West Valley brewery 8-Bit Aleworks to celebrate first anniversary

8-Bit Aleworks
The limited edition 64 oz. growlers stand on display while 8-Bit Aleworks co-owner Krystina Whitten serves up beers.

A local craft brewery in Avondale is reaching a big milestone on Saturday and is inviting everyone to come celebrate with them. 8-Bit Aleworks is commemorating their first year anniversary on April 9 with an all-day event full of music, food, games, and of course, craft beers.

Dubbed ‘Final Anniversary’ (a play on the popular Final Fantasy role playing game series), the party will feature special outdoor serving tents and unique growlers and pint glasses for sale to patrons. Food truck What’s Fresh will be on site, offering specialty menu items incorporating 8-Bit ales as well as regular fare. According to co-owner Ryan Whitten, all of the 2015 ‘Boss’ beers will be returning on tap as well as 15-20 specially infused or “hacked” brews; something that 8-Bit Aleworks has come to be known for over the past year.

“I love to play with beers,” said Ryan in a Saturday interview as he discussed what goes into his brewing decisions both past and upcoming. “…I’ve done some of those beers and people have latched onto them and they exploded. I’ve done other ones where even though the beer’s turned out good, I couldn’t get people to order it. Like I didn’t expect the Irish Mage [Irish milk stout] to go as quick as it did. On the flip side, I did our chocolate pumpkin imperial stout and put morita chilies in it. It was a great tasting beer but people saw ‘chili’ and were terrified of it.”

8-Bit Aleworks co-owner Ryan Whitten chats with customers about beer flavors.
8-Bit Aleworks co-owner Ryan Whitten chats with customers about beer flavors.

Some of the new brews debuting at the event will be “Little Nemo’s Dream Mage” which is a blend of chamomile, lemongrass, and honey blend. Another will be dubbed “Star Power,” a starfruit, prickly pear fruit, and meyer lemon concoction. There will also be madras, sweet, and Chef Warren’s Special curry variants of the Super Offensive Tanuki ale being tapped in the dedicated “Super Offensive” serving tent, along with many others.

The anniversary is a true culmination of the brewery’s success over the past year. 8-Bit has forged collaborations with multiple craft brewers across the state, as well as video game themed bars such as The Grid located in Mesa. Weekly trivia nights are regularly packed and special beer pairing events at the establishment over the past several months have garnered lots of positive feedback. Both owners Ryan and Krystina Whitten feel their accomplishments with the brewery are due in large part to friends, family, and customers.

“We’ve gotten so much support and I am just blown away by the amount of people that say that this is like a second home to them.” said Krystina. “It’s amazing how quickly everything has taken off and we’re just doing our best to keep up with it.”

The 8-Bit Aleworks Final Anniversary celebration will take place on April 9 from noon until 10 p.m. 8-Bit Aleworks is located at 1050 N. Fairway Drive, Ste, 101, in Avondale.

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Christen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.

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