The ‘snatch is closed for business

by Pub tales


I spent many nights at the 'Snatch

For as long as we can remember, Bandersnatch has been a mainstay and icon of downtown Tempe, Arizona.  The restaurant and once brewpub, open for three decades, has closed their doors.

Bandersnatch was a very popular brewpub near Arizona State University.  After the founding owners sold the brewpub, the new owners closed the brewery and opened the restaurant only on game days.  It was only open for a few days last year.

The owners then sold the space to be converted into an 11 story Marriott Residence Inn – just what Tempe needs, more corporations and less character.  Some of the iron artwork and characteristic wooden doors that made Bandersnatch unique will be saved and used in the hotel bar.

Bandersnatch was one of the last pieces of downtown Tempe that hadn’t been overrun by corporate America.  We will miss the onion rings and beer.  We will also miss Tempe – maybe the city should be renamed McTempe.

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!