When we heard Julie Meeker, owner of Mother Bunch, was combining her love of craft beer, science and engineering together to open a brewery with her husband, Jimmy McBride, we were instantly intrigued. Okay, we were chomping at the bit! As a long-time home brewer and self-proclaimed “beer nerd”, Julie’s approach is to create a “sophisticated but not complicated” atmosphere with beer that is “approachable”, not snobby. And boy have they’ve hit the mark dead center.
Mother Bunch is located inside the historic J.B. Bayless landmark on seventh and Garfield. Inside, Julie and Jimmy have renovated the space to include thick wood top tables, a seating area with leather chairs and refurbished pews from an old church in Tucson, which pay homage to the great beer halls of Germany.
An incredible half-circle bar with a massive rustic stone countertop is centered in the middle of the space. The idea behind the bar is “traditional items used in contemporary manner,” which is evident with copper pipes used as tap handles.
Chef Holly Arguello’s culinary talent shines with instant classics like Salty Pork Rinds, Grand Mussels steamed in MB Beer and Gourgeres, savory French pastries mixed with dough and cheese. “It’s pub fare with a French twist,” explains Julie.
William Hampton joins Mother Bunch as head brewer collaborating with Julie to create upcoming signature ales, including an oatmeal stout, smoked cherry porter, and single hop pale ale. Although it will still be a few weeks before Mother Bunch’s own fills the taps, for now, folks can enjoy all 20 selections on tap of Arizona’s finest breweries, like College Street (Lake Havasu), Huss (Scottsdale), San Tan (Chandler), and Four Peaks (Tempe).
As a special treat, Get Your PHX attendees can get a sneak peek behind the scenes with guided tours of the brewery!
Opening in in Downtown Phoenix was Julie’s first choice. Having grown up on the east coast she gravitated towards an urban core and when she moved out here, she managed art studios in the 90’s as the art walk was just getting started. “Even though I went in another direction after graduate school, I still followed the progress Downtown. I can't imagine opening Mother Bunch anywhere else!”
Just for Get Your PHX, Julie’s offering $4 beer tasting flights and if you pay with cash, there’s no added tax! Why not make it a date night afterwards? Just see the host for table seating. Enjoy great times and make new memories at Mother Bunch with us this October. As always, please RSVP below. Salut!
When: Thursday, October 23rd, 5:30P – 7:30P Where: Mother Bunch Brewing: 825 N. 7th St. Specials: FREE raffle ticket! $4 beer flights + light appetizers and brewery tour! RSVP: October GYP: Mother Bunch Brewing