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Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom

Readers Pick

Nimbus continues to boost the popularity of its fine beers--labeled with its signature performing monkey. Our favorite is the Brown Ale, which is as mellow and flavorful a beer as can be poured. The label shows the monkey posing as a Roman God, naked as the day he was born, adorned only in a halo and a sheath of wheat held up by an adoring nymphet. The ice-cold Pale Ale is perfect for our hot summer months. Pale ales are brewed with more than the usual amount of hops to allow them to be transported long distances. Maybe this is why the label has the Nimbus monkey surrounded by angels holding his beer and ascending to heaven. There's always hope.

Runners up:

2. Thunder Canyon Brewery, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

3. Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, 865 E. University Blvd.

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