Owned by three beer-loving firefighters, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company touts itself as “Tucson’s only midtown brewpub.” We love the casual atmosphere, family friendly vibes, and Icebreak IPA!
Named after the year that Arizona became a state, 1912 Brewing Co. was started by two Arizona natives. Founders Alicia and Allen Conger aim to integrate the state’s defining characteristics into their brewery and products for a truly local taste. We love enjoying an AZ Star at their copper bar.
As one of Tucson’s longest-standing breweries, Thunder Canyon has helped set the stage for the city’s craft beer renaissance. With 40 different beers on tap, patrons won’t feel limited when it comes to their options.
To many, the IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co. tastes like Tucson. The Tucson-born brewing company just celebrated five years of success; we’ll drink to that!
A true craft brewery, Dillinger’s offerings fluctuate with what’s available. Their debut lineup consisted of Desert Wheat, a very drinkable German-style Hefeweizen brewed with Sonoran White Wheat; Serrano Seduction, a version of the desert wheat brewed with spicy Mexican Serrano peppers and Hatch green chile peppers from New Mexico; and Lock Down Brown, a German-style Brown Ale whose name refers to John Dillinger’s arrest at Tucson’s Hotel Congress.
Iron John’s Brewing Company started selling beer in March of 2014. The name comes from a Grimm’s Brother story about finding who you are and where you belong. For founder John Adkisson, that sense of purpose and place was found through brewing outstanding beers. Iron John’s is truly dedicated to using local ingredients to create outstanding craft beer.
Community is the central focus at Borderlands Brewing Co. “From the ingredients we use”—like locally harvested prickly pear fruit, Mexican vanilla, and pecans—“to the causes we support”—like Living Streets Alliance, Sierra Club, and Watershed Management, to name a few—“Borderlands has always focused on the community,” owner Mike Mallozzi says.
Barrio Brewing Co. is the second brewery started by owner Dennis Arnold. The first was Gentle Ben’s, one of Arizona’s first breweries, established in 1991. Located at the corner of S. Toole and 16th St., Barrio has 12 original beers on tap, including Barrio Blonde.
In a world full of microbreweries, Ten 55 Brewing self-identifies as a nanobrewery. Focusing on small-batch brewing with fresh ingredients, co-founders Chris Squires and John Paul Vyborny hope to share their passion for craft beer. For a great pick-me-up, we love the Ten Fifty-Five XOXO, a coffee stout made with EXO Roast coffee.
Catalina Brewing Company (CBC) sees itself as a creator of hand-crafted bike fuel. Cycling enthusiasts co-founders Hank Rowe and Brian Vance decided to start a brewery during a 24-hour mountain bike race in 2009. Catalina Brewing Company now offers a variety of beers that feature local ingredients like prickly pear, mesquite, and pecan.
Pueblo Vida is eager to play an active and positive role in the Tucson community, and they are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local businesses. Their beer offerings change regularly. They typically have the Bavarian Hefweizen, Northwest IPA, and Breakfast Stout on tap, alongside rotating seasonal brews and infusions. Infusions are released each Tuesday, and once they’re out, they’re gone.
1702 just celebrated its ten-year anniversary as Tucson’s first major craft beer bar. Austin Santos, the restaurant’s owner, is quick to point out that “independent beer bar” is now a more accurate description for 1702. 1702 specializes in pizza and beer, and Santos has spent over a decade becoming an expert in both.
Green Feet Brewing, which opened its doors on Memorial Day 2016, is one of the more recent additions to Tucson’s craft beer scene. The brewery has an attached tasting room, where patrons can try Green Feet’s flagship beer, the Rescue Red Ale, as well as other rotating offerings.
For more information on Baja Arizona’s craft breweries, visit BajaBrewsAZ.com.