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Major Beer Festival is Returning to Town

Greyson F

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After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most popular beer festivals not only in the state but in all of the Southwest is returning to Tucson. This is great news for local beer lovers and anyone else wanting to sample a few new beverages outside before the summer heat makes midday activities nearly impossible. 

The Baja Beer Festival makes its return to Tucson. The last festival took place in 2019 but then was canceled in both 2020 and 2021. Now, with its return, it looks to be bigger and better than ever. There are currently 30 breweries confirmed to show up, and more may be added before the festivities begin on April 23. 

The festival will have a new home this go around, as Eckbo Plaza will play host to the Baja Beer Festival. This is located on the north side of the Tucson Convention Center at 260 South Church Avenue. 

The event, which is put on by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, will feature breweries from all around the state. Of course, there are local breweries, such as Draggon Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Barrio Brewing, and Dillinger Brewing Company, but there will also be breweries from other corners of the state. Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Distillery as well as Mother Road Brewing out of the Flagstaff area will be featured, SanTan Brewing, which is one of the largest independently owned breweries in the state, will be on hand, and even smaller breweries like Old Bisbee Brewing Company will be featured. 

An exciting addition to the lineup is Baja Brewing Company. This is a craft brewery located in Baja California, Mexico, just south of San Diego. For anyone interested in sampling several craft Mexican beers to see what breweries south of the border are whipping up, this is an excellent opportunity to do just that. 

There are three ticket options for guests. For those who will not be drinking but want to attend with friends (and maybe partake in the food options that will be available), Designated Driver tickets are $15. General Admission tickets are $45 and come with 20 tasting tickets (every tasting is 4 ounces). VIP tickets cost $64, will come with 25 tasting tickets, and will be granted early access to the festival. Tickets are available directly through the Baja Beer Festival event page

The festival is on Saturday, April 23, and runs from 1 PM until 6 PM (with VIPs allowed to enter at 12 PM). It is recommended to show up early as some beers will run out before closing time. 

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