This autumn, the Tempe community surrounding Arizona State University and craft beer lovers all around the valley will have new stomping grounds — Hundred Mile Brewing Company.
Located at 690 N. Scottsdale Road., the 10,000-square-foot brew pub and restaurant boasts 24 taps freshly brewed onsite via a 10-barrel brewing system. A complete menu of tempting bites will be available to pair with the freshly brewed beer.
“Opening my own craft brewery after the last of my four kids finished high school has been a longtime dream of mine,” said Sue Rigler — co-founder, with Todd Kessel, of Hundred Mile Brewing Company, an Arizona State University graduate and craft beer lover with a penchant for hoppy beers.
Rigler and Kessel met serendipitously eight years ago through Kessel’s sister, a lifelong friend who thought Rigler could use Kessel’s help with the build out. Kessel is an experienced brewery general contractor so they were a perfect match — not only for the brewery, but in life.
“This location, by Tempe Town Lake and ASU, is where my energy is centered — from being on the same dirt as the Devil House and becoming an Ironman finisher in and around Tempe Town Lake to my deep love for the city of Tempe and ASU. It exceeds my dreams and is truly perfect for everything I envision Hundred Mile Brewing Company to be.”
The location — just a hop skip away from Rigler’s old stomping grounds of Manzanita Dormitory on the campus as well as the then-popular student hangout, the Devil House — was built in the 1970s and previously served as a print shop. Rigler commissioned the help of Xan Creative, which designed the likes of Postino, to bring her vision for the interior of the brewery to life.
Head Brewer Valerie Adee, an ASU graduate herself, will be at the helm of the brewery. Her experience in craft brewing began after her time as a Sun Devil, when she moved to California to pursue a career in the craft. She has served as part of the Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s research and development team as well as head brewer at Trademark Brewing.
Rigler not only enjoys good craft brews, she has her own impressive resume in the brew business. She holds a degree in Microbiology and recently, she worked for Krones, a German brewing equipment manufacturing company. She has done extensive beer research at more that 500 breweries in the U.S. and completed the Certification Brewing Program at U.C. San Diego. Rigler also served on the board of directors for Pink Boots Society, a global non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for women in the brewing industry.
In addition to the brewery and kitchen, the location will feature an event space, taproom and two full bars, one of which will be outside on the dog-friendly patio. Hundred Mile Brewing Company is aptly named for the fact that no beer brewed onsite will travel more than 100 miles, ensuring the freshest beer with every pour. With 24 taps, Adee will have the opportunity to experiment with local and seasonal ingredients to add to the rotating selection of brews.
To accompany the beers, which will be focused on West Coast IPAs and Pilsners (Rigler’s and Adee’s craft beers of choice), the menu will feature tacos, burgers and other delectable culinary creations that pair well with the beers on tap.
Beyond incredible food and beverage that she hopes will serve as both a tangible and intangible experience for her guests, Rigler intends for Hundred Mile Brewing Company to serve as a place for community connections, running and cycling clubs and a spot where beer lovers can come in as strangers and leave as friends.
“We are built on the foundation of our love for clean, balanced handcrafted fresh beer,” she says. “We will serve this beer with incredible, high-quality food in an atmosphere that is friendly, respectful and welcoming to all of our guests. We hope Hundred Mile Brewing Company becomes the new gathering place of Tempe and surrounding neighborhoods.”
Hundred Mile Brewing Company is slated to open this fall. For more, visit hundredmilebrewing.com.