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Santan Brewing Company - Downtown Chandler

asu2usc | Jan 25, 200805:20 PM

I can't believe no one has reviewed this place yet! My fiance and I had dinner at Santan Brewing Company in downtown Chandler last week. We had high hopes, because as I read in a comment from the owner of Four Peaks Brewery that was posted to an AZ Central review of Four Peaks, the owner of Santan used to be an assistant brewmaster at Four Peaks. We went for dinner after the inaugural "DoCha Vida Wedding Walk" (which was another story altogether). My fiance and I are HUGE Four Peaks fans and have been since we started dating in 2002, but we were a little put off a few weeks ago by the almost-hour long wait for a table there on a Saturday night. Combine that with our increased distance from Tempe, and we were ready for a new favorite brewery.

We were not disappointed. The restaurant was busy on a Thursday night, but not overly crowded. There was some trivia going on in the area closer to the bar, including an announcer, but it wasn't too intrusive. I inquired about a beer sampler, which was not listed on any menu, and our server told me that although they did have a sampler, it wouldn't be worth getting because they had tapped their SanTan Pale and their HopShock IPA wasn't ready yet. I ordered the Oscuro and my fiance ordered the Sunspot Gold. The beers arrived in custom hand-blown glasses (see their website for more info). Both were wonderful. The Sunspot Gold had a more complex flavor than your average light ale, and the Oscuro was very rich and flavorful. The shape of the glasses made for great head on the beer.

For a starter, we ordered the Raspberry Stuffed Mushrooms. They arrived and were beautifully presented in a large deep dish. I was somewhat disappointed that there were only a few mushroom caps (maybe 6?), which seemed a little light considering the price ($8). The mushroom caps were wonderful though - the pine nuts really set off the flavor of the stuffing, and they were accompanied by a few whole raspberries. One interesting thing to note - the plate was scalding hot to the point where I literally burnt myself when I accidentally brushed up against it.

Prior to dinner, we each ordered a Hefeweizen. The beers were very good, with more of an orange-y flavor than most Hefeweizens, so that it was more of a mix between a White Ale and a Hefeweizen than anything. About halfway through the Hefeweizen I realized how EXTREMELY strong the beers were and that I was feeling a little tipsy, which is fairly uncommon for me after two beers spaced out over the course of 45 minutes or so.

For our main courses, I ordered the San Marcos pizza, but substituted chicken for the andouille sausage, and my fiance ordered a Philly beer bread sandwich (which I don't see listed on their online menu for some reason). I didn't try his Philly, but he really seemed to enjoy it. He got a Caesar salad on the side instead of fries. My pizza was wonderful - the Chipotle BBQ sauce was perfectly sweet and tangy, and the other flavors mixed together perfectly.

We have definitely found our new local hangout - my fiance even went there with one of his buddies the following Saturday for lunch!


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