The greater Phoenix area has seen a rapid expansion in the world of craft beer. The state of Arizona itself is opening new breweries at a near-record clip after lagging behind other popular beer-drinking neighbors (such as Colorado or California). With no end in sight, the trend looks to continue in the Valley, as a California restaurant and brewpub is opening a new location in the coming months.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse has been progressively pushing its brand throughout the United States in recent years, as individual states have made it easier to open food and beer-brewing establishments. While the brand has existed in Arizona for some time now, it has plans on expanding out to Goodyear before the end of the year. So, for those patrons who live in Goodyear and have been wanting the addition of new food and drink options, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be a desirable addition.
The first BJ’s opened in 1978 in Santa Ana, California. However, at the time, it went by the name of BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria. The original owners eventually sold off the restaurant in 1991 and, within five years, the new owners had opened a half-dozen restaurants in Southern California. In a quest to spread outside of California, the company went public in 1996 and raised nearly $10 million. With the money, it bought out 26 Pietro’s Pizza restaurants and began converting them over to BJ’s. It was at this time the restaurant decided to open its first brewery. That started the eventual marriage of brewhouse and restaurant.
The chain does have several award-winning beers under its belt. The BJ Hefelightzen, which is a lighter wheat beer, took home a gold medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. This beer, as well as both year-round and seasonal beers, can be found at over 200 locations around the country.
The chain currently has six locations in Arizona. Two of these locations are down south in Tucson. The four locations around the Valley include Chandler, Mesa, North Phoenix, and Peoria.
The new Goodyear restaurant will be located on the corner of 150th Drive and McDowell. There is no exact opening date, although the plans are for the Goodyear location to open to the public by the end of the year. The best way to stay on top of any official announcements is to check in with the BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse website.