
Theyíve been distributing for a while now and are available in various parts of the state. Theyíve also started canning and you can get those at least locally, but I recall seeing them in Tucson.
Certainly worth a stop if youíre in the region.
JPDurden24 (138) Chandler, Arizona | February 24, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Cool little taproom down the road from Four Peaks. Beers are decent, but nothing special. Always have food trucks and popcorn. Decent happy hour as well.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | February 20, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place is in a small strip mall not far from the main part of Tempe. Inside is a bar, bar seating, couches and game area, you can see back into the brewery area. Tvís on the wall playing sports and movies. Good service, kept the beer flowing. Nice selection of beers on tap with some beer blends as well. There was a barrel/wood aged beer on too. Not much for food from what I saw but free popcorn and snacks. Value was average for beers. I liked this place, a no frills brewery where I could see spending some time if I were local.
radarsock (47) Vermont | June 11, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
I live right down on University so grabbing a beer at the bar is pleasantly accessible here. However, Sleepy Dog sincerely has the oddest hours Iíve ever come across in Tempe: Friday and Monday closed? I canít think of one bar that does this. It also opens and closes at inconvenient times. The popcorn machine is a plus, as is the pulps and art magazines lying on their coffee tables waiting to be read while sipping on brewskies and trying to relax from the sun. The Tap selection seems incomplete; ask your server if there are any any new beers in the works or if there is a seasonal on-tap. You can in fact go and buy SDís bottled beers (even their seasonals) from local liquor stores; other local bars are just starting to bring Sleepy Dog on their tap list. Iím confused why you would go here for their beer alone if you can go anywhere else for about the similar amount of money and have almost the same experience.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | March 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
An odd place, but with lots of potential. Love the space, even though the location is a bit inconvenient. Their beer is fine, and they occasionally brew up some really interesting stuff with their half barrel series. Worth a visit.
t0rin0 (1130) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 6, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited 3/4/2011 during Ratebeer Winter Gathering.
Very open and large warehouse type place located in a shopping center across from some apartments that are most occupied by ASU students. There are tables all the way around the perimeter with a couple large round tables in the middle. It was pretty quiet for the first few minutes (we went in right as they reopened for the evening) but then the music was cranked up. They must have just started brewing when we got there because I could smell the malt in the air, and it was very pleasant.
The service was very nice and accomodating. They were happy to pour 5oz samples of everything and answer questions.
The real problem here is the horrible beer. I tried all 9 of their beers and the only one even close to drinkable was the Yellow #1 (their light lager) and even that was a C+ beer.
The only food served is snacks. There is a self serve popcorn machine in the corner and there are some snacks for sale behind the bar (chips and such).
Terminus (312) Las Cruces, New Mexico | June 27, 2011
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Man, this place is the worst of worst. plain jane inside and the beer suck!!!!!!! Some of the worst beer i have ever had. I even left over half of each sample behind! It was so bad, i didnt even bother rating any of their beers i got so fed up. AVOID AT ALL COST!!!!
fata2683 (131) Tucson, Arizona | June 18, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 8/20
this place was relaxed and small on the inside with bar space for about 10 people and various tables throughout. Beer was below average but there were 2-3 standouts. Nice free popcorn machine in the corner.
douglas88 (187) Portland , Oregon | March 21, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
A smallish brewpub. Some free popcorn. Didnít eat here. The beer was OK to below average. The service was good. Some couches and TVs. Not a bad spot.
Sledutah (298) Utah | March 12, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Small place in a strip mall near the University. Some tables and a few coaches. A few TVís playing sports/movies/news. The bar has a nice view of the brewery. Service was friendly, the beer was average and below. I donít plan on going back, but everybody should stop by once.
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