What: Baja Brews: Special Creations Brewed with Nuts and Seeds
When: Sunday, June 11, from 6:00-8:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Love beer? Love local nuts and seeds? Love supporting your community? If so, you’re sure to enjoy the sixth and final Baja Brews tasting event this Sunday, June 11! This Baja Brews tasting event will feature fourteen exclusive locally brewed beers infused with locally sourced nuts and seeds such as pecans, pistachios, and mesquite. You’ll be able to use these refreshing local beers to wash down a plate of mouthwatering Mexican food from El Charro Cafe as you listen to live blues music in the historic Rialto Theater. Since last summer, Baja Arizona’s breweries have worked with different locally originating ingredients to craft special beers exclusively for Baja Brews events. However, never before have Baja Brews tickets included food and live music. This sixth and final Baja Brews tasting event is sure to be the most splendid event yet!
All proceeds from the $30 donation benefit four amazing Tucson nonprofit organizations that are working to improve food security in our community: Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refugee Network, and Trees for Tucson.
You’ll be able to taste and enjoy 14 locally produced and nut and seed -infused beers in your own 5oz commemorative Baja Brews tasting glass, talk with the brewers, and learn more about Tucson’s ever-growing craft beer scene—all while supporting the work of these great non-profits! The Baja Brews finale event at the historic Rialto Theatre will include a plate of hearty Mexican food from El Charro Café and live music from local band Hey, Bucko and well-known bluesman Tom Walbank.
Unlike past Baja Brews events, tickets for this Baja Brews will include a plate of delicious food from El Charro Café. You’ll be able to choose between El Charro’s Pollo Borracho (cerveza infused chicken) or a fresh green tamale (vegetarian), both accompanied by arroz Sonora, beans, tortillas and cilantro lime and roasted corn slaw. Now that’s a great meal to wash down with a few local beers!
The tasting event runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can make your donation in advance by purchasing tickets using the button below, or tickets may be purchased on the night of the event at the door, pending availability. Our last two tasting events were sold-out, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
The Baja Brews Project is a year-long collaboration between Edible Baja Arizona and the Baja Arizona region’s craft breweries. We want to explore, celebrate, and taste Baja Arizona’s extraordinary craft beer. Drink local!
The Address Brewing
Beer: Mesquite Brachiation Brown
Tasting notes: A Brown Ale brewed with Mesquite bean reduction syrup and fermented with Belgian Trappist yeast. It’s bold and bitter with a subtle fruitiness and whole lot of hops. The Mesquite flavor is all up in your palate.
ABV: 7.3%, IBU 90
Dillinger Brewing Company
Beer: Wicked Wheat Wine
Tasting notes: A very rare style—similar to a barley wine but with a heavy amount of wheat brewed with 10 lbs of mesquite pod flour. The wheat adds a soft and malty mouth feel. The bitterness is much lower than a typically beer of its gravity making it very drinkable.
ABV: 8.5%, IBU: 50
Borderlands Brewing Company
Beer: Almond Happiness
Tasting notes: Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t, but why not skip ahead and get straight to the beer? We infused a roasty porter with almond, cacao, and coconut to evoke the flavors of a delicious candy bar. Coming in at 7.3% ABV, this dark and dangerous deluge of chocolate will bury you in mounds of decadent richness.
ABV: 7.3%, IBU: 15
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Beer: Prosopis Nut Brown
Tasting notes: A nut brown ale brewed with mesquite flour.
Iron John’s Brewing Company
Beer: BOSQUE ROASTY JOE-Mesquite-Coffee Porter
Tasting notes: A richly malted robust brown porter brewed with ground Mesquite bean flour, Guatemala Antigua Hunapu coffee and a hint of fresh vanilla. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla on the nose. Creamy light brown head, finishes with a slight malt sweetness and the delicate bite of spiced coffee.
Malts: GW Pale, Munich, Brown, 120L Crystal, Chocolate, Malted Oats, Special Coffee Roast, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley
Hops: Challenger, Fuggles
Yeast: London Ale
Adjuncts: Dark LME, Guatemala Antigua Hunapu coffee, Vanilla bean, Mesquite flour
ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 30, SRM: 50
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Beer: Pecan at Putin’s Porter
Tasting notes: Our Baltic Porter infused with Southern Arizona roasted pecans. The rich malty, caramel, toffee and roasted malt flavors of this dark lager are complemented by the character of local pecans roasted on a stone hearth.
ABV: 7.8%, IBU: 40
1912 Brewing Co.
Tasting notes: Mescalero coffee and chocolate Stout infused w/ tamarindo.
ABV: 7%, IBU: 28
Catalina Brewing Company
Beer: Pecan Doppelbock
Tasting notes: The Tucson area, along the Santa Cruz River in particular, is surrounded by several major pecan growers… so in continuing with the local ingredient theme, we present this wonderfully nutty and malty blend that has been a crowd favorite. We begin by slow-roasting the pecans, which are then ground and added to the mash to create a flavorful, nutty taste.
ABV: 8.5%, IBU: 24
Beer: To be announced.
Tasting notes: To be announced.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company
Beer: Pistachia Dunkelis
Tasting notes: A pistachio-infused version of our Flagship Beer: Dew Point Dunkel. Roasty, nutty, and salty with a hint of coffee and chocolate.
ABV 5.7%, IBU 27.
Barrio Brewing Co.
Beer: Pecanoramic View
Tasting notes: This is a Mesquite-smoked pecan strong amber ale.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
Tasting notes: Brewed with Arizona Pecan, Vanilla, and Coconut, an American Imperial Stout with loads of European and South American specialty malt and hopped exclusively with Columbus. This keg was aged on local AZ pecans, Madagascar vanilla beans, and coconut. Chocolate, Pecan, Luscious!
ABV: 8%, IBU: 60
10-55 Brewing Company
Beer: Pecan Brown
Tasting notes: Brown ale aged on loads of local pecans. Classic style with quality local ingredients.
ABV: 5.6%, IBU: 60
Green Feet Brewing
Beer: To be announced.
Tasting notes: To be announced.
Sunday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Taste locally sourced unique brews at our sixth and final Baja Brews tasting event, featuring locally grown nut and seed -themed beers.
Cost: $30 per person