When Julian Wright opened Pedal Haus Brewery opened on Mill Ave. in 2016 he never thought he’d collect more than 40 awards and medals for his yet made craft beers. The exact number is 46 medals and awards with 10 coming in 2023 alone from local, national and international beer competitions including the North American Beer Awards, Great American Beer Festival, Copa Cervezas de Americas and Arizona Craft Beer Awards. The local brewer’s Day Drinker Light lager has commanded 7 awards, the most awards by one of Pedal Haus’s beers.
“I am really proud of our brewing team for their tireless work and dedication to making great beer,” said Wright. “And on behalf of our whole team it’s really nice to be recognized by our peers. Cheers!” The team Wright refers to is led by Derek “Doc” Osborne and himself who have made all the craft at the former Tempe brewing facility and the new larger facility in Chandler. The team makes more than a dozen beers in the regular rotation along with smaller batches of seasonal beers throughout the year including Pumpkin Ale and Peppermint Porter. Osborne follows the strict standards for beer making set by the Brewers Association, Beer Judge Certification Program and the North American Beer Association and stay “true to style” says Osborne and that beer brewing is an art and a form of self-expression.
In addition to the awards for the individual beers, Pedal Haus has been named Best U.S. Brewery in 2019 at the Copa Cervezas de Americas and Brewery of the Year 2023 from the Arizona Craft Beer Awards. “The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild celebrates Pedal Haus Brewing’s success in beer competitions, recognizing their achievements as a testament to Arizona’s brewing excellence,” said Andrew Bauman deputy director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. “Their victories uplift the entire state’s craft brewing scene, setting a high standard for quality and inspiring innovation among all breweries in Arizona.”
Pedal Haus has 4 locations including downtown Tempe, downtown Chandler, downtown Phoenix and at Sky Harbor Airport. A Mesa location is scheduled to open in 2024.