Northwest Firefighters Top Hops Brew Challenge


Talk about sparking interest in the burgeoning Arizona Craft Brew scene.

In what started as a friendly competition between the firehouses in the Northwest portion of Tucson has blossomed into a full-on beer and music festival that will host hundreds of suds-seeking hop-heads. Every department in Tucson will be represented along with a couple from Phoenix coming down to tackle the challenge.

The Northwest Firefighters Charities through the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3572 will be setting up  shop in the parking lot of Foothills Mall just outside of Tucson’s very own Thunder Canyon Brewery.  There will be over twenty different beer booths displaying their home-brewed beers for the public. The winning beer will go on to be produced and sold at Thunder Canyon Brewery.


  • Date: Saturday, April 6
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Foothills Mall Parking Lot Outside of Thunder Canyon Brewery
  • Address: 7401 N. Cholla Blvd.
  • Cost: $20-$30


In addition to the Brew Challenge itself, several local, state and national breweries will be on hand with samples of their phenomenal beers. Along with sponsor Thunder Canyon Brewery, other local entrants that will be offered are from Tucson favorites Dragoon Brewing Company, Barrio Brewing Co. and Borderlands Brewing. Newcomers to the Tucson craft beer scene, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing and Sentinel Peak Brewing will also be present and accounted for offering samples of their glorious goodness.

Valley favorites Four Peaks Brewing and SanTan Brewing will also be in attendance as will Grand Canyon Brewery. Other regional breweries that will be on hand are Santa Fe Brewing from New Mexico, Big Sky Brewing from Montana, New Belgium from Colorado, Coronado Brewery from California and  Maui Brewing from Hawaii. Bucking the regional trend is Dogfish Head Brewery coming all the way from Milton, Delaware. Their beers transcend their humble roots and are welcomed by craft beer aficionados worldwide.


There has never been a better reason to drink great beer than helping out local children. Last year alone, the Northwest Charities Holiday Assistance Program assisted nearly 800 children with toys, food  and clothing.  IAFF Local 3572’s Northwest Charities also supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Association, the Flowing Wells Resource Center and the Marana Food Bank.


If the beer alone was not enough to get you to attend this great event, there will also be several food trucks offering up their culinary concoctions and a stage with live music presented by the Northwest Firefighters Pipes and Drums, The Sound Bytes, Cooper Meza, Whiskey Knuckles and other local pipe and drum corps.

Discounted tickets are on sale for $20 at Thunder Canyon Brewery on Friday, April 5th from 6-10 pm. If you are unable to make it there on Friday night, they will have tickets for sale for $25, discounted tickets are also available through Friday at:

  • Borderlands Brewery – 119 E. Toole Ave. (downtown)
  • 1702 Brewery and Pizza – 1702 E. Speedway Blvd. (at Campbell)
  • Noble Hops – 1335 W. Lambert Lane (Oro Valley)

Tickets are also available online via PayPal for $25 or at the gate for $30.

Gates open at 6 p.m. so make plans for a fun evening under the stars with plenty of great beer, good food and an all-around spectacular time while supporting an even better cause.

Who said that no good would ever come from beer?

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