Clay Keil (right), government contractor, enjoys a beer with David Nye (right) and Michael Colangelo (not pictured) in front of the chalk board menu at Tap & Bottle, 403 N. 6th Ave.

Rebecca Marie Sasnett / For the Arizona Daily Star

Marana to get its first craft brewery

Marana’s first microbrewery could be open as early as this fall.

Business partners Brian Vance and Hank Rowe submitted a liquor license application in July for the Catalina Brewing Company at 6918 N. Camino Martin, just south of the Bedroxx Bowling alley on West Ina Road.

Both Vance and Rowe live in Catalina, hence the name, but “Catalina doesn’t have the right zoning for a brewery,” Vance said. “We started looking farther out. We ended up in Marana versus downtown, where everybody else is.”

Vance and Rowe are old mountain biking buddies, which is why the brewery’s taproom will have a biking theme.

They will start production using a modest one-barrel system, with a plan to eventually work their way up to either seven or 15 barrels.

The brewery will serve four standard beers in its taproom.

The flagship, dubbed the Mesquite Agave, will be an American amber ale that will incorporate its flavor profiles from ground mesquite pods and agave nectar.

“It has this really unique taste that is hard to categorize,” Rowe said.

The brewery is still in its licensing and permitting stage.

A Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the taproom build-out will begin within the next two weeks.

Follow Catalina’s progress on its Facebook page, or at online.

Tap & Bottle employees planning a brewery

Two Tap & Bottle employees have taken the first official step in opening their own craft brewery.

Bartender Michael Figueira and bottle shop curator Andy Schlicker had their LLC status approved late last month.

If all goes according to plan, the duo hopes to launch the Flux Brewing Company by next summer.

A quest for the necessary equipment and potential properties has already begun.

The ultimate goal is to have a 15-barrel system operating somewhere in or around downtown.

“The downtown crowd is awesome,” Figueira said. “There is a huge community that supports everything going on down there.”

The initial business plan calls for the brewery to produce four standard beers and a rotating list of seasonal and specialty brews.

The beer will be distributed at a rate of about 3,000 barrels a year, and will also be served in the Flux taproom. Figueira hopes to have the taproom open seven days a week.

“The biggest complaint we hear about some of the other breweries in town is their limited taproom hours,” Figueira said. “We believe the demand is there.”

You can follow the progress of the budding brewery at or on its Facebook page.

Metzger to add Jackson Tavern to the family

Brian Metzger plans to add a tavern to his Metzger Family Restaurants.

Jackson Tavern, 2900 N. Swan Road, in Plaza Palomino, will open later this fall, serving a menu of New England comfort food and craft beers. Metzger Family Restaurants’ Executive Chef Virginia “Ginny” Wooters is still developing the menu.

The 3,700-square-foot restaurant, in the origianl Red Sky Cafe space, also will feature a large, tree-shaded picnic area with tables and chairs and JT Shack, an ice cream stand serving scoops of Thrifty Ice Cream.

Metzger said he is designing the space with architect Burak Bekat of a.23 Studios.

Jackson Tavern is named after Metzger’s son Jackson, who also was the namesake of his first restaurant, Jax Kitchen, on the northwest side. Metzger closed Jax in Janaury and opened Poppy Kitchen at La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive, in March.

Metzger filed bankruptcy in May for another of his restaurants, The Abbey at 6960 E. Sunrise Drive, after a creditor moved in to seize it for an unpaid debt.

Metzger’s former wife Sandy Ford took over operation of The Abbey in mid-July as part of the divorce settlement.

Metzger Family Restaurants also has Gio Taco at 350 E. Congress St. downtown, which opened in December.

McMahon’s: $30 for 3 courses, free limo ride

Tucson restaurants are quick to offer dining deals during the dreadfully slow summer months, but Bob McMahon has probably outdone them all: a free limo ride for you and six friends.

If you live within 10 miles of McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse, 2959 N. Swan Road, you can reserve a ride in McMahon’s white limo to his namesake steakhouse.

McMahon’s is also offering a dining deal — a three-course steak or seafood dinner for $30 — once you get there. There’s no end-date on the limo ride, but the summer value menu is good through Sept. 22.

To reserve a ride, call 327-7463. Details:

Cathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay