Downtown Tucson has become a hub for lovers of craft brew, and now a new microbrewery is bringing its own unique flavors and recipes to the downtown scene.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company occupies a small space on Broadway Boulevard, but don't let that fool you. The modest-sized brewery and taproom, located in a historic building that dates back to 1918, doesn't skimp on robust flavors and quality ingredients.
Pueblo Vida Brewery brings craft brews and authentic Tucson flavors to downtown Tucson — Photo courtesy of Pueblo Vida Brewery
The taproom at Pueblo Vida currently has three flagship beers: a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Northwest IPA and a Breakfast Stout.
The Hefeweizen is a classic German-style beer with spicy, fruity aromas and a smooth, medium-bodied finish. Meanwhile, lovers of IPAs will want to try Pueblo Vida's take on the Northwest IPA, which is left unfiltered to make sure the beer retains its dry hopped character and citrus aromas.
Finally, the Breakfast Stout is a robust and complex brew made from flaked oats and chocolate malt, with just a bit of cold pressed coffee for good measure. The results are a complex and rich beer with a clean finish.
Along with the brewery's flagship beers, drinkers will be able to enjoy an assortment of seasonal and specialty beers. In the fall, expect to find an Oktoberfest-inspired brew, as well as a classic Pumpkin Stout. The brewery also plans to create different versions of their flagship beers using specialty infusions.
Need something to wash down with your beer? Pueblo Vida offers special food pairings, including brats and pretzels to complement your pint of Hefeweizen. Street tacos and Sonoran hot dogs pair well with the Northwest IPA, and (aptly enough) bacon and eggs are available to enjoy with your Breakfast Stout.
The ambiance at Pueblo Vida has the relaxed feel of a neighborhood pub. The decor is rustic and hip, featuring recycled and up-cycled table tops, lighting fixtures and bar tops. The smell of hops and barley fill the air, while the din of happy chatter fills the space.
Eventually, the owners of Pueblo Vida hope to expand the brewery and taproom. Future plans include an urban beer garden, where local musicians can show off their talents. The brewery also plans on opening a private room that can be reserved for personal and professional gatherings.
For now, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company proves that you don't need a huge space to produce big flavors.