Tucson beer expert to open Iron John's Brewing Co.

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z 2013-08-19T17:46:22Z Tucson beer expert to open Iron John's Brewing Co.By Gerald Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A familiar face on the local beer scene is the next in line to open his own craft brewery.

John Adkisson and his business partner, John Markley, have staked out a space at 245 S. Plumer Ave. and hope to have Iron John’s Brewing Co. up and running by Nov. 1.

Adkisson is an accountant by trade but has been home-brewing for more than two decades.

His creations have earned him gold medals in national home-brew competitions.

He worked as a brewer for a year for the ill-fated Habañeros Tropical Cantina and Brewery at Westin La Paloma in the late 1990s and spent another year as a brewing consultant for Nimbus.

He is a certified beer judge and has taught brewing classes at Brew Your Own Brew on North Campbell Avenue for more than a decade.

“People either know me or know of me,” Adkisson said.

The aim of Iron John’s is to create specialty beers.

Adkisson hopes to have six to seven types of bottled beer available at any given time, pulled from his expansive list of recipes.

Among his offerings: an award-winning Belgian peach wheat beer and a green chile beer made with roasted green chiles.

They hope to open the boutique brewery with a mole stout, a beer that will incorporate elements of cocoa beans and chile peppers, just in time for Day of the Dead.

“We can play a lot of games with what we can create,” he said. “Really stretch it out and do some fun things.”

Adkisson said they can afford to experiment because of the small size of their business.

Iron John’s will have a two-barrel system and will produce only in small batches.

They will sell directly from the brewery, but will not have a taproom on the premises.

Adkisson said they also hope to team up with a couple of local bars and tasting rooms to make their selections more readily available.

He mentioned Tap & Bottle and the Good Oak Bar, which is set to open in September downtown, as a couple of potential options.

Neither Adkisson nor Markley, a woodworker, is giving up his day job for this venture, at least not yet.

“This is our little experiment,” Adkisson said.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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