While the fall season is inexplicably owned by the pumpkin spice latte, the possibilities for winter are wide open. Whether you’re married to peppermint, prefer cinnamon or just want something sweet, you’re sure to find a beverage that suits your fancy. Luckily, some of Arizona’s finest breweries and coffee bars have you covered with their own takes on how December tastes.
Peanut Butter Teddy
Goldwater Brewing Company is known for its limited-edition brews and bold risks in taste creation. The Peanut Butter Teddy, a sweeter twist on the classic Machine Gun Teddy draft, reaffirms the widespread belief that peanut butter makes everything better. If that doesn’t suit your style, go for their new Black Lager and Black Ale, which suits the winter weather nicely with hints of coffee, bitter dark chocolate and floral citrus.
Goldwater Brewing Company, 3608 N. Scottsdale Road, goldwaterbrewing.com
SanTan Brewing’s limited seasonal release, Winter Warmer, is so over-the-top holiday-themed that it features a gingerbread man on the label! Spiced with fresh ginger and featuring generous amounts of caramel, this malt tastes sweet with a sting of ginger. Served with house-made ginger cookies, this seasonal delicacy is worth traveling to Chandler.
SanTan Brewing, 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, santanbrewing.com
McFate Brewing Company, located just a few miles past ASU’s Tempe campus, features an indoor/outdoor bar, a beer garden and a dog-friendly patio. If that wasn’t enough, their seasonal offerings are always a hit with customers. The Gingerbread Stout, aptly named, is a malty stout beer with hints of the classic gingerbread taste. How much more festive can you get?!
McFate Brewing Company, 1312 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, mcfatebrewing.com
This sweet little café is just a short walk from ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. Featuring a porch swing and outdoor picnic table seating, Songbird is the perfect place to study, read or catch an acoustic concert. Their take on the peppermint mocha combines the right amount of sugar with a bittersweet minty taste for the perfect warm or iced refreshment.
Songbird Coffee & Tea House, 812 N. Third Street, Phoenix, songbirdcoffeehouse.com
Sugar Cookie Frost and Eggnog Latte
You’ve probably heard of Dutch Bros., the popular drive-thru and walk-up coffee destination. Between their 24-hour Tempe spot and their other Valley locations, Dutch Bros. has made a name for themselves caffeinating college students. Their monthly menus always highlight different drinks but their December offerings are especially sweet. The Sugar Cookie Frost, which doesn’t feature coffee, is like a sugary vanilla cookie milkshake, while the Eggnog Latte combines the eggnog flavor with a creamy latte taste.
Dutch Bros. Coffee, 1037 S. Rural Road, Tempe, dutchbros.com
You can’t go wrong with a classic! This downtown Phoenix café is a hot spot for hipsters and students alike. While they’re known for their espresso, bakery and tea offerings, their hot chocolate is a consistent sweet surprise. Look no further if you’re looking for something chocolatey without the energy boost.
Lux Central, 4402 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, luxcoffee.com.