Arizona breweries celebrate SB 1030

Restaurants | 29 Jun, 2015 |

Thanks to the hard work of brewery owners, beer drinkers and supporters of small business across the state, SB1030 will officially take effect Friday, July 3, 2015.

Members of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, who led the legislative efforts, are asking Arizonans to take part in a celebratory virtual toast at midnight, July 2, and then join in on festivities the following day (7/3) as brewery owners from border to border tip their hats and say thanks to the communities around them who helped make this historic win a reality.

In addition to giving the state’s breweries the opportunity to flourish and expand their production limits without having to shutter their restaurants and tasting rooms, Arizona SB 1030 now allows state breweries to carry one another’s craft products on tap, effectively cross-promoting one another while exposing countless new craft beer drinkers to all that Arizona’s unique brewing scene has to offer.

“We do, on occasion, run out of different styles of beer locally and in our taproom – a good problem to have,” said Amanda Gibson, of Beast Brewing Co. in Bisbee. “With SB1030, we can not only support other local AZ breweries that we love, but we can bridge some of the gaps we experience due to growing pains.”

Neal Farrell, co-owner and head brewer at Peoria Artisan Brewery, had similar sentiments. “For Peoria Artisan Brewery, the passage and implementation of SB 1030 marks the continued growth and evolution of our craft beer culture in Arizona.  This new law has allowed Arizona brewers to come closer and provide Arizona craft beers lovers better access to great local beer.”

Rob Fullmer, Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, expressed his gratitude for the Guild members and the community coming together in support of one another.

“Breweries have become off-hours “water coolers” of sorts in recent years – they’re where you go to connect with the community, talk shop with your friends and catch up on the last couple days,” said Fullmer. “We know, because this was one of the driving forces behind the success of this campaign. People were talking about it at our breweries and spreading word-of-mouth, and without that, we wouldn’t be where we are today – we feel like the sky’s the limit now when it comes to the growth and success of Arizona’s brew scene.”

The following breweries will be hosting special celebratory events in honor of SB1030 taking effect:

Ongoing

Dark Sky Brewing (Flagstaff)

Thurs. 2 pm – 1- pm; Friday 2 pm – 10 pm; Saturday 9 am – 10 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm – Red, White & Brew: Join Dark Sky as three fan favorite brews return: Imperial Cherry Brown, Jalapeño Pale Ale and Double IPA. A new special Fourth of July beer will also be on tap, and live music will be onsite Friday and Saturday night. Dark Sky is opening at 9 am Saturday due to the Fourth of July parade right outside, and the Downtown Dogs food cart will offer up gourmet hot dogs, build-your-own grilled cheese, street tacos and wings all weekend.

Mother Bunch Brewing (Phoenix)

(June 28 – July 4) – Join Mother Bunch for an all-Arizona beer lineup. They’ll remain open until midnight Friday, July 3.

Black Hole Beer Company (Prescott)

Black Hole Beer Company will raffle off $1030 worth of merchandise, memberships, and spacebucks (gift certificates) over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

July 2

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company (Tucson)

12 am (midnight) – Join Pueblo Vida for a Collabrew Re-Release Party to sample a special brew, Blanche de Ventana (historical Louvain-style wit bier) make in conjunction with Dragoon Brewing Company and 1055 Brewing.

Mother Bunch Brewing (Phoenix)

10 pm – 12 am – Join brewers from across the state as they come together at Mother Bunch to toast success. Meet the brewers, munch on celebratory bites, take part in the toast at midnight and try and win free pases to Real, Wild & Woody summer beer festival.

July 3

Borderlands Brewing Co. (Tucson)

7 pm – 11 pm – Give Me Beerdom or Give Me Death Pub Crawl. Meet at Bordlerlands for a pub crawl through Tucson and taste some of the best unique brews in the city. Pub crawl participants will receive $5 wristbands and route maps and are welcome to travel as a pack or peruse at their own pace.

The Beer Research Institute (Mesa)

10:30 am – SB1030 Party – Join the Beer Research Institute as they celebrate SB1030 and the man who helped it become a reality – Rob Fullmer. In honor, guests who don some fake chops get $1 off beers all day. Those who come in with REAL Rob Fullmer style chops get $2 off beers. We want to see everyone in big, gnarly sideburns! The daily special will be Stuffed Pork Chops, and the entire tap list will be Arizona Craft Beer! Who knows, Rob might even make an appearance and make a toast.

Wren House Brewing Co. (Phoenix)

Join Wren House for their Senior Gallo Vienna Lager launch and a few guest taps featuring Arizona craft beer.

Peoria Artisan Brewery (Peoria)

Enjoy guest taps from Arizona breweries at Peoria Artisan Brewery July 3.

Black Hole Beer Company (Prescott)

Black Hole Beer Company tap brews from 10 different AZ breweries July 3, and will raffle off $1030 worth of merchandise, memberships, and spacebucks (gift certificates) over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

July 4

Dubina Brewing Co. (Glendale)

12 pm – 2 pm – Join Dubina Brewing Co. for an event with Mother Road Brewing Co. Meet Dan from Mother Road and enjoy Mother Road brews in bottles and on tap at Dubina.

Beast Brewing Co. (Bisbee)

12 pm – Special tapping featuring Barrio Brewing Co.’s Barrio Blanco White IPA and Thunder Canyon Brewery’s Orange U Glad, an orange wheat ale.

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