AZ Beer Week keeps growing and growing. It used to be a 7 day event, but has stretched to ten days to allow for more weekend events. Not sure how you can adjust the name to reflect that, but there is really no complaint about more beer events.
The kick off for the week is the ever so popular Strong Beer Festival on Feb 11th in Phoenix. The entry fee includes 40 tickets for 2 oz samples. You would think that that is plenty, and it is, but with about 400 beers to choose from, you might want to map it out and get an idea of which beers / breweries you want to check off your list. Some of those special one-off beers go quickly. You can check the brewers list of beers at arizonabeerweek.com and I suggest that you schedule in some sessionable beers to mix in throughout your day. There are some beers with an abv lower than most industrial light lagers. I recognize that this goes against the name of the event, but remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you can’t make it to Phoenix for the Strong Beer Festival, there are plenty of options down here in Southern Arizona. The website will give you these details of the 75 or so events in Tucson and you can even add them to your Google Calendar with a quick link. Capping off the week here in Tucson on Feb 20th is the Tucson Craft Beer Pub Crawl. Here, you get 15 tickets for beer as you taste your way across all of the downtown area beer bars. And the proceeds of the event benefit Watershed Management. Check the list, there are happy hours, featured beers with brewery reps in attendance, tap takeovers, themed events. It is really a week to remember! Well, let’s hope so.
Also look for Uber offering special promotions for new subscribers. We want everyone to be responsible and have a designated driver so you can enjoy this again next year!
-John Gestautas, Keg Keeper
MBAA Beer Steward