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BlackRock Brewers ready to be the 'only game in town' on Tucson's east side

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When the owners of BlackRock Brewers finish the build-out on their 3,700 square feet of space near East 22nd Street and South Pantano Road, they will have the distinction of being the only brewery on Tucson’s east side, where proper zoning is difficult to find and even harder to secure.

Tony Williams and Chuck Boyer started their journey to open a brewery nearly five years ago, taking on Gene Sandoval as brewmaster and as a third partner along the way.

Tucson’s craft-beer boom was just getting started at that point. Now the city is slated to have more than 20 by the end of 2017.

Williams shows no fear as BlackRock aims for a March opening date.

“Tucson still has plenty of room,” Williams said. “They have like, 45 in San Diego and they are doing fine there.”

Williams said they chose the bigger space because they will be “the only game” on the east side, where locals generally flock to BZ’s Pizza on East Broadway or Arizona Beer House on South Kolb Road to get their fix.

BlackRock will run on a three-barrel system. The taproom will feature six taps, sporting four flagships, one seasonal and a “foreign exchange” beer from Dragoon, 1912 or any one of the other breweries in town, Williams said.

“That is the fun thing about craft beer,” he said. “We collaborate, work together. At the end of the day, if one of us succeeds, we all succeed.”

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