When a brand new spot opens on the town, we’re desperate to test it out, let you realize our preliminary impressions, share a number of photographs, and dish about some menu objects. First Taste, because the identify implies, just isn’t a full-blown evaluation, however as a substitute, a peek inside eating places which have simply opened — an event to pattern a number of objects and fulfill curiosities (each yours and ours).
Restaurant: The Wayward Taphouse
Location: 1028 Grand Avenue
Eats/drinks: Beer and wine
Open: About two months
Hours: 1 p.m. to midnight Tuesday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
Wayward Taphouse arrived at a time once we have been in nice want of patios. The beer joint and bottle store opened this fall within the Grand Avenue Arts District, within the outdated Paisley Violin storefront — i.e., the almost 100-year-old constructing previously occupied by ThirdSpace, a beloved café and restaurant in operation between 2014 and 2019.
The out of doors seating right here is simply plain good: sunny on one aspect, shaded on one other, with plentiful and well-spaced steel tables and chairs. It’s additionally exterior food- and dog-friendly. Pleasant neighborhood cats wander out and in. The Wayward anchors a small cluster of historic buildings at Grand and 11th avenues. The tiny casitas out again, which body the patio, are former prisoner-of-war homes. A handful of small companies — Novel Ice Cream, Electrik Needle Tattoo, and so on. — are a part of the patio view, in addition to a Trump-themed billboard. You understand, the one where he’s wearing an orange jumpsuit, standing behind jail bars, and flanked by greenback indicators resembling swastikas and nuclear mushroom clouds? (Thanks, Karen Fiorito).
The Paisley Violin storefront, then ThirdSpace, now The Wayward on Grand Avenue.
The Wayward Taphouse was opened by Tyler Goolie and Hilda Cardenas, who each spent about 5 years on the additionally beloved Wren Home Brewing Co. They know their stuff and have had their eye on the world. “A few years in the past we determined we wished to do our personal factor,” Goolie told New Times in September . “We really checked out another Grand Avenue areas a few yr earlier than ThirdSpace closed.”
The menu right here gives principally Arizona beer and wine — and the great things, too. There’s F.Y.I.T.M. IPA from The Store Beer Co. in Tempe, Caduceus Cellars’ Queen B Bianca from Willcox, and Terp That Cider from Cider Corps in Mesa.
The Wayward Taphouse is the spot for all you patio daddios on the market.
Throughout this go to, we entered from the surface entrance, approaching the big open window the place masks are required to order. We went with a 16-ounce Chasing Shade pale ale from Phoenix’s Helio Basin Brewing Co., a 16-ounce Wellenlänge Kölsch from Darkish Sky Brewing Firm out of Flagstaff, and a 12-ounce Baya Gose Bitter from 1912 Brewing Firm in Tucson.
Be suggested, buddies. If the craft stuff is just too heavy for an after-work drink — completely happy hour is 1 to six p.m. Tuesday to Friday, FYI — or should you’re winding down the night with a last spherical on Grand Avenue, a further beer fridge exists beneath the window, out of sight should you’re exterior. It’s from there we have been later in a position to rating a $four Modelo.
One more fridge exists for to-go orders; it incorporates chilly cans and bottles of extra native brews, in addition to the imported and home stuff: 4 Peaks Peach Ale, Mom Street Tower Station, Arizona Wilderness Biere De Wassai, Wren Home’s Monte Vista, and Koffee Kolsch from Huss Brewing Co. There’s even Dangerous Booch sangria, Coors Banquet, White Claw, and Coca Cola.
In different phrases, this is not a spot only for beer pervert, it is a wholly accessible faucet room.
There’s extra beer inside than you may first suppose.
The within, too, could turn out to be useful when issues warmth up and case numbers go down. Fortunately, the taphouse’s 1,300-square-foot inside is as equally pleasing as its exterior. Goolie and Cardenas stored the uncovered brick but in addition accomplished loads of renovations. They put in two chandeliers by native artist Mike Butzine and hope so as to add extra native artwork.
Throughout our go to, the vibe was daytime calm, and welcoming. A playlist was going with soft-volume nu steel and pop punk, which was enjoyable. The bartender was extraordinarily chill. The place was dim, lit solely by the little daylight coming by way of the ordering window. Two buddies have been perched on the bar. Everybody else was exterior.
And the very best half about The Wayward Taphouse? Goolie and Cardenas signed a five-year lease. However let’s hope we’re nonetheless assembly on the patio properly after that.
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