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Catalina Brewing Co.

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Catalina Brewing Co.

When doors opened at the end of Arizona Beer Week on Feb. 20, Catalina Brewing Co. became the first brewery to open in the Tucson area this year, and the only one in Marana. Managing partner Brian Vance says the locals have poured in to support them.

So has the biking community, of which both owners are active members. In addition to being avid cyclists, Vance is a past president of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, and co-owner Hank Rowe is the current vice president. Without mountain biking, there would probably be no Catalina Brewing Co.

“Hank and I basically met over mountain biking around 10 years ago,” says Vance. Rowe is a retired teacher, and Vance says all the beer names come from things related to either biking or teaching. The 0200 IPA, for example, is an homage to the night the brewery was born.

“Seven years ago, we’re sitting around the campfire at the Epic Rides 24-hour race around 2 a.m. drinking his homebrew, and I said, ‘Man, this is the best IPA I’ve ever had.’” Vance says. Rowe confessed that he’d always wanted to open a brewery, and Vance thought “I could probably help with that, I’ve got lots of management experience.” Thus, the Catalina Brewing Company was born.

Staying true to their roots, the brewery at 6918 N. Camino Martin offers indoor bicycle parking and a dollar off the first beer for those who ride into the shop.

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