The growth of craft beer brewing in the last decade across the US has been absolutely explosive, as people began to keep an eye out for slightly more exciting taste profiles and unique places for a night out. Now, when it comes to craft beer in Tucson, you are seriously spoilt for choice.
The real winner from all this craft creativity is you, fellow beer drinking friends. Here’s our top picks of the best craft beer bars across the city.
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If you’re travelling through the state and fancy tasting a variety of rare microbrews on tap, then you can’t miss visiting The Tucson Hop Shop.
With nearly 20 taps flowing for thirsty travellers and locals alike, you’ll find some of the best craft beers in Arizona here, as well as tasty drinks from faraway places, too. The place itself is designed more like a beer garden than a stuffy bar, which we love.
Barrio has been a hotspot for all things craft beer in Tucson for more than a decade, and is still just as innovative as ever. What we love about Barrio is that despite it being Arizona’s third-largest independent brewer, the taproom still has a local, neighbourhood vibe.
There’s a great range of seasonal brews to sample, and you can also enjoy Barrio Beer Rail Pints for just $4 anytime the train crossing guards are down!
The finely curated craft beer list here truly shows off the best of what craft beer is all about. As well as an extensive selection of draft and bottled beer and wines, Ermanos has a fantastic food menu with dishes using local ingredients. Another highlight? The amazing Happy Hour lasting from open (11am!) until 6pm every day.
Arizona Beer House is a lovely family-owned craft beer bar, with 35 taps and a wide variety Arizona and regional beers. Staff are extremely friendly and highly knowledgeable and will love to help you find the perfect beer for your tastes. The sort of place you come for one or two, but somehow stay long into the night…
1912 Brewing Company is a small, veteran-owned and family-operated brewery that’s best known for their sours and exciting range of speciality beers. With 20 craft and specialty beers on tap and a taproom where you can come along to fun beer tastings, it’s easily one of the best places for craft beer in Tucson.
Dragoon is a fantastic independent brewing company with a lively taproom that’s the perfect place to sample their brews in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy food from some of Tucson’s best food trucks, or feel free to bring your own. They brew about 30 different beers throughout the year, with 11 options on tap at any time.
Borderlands was born from the owners’ desire to make great beer that reflects the native ingredients of the Sonoran region. You can try out a variety of beers in their brewery in the historic Tucson Warehouse Arts District, and there’s often live music and guest food trucks in the courtyard. There’s a good 14 brews on tap that rotate regularly so there’s always something new to sample.