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Tucson microbrew is toasting to the "suds" of success

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Blake Collins, head brewmaster at Borderlands Brewery, stands in front of the new equipment delivered on Tuesday. Blake Collins, head brewmaster at Borderlands Brewery, stands in front of the new equipment delivered on Tuesday.
Steady as she goes as the staff slowly moves in the new brewing equipment. Steady as she goes as the staff slowly moves in the new brewing equipment.
Major expansion as the brewery goes from a 90 gallon brew kettle to 600 gallons. Major expansion as the brewery goes from a 90 gallon brew kettle to 600 gallons.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A locally owned business in downtown Tucson is toasting its success. Borderlands Brewing Company, located in the warehouse arts district, received 10,000 pounds of brand new stainless steel equipment on Tuesday.

Blake Collins, head brewer, says the brewery is upgrading from a 90 gallon brew kettle to a 600 gallon kettle and adding four more fermenting tanks. "We have dozens of other beers that we're excited to release, and now we have the capacity to start doing so. We released a pumpkin spice ale in October, and a mesquite-smoked Scottish ale in September to benefit the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. We can't wait to add more beers like those to our line up," he said.

The expansion comes just shy of Borderlands one year anniversary. It opened its doors on December 10, 2011. We featured the business within the first few months of its grand opening on www.TucsonNewsNow.com.

Co-founder Michael Mallozzi says he's been unable to meet demand ever since and attributes the quick success to locally inspired beers that aren't available from out of town, "our prickly pear wheat beer and vanilla porter have been huge hits."

Myles Stone, the brewery's other co-founder, says its hard to believe how fast business has grown, "we started the brewery with $2,000. The response from the community has been such an honor. We were home brewers a year ago, and sometimes we have to pinch ourselves when we look at the new equipment."

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