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Born & Brewed Beer Battle at Hotel Congress

Hotel Congress is celebrating Tucson's bustling craft beer scene with its 6th annual Born & Brewed Beer Battle, a competition in which Tucson breweries vie for Best Specialty Beer, Best Flagship Beer, and People's Choice. Local craft beer will be complemented with food provided by the Cup Cafe, as well as live music. 

This year’s judging panel includes:
• Pat Butler of Dragoon Brewing Co.
• Adam Lehrman of Tucson Foodie
• Dan Marries, local new anchor Tucson News Now
• Aaron Defeo of USBG Tucson and Casino Del Sol

Fourteen breweries are competing in this year's competition: 1912 Brewing Co., Barrio Brewing Co., Black Rock Brewers, Borderlands Brewing Co., Catalina Brewing Company, Copper Mine Brewing Co., Crooked Tooth Brewing, Dillinger Brewing Company, Green Feet Brewing, Iron John's Brewing Company, Nimbus Brewing Company, Public Brewhouse, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, Thunder Canyon Brewery. 

Fellow lovers of Tucson craft beer are joining in on the festival: Local First Arizona, Tucson Homebrew Club, Yelp Tucson, and Girls Pint Out. Stop and chat at each of their stations to learn more about these organizations.

For $30 advance, $35 day of GA tickets enjoy:

  • Taste of each competing craft beer 

  • Commemorative tasting glass 

  • Plate of beer-paired food provided by the Cup Cafe

    • Pulled pork sliders 

    • Roasted corn 

    • Poblano, tomatillo, and cilantro salad 

    • Nopalitos ceviche 

    • Access to snack stations with chips and salsa, smoked nuts, and assorted olives 

For $50, VIP tickets enjoy:

  • Taste of each competing craft beer 

  • Commemorative tasting glass 

  • Spot in exclusive VIP lounge 

  • Access to VIP menu:

    • Sandwich station with pulled pork, roast beef, and grilled veggies 

    • Ceviche   

    • Vegetarian nopalitos ceviche 

    • Poblano, tomatillo, and cilantro salad 

    • Chips and salsa three ways 

    • Hummus three ways 

    • Smoked nuts 

    • Assorted olives 

For $15, Designated Driver tickets enjoy a plate of the general admission food, a take-home gift, and the joy of getting their friends home safe.


Who will claim Tucson’s Beer Cup in 2017? Be at this year’s Born & Brewed to find out! Tickets on sale now at the hotel’s front desk or online