Paul Pedersen writes a monthly column on Tucson's beer scene.

The year is off to a great start: One new brewery opened, another reopened, and a third announced plans to open.

On Feb. 2, Ten-Fifty Five Brewing opened its doors for business. General Manager Chris Squires said he and head brewer J.P Vyborny had been home brewing for five years and decided to go pro. They have a three-barrel production facility (with room to expand) and plan to market to bars and restaurants. Their beers are now on tap at Zona 78 restaurants and will soon be at Hacienda del Sol. Squires said they will "throttle" their growth to ensure existing customers are taken care of.

Their stable of beers consists of Lazy Duck wheat beer, which Squires describes as "light and drinkable"; Leap pale ale ("light to medium bodied"); Sugar Skull, a very tasty stoutlike dark beer; and Two Sons, a citra hop double IPA with a 8.5 percent alcohol content.

The name Ten-Fifty Five comes from the Roman numerals that equate to the initials of Vyborny's late brother.

The brewery is in an office/industrial park at 3810 E. 44th St., just down the street from Nimbus Brewing (Squires said the zoning in the area is favorable to breweries). They open to the public on Saturdays from 2-7 p.m.

Borderlands Brewing reopened in late January after a closure to expand brewing capacity. Myles Stone reports they've got "a bunch of new beers coming out." They are now open Wednesday through Saturday from 4-8 p.m.


Sentinel Brewing is making plans for a mid- to late-summer opening at Grant and Swan roads. Co-founder and head brewer Jeremy Hilderbrand reports construction starts soon. Sentinel has received approval to serve "light food" and is working with the city to obtain approval for micro brewing. Hilderbrand says the city has "really been positive" in working with Sentinel. He said his enterprise has the brewing equipment and as soon as city approval is received will begin installation.

The brewery will feature a three-barrel production facility. The plan is to have three constant beers and two revolving.


Arizona Beer Week is Saturday through Feb. 23. There are a number of events around Tucson. Check out for details. See highlights in the box on page 8.


The Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival is in Chandler on March 23, starting at noon. For more information, online.


Beer is so cheap in the Czech Republic that water and soft drinks cost more than a brew. The Wall Street Journal reports the Czech health minister wants bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a cost less than a beer. Czechs drink an average of 37 gallons of beer annually, twice as much as the U.S.


Sales of craft beers continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Mintel, a "supplier of consumer intelligence," says craft beer sales doubled between 2007 and 2012 ($5.7 billion to $12 billion) and will grow by 50 percent between now and 2017 to $18 billion.

what's brewing locally

Arizona Beer Week starts Saturday with hundreds of beer and food events statewide. The 13th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Fest kicks things off Saturday at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Here are some local highlights:

Borderlands Brewery Welcome Back Tasting

• What: Celebrate Borderlands Brewery's recent expansion with a tasting of new spring releases. Live music by the Coyote Supper Club. Monterey Court's bratwurst and grilled pizza bar will round out the night.

• When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile, 207-2429.

• Cost: $10 for a flight of beer and a ticket to the brat/grilled pizza bar.

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner

• What: Four-course, chef- prepared dinner paired with Sierra Nevada beers.

• When: 6:30 p.m, Monday.

• Where: Union Public House, 4340 N Campbell Ave, 329-8575.

• Cost: $50. Reservations recommended.

The Brewers Summit

• What: Meet beer pros from breweries like Abita Brewing Company from Louisiana, Big Sky Brewing from Missoula, Mont., New Belgium Brewing from Fort Collins, Colo., as well as San Tan Brewing Co. from Chandler. All of these beers will be on tap.

• Where: 7-9 pm. Tuesday.

• Where: Thunder Canyon Brewing, 220 E. Broadway, 396-3480.

• Cost: Variable.

Meet the Four Peaks Brewmaster

• What: Meet Four Peaks Brewmaster Andy Ingram and "beer traffic controller" Teddy Golden.

• What: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• Where: Old Chicago, 2960 N. Campbell Ave., 327-6200.

• Cost: Variable.

Taps N' Tacos

• What: A beer and taco menu featuring four specialty tacos paired with four Four Peaks 8-ounce beers. Four Peaks reps Andy Ingram and Ted Golden will drop by around 7 p.m.

• When: 5-11 p.m. Wednesday.

• Where: Fini's Landing, 5689 N. Swan Road, 299-1010.

• Cost: Variable.

San Tan Happy Hour Extravaganza

• What: Specials and samples of SanTan brews. Also, meet Josh "the rabbi of craft beer" Daniels of San Tan. There will be giveaways.

• When: 4:30-6 p.m. next Thursday.

• Where: Sir Veza's Taco Garage, 220 W. Wetmore Road, 888-8226.

• Cost: Variable.

Dragoon Night

• What: Meet the brewers of Dragoon Brewing Company, and go home with prizes.

• When: 5 p.m. next Thursday.

• Where: 1702, 1702 E. Speedway, 325-1702.

• Cost: Variable.

Beer and Brats with Dragoon Brewery

• What: Dragoon Brewery presents its new season of beers. Also outdoor grill with bratwurst bar and grilled pizzas. Live music starts right after the tasting.

• When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb 22.

• Where: Monterey Court.

• Cost: Variable.

Brewmaster's Dinner

• Five-course dinner with beer pairings (such as chipotle bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Spanish almonds with a Tuaca honey drizzle and Asian short ribs with roasted and crusted rosemary sweet potatoes). Beer education by brewmaster Dennis Arnold.

• When: 6-9 p.m. Feb 23

• Where: Barrio Brewing Company, 800 E. 16th St., 791-2739.

• Cost: $40. Space is limited and tickets must be bought in advance at Barrio Brewing.

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