What: Special Creations Brewed with Local Honey and Local Botanicals Baja Brews Tasting Event
When: Thursday, January 26th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Cafe a la C’art, 150 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Love beer? Love local honey and botanicals? Love supporting your community? If so, you’re sure to enjoy the fourth Baja Brews tasting event tomorrow, January 26th. This Baja Brews tasting event will feature eleven exclusive locally-brewed beers (and one local whiskey) infused with local honey and botanicals such as creosote tea, Mesquite honey, and basil.
Every eight weeks, Baja Arizona’s breweries are working with different locally originating ingredients to craft special beers just for the event. You’ll be able to taste and enjoy many locally produced and native ingredient-inspired beers, talk with the brewers, and learn more about Tucson’s ever-growing craft beer scene—all while supporting the work of four great non-profits!
All proceeds from your $15 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. What better way is there to support your community than by drinking local beer and whiskey?
Cafe a la C’art, located in downtown Tucson on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art, will be offering an exclusive menu for the event featuring salmon cakes, tamales, jalapeño cheese curds, and a variety of mouthwatering tacos and burgers. The tasting event runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can make your donation in advance by purchasing tickets here. Tickets can also be purchased on the night of the event at the door, pending availability. We do anticipate high demand, 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: Rainy Day in the Desert
Tasting notes: Our Rainy Day IPA is made with local honey and then infused with creosote tea. The nose is pungent and sweet, as is the flavor. It’s monsoon season in a glass.
ABV 7.6%, IBU 76
Dillinger Brewing Company
Beer: Hunny Porter
Tasting notes: Hunny Porter is an American style Brown porter using local Mesquite honey. Very malt forward, rich chocolate notes and a touch of sweetness from the honey.
ABV 5.5%, IBU 35.
Borderlands Brewing Company
Beer: Gin Spiced IPA
Tasting notes: Hazy IPA, infused with gin botanicals. This beer is hazy by design, which will give it a fuller mouth feel. A citrus punch from the hops and a spicy finish from botanicals.
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Name: Baja Brett Pale Ale
Tasting notes: Our El Baja Especial Pale Ale, fermented with True Love Mesquite Honey and Brettanomyces. Features bright fruit notes, barnyard funk, and subtle mesquite warmth.
Iron John’s Brewing Company
Name: Desert Harvest Honey Saison
Tasting notes: We used raw local honey and unmalted local wheat in this light, easy Saison which was then aged six months in a wine cask before finishing with a dose of local desert herbs. This aromatic and refreshing beer reflects a delightful pallete of local products that will delight your palate!
6.2% ABV, 20 IBU, 8 SRM
Thunder Canyon Brewery
We collected, fermented and distilled the nectar of the desert and created Sonoran Desert Mesquite Honey Whiskey. We’ll be sampling cocktails made from our honey whiskey.
1912 Brewing Co.
Name: El Brunch
Tasting notes: Blood orange and basil Gose, tart and refreshing with notes of citrus, salt, and dry hopped fresh basil from Iskashiita Refuge Network.
ABV 6.0, IBU 16
Catalina Brewing Company
Name: Cat Scratch Fever Pale Ale
Tasting notes: A recipe from an old friend, created originally during that fateful year of 1997 (if you don’t know, then you’re not a Wildcat fan!) – this is a crisp and refreshing pale ale, with a touch of sweetness from Amber Candi sugar balanced with a hint of clove and dry-hopped with Cascade for a refreshing finish.
ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 25
Name: Saison sauvage avec l’essence du désert
Tasting notes: Light and crisp Saison fermented with wild yeast, Sonoran desert honey, and infused with local herbs.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company
Beer: 1811 Desert Blond
Tasting notes: We’ll be bringing a version of one of our flagship beers, 1811 Desert Blond, to which we’ve infused local honey, pomegranate, and citrus for a dry, fragrant, and refreshing beer.
ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 27
Barrio Brewing Co.
Beer: Barrio Desert Belgian Blonde.
Tasting notes: Belgian Blonde brewed with mesquite honey.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
Beer: Rosemary Nelson IPA
Tasting notes: We paired Tucson’s DreamFlower Garden rosemary with our single hop Nelson IPA featuring New Zealand hop variety Nelson Sauvin. Earthy and white grape aromas from the Nelson Sauvin hops pairs beautifully with the pungent evergreen and herbal aromas of rosemary.
Thursday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Taste locally sourced unique brews at our fourth Baja Brews tasting event, featuring locally produced honey and botanical -themed beers and creations.
Cost: $15 per person