We've compiled a list of all the major breweries in the Tucson metro area and listed them by location. Select a section of the city and hit the road.
Downtown — Barrio Brewing, 800 E. 16th St.
Owned and operated by Dennis Arnold, an elder statesman of craft brewing in Tucson, Barrio Brewing has been serving beer and food made in-house in what used to be the Tucson Warehouse & Transfer Co. for the last decade. Arnold had previously brewed out of Gentle Ben’s, which he opened in 1991 and sold earlier this year. Outdoor seating is available.
Downtown — Borderlands Brewing, 119 E. Toole Ave.
Borderlands Brewing was one of the first in the new class of craft beer breweries, launching in what was once an old train depot for produce, in 2011. The brewery has one of the best chocolate beers in the state (a seasonal German Chocolate Cake porter), regular live music acts and science lectures (for the university crowd). Grab a pint at the right time and feel the rumble of trains passing just behind the building.
Downtown — Pueblo Vida Brewing, 115 E. Broadway
Known for its tasty experimental beer infusions, Pueblo Vida can be found in a historic building on the east end of Broadway downtown, just west of the new AC Hotel by Marriott. The brewery has a casual atmosphere with an ongoing list of events, including regular coloring days and beer releases. Its latest infusion: A prickly pear pale ale with cucumber dubbed “Harvest.”
Downtown — Public Brewhouse, 209 N. Hoff Ave.
Located in the building that used to house Hamilton Distillers, Public Brewhouse shares the same back courtyard area with Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar on North Fourth Avenue. The Brewhouse is one of the more underrated breweries in Tucson, but well worth a visit. Live music is a common occurrence and board games are available for play. The LemmonLord, an English pale ale that uses wild hops from Mt. Lemmon, is one of their latest creations.
Downtown — Thunder Canyon Brewstillery, 220 E. Broadway
Another old guard brewery, Thunder Canyon recently closed its northwest location at the Foothills Mall and is now focusing all of its efforts on its “brewstillery” downtown, across the street from Pueblo Vida. Thunder Canyon has been serving beers and its own food in Tucson since 1997. It opened its Broadway location in 2011 and has since expanded into the distilling business (hence the name).
Downtown — Crooked Tooth Brewing Company, 228 E. Sixth St.
Slightly off the beaten path, Crooked Tooth can be found in what once was an old mechanic's shop at East Sixth Street and North Sixth Avenue. The brewery’s location puts it in close proximity to Tap & Bottle, down the street on North Sixth Avenue, and North Fourth Avenue, which is a couple blocks east. It has a nice, open patio area, a regular rotating list of Crooked Tooth originals and new neighbors: Anello Pizzeria and The Royal Room wine bar, located in the building next door.
Downtown honorable mentions
While they don’t make their own beers, Tap & Bottle, at 403 N. Sixth Ave., and Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 220 N. Fourth Ave., deserve honorable mentions for the sheer amount of craft beer they offer the Tucson community. Tap & Bottle has more than 20 beers on tap and coolers full of brewery stock from all over the country. Ermanos has 40 taps (according to its latest online beer list). If you live closer to the UA, try Red’s Smokehouse and Tap Room at 943 E. University Blvd., another local resource.
West — Dragoon Brewing Company, 1859 W. Grant Road
Another early brewery in the most recent craft beer boom, Dragoon is a heavy hitter throughout the state and recently doubled its brewing capacity to meet distribution demands. The brewery’s taproom has ample seating and up to 11 of its own beers on tap at any given time for those willing to make the trip west of Interstate 10. Food trucks rotate in the parking lot.
West — 1912 Brewing Company, 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.
Located down the street and around the corner from Dragoon Brewing Company, 1912 offers comfortable surroundings and some damn good beer. The brewery holds regular pairings, tap takeovers and other beer-themed activities. Owner Allan Conger recently launched a copper tankard program and a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise money for more fermentors.
West — Dillinger Brewing Company, 3895 N. Oracle Road
Dillinger Brewing Company has the distinction of being the only brewery on North Oracle Road, one of the main thoroughfares connecting the downtown/university area with the breweries on Tucson’s northwest side. Owner Eric Sipe runs the day-to-day in 2,400 square feet of industrial space that used to be an embroidery shop and dry cleaning business. Dillinger is always experimenting, but has its staples, including its Serrano Seduction, a desert wheat ale brewed with Mexican Serrano peppers and Hatch green chile peppers from New Mexico.
Northwest — Catalina Brewing Company, 6918 N. Camino Martin
The closure of the Ina Road exit on Interstate 10, (from which Camino Martin is a 2-minute drive) makes getting to Catalina Brewing a little more challenging. For craft beer enthusiasts, the trip is well worth it, especially with a second brewery, Button Brew House, located right around the corner. With avid cyclists as its owners, Catalina sports a bike theme and has a significant following for its Saturday yoga events. Catalina serves seasonal beers and regular staples.
