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Lots of Spirit at Downtown’s New Angels and Trumpet Ale House

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 15:09

Angels and Trumpets Ale House

Tiera Allen

Angels and Trumpet Ale House gives us 31 more reason to celebrate the downtown Phoenix beer scene. The tavern opened its doors August 23 after renovations on what used to be owner Mat Engelhorn’s real estate office, and it hasn’t taken long for the surrounding community to catch on.

Angels and Trumpet Ale House (ATAH) won’t hold its grand opening until September 15, but that didn’t keep the space from filling up early on a Wednesday evening. It’s unsurprising how quickly the word has spread about the ale house, which just a week prior to its opening amassed over 2,000 Facebook fans.

A mix of business people, students and families gathered on this particular night, enjoying the new, trendy digs on Second Street just south of Roosevelt Road. Aside from the bright lime green trim that borders the roof, the exterior of the building is unassuming with no clear bar signage. Thanks to Facebook, we’ve learned this will soon change as the south wall is being adorned with a stencil of the ATAH logo of trumpets and wings.

The tavern’s interior is huge. The space is simplistic but bright with wooden tables, chairs and high tops. The long bar takes up an entire side of the building and so do its numerous taps. With a constant rotation of 31 craft beers taps, two nitro taps, cask conditioned ales, six draft wines and no liquor to be seen, it’s clear that ATAH is focused heavily on beer.

This Phoenix brew house will appeal very much to the craft beer lover. Its beer menu features a range of local, national and imported craft brews, some familiar, some not. And as soon as a keg runs out, it will be replaced by something totally different. Angels and Trumpet Ale House wants to educate and expose people to all different kinds of beer, the manager told College Times. A glance at the back of the menu shows a long list of beer styles and explains their flavors, so that when you order from the beer board, which spans the length on the entire bar, you know what kind of beer you’re getting.

To go with your brew, ATAH’s food menu features some not-so-traditional items that require a little deciphering. From fried spam burgers (which my neighbor was raving at about at the bar) to vegetarian meatloaf and 10-inch flatbreads that include ingredients like “torn mint,” “mushroom mix” and melon, this bar certainly doesn’t offer the standard pub-fare. It’s a bit experimental but based on the flat bread that I ordered the menu items are not as intimidating as they sound.

It’s no secret that ATAH is still in its opening stages. Flat screen TVs remained disconnected and there was no music to be heard. A gander outside the dining and bar area reveals an enormous patio with the downtown Phoenix cityscape and blue sky as a backdrop. Tables and chairs fill only about half of the space and begs the question: what will ATAH do with all that extra space? From what we’re told, guests can look forward to live music in the near future.

The tavern holds potential to be a something truly great. And in the heart of town, with good people, good food and, most importantly, good craft beer, where else can ATAH go but up?  

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