The craft beer explosion is in full swing and not only is the metro Tucson area taking notice, beer lovers from across the state and region are visiting and loving local Tucson beers. Hotel Congress Beverage Director David Torkko is taking full advantage of this increased awareness and popularity by throwing Tucson’s only celebration of all local brews.
Connoisseurs of all shapes and sizes love the experimentation and tasty treats offered up by Tucson’s eight local breweries and this Friday, the plaza at Hotel Congress will be the epicenter of awesomeness replete with fresh hops and funky flavors.
Local favorite Dragoon Brewing Company won “Best Overall Beer” at last year’s inaugural event with their India Pale Ale offering. The true West-Coast IPA is pale in color and heavy on floral citrus hop aroma. The blend of Summit, Columbus, Zythos and Magnum hops added throughout the process finish the beer with the perfect combination of high alcohol content (7.4% A. B. V.) and bitterness (85 I.B.U.)
A couple blocks west of Hotel Congress is downtown favorite, Borderlands Brewing Company. Borderlands’ flagship beer, the Noche Dulce Moonlight Vanilla Porter was named “Best Specialty Beer” by festival goers, with good reason—it was specially delicious. Brewers Mike Mallozzi and Myles Stone describe the Noche Dulce as “dark beer for those that don’t like dark beer.” Flavors of cocoa, espresso and vanilla dominate the palate for a surprisingly easy-drinking beer considering it’s stout alcohol content weighing in at 7.1% A.B.V.
Both breweries will be back in attendance to defend their title as they compete for a year-long placement in Tucson’s funkiest bar, the Tap Room in the Hotel Congress, a trophy and the bragging rights of “Best Beer in Tucson.”
Looking to dethrone Dragoon and Borderlands will be returning breweries Barrio Brewing, Nimbus Brewing and Thunder Canyon Brewery. Joining the fray this year will be newcomers Ten Fifty-Five and Sentinel Peak Brewing. Special guests Four Peaks Brewery and Dave’s Electric will also be on hand offering up their suds but will not in the running for the Beer Cup.
The event will also feature live music and a pretzel buffet. House-made pretzels made exclusively for the event with all your favorite fixins and toppings.
For $30, this is the best deal for three hours of sheer craft beer enjoyment.
For those who are looking to make a night out of it, Hotel Congress is offering up some great packages including two festival tickets, a room and two day-after drink tickets for the low price of $179 for a double bed (or two twins) and $199 for two doubles. The Cup Cafe has earned statewide recognition for the “Best Bloody Mary” and everybody loves juice in the morning.
Contact the Hotel Congress at (520) 622-8848 for tickets or purchase online here.