Borderlands’ New Beer Garden Offers Bocce Ball and Brews

September 25, 2015

The beer garden offers space to eat, play some bocce ball, or just kick back with friends after a hard work day.

The beer garden offers space to eat, play some bocce ball, or just kick back with friends after a hard work day.

by Mariana Colín

Just in time for the Tucson weather change from “hot as heck” to “tolerable,” the long-awaited Borderlands beer garden is officially complete. It’s the latest addition to Borderlands, which has expanded over the years from just a production brewery to include in-house seating and space for live music, and now the outdoor area.

The beer garden boasts a warmly-lit open area with tables and benches perfect for groups of beer-drinking buddies, and also includes a bocce court, which was the finishing touch on the space. More often than not, you’re also likely to spot the Lucky Girl Café food truck, whose Asian Fusion fare is offered on the Borderlands menu, as well as from the center of the beer garden.

“We wanted to open it the day we opened but could only bite off so many projects at a time,” says co-founder Myles Stone, who opened Borderlands with his business partner Mike Mazzolli in 2011.

Myles says that the idea that drove the creation of the beer garden was nothing more or less than just a place for people to put their feet up at the end of the day. “I’m only half-kidding when I say that we built this place so we could have a place to hang out after work,” he says.

I enjoyed some Lucky Girl tacos with my cider (after downing a delicious prickly pear brew).

I enjoyed some Lucky Girl tacos with my cider (after downing a delicious prickly pear brew).

The function of the beer garden is just that simple, perfect for those certain days where all you need is a place to just “sit under a mesquite tree and have a beer,” as Myles puts it. The reliable Tucson weather, he says, was something they were looking forward to taking advantage of, and the pair immediately recognized the draw of a refreshing beverage on a toasty desert night.

And with the huge amount of delicious Borderland brews available, the idea of spending a leisurely evening playing bocce ball with friends and kicking back with a beer sounds like the perfect way to fix what may be an otherwise less-than-awesome day. The 100-year-old warehouse location next to the train tracks and the live music that often drifts out to the beer garden in the evenings just adds an extra kick to the beer garden’s relaxing, purely Tucson atmosphere.

Since its opening, Borderlands has expanded its offerings to more than just beer, allowing every kind of drinker to partake, no matter your beverage of choice. In addition to their wildly popular Noche Dulce, Prickly Pear Wheat, Citrana, and more, they are now offering wines and cider, as well as craft beers from other local breweries. With everything this brewery has to offer, the beer garden has only added a finishing touch to Borderlands’ status as one of the most beloved members of the Arizona beer community.

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