So many beers (200),
on one day (Saturday)
Sample from more than 200 beers during the 27th annual Great Tucson Beer Festival Saturday.
The festival, presented by Desert Diamond Casino and benefiting the nonprofit Sun Sounds of Arizona, moves to a new location at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
In addition to live entertainment by Cooper Meza Band and 80s and Gentlemen, the festival includes games of horseshoes and static steer roping.
But you’re not going there to throw horseshoes. You’re there to taste the beer, including Tucson’s own Barrio Brewing (Tucson Blonde, TJ’s Raspberry, Porter); Nimbus (a half-dozen varieties including Old Monkeyshine and Nimbus Oatmeal Stout); Old Bisbee Brewing (Mt. Lime, Double Hopped IPA); and five varieties from one of Tucson’s newest brewers — Ten Fifty-Five Brewing (Leap Pale Ale, Lazy Duck American Wheat, XOXO Coffee Stout, Amay Saison, Two Sons Citra Double IPA).
Other Tucson breweries represented include Thunder Canyon Brewery, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, 1702, Dragoon Brewing Co. and Borderlands Brewing Co.
Other breweries from around the state, such as Phoenix Ale Brewery, Prescott Brewing, San Tan Brewing and Grand Canyon Brewery, will also be pouring. The festival runs from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kino stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tickets are $45 to $80 in advance (azbeer.com), $50 to $90 at the gate, with military and designated driver discounts are available through azbeer.com Details: 296-2400.
Newbie Tap & Bottle
in heady company
Tucson’s own Tap & Bottle came in third in the Mountain West region of Craftbeer.com’s second annual Great American Beer Bars list.
The fledgling beer bar, which opened at 403 N. Sixth Ave. in June, came in behind Denver’s Falling Rock Tap House and fellow Colorado brew house Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont, Colo.
The ranking is pretty impressive given that Tap & Bottle is so new on the scene.
Tap & Bottle pours 20 craft beers that regularly change. On tap last week: Left Hand’s Milk Stout on Nitro, Scotland’s Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve, College Street American Wheat, Four Peak’s Arizona Peach and a handful of Sante Fe brews. Prices start at $4.50 and go as high as $8.
Hours: 2 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Craftbeer.com is the website for the Brewers Association for craft brewers.
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