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Hidden North Phoenix Gem: Barrio Brewing Co

Like good food, beer and planes? I sure do. We’re back with another blog in our Member Series. And today we’re talking about a hidden North Phoenix gem– Barrio Brewing Co at Deer Valley Airport. Keep reading to get all the information you need!

This blog is written and provided by Wendie DG from our Facebook Community Group, Living North Phoenix.

A Place To Celebrate?

My family was looking for a fun yet low-key way to celebrate our kiddos’ last day of the school year. We decided to go to dinner and check out Barrio Brewing Co. at 702 W. Deer Valley in North Phoenix, a true hidden North Phoenix gem that not many people know about.

As an aviation enthusiast, it was nice to drive up to the Deer Valley Airport and feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of rush hour and traffic noise. Instead, we were met with the humming and whirring of propellers and the shiny metal of Cessnas, Choppers, and Piper Archers, both on the outside runways and as indoor aeronautical ambiance. 

Our server, Shannon, was pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a few dietary restrictions, and she was more than willing to accommodate them. I was craving something tropical yet was feeling more “mocktail than cocktail” and asked for something fruity. The bartender mixed up a “mocktail margarita” for me —a delicious and refreshing drink with strawberry and pineapple puree with a twist of lime. Next time, I think I’d like to try the “Long Board,” which is a drink that consists of Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka, raspberry liqueur, and lemonade.

Since we had a few modifications due to allergies, Shannon was good about checking with the kitchen staff to see if my son could eat safely without worries about tree nuts or sesame. My son ordered a plate of mini corn dogs, french fries, and chocolate milk. My daughter ordered chocolate milk and the Barrio Bacon Jam Sliders, which consisted of two beef sliders covered in savory bacon jam with peppery arugula on pretzel rolls” and a Caesar side salad.

My husband ordered an iced tea with the grilled “Barrio Brat,” which is “simmered in Copperhead Pale Ale and topped with sauerkraut and caramelized onions with a side of BBQ sauce.”

I ordered the “Southwest Burger,” subbed with a veggie patty and topped with avocado tomatillo sauce and Hatch green chile with a side of onion rings with a hint of honey and sweetness that tasted yummy! The “bacon jam” and BBQ sauce were a huge hit with my husband and daughter because both were flavorful and tangy. The salad was the only colorful thing on the table. As a vegetarian, I would have loved to see more vibrancy incorporated into the presentation of each dish. 

Even though Barrio Brewery Co. is the oldest brewery in Arizona, this hidden gem in North Phoenix has only been open for less than four months and is already seeing an uptick in patronage. Asa Stannard, Manager, shared that they have a banquet room for special events and corporate engagements that accommodate different party sizes.

There is a jukebox inside the restaurant, beer on tap, games, and, best of all, an observation deck that overlooks the tarmac to watch the comings and going of aircraft. The most favored are the ones we watched just before sunset.

On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate the restaurant an 8. Since the restaurant is relatively new, they are still working out some kinks. Kindness and hospitality were apparent, and we will return and try their weekend brunch sometime soon.

Remember, if you are looking for laid-back, down-to-earth people and a location with a unique atmosphere, consider grabbing some grub at Barrio Brewing Company. You won’t be disappointed.

If you haven’t seen our Member contributions for these blogs, check out another one we had. This is for The Little Play Avenue, a great place to take your littles for some cool indoor fun.

Want to be close to Barrio and Deer Valley Airport? Check out all available homes for sale in 85027. Need a mover? Rambo 121 is a locally owned moving company that is looking for more clients to help. Neither Barrio or Rambo are paying for this blog, and neither are endorsed by us food or moving. So if you are interested, do your research to decide.

Keep enjoying North Phoenix, and we will see you on the next blog

Living North Phoenix – Blair

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