For beer connoisseurs, oftentimes the most exciting part about exploring a new city is visiting its breweries. Each brewery has an individual character, vibe and, of course, taste, and Tucson does not fall short of great beer expectations. Plot these seven stops on your travel itinerary for a taste of the local flavor.
Nimbus Brewing Company
At Nimbus Brewing Company, ales are serious business, despite the handsome ape mascot. Swing in for a pint of Dirty Guera Southwestern blonde ale, Old Monkey Shine English strong ale, oatmeal stout, pale ale, red ale or brown ale.
Borderlands Brewing Company
True Southwestern style is found in Borderlands Brewing Company’s lineup, including the Prickly Pear wheat, with flavors of cucumber and melon; Noche Dulce vanilla porter with Mexican vanilla from Arizona Vanilla Company; and La Morena with locally grown and roasted pecans from Green Valley Pecan Company. Stop in for live music Thursday-Saturday evenings.
Barrio Brewing Company
Barrio Brewing Company offers a Mocha Java stout to get the night kicking. Try the beer flight while noshing on one of the popular taco plates or one of more than a dozen burger choices, including the Diane Burger with sliced white mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter, garlic, parsley, beef stock and red wine, and topped with melted Swiss cheese. The brewery is located in the historic district, and any time the train’s crossing guards are down, Barrio “rail pints” are only $3.25!
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Thunder Canyon Brewery has 60+ styles of beer under its belt and more than a dozen on tap at each of its two locations. Brews are categorized by darkness and flavor, and new craft beer drinkers can pick up a few lessons with their mix-and-match tasting flights.
Dragoon Brewing Company
Dragoon IPA and Stronghold session ale are available year round at Dragoon Brewing Co., with seasonal and specialty releases cycling through. Dragoon’s tap room doesn’t serve food, but a calendar of food truck visits is posted on their website.
Sentinel Peak Brewing
Sentinel Peak offers nearly 10 of its own brews at any given time, which may include the Microburst Belgian white, Gullywasher brown or the Dewpoint dunkel. Up for some taste bud adventure? The Overhaul Challenge gives patrons three minutes to finish off two roasted habaneros with cream cheese, bacon (optional) and ghost chile and habanero paste, along with a pint of the Overhaul chile beer. Don’t worry, proceeds support the charity Firefighters vs Autism.
Pueblo Vida Brewing
Looking for something new? Pueblo Vida Brewing just opened Oct. 29, 2014 and offers food pairings, such as the breakfast stout with bacon and eggs, and the Northwest IPA with street tacos and Sonoran hot dogs.