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World of Beer in Tucson Worthy of Second Chance


“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

The Will Rogers quote is nearly 100 years old yet still rings true today. The old west actor, author, political pundit and quote-smith was wise beyond his years and his words still resonate in this old west town looking to move into the next generation.

Downtown Tucson is in the midst of a renaissance. The modern streetcar is rumbling along Congress St. while I sit in a coffee joint sipping on Blue Bottle coffee, the only place where it is available in Arizona. The world-renowned Pizzeria Bianco just opened up across the street and the World of Beer has been offering up its 500 beers, including 50 on tap since Halloween of 2013.

Like any business, there is going to be hiccups, staff turnover and complaints.

Unfortunately, for World of Beer in Tucson, it was tragic when they took to social media to “call out” a bad review on Yelp. It was a meltdown on par with Amy & Samy Bouzaglo of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale of how not to use social media for business.

Without rehashing the entire tirade, it is safe to say that World of Beer has learned its lesson, restaffed the place from the top down and has gone back to focusing on what it does best—beer, and lots of it.

The burgeoning craft beer scene is evident in southern Arizona with so many new restaurants, bars, bottle shops and breweries offering the best of the local and hard to find beers. The Tucson bar is the second of three locations in Arizona and the 52nd nationwide, but is one of the first to venture into offering food and spirits.

WOB Cooler

The Import Only Cooler

I have been to the Tempe location on several occasions and had no problem calling and ordering any of the nearby restaurants to deliver food. The problem with a company so specialized in beer is that the kitchen and tavern fare was and still remains to be sub-standard, save for the pretzels.

The World of Beer is making strides to regain its legitimacy within the community to include giving away 10 stainless steel Arizona Craft Brewers Guild growlers (filled with Arizona beer) to celebrate the new growler law.

They have partnered with the Tucson Police Officer’s Association to present the inaugural Hog Roast & Beer Toast 2014 in August with all proceeds going to Kids and Cops Christmas.

There are great events happening weekly at World of Beer, the old staff is gone, the new management is top notch with former managers, Johnny Ward and Will Phillips from Old Chicago taking charge and whipping the place back into shape just in time for the return of college students.

“We are striving to make service a priority,” General manager Ward told me. “We are looking to rise above the hubris and welcome everybody back to World of Beer to see how much we’ve changed and how un-corporate we really are.”

The new WOB welcomes not only college students but also those looking for some of the best and more obscure beers in the state. They also offer an amazing weekday happy hour with $1 off all draught beers from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekly specials include 25 percent off select draught beer on Monday night for service industry employees and 25 percent off all bottles on Tuesdays for loyalty card holders. Wednesday is WOB U night offering $2 off select draught beers for students with an ID card from any school and Thursday night is ladies’ night with $2 off select draught and wine.

Beer Beauties Abound

Beer Beauties Abound

Long gone are the days of  catering to the “bro” audience, they have adapted and are reaching out to every demographic. Recently, they hosted the G3 Gay Happy Hour with Gio Taco to rave reviews.

Sarah Ritchie, Co-Founder of Tucson Girls’ Pint Out has organized a Beer Geek Trivia Night on Wednesday with some special beers from the cellar as well as beer-themed trivia.

I like the new World of Beer, I brought an out-of-town friend there because we heard that they had his “White Whale” beer, the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. We were greeted quickly, served immediately and even purchased some beer to-go. Great beer selection, quick and friendly service from knowledgeable servers and a fun atmosphere.

But don’t just take this humble writers’ opinion, Tucson Elite Yelper, Chloe O. who has been around Tucson for a while had this to say about World of Beer last month:

I don’t know why all my friends have been telling me this place is “sooooo horrible”.

I liked pretty much everything about this place: the atmosphere, selection of beer and food, the music that was playing, the friendly bartender, and the location.

I also liked that the crowed was so eclectic. There were college kids, young married couples (my husband and me), older folks, and everyone in between!

There was a good crowd, but still plenty of places to sit (my husband says that on weekends it can get so crowded, you can’t find a seat).

Overall, this is a fun, casual, and lively place to grab a beer or ten. 😀

A Full Section for just Arizona Beers

A Full Section for Arizona Beers

Another Tucson Elite Yelper, Natasha C. also had high praise for the new World of Beer…posted last month:

We had somewhat of an eclectic crowd and everyone in our party of 8 was happy!

We had an amazing waitress, she was attentive, sweet, and had the funniest stories!  Thursday is karaoke night and that is always fun with friends.

They serve food late and their beer selection is amazing!

Thank you WOB, we came to have a good time with friends and celebrate and we did exactly that with no complaints!

After a bumpy start, the new World of Beer has come into its’ own and the great Will Rogers said it best.

“Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as the truth.”

The Tucson Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to Arizona Beer Week

Craft BeerArizona Beer Week begins February 15 with the 14th Annual Strong Beer Festival in Phoenix. For those in the “Old Pueblo” that are looking to partake in Arizona Beer Week without making the 120-mile trek to Steele Indian School Park, here is your handy guide to all things crafty in Tucson during Arizona Beer Week.

