By Stacey Gregory
Tucsonans love beer, especially locally crafted concoctions. Arizona pride is evident from the very start at the 1912 Brewery, named after the year Arizona became a state. What began in Tucson natives Alicia and Allan Conger’s garage is now an award-winning brewery and taproom that pays homage to the military.
Allan served ten years in the Marine Corps and purposefully created a community for veterans and craft beer enthusiasts where military flags hang from the ceiling and visitors can pre-purchase a pint for a veteran. You can choose from more than 20 beer styles on tap, including blondes, red ales, India pale ales, sours, goses, stouts, and barrel-aged beers, served at the copper bar. Some standout 1912 craft brews are a fusion of Alicia’s Hispanic culture, local Tucson ingredients, and Allan’s military background with names like Ta Weno (Mexican amber) and Weapons Check (Irish red ale).
Yet 1912 Brewing is most known for its acidic and tart sours and goses, from the heavily fruited and sweet Baya Gose to the dry and smooth Oeste with flavors indicative of Tucson. There are even Mexican candy goses such as the 1912 Sandia Loca Gose with sweet notes of watermelon that expand into smooth notes of chamoy and tamarindo with kisses of chili.
“We use local ingredients in our beers, showcase local beer and wine, and support local charities and artists, including painters, photographers, musicians, and the talented group of Tucson food trucks,” said Allan. “We also work with various veteran organizations to bring people together and to give back to combat veteran suicides.”
Beyond brews, the menu features wine, cider, and mead from Superstition Meadery. You won’t have to go far for snacks either, with pizza, salad, popcorn, and locally made chips and salsa on hand, plus a rotation of food trucks offering different tastes of Tucson. You can also pick up Jim’s Jarhead Jerky and support a veteran-owned small business.