Arizona Beer

Today in 1912, Arizona became the 48th state.


Arizona Breweries

Arizona Brewery Guides

Guild: Arizona Craft Brewers Guild

State Agency: Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control


  • Capital: Phoenix
  • Largest Cities: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale
  • Population: 5,130,632; 20th
  • Area: 114006 sq.mi., 6th
  • Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
  • Statehood: 48th, February 14, 1912


  • Alcohol Legalized: June 16, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 31
  • Rank: 20th
  • Beer Production: 4,708,088
  • Production Rank: 14th
  • Beer Per Capita: 22.5 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 42.8%
  • Cans: 47.1%
  • Kegs: 9.9%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.16
  • Per Case: $0.36
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.96
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $4.96

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $114,644,602
  • Direct Impact: $968,605,366
  • Supplier Impact: $646,575,797
  • Induced Economic Impact: $645,915,749
  • Total Impact: $2,261,096,912

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: 6 a.m.–2 a.m. (Mon.-Sun.)
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Sales of any type of alcohol are legal at any store that has an off-premises liquor license, including but not limited to convenience stores and grocery stores. Bars may sell closed containers of alcohol for consumption off the premises. Drive-through liquor stores are allowed. Everclear Grain Alcohol Proof 190 (95% alcohol) is legal. A large percentage of the land area of Arizona is in Indian reservations, many of which have liquor laws considerably more restrictive than state law, up to and including total prohibition. “Beer busts” (all the beer/liquor one can drink for a set price) in bars are illegal. Persons 19 years of age or older may work in bars and liquor stores serving and selling alcohol. Patrons may not have more than two drinks in front of them at any time, or one large pitcher of beer. DUI penalties are some of the most severe in the nation. A person convicted of a DUI (even first offense) must have an interlock installed in his or her car for one year. Arizona has an ‘Impaired to the Slightest Degree’ law that can convict a person even if his or her BAC is less than .08%.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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