Beer and wine scene rising

2013-10-03T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:28:42Z Beer and wine scene risingBy Gerald Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Visitors to the Ten Fifty-Five Brewing Company taproom now have more time to enjoy the beer that they’ve ordered and more space in which to do it.

The fresh-faced craft beer business, located down the street from the original Nimbus Brewery, has expanded into the warehouse next door, significantly increasing the size of its taproom.

Foot traffic wasn’t a big consideration for owners Chris Squires and John Paul Vyborny when they opened in February, but they soon discovered a steady walk-in clientele during its Saturday taproom hours. They went to work on renovations over the summer and reopened at the end of August.

Squires estimates that the new taproom can easily accommodate between 20 and 30 patrons.

“Before we could squeeze in about six people and even that was tight,” Squires said. “Things are much more comfortable now.”

Ten Fifty-Five represents the type of rapid growth Tucson’s craft beer and Southern Arizona wine scenes have witnessed over the last year. Here’s what else is on tap:

Borderlands Brewing Company

  • 119 E. Toole Ave.
  • 261-8773. borderlandsbrewing.com
  • Opened:
  • December 2011.
  • Taproom hours:
  • 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.

For nearly two years, Borderlands has served as the cornerstone of the downtown beer scene with its rotating selections and festive atmosphere, complete with regular live music acts and

windows that rattle as lumbering trains pass by.

The brewery’s popularity has allowed it to expand, from a six-keg-per-batch system to 40 kegs.

This month, it is teaming up with Many Mouths One Stomach to help raise funds for the All Souls Procession on Nov. 3.

Borderlands is creating a beer that is “dark and rich, sippable, but not too bitter,” according to co-owner Myles Stone. It will be called Las Almas (The Souls) and proceeds will go toward paying down the tens of thousands of dollars generated in Procession costs each year. Stone said he and co-founders Michael Mallozzi and Blake Collins have been playing with the idea of supporting the Procession since opening, but couldn’t make it work until the expansion.

“This is an organization that brings so much to the community,” Stone said. “We love that we can help.”

Las Almas will be available in the Borderlands Brewing taproom and in restaurants and bars along the Procession route the week of the event.

Dragoon Brewing Company

  • 1859 W. Grant Road
  • 329-3606. dragoonbrewing.com
  • Opened:
  • May 2012.
  • Taproom hours:
  • 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 3-9 p.m. Fridays and 2-8 p.m. Saturdays.

Dragoon’s reach has been widespread in Arizona. It has accounts at bars and restaurants throughout Phoenix and Tucson and will soon be making occasional deliveries to the Flagstaff area.

The craft brewery recently teamed up with New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colo. — the third-largest craft brewery and seventh-largest brewery overall in the United States — to create a lager which they debuted Saturday at the Great Tucson Beer Festival.

Dubbed Westerbru, the idea came from brainstorming sessions with New Belgium brewer Ben Rutledge.

Rutledge was in town visiting family and stopped into the Dragoon taproom, where he met business owners Tristan White and Eric Greene.

They hit it off. Rutledge suggested they collaborate.

“We thought it was funny and cute but a little unrealistic,” White said.

But Rutledge meant it.

“They hooked us up with some rare varieties of hops,” White said. “We’ve been working together on promotion. It has been really fun to have that kind of notoriety brought to Tucson.”

Dragoon produced 70 kegs of Westerbru. It will soon be available in its taproom and in restaurants and bars around Tucson.

  • Visit dragoonbrewing.com for more information.

Thunder Canyon Brewery

  • Foothills Mall
  • 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
  • 797-2652.
  • thundercanyonbrewery.com
  • Opened:
  • 1997.
  • Hours:
  • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays.
  • Downtown
  • 220 E. Broadway
  • 396-3480.
  • Opened:
  • Jan. 2013
  • Hours:
  • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays.

A Tucson beer brewing powerhouse, Thunder Canyon makes more than 5,000 kegs of beer per year. The series of rotating and regular selections are created at its Foothills Mall location and then split between both locales.

Owner Steve Tracy said the longterm goal is to have tanks set up downtown, with a focus on creating specialty beers. He said the whole reason he chose the spot on East Broadway was because it was easy for trucks to make deliveries of grain and other beer ingredients.

Tracy said downtown has been good to Thunder Canyon, so far.

“A lot of people are wandering around down there,” he added. “Especially since the students have come back.”

The Address (1702) Brewing Company

  • 1702 E. Speedway
  • 325-1702. 1702az.com
  • Opened:
  • November 2011.

The Address is a nanobrewery based in the same location as the 1702 pizza joint on East Speedway.

With Austin Santos at the helm, the location employs a three-barrel system. The beer is mostly sold and sampled in-house and at special events and festivals around Tucson.

Nimbus

Brewing company

  • 3850 E. 44th St.
  • 745-9175. nimbusbeer.com
  • Opened:
  • 1996.
  • Taproom hours:
  • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.

Nimbus Bistro

  • 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road
  • 269-6309
  • Opened:
  • September 2009.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.

Another elder statesman of the local beer scene, Nimbus opened its doors in 1996 and produces more than 25,000 barrels of beer annually.

Barrio Brewing Company

  • 800 E. 16th St.
  • 791-2739. barriobrewing.com
  • Opened:
  • 2006.
  • Hours:
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursdays-Saturdays. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.

Barrio is the brainchild of Gentle Ben’s owner Dennis Arnold. The brewery recently began canning its own beer, the first brewery in the city to do so.

Opening soon

Sentinel Peak Brewing Company

  • Where:
  • 4746 E. Grant Road
  • facebook.com/SentinelPeakBrewingCompany
  • Opening:
  • Within the next two months.

Sentinel Peak is the next in line to open as the brewery continues to finish its new space just east of North Swan Road. The physical location is a long time coming for owners Jeremy Hilderbrand, Matt Gordon and Taylor Carter — all Tucson-area firefighters — who have had to deal with several major issues over the last year, including a change of location and a complete plumbing overhaul in their new space.

Hilderbrand said they are putting the finishing touches on the location. When it is open, they hope to have three to four beers on tap at any given time.

Public Brew House
and Coffee

  • Where:
  • The historic Charles O. Brown house, 40 W. Broadway.
  • facebook.com/publicbrewhouseandcoffee
  • Opening:
  • January .

Public Brew House and Coffee was just a dream, until Mike Gura and his business partner, Beau Hintz took to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter in November to see if they could raise some funds.

They ended up receiving more than $37,000. That turned out to be the easy part.

The next few steps have been a little more difficult. Since raising the money, Gura and Hintz have parted ways and Gura has taken on a new partner, Cody Van Haren.

They continue to wait for approval to move in to the Historic Charles O. Brown house, at which point they will apply for their liquor license.

To make matters more challenging, Gura developed a severe case of malaria earlier this year while in Rwanda working as an international development consultant. Shortly after recovering, he contracted West Nile virus in Tucson and was laid up for another couple of months.

Gura said, beyond some weakness in his arms, he has almost fully recovered. He hopes to have Public Brew House up and running by January.

Iron John’s Brewing Company

  • Where:
  • 245 S. Plumer Ave.
  • ironjohnsbrewing.com
  • Opening:
  • January.

Iron John co-owner and namesake John Adkisson had originally planned to open his brewery and bottle shop in time for Day of the Dead, but now says the date has been moved to January.

The brewery, which will include a bottle shop, but no taproom, is expected to receive its permits this week. The Tucson City Council will vote on Iron John’s liquor license on Oct. 22.

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