This Arizona beer brewing pioneer has closed its Phoenix pub. Here's why and what's next

Tirion Morris
Arizona Republic
SanTan Brewing Company opened its second location in the former Z'Tejas in central Phoenix.

The Phoenix location of SanTan Brewing Company has closed. 

Located on Bethany Home Road just west of 16th Street, the pub was an outpost of SanTan's main brewery and restaurant in downtown Chandler.

Along with the main pub in Chandler, the parent company SanTan Brewing + Distilling runs a neighboring cocktail bar called Spirit House and a production facility that includes a tasting room a few miles away. A statement from the company and owner Anthony Canecchia said the plans for SanTan are to focus more on the East Valley.

"We therefore made the difficult decision to close our Uptown Brewpub located on Bethany Home Road," the statement read, ending with "We’re grateful for the tremendous support of SanTan fans."

Why SanTan's Phoenix brewery and restaurant closed

SanTan was a pioneer in Arizona's craft beer scene, initially opening in 2007. The Phoenix location opened in 2018, taking over a space that formerly held a Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill. 

“This location felt right,” Canecchia told The Republic days before that location opened.

Over the past three years, some of SanTan's more experimental beers have come out of the Phoenix brewery. Most of the company's beer is produced in Chandler, but a small brewing system was set up in Phoenix to allow brewers to try out new flavors and techniques before scaling up production. 

During the pandemic, the Phoenix location didn't fully reopen, and until early April 2021, was only open a few days a week serving a limited menu, according to a spokesperson for the company.

Both the brewing facility and the restaurant in Phoenix are now closed. 

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