Hear that? That's the sound of more microbreweries coming.
Kyle Jefferson announced on Twitter that Pueblo Vida Brewing will be opening its doors in Spring 2014.
We're almost here #Tucson! Cant wait to join the growing #craftbeer scene! Lease signed on 1918 warehouse in @Downtown_Tucson, AZ.— Pueblo Vida Brewing (@PuebloVida) October 14, 2013
Jefferson said in a phone interview that Pueblo Vida will be located at 115 East Broadway Blvd. He's taking over what used to be The Underestimated City clothing shop next to Shot in The Dark. "I want to Pueblo Vida to embody that small town feel that Tucson has," Jefferson said. Before moving back to Tucson a year ago Jefferson was the head brewer at Lazy Boy Brewing Company in Seattle. Jefferson grew up in Seattle but has a lot of family history and relatives here.
It would appear that the Republican Party is unwilling to deal with the mad men prepared to drive the country straight off a cliff, and while an impending credit default, the totally screwed-up inability of the government to pay death benefits to the families of those killed in combat, the closing of the national parks, and all the other totally avoidable stupid bullshit that's been a part of this fiasco are bad enough, it turns out these morons are keeping us from enjoying new and delicious craft beer now as well:
Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers....
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is a little-known arm of the Treasury Department. The agency will continue to process taxes from existing permit holders, but applications for anything new are in limbo.
"One could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn't have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, which represents more than 1,900 U.S. breweries....
The closing isn't expected to have much effect on industry giants such as MillerCoors or Anheuser-Busch. They can continue to produce existing products as usual. But the shutdown poses a huge problem for craft brewers, who build their businesses by producing quirky, offbeat flavors and introducing new seasonal beers, sometimes as often as every quarter.
GET THE PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES READY, PEOPLE. It's time to fix this mess right now, one way or another. I'm definitely not cool with total economic collapse and I get that those Tea Party types aren't generally into drinking or fun or whatever, but if this crap is going to stand in the way of beers I haven't had the chance to enjoy, I'm not going to be able to cope terribly well.
The party band Red Baraat is having a Red Baraat Hype Night at Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. The party comes complete with a DJ spinning Red Baraat tunes, Tap & Bottle's beer and wine selection and vittles from the Twisted Tandoor. You will also have a chance to win tickets to the Red Baraat show on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Rialto. Go out and party with the band described as "a hybrid of Indian bhangra and New Orleans big-band music," enjoy some libations and chow down on some good food. What else could you want?
RSVP on Facebook right now.
Weekly beer geeks, you may remember the As-Yet-Unnamed-Beer collaboration between Tucson's Dragoon Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing, which we informed you of back in July, and have been awaiting with bated breath ever since.
Well, the beer finally has a name: Westerbrü (and yes, we are confident that the umlaut is the source of its powers) — and more importantly, you can finally taste it this weekend.
New Belgium Brewing Southern Arizona just posted information for a series of events taking place this weekend, where they'll be rolling through our fair city to promote the collaboration with Dragoon, who recently won the Born and Brewed Tucson Beer Cup for the second straight year.
From the poster that you can see at right, there will be events on Friday, Sept. 27 at Dragoon Brewing (1859 W. Grant Rd.) from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; at 1702 (1702 E. Speedway Blvd.) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and at Tap and Bottle (403 N. Sixth Ave.) from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
And if you can't make it on Friday, Tap and Bottle (who recently took third place in the Mountain West region of CraftBeer.com's survey of the Great American Beer Bars) will be running a Beer Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to close, featuring beer mimosas, bloody beers, and food from Chef's Kitchen and Seis Curbside Kitchen throughout the day.
Karl Goranowski, bar manager at Saint House Rum Bar, was highlighted for his drink mixing expertise in Esquire's "7 Honey Cocktails to Start Your Buzz" list. Tucson joins the likes of New York City, Austin, San Francisco, New Orleans and Louisville, Kentucky when it comes to being a "staple for some of the best bartenders around."
The second annual Born & Brewed Tucson Beer Cup is happening this Friday at Hotel Congress, from 7-10 p.m. Part beer festival, part competition, it's a great excuse to get out and try some of the best local brews. The hotel also offers special packages that include a room for the night in case you "sample" too much. Some of the featured breweries are: Dragoon, Barrio, Nimbus, Borderlands, Thunder Canyon, 1702, Ten 55, Sentinel Peak, along with some special guest breweries.
What's beer without food and music you ask? They will have that covered as well. This event sold out last year and a good number of folks were turned down at the door, so get your tickets quick!
You can purchase them here : http://hotelcongress.com/music/2nd-annual-born-brewed-tucsons-beer-cup/
Happy Drinking Tucson!
Congrats to Tap & Bottle, who made the top three in CraftBeer.com's Great American Beer Bars poll for 2013. While T&B couldn't beat out two entrants from Colorado (and to be fair, Falling Rock in Denver is a spectacular bar), the best news is that the still-quite-new establishment beat out Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale. From that, we can reasonably extrapolate that Tucson is a better place to drink craft beer than the greater Phoenix area. Take that, neighbors to the north!
Beer lovers, here's a cool event at Borderlands (119 E. Toole Ave.) today. Lance Rice, a beer expert with autism, is traveling across the country with his cousin Lance (a director) filming a documentary and gathering information for a book about his life and experiences with the American craft beer movement in every state. Brewers from Barrio, 1055, and Sentinel Peak will be there as well, and 10% of Borderlands sales will go to help fund the film project.
The event should start around 5:30 tonight and run until 9.
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