Nightly Events:

  • Boca Tacos y Tequila at 828 E. Speedway Blvd. will be hosting a daily “Crafty Hour” from 3-6 p.m. with $1 off all local Arizona beer.
  • All Risky Business locations will be offering $1 off all Arizona brewed draft beers all day long throughout the week.
  • Nox Kitchen & Cocktails at 6370 N. Campbell Rd. will take $2 off their four Arizona brewed draft beers throughout the week.

Saturday, February 15

Brew and Bikes

  • Location: Begins at Barrio Brewery  800 E. 16th St.
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Event takes the riders through the heart of downtown Tucson looping around University and ending at SkyBar.

WOB_extFour Peaks Brewing Company Spotlight Weekend

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m. -2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Four Peaks will bring some of their specialty beers to the World of Beer Tucson location on opening weekend. These beers are usually only served at the brewery including Double Knot, Hopsquatch, Barrel-Aged Kilt Lifter and others.

Arizona’s 102nd Beer and Brats Birthday Bash

  • Location: Playground Bar and Lounge  278 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 4 -10 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

A rooftop BBQ in celebration of Arizona’s 102nd birthday featuring eight Arizona breweries including Dragoon, Barrio and Borderlands from Tucson. All-you-can-eat food and a flight of four 4-oz. Arizona brews included in admission cost.

Sunday, February 16

Blues, Brews & BBQ

  • Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort  7000 N. Resort Dr.
  • Time: 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Cost: TBA

An amazing brunch featuring locally brewed beer by Dragoon Brewing Co. with favorites from the grill. Enjoy live blues music while taking in the beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains.

Monday, February 17

Dogfish Head A-HOP-Eclipse

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m. -2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Dogfish Head will bring some of their hoppiest beers to Tucson. Get your fill of 60, 61, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs while they last. Also on tap will be specialty brews ApriHop, Indian Brown, Burton Baton and Hellhound. There will be special prizes and giveaways as well.

Borderlands Brewery Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Borderlands Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

thunder-canyon-brewery-logoBrewery Open House

  • Location: Thunder Canyon Brewery  7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Stop in, tour the brewery and talk beer and brewing with the brewers at the Foothills Mall location.

Ten Fifty-Five Brewing at 1702

  • Location: 1702  1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 7-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet the brewers and taste the beers of 1055 Brewing while enjoying some of the best pizza in town.

Tuesday, February 18

Beer, Burgers and the Four Peaks Brew Master

  • Location: Nox Kitchen & Cocktails  6370 N. Campbell Rd.
  • Time: 11;30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Lunch with the Brew Master and friends of Four Peaks Brewery. Nox will be offering a burger along with any one of four Arizona draft beers for only $10.

Taco Tuesday with Dragoon and Four Peaks

  • Location: Fini’s Landing  5689 N. Swan Rd.
  • Time: 4-7 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

A collaborative event hosted by two of the state’s most popular breweries. Fini’s Landing will be offering $2.50 tacos to go along with $1 off Arizona craft beers. The Collaboration Weizenbock, brewed by six Arizona breweries will also be available along with special giveaways including a commemorative Four Peaks pint glass.

Meet the Brewers

  • Location: Zona 78  7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Brewers from 1055 Brewing and Dragoon Brewing will be on hand to discuss their brews.

Pastiche Food and Drink Arizona Beer Dinner

  • Location: Pastiche  3025 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $45

Five course meal by chef Tim Moore paired with some of the best craft beer that Arizona has to offer.

Sonoran Brewing Night

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Jim Layrd, the president of Sonoran Brewing, Arizona’s first microbrewery, will be at Mr. Head’s sharing knowledge along will samples and brewery goodies.

FourPeaks BrewFour Peaks Sweet 16

  • Location: Monsoon’s Tap & Grill  6781 N. Thornydale Rd.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Monsoon’s, northwest Tucson’s newest craft beer bar has always offered Arizona only beers on tap since they opened last fall. Tuesday night’s event welcomes Ted Golden and Jim Roper of Four Peaks Brewing as they bring along 16 barrels of their specialty suds including rare beers like Short Hop Session IPA, Poppin’ Pils, Tequila Barrel-Aged Raj IPA, Odelay, Diablo Rojo and Sirius Black. The always popular Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kilter Lifter, Collaboration Weizenbock and their standard eight beers will also be flowing.

“Brewing Arizona” Book Signing and 1055 Brewing Showcase

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Author Ed Sipios will be signing copies of his book while the brewers of 1055 Brewing will showcase four of their beers including the first sighting of Two Sons Imperial IPA outside of their tap room.

Wednesday, February 19

dragoonDragoon and 1055 Brewing Collaboration Tour

  • Location: Dragoon Brewing Company 1859 W. Grant Rd.
  • Time: 2-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Join 1055’s J.P. Vyborny and Dragoon’s Eric Greene for a tour of an operating brewhouse.

