This Week in Craft Beer 

Living the Pueblo Vida

Just in time for cooler

weather, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company has opened its roll-up doors at 115 E Broadway Blvd. to offer Tucson its first taste of what will surely become a fixture in the downtown Tucson beer scene. Sandwiched between BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs' newest location and Shot In the Dark Café, Pueblo Vida brings another layer of epicurean delight to downtown with well-executed beer, friendly staff, an open-door food policy and a welcoming atmosphere. Wood, brick, and steel combine with soaring ceilings to create a relaxed taproom where beer lovers can enjoy their favorite beverage seven days a week. Here's a sample of what to expect from Pueblo Vida's beer on your first visit:

Bavarian Hefeweizen – 5.4%

So often do craft beer fans favor radically-hopped, high-gravity ales that when more traditional beer styles find their places in brewery portfolios, they often go by unnoticed. Pueblo Vida's Bavarian Hefeweizen offers a refreshing clove-like spice aroma with a creamy body and a delicate estery finish reminiscent of banana that make it the perfect daytime beer. Complimenting the gentler flavors of salads, seafood, and citrus, a growler of this hefe is best paired with appetizers and light desserts.

Northwest IPA – 6.8%

A brewery is not complete without an aggressively hopped ale, and Pueblo Vida's IPA delivers exactly that. With intense grapefruit and citrus aromas, piney bitterness and an assertive but dry malt spine, this unfiltered IPA caters to the all-American hop lover's palate. Paired with spicy and bold foods, this hoppy brew is sure to crank the heat to eleven.

American Stout – 6.5%

Dark roast and chocolate dominate the nose of this inky American stout. The first sip offers a balanced combination of malt-derived bitterness, gentle caramel sweetness, and espresso-like sharpness while finishing with a smooth, semi-sweet chocolate finish that lingers to the next sip. Pair with smoked cheese or sweet and rich desserts like tiramisu for a divine experience revealing the subtleties of this American take on an English classic.

If the quality of Pueblo Vida's first batch of flagship beers is indicative of what's to come from this seven-barrel brewery, Tucson can rest easy knowing that its newest microbrewery has what it takes to bolster Arizona's thriving beer industry. Keep an eye out for a festbier (in this case, an Oktoberfest brewed with ale yeast), Cascadian dark ale (black IPA), Christmas beer and an array of Belgian-style ales in the coming months.

More by Christian Cortes


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