Latest small brewery enters the Tucson scene in midtown - Tucson News Now

Latest small brewery enters the Tucson scene in midtown

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With most finishing touches complete, on Friday co-owner Jeremy Hilderbrand looked forward to the grand opening of Sentinel Peak Brewing Company Saturday.

"We're nervous because it's new to us, this is something we've never done before.  But, we're excited because for ten months people have been excited for us to open and they've stopped in and asked us, 'When are you opening? We can't wait,'" Hilderbrand said.

The project that started last February at Swan and Grant is now a reality.  Hilderbrand said that the city walked him through the process, and that other brewers actually gave him advice.

"The people were great.  We had support from everybody from the time we walked in and in every department we had support," Hilderbrand said.

"The same customers that are going to Sentinel Peak's grand opening tomorrow, they're excited about local beer, they're excited to see a new brewery open.  Those are the same people that are coming to my place.  And if they don't know anything about us, they're going to find by talking to other people at Sentinel Peak," said Chris Squires, general manager of 1055 Brewing.

1055 Brewing is coming up on one year.  Those at the bar said that more selection is always welcome for both their benefit and Tucson's.

"We would much rather just be able to walk from our homes or walk from our areas and go to a neighborhood brewery, kick it back with our neighborhood friends and then go home and not have to drink and drive," said patron Mike Ebert as he sat at the bar in 1055 Brewing.

"We want to help the economy, and these guys are just like us.  They started out in a garage, they're back-door guys, and you help your own," said Kirk Kinney, who sat next to Ebert.

"It's not a competition.  It's a community, more than anything," Hilderbrand said.

The opening comes just in time for Arizona Craft Beer Week in mid-February.

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