One of the biggest Arizona Beer Week events in the Tucson area this year will be the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl, set to take place downtown on Feb. 18, a tasty cap to beer week revelry.
Participants start their journey at the crawl’s main beer garden at 55 N. Fifth Ave. — one of two beer gardens set up for the event — to pick up their wristbands, drinking tickets and 5-ounce sampling glasses.
From there, you can choose your own adventure, hitting breweries and taprooms throughout the downtown area, including Crooked Tooth Brewing, 228 E. Sixth St., and Public Brewhouse, 209 N. Hoff Ave., both new to the crawl this year.
Crawl founder Laura Reese said having a multi-venue event in the downtown area offers participants a strong sense of place.
“You are inside a lot of locally owned venues, many of them historic buildings,” Reese said. “You get to walk the streets of Tucson, absorb the culture and the architecture.”
Added bonus: A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Watershed Management Group, a nonprofit that “works to restore flow to desert rivers, create urban watersheds and promote green, walkable neighborhoods,” according to the Craft Beer Crawl website, tucsoncraftbeercrawl.com.
The event, now in its third year, is popular. It easily reached its 350-ticket limit in its first year, and coordinators sold 1,000 in year two. This year they are aiming for 1,200.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through tucsoncraftbeercrawl.com