Four Peaks Brewing Company: History and Culture

Built before Arizona's Statehood | 1892
What better place to brew cold, refreshing beer than a retired ice house? Originally christened the F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory, this Mission Revival-style brick beauty is still standing strong after more than 100 years. Before we came along, the building housed a dairy creamery and Uranus Recording, which hosted the likes of The Gin Blossoms and Stevie Nicks in its studio.

“Let’s start a microbrewery” | October 1994
Fueled by nothing but hops and undying thirst, we got the idea. Four Peaks was created to follow our passion to the highest degree. We were all in from the start. Lucky for us, and for you, things worked out.

Receive First Load of Grundy Tanks | August 1995
Selling these guys funded our operation. Originally used in England, Grundy tanks are large kegs perfect for serving beer. They went out of style across the pond right around the time the microbrewery scene was picking up in the states. We imported shiploads and sold them to budding breweries across the U.S. Chances are, if you see one of these in the wild, they came from us at Four Peaks.

First Brew Day | November 1996
All systems are go. It was a glorious thing to see Four Peaks come together and brew a batch of beer that was truly our own.

First Keg Sold | December 1996
Casey Moore’s Oyster House is an Arizona staple. Tempe’s best-known Irish pub, it was fitting that it became one of the first pubs outside of our brewery you could find Four Peaks on tap.

Scottish Amber is Christened Kilt Lifter | March 1997
Kilt Lifter is our flagship beer. This guy keeps the lights on, making up 60 percent of what we brew. It’s the No. 1 locally made beer in Arizona. Kilt Lifter is a multiple Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medalist for good reason.

A Grand Opening | April 1997
Nearly three years after we got the idea to start Four Peaks, we finally opened our pub to the world. Two decades later, we’ve maintained that neighborhood pub mentality – we’ve just added some more equipment to help share our brews far beyond Tempe, Arizona.

Four Peak's Kitchen Opens | June 1998
We didn't want to just drink beer, we wanted to eat it too. Our menu incorporates Four Peaks brews into many of our dishes – from beer batter to pizza crust. Fresh and handmade, our kitchen serves up high-quality pub fare.

First Beer Bottled | December 2000
Now you can enjoy Four Peaks from your kitchen table, couch, or wherever you want. People have packed Four Peaks along to places from the top of Arizona’s Four Peaks mountains (classic) to a waterfall in Costa Rica (exotic).

Four Peaks Grill & Tap in Scottsdale Opens | January 2004
What the people want, the people get. In this case, it was a North Scottsdale location. Four Peaks Grill & Tap has all the great beers of our brewery in a space that’s equally focused on family and food.
Our Pubs

Wilson Brewery Opens | November 2012
Things got busy. To keep up with demand, we sought a location that would offer the perfect space for huge brew tanks and nearly round-the-clock production. And, of course, you can enjoy a pint in full view of their towering glory at our tap room.

Four Peaks Sky Harbor Opens | October 2013
Yup. You can now make Four Peaks the last thing you drink before you leave or the first thing you taste when you touch down.

Four Peaks Expands with Anheuser-Busch | December 2015
We partnered with the highest regarded beer brewer to help share Four Peaks and Arizona with the rest of the world. Keep an eye out for us in your state.