It was brought to my attention recently that our Southern Arizona Guide website lacks a local brewery section. Stung by such criticism, I set out to rectify this regrettable oversight. But there was this little problem. Well, actually several.
First, I didn’t know much about beers. Thus, I enlisted the able assistance of one Michael Polletta, who owns Print Management here in Tucson. (If you need any kind of printing, from business cards to 4-color brochures, I highly recommend Michael’s services.)
Nevertheless, I did not choose Michael as my sampling partner because of his expertise in the printing industry. Rather, Michael used to brew beer himself and I needed his insight into the vast and ancient subject of brewing beer so I could produce meaningful reviews.
Second, I’m not much of a beer drinker. More the elite, snobby, NPR-listening kind of wine connoisseur. Well, that’s not precisely true. Hell, I’ll drink cheap box wine from Safeway. But I particularly enjoy the fine dry Sauvignon Blanc varietals from New Zealand (Kim Crawford, Nobilo, etc.), almost any Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and several of the better Pinot Gris wines from Argentina and Chile. Clos du Bois Sauvignon Blanc from the North Coast of California is also a favorite. Read More