It shouldn’t be a chore to drink. All you need to know is where to get the good stuff. When you’re searching the shelves at your local bar, sometimes it gets overwhelming — but what if you knew where your favorite spirits were made in town? When you’re looking to go to the source for your liquor, there are a few places you can check out within the Valley! Vodka, whiskey, and other liquors for your enjoyment are all being made nearby — you just need to know where to go. Thankfully, that’s where we come in with a list of the best distilleries in the Valley!
Blue Clover Distillery
7042 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This Scottsdale establishment prides itself on hand-distilling every small-batch liquor they produce, signing each bottle as it goes out the door. Their gin and vodka are made with corn from the most high-quality farms around — and they craft each one in handmade copper stills that help their liquors retain the flavor and tones they want in each one. Blue Clover doesn’t just play it safe, either. They have the original gin and vodka, of course, but they also like to play with their product, offering Blood Orange Infused Gin, as well as various vodkas infused with flavors like lemon, strawberry, or even green chile and jalapeño — a spirit known as their “Spicy Infused Vodka.”
Arizona Distilling Company
601 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Award-winning spirits are only down the road from you — down University, to be specific. Welcome to Arizona Distilling Company, a place that takes great pride in its staple products, which include four whiskeys and their own vodka and gin, to boot. Their brand evokes a love for the Old West aesthetic, and you can sit to enjoy their beverages straight up or in a cocktail. Their drink menu is catered to the specifics of each liquor, so whether you’re drinking their malt whiskey or their vodka, you’ll find the best way for your palate to enjoy and savor each one.
2125 E 5th St #102, Tempe, AZ 85281
This Tempe distillery doesn’t sit squarely on one end of the spirit spectrum or the other. Instead, Adventurous Stills gets bold by putting out a little something for everyone: rums, whiskeys of various types, gin, vodka, or even their own agave spirits all have a place on the shelf here, and they’re made from 70% locally grown grains. They also love to experiment, and it shows with products like the Orange Whisky or their limited-edition runs, like the Nutty Peanut Butter Cup Whiskey and the Twisted Blue Corn. Whatever you try, experiment or not, it’s going to still wow you and make you want more. It’s a good thing they also offer sample packs so you can try some of the most-loved liquors they have to offer, including the Papago Dark Rum and their Peralta Bourbon.