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On tap: New brewery to open in Phoenix this summer

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PHOENIX — The beer scene in the Valley of the Sun just keeps getting better.

The city’s newest brewery, Helio Basin, will open in the summer near 40th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

“We’re going to focus primarily on American-style ales,” owner Dustin Hazer said. “We’ll have six core brands with year-round availability and we’ll also have some seasonal offerings and some specialty beers.”

The brewery plans to announce the six main beers as it gets closer to opening.

Hazer said all of the beer will be brewed and kegged on-site so customers can watch the process while they enjoy a cold one.

“We can really focus on the quality of the beer, the quality of the food that’s going out and really just develop a company in the neighborhood that we can be proud of,” he said.

The kitchen will be led by chef Tamara Stanger, who has experience at several top Phoenix-area restaurants.

The name Helio Basin comes from a play on the Greek word for “sun” and basin is another word for Valley.

Hazer and co-owner Mike Conley are both from Pennsylvania.

According to biographies posted on the brewery’s website, the pair decided to open in Arizona after Hazer moved here to work for Four Peaks Brewing Company.

Conley wanted to attend Arizona State University and be closer to family.

KTAR’s Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.

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