Arizona Beer Week Quenches Downtown Feb. 15th-22nd
February 10, 2014
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” -Frank Zappa
By Zappa’s estimation, Arizona is halfway to nationhood. We not only have a beer, but we have dozens from a spate of fantastic craft breweries all over the state, and the hour to celebrate them is almost at hand. February 15th through the 22nd marks Arizona Beer Week! Given the fact that Tucson is already graced with tens of thousands of visitors descending upon the Old Pueblo as the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase rolls forth, this is an excellent chance for all of you exhibitors, vendors, show-goers and pebble rebels to become acquainted with the finest of thirst-quenching suds the Grand Canyon State has to offer.
The following events will all be jumping off in Downtown Tucson:
Barrio Brewery, 800 16th Street, will be hosting their Brew Master’s Dinner on February 20th, featuring a five course meal, with each plate paired with one of their terrific Barrio Brews. Seating is limited, and pricing is TBA. Please call (520) 791-2739 for details.
Borderlands Brewing Company, at 119 E. Toole Avenue, will be rocking some serious Arizona Beer Week events across the state, not the least of which will be the Arizona premiere of the film Beer on a Roll at their taproom on February 21st at 6pm! Their week of events culminates with their participation in the Southern Arizona Brewers Festival on February 22nd from 2-6pm at Maker House. For more details, please consult the events page on their website here.
Good Oak Bar, at 316 E. Congress, will be host to brewer 1055’s Happy Hour on February 21st, offering their excellent locally made beer! For more details, call Good Oak at (520) 882-2007.
Maker House, at 283 N. Stone, will be host to the Southern Arizona Brewers Festival on February 22nd from 2-6pm. Participants will get a commemorative pint glass and exclusive access to local brewers’ fine beers. There will be live music from The Bennu and a variety of local eats from Tucson food trucks. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 day of the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Easter Seals Blake Foundation, which provides services that assist children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. Reserve your tickets online here.
Playground Bar and Lounge, at 278 E. Congress, will be hosting Arizona’s 102nd Beer and Brats Birthday Bash, on February 15th from 4-10pm. They’ll be grilling hot dogs, brats, and Arizona-made specialty sausage on their rooftop with all the fixin’s. $15.00 gets you all you can eat, and a beer flight of four 4oz pours of different Arizona beers! Call (520) 396-3691 for more details, or check out Playground on Twitter @PGTucson.
Proper, at 300 E. Congress St, will be hosting their own 1055 Beer Dinner on February 19th from 6:30-9:30pm. This will be a multiple course beer dinner with pairings crafted by their own Chef d’Cuisine, Kris Vrolijk. Reservations are limited to the 25 seats available, so please call and ask for a manager to make the reservation at (520) 396-3357.
Tap & Bottle, at 403 N. 6th Ave, will be holding Dragoon Casks and Special Taps + Chef’s Kitchen Food Truck Pairings on February 20th, from 5-9pm. Held to celebrate one of Tucson’s favorite breweries, Dragoon, there will be a variety of special Dragoon beers on tap, and special pairings served with the Chef’s Kitchen Food Truck! Call (520) 244-8999 for more, or follow Tap & Bottle on Twitter @thetapandbottle.
Thunder Canyon Brewery, at 220 E. Broadway Blvd, will be host to Beer Dinner in the Canyon on February 18th at 6:30pm. They’ll have a six course meal, with each plate paired with a Thunder Canyon beer and a story. A beer and a story with each plate! Wonders never cease. Stop in to reserve your seat for the dinner, tickets are $40.
World of Beer, at 350 E. Congress Street, has a different event planned for every single day of this week. It’s an ideal venue for it, since they already feature a gargantuan selection of Arizona craft brews all-year round! For more information, check out World of Beer’s website here.
This doesn’t even represent ALL of the events goin’ down. Downtown Tucson is brewing up one hell of a February for everyone looking for a good time! There are more events being added constantly, and for the most up to date information, please check out the Arizona Beer Week website here.