I’m going to get in trouble for saying this yet again, but J loves a good beer. He prefers one that’s tipping the IBU scale at 120. IBU is the scale by which bitterness is measured in beers. The higher the number, the more bitter the beer. Also the more hops used to brew the beer, the more bitter the taste. Needless to say, J is a fan of uber-bitter beers, which I think is totally gross; but who am I to judge?
Anyway, I digress…
In order to prep for his upcoming visit to Arizona (yay!), my family and I tested out a local brewery, Fate Brewing in Scottsdale. Though they were out of the Belgian Whit, which I knew I would love, my dad and I both got a flight of the house-brewed beers. I wanted to see if J would like the beer, but what do I know about bitter beers? Nothing.
So it’s a good thing that Fate not only has yummy beer, but it also has a delicious little restaurant that offers interesting wood-fired pizzas, salads, and appetizers.
We started with the breads and spreads appetizer, which we devoured. The most divisive dip was the sweet orange mascarpone dip. The men weren’t big fans, but the ladies loved it.
Fate’s pizzas aren’t the typical pepperoni and cheese versions you find at every bar. They’re interesting and (dare I say) gourmet. We had one topped with fennel sausage, mozzarella, goat cheese, mushrooms, and tomato sauce. Another pie was covered in capicola ham, pecorino cheese, mozzarella and olive oil.
It always feels good to eat at a local restaurant instead of a chain, but when the food and beer are as good as they are at Fate, it’s a win-win.
Photography by me. July 2013.
Where to Find It:
7337 E. Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260