Borderlands Brewing at Sir Veza’s

  • Location: Sir Veza’s  4699 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 3-5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The brewers of Borderlands Brewing Company will be offering their new winter beers as well as standard favorites.

Celebration of Southern Arizona Beers

  • Location: Good Oak Bar  316 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Good Oak Bar will be offering a variety of beers from Southern Arizona.

Old Bisbee Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Old Bisbee Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

Grand Canyon Flight Night

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Experience some of the lesser known beer from Grand Canyon Brewing in Williams, Ariz. Bryan Young will be offering the Black Iron IPA, American Pilsner, Shaggy Bock and Double IPA. Young will also be on hand to answer questions and give away beer-centric prizes.

ten fifty-five1055 Beer Dinner at Proper

  • Location: Proper  300 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: TBD

A multiple course beer dinner featuring the beers of 1055 Brewing Co. paired with plates prepared by the Chef d’Cuisine, Kris Vrolijk.

Borderlands Beer Quiz

  • Location: Borderlands Brewing Company  119 E. Toole Ave.
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

An epic beer-related pub quiz with questions submitted by the leading minds of the Tucson beer community. Teams of four will compete for a generous Borderlands bar tab.

Barrio Brewing Late Night

  • Location: Mr. Heads  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Samples and explanations of Barrio’s brews.

mudsharkThursday, February 20

A Night of Lunacy

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mudshark Brewing of Lake Havasu City will feature eight different varieties of their Lunacy beer.

Borderlands Brewing at Pub 22

  • Location: Pub 22  15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.
  • Time: 3-5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The brewers of Borderlands Brewing Company will be offering their new winter beers as well as standard favorites.

Dragoon Brewing Cask and Food Truck Pairing

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Dragoon Brewing will be bringing two cask conditioned and other other special beers to Tap & Bottle. Chef’s Kitchen Food Truck will be on site with a special menu paired with the Dragoon beers.

SanTanLogoSanTan Up and Down Congress

  • Location: Starts at Proper  300 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

A mini pub crawl tasting two unique Arizona beers at Proper, Hub Restaurant and Creamery, Good Oak Bar and World of Beer.

Thunder Canyon Brewing Tap Takeover

  • Location: Monsoon’s Tap & Grill  6781 N. Thornydale Rd.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Thunder Canyon Brewing brings 18 different beers to Monsoon’s for your tasting pleasure.

SanTan Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from SanTan Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

Borderlands_BrewingThe Biology of Beer

  • Location: Maker House  283 N. Stone Ave.
  • Time: 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mike Mallozzi, co-owner of Borderlands Brewing and Ph.D. microbiologist, will discuss how the sciences of molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry all started with beer.

Barrio Brew Master’s Dinner

  • barrioLocation: Barrio Brewing  800 E. 16th St. .
  • Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: TBA

Five Course Dinner paired with Barrio brews. The Brew Master will also be explaining each beer served.

Dragoon Brewing Night

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Samples and explanations of five Dragoon brews with collectible and prize giveaways.

Friday, February 21

Dragoon Brewing and Food Pairing

  • Location: Time Market  444 E. University Blvd.
  • Time: open
  • Cost: N/A

Time Market will be pairing custom-built plates with featured Dragoon beers.

sentinel_peak___2.largeLemon-Wit Collaboration Release

  • Location: Sentinel Peak Brewing Company  4746 E. Grant Rd.
  • Time: 3-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The release of a Lemon-Wit that uses Marana grains and Tucson lemons. This is a collaboration recipe with Granite Mountain Brewery from Prescott, AZ. They have brewed the same recipe (with the same ingredients) and will also be releasing it this week.

Barrio Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Barrio Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

1702azLocals Only-Arizona Brewers Unite!

  • Location: 1702 1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 8-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Several local Arizona beers all in one place on one night.

Borderlands Movie Night – “Beer on a Roll”

  • Location: Borderlands Brewing Company  119 E. Toole Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The Arizona premier of “Beer on a Roll”, The story of one man, one bike, 3000 miles, and a craft beer tour of America.

Dragoon Night on the Patio

  • Location: Che’s Lounge  350 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 8-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Che’s Lounge will be featuring several Dragoon beers along with the premier patio in Tucson.

Collaboration Brewday

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 9:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mr. Head’s will have the Arizona Weizenbock thanks to Four Peaks, 1055, Dragoon, Huss Brewing and Wanderlust Brewing Companies. Four Peaks will also be on hand offering samples, explaining the brewing process and handing out prizes for all in attendance.

Saturday, February 22

ACBGSouthern Arizona Brewers Festival

  • Location: Maker House  238 N. Stone Ave.
  • Time: 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $35/ $45-day of event

The end cap festival for Arizona Beer Week featuring Southern Arizona’s premier breweries. Participants will get a commemorative pint glass and exclusive access to your local brewers. Enjoy your brews while you listen to local live music from The Bennu and local eats available for purchase from a selection of Tucson food trucks.