Nano-brewery to open at former Tucson meatpacking plant

2012-08-21T10:41:00Z 2012-08-21T13:13:42Z Nano-brewery to open at former Tucson meatpacking plantBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2012 10:41 am  • 

A pair of Golder Ranch firefighters hope to begin brewing beer this fall at the former Farmer John meatpacking plant.

Matt Gordon and Jeremy Hilderbrand plan to go before the Tucson City Council next month to try to secure a recommendation for a liquor license that would let them launch their Sentinel Peak Brewing Co. at the former Farmer John’s site at 1102 W. Grant Road near Interstate 10.

That’s where Gordon and four other partners already operate The Slaughter House, a nonprofit haunted house that will be open Thursdays through Sundays during October.

Earlier this year, The Slaughter House partners —Gordon, Bobby Sutton, John Benedict, Joe Benedict and Robert Hudson — created an outdoor amphitheater on the property that can hold as many as 5,000 concert-goers. There have already been a few concerts, and Sutton said they plan to book several a year.

Gordon said Sentinel Peak, which he describes as a nano-brewery, will be a separate venture from The Slaughter House. He and Hilderbrand plan to set up the brewing operation in a space behind Club Carnage. The pair plan to sell its beer to small restaurants around town and to The Slaughter House’s crowd during concerts and special events. The Slaughter House obtains a temporary liquor license for those events, Sutton said.

“There’s a market in Tucson for craft brewing companies,” Hilderbrand said. “Quite frankly, we’re not making huge amounts. We’ll be making up to 90 gallons at a time. We’re going to keep it real small. We’re not going to quit our day jobs. For us, at the end of our firefighter career, hopefully it will be something that we can slip into.”

Read more in Thursday's Caliente.

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