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This award-winning Phoenix brewery is opening a beer hall. Here's where and when

Andi Berlin
Arizona Republic

Seven years after Wren House Brewing opened in 2015, one of Arizona's biggest names in craft beer announced plans for a long-awaited second Valley location near the I-10 freeway in Ahwatukee. The new concept is called Wren Südhalle, or South Hall, and will be modeled after a cozy European beer hall and will include a full kitchen serving bar bites from a walkup window. 

Co-founder Drew Pool said he was inspired to open in Ahwatukee during the pandemic when requests for beer deliveries skyrocketed in that area. 

"Ahwatukee was a major hotspot. We thought, maybe we should look at properties here," he said. "They told us to open in Chandler or Gilbert, but when other breweries go one direction, we like to go the other direction." 

Formerly a Los Dos Molinos, the 2,400-square-foot space is located in the Plaza at Mountainside shopping center at 4005 E. Chandler Boulevard, just a few doors down from popular, longtime Ahwatukee restaurant, Pomegranate Cafe.

The new location aims to cater to Wren House's growing customer base in the East Valley and beer fans from neighboring Tucson, thanks to its southern location and proximity to Ikea.

The second Valley location of Wren House will go up in Ahwatukee later this year.

What to expect at Wren House's new location

Wren House is known for its fruity sours and barrel aged creations like cereal-inspired Lucky Charms stout, but also for the intimate midtown Phoenix location that's housed inside a 1920s bungalow. 

The second valley location takes inspiration from the old style beer halls of Germany and the Czech Republic. 

"It'll have Central European beer hall vibes, super traditional, but with a cool architect that'll bring it into the 21st century," Pool said.

Miranda Gonsalez, taproom associate, Wren House Brewing Co. serves a drink.

He and business partner Bill Hammond are working with local architecture firm NVK on a six-month buildout of the space, which will include a wraparound patio with a grass area, as well as a 15- to 20-person private dining room with a large community table.

The Ahwatukee space will have 20 taps, as well as a bottle shop that sells Wren House cans to-go and will solely function as a taproom, with no tanks or production facilities.

Currently, most of the production is happening at Wren House's Prairie Patio location in Prescott. When the new location opens, they plan to brew more European style beers like their Czech pilsner Můstek, as well as more Kölsch and Kellerbiers from their original location. 

Wren Südhalle is scheduled to open at 4005 E. Chandler Boulevard in November or December 2022. Check the website wrenhousebrewing.com for updates.

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