Great Tucson Beer Festival
Attention all suds seekers, hop heads and those just looking for a lovely evening under the stars with good friends and great beer. Sun Sounds of Arizona is back at again with the Tucson edition of the Great Arizona Beer Festival at Hi Corbett Field this Saturday, October 6th.
Sun Sounds of Arizona is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read print due to a disability. Each of the three beer festivals statewide The Great Arizona Beer Festival in Tempe, the Made in the Shade Tasting Festival and the Great Tucson Beer Festival are locally organized fund raising events for Sun Sounds and ALL proceeds benefit the community outreach program based out of Rio Salado College with location in the three above listed locations as well as Yuma.
As per usual, this year’ s event will be at Hi Corbett Field, the multi-use baseball stadium in midtown Tucson that used to be the Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies a litany of other minor league teams that have come and gone. We have attended the past couple years and have learned the hard way that this is a VERY popular event and although the price may be a little steep, VIP tickets are the only way to go in order to truly enjoy the festival. For our first festival, we had general admission and arrived around 5:30 pm as the gates opened at 6pm. Much to our disappointment, half the population of Tucson had already arrived. Do yourselves a favor and buy the VIP tickets, you will thank me later.
The next and every subsequent year, we have purchased the VIP tickets and have had a great evening. There is a separate gate for VIP ticket holders that open an entire hour earlier than general admission. This way, we can arrive right around 5pm and only have to wait 10-15 minutes to get in and start enjoying beers…with little or no lines. There is also incredible complimentary food and even a wine garden inside the VIP section. Providing the food this year for the VIP section are My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles, Desert Diamond Steakhouse and Brio Tucson Grille. There are also several beer booths inside the VIP area but I suggest arriving early and hitting all the craft brews in the main area before the onslaught of general admission festival goers arrive. Then once the crowds get too long, head back to the VIP area for short lines, more food and your very own port-a-pottys.
Speaking of the all the beers available, it looks like it will be an Arizona Craft Beer lover’s dream. With 17 entrants from all over the state, they will all be there ready to turn on new people to their great brews or to keep the regulars properly hydrated.
METRO PHOENIX AREA
- Four Peaks – Tempe
- SanTan – Chandler
- Sonoran – Scottsdale
- Sleepy Dog – Tempe
- Phoenix Ale – Phoenix
- Dragoon Brewery
- Barrio Brewery
- Nimbus Brewery
- Borderlands Brewing
- Thunder Canyon Brewery
- 1702 – The Address Brewing
- Dave’s Electric Brewing – Bisbee
- Old Bisbee Brewing – Bisbee
- Grand Canyon Brewing – Williams
- Lumberyard Brewery – Flagstaff
- Mudshark Brewery – Lake Havasu City
- Mogollon Brewing – Flagstaff
National and Worldwide favorites will be spread throughout the outfield as well as in the entryway under the 3rd base grandstands. If you are looking for some of the best craft beers, I suggest that you try to taste as many as you can from our great local breweries, but if you are looking to branch out of AZ, you can’t go wrong with the following:
- Dogfish Head Brewing – Milton, DE
- Oskar Blues Brewery – Lyons, CO
- Lagunitas Brewing – Petaluma, CA
- Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, CA
The beers are the big draw, but there will be a ton of food as well as local restaurants, so do your part for the local economy and buy local. Tucson favorites Eegee’s, Zona 78, Trident Grill, Brushfire B-B-Q, Risky Business and RJ’s Replays will be serving up their delectable dishes. Entertainment for the night will be provided throughout the evening by 80’s and Gentlemen playing all the best in New Wave and Pop hits from the greatest generation of music. There will also be plenty of other areas to be enjoyed including a cigar booth, a tattoo booth(just showing their work, not giving), a horseshoe pit, Beep Ball and a stationary Steer Roping contest.
So put on your drinking pants, get your cab or designated driver on standby and prepare for an enjoyable evening knowing that you are helping out a great cause in Sun Sounds of Arizona.