Northwest — Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin
Named for owners Todd and Erika Button, Button Brew House is Tucson’s newest brewery, located within walking distance of Catalina Brewing. Todd Button is a perfectionist when it comes to making beer, so expect some high quality pints during your visit. Button Brew House has both indoor and outdoor seating and is open seven days a week.
Northwest honorable mention
Tap & Bottle North, 7254 N. Oracle Road, is the northwest outpost of the original Tap & Bottle on North Sixth Avenue, which means you can expect the same level of quality in the beers on tap and being sold by the bottle.
Midtown — The Address Brewing, 1702 E. Speedway
The Address nanobrewery occupies the same space as 1702, a popular University-area pizza joint known for its gigantic slices and craft choices on tap. You can find Address beer primarily at 1702 and at Bear Canyon Pizza, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road, which is co-owned by Address head brewer Austin Santos.
Midtown — Iron John’s Brewing Company, 245 S. Plumer Ave.
Iron John’s is a smaller brewery, just south of Broadway, with a feel more like a winery tasting room than a brewery taproom. The spot belongs to “Iron John” Adkisson, a well-respected, Yoda-like figure in the local craft beer scene. Adkisson is known for his higher-end offerings, available in restaurants and taprooms around town.
Midtown honorable mention
Located in the eclectic Metal Arts Village at 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson Hop Shop offers nearly 20 beers on tap at any given time, with plenty of bottle options and patio seating. If movies are your thing, head to Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway, and enjoy a good film with a pint of your favorite stout or IPA.
South — Ten Fifty-Five Brewing Company, 3810 E. 44th St.
While a move to a much bigger space downtown is in their future, the owners of Ten Fifty-Five Brewing Company are still slinging beers in their original home, a modestly sized space off of South Palo Verde Road, Thursdays-Saturdays (at least for now). Ten Fifty-Five has been operating for four years in an area of town that has since seen the launch of several new breweries. The tap room is intimate. The beers, delicious. And it’s right across the parking lot from Three Wells Distilling, if you like variety.
South — Green Feet Brewing Company, 3669 E. 44th St.
Another understated option for craft beer in Tucson is Green Feet Brewing, which can be found right down the street from Ten Fifty-Five. Located in a business park, it is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. The interior is modest, but the beer is where Green Feet truly shines (something that all breweries should be striving for). Owner Scott Peterson will provide good conversation to match if you catch him on beertending duties. Green Feet is open Wednesdays-Saturdays.
South — Nimbus Brewing Company, 3850 E. 44th St.
The second oldest brewery in the city after Dennis Arnold’s Gentle Ben’s/Barrio Brewing empire, Nimbus comes with heaps of character and features a giant hand holding a beer mug on the outer wall of its building. Having been around as long as it has (since 1996), Nimbus is a bit removed from the growing batch of recent craft brewery owners, but who hasn’t had one of their Dirty Guera ales or Oatmeal Stouts?
South — Copper Mine Brewing Company, 3455 S. Palo Verde Road
Another brewery in the South Palo Verde/East Ajo Way area, Copper Mine is located just south of East 44th Street and is easy to see from the street. The brewery has up to ten beers on tap and food trucks out on the weekends. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays.
East — BlackRock Brewers, 1664 S. Research Loop
Due to the lack of spaces with the appropriate zoning, breweries can be hard to come by on Tucson’s east side. BlackRock Brewers has the distinction of being farther east than any other brewery in town. It is located off of South Pantano Road, just south of East 22nd Street. The brewery has plenty of seating, food trucks and a roster of rotating beers. It is open seven days a week and tries to bring in food trucks daily.
East — Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, 4746 E. Grant Road
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company is one of very few breweries in the area located in an actual shopping center, with a PetSmart, Chuze Fitness and a Chipotle, making it a convenient stop if you are out running errands. The brewery has five flagship beers and at least five more rotating options. Seating is plentiful, both indoor and out. They also makes its own cocktails and food.
East-side honorable mentions
Arizona Beer House, 150 S. Kolb Road, has the most expansive selection of beers on Tucson’s east side, with 34 beers on tap and hundreds of bottles to choose from. The taproom has regular food trucks and a decent amount of seating (though none outdoors). Far east-siders should try Saguaro Corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail, which comes with true Southwest ambience, a full menu and more than 30 craft beer options to choose from. Bonus: It is located five minutes from Saguaro National Park East. If you are in the East Tanque Verde area, visit Bear Canyon Pizza, at 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road, for more than 30 beers on tap (and pizza!), or Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden, 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road, which has fewer beers on tap, but a beautiful outdoor space for comfortable evening lounging.