Nimbus Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 677
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
3.09/5 rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I flew into Tuscon 5/30/13 and went to the brewery (not the bistro) since it was close to my hotel.
The interior was okay: an old warehouse converted into a decent sized brewery with a small restaurant and bar; an old warehouse garage door opens up to a small patio.
The bar only had three beers on tap, so that was a bit disappointing. The barmaid was attentive and friendly. When I ordered food, she made sure to order my hotwings first and then put in the cheeseburger order afterwards since (according to her) the kitchen would have just made everything at once. The two beers I had (their oatmeal stout and nut brown ale) were decent if unremarkable.
The food also was good if mediocre. The hotwings (they have about five or six degrees of heat - I opted for the mid-level "hot" variety) were tasty if a little overcooked. Plenty of celery, carrots, and dip came with them. I wasn't offered any napkins to help keep my fingers or face clean. The cheeseburger was tasty and sloppy.
No regrets with going here, and I would go back. I just wonder if the bistro (several miles away) may have better quality food and a wider selection of beers made by the brewery. After all, this is a brewery facility primarily , in a slightly industrial part of Tuscon(off of 44th St.), and apparently with a more limited food menu than the bistro (on E. Tanque Verde), so I do factor these conditions into my overall rating of Nimbus.
06-08-2013 20:59:22 | More by beergoot
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
What a great spot to have a few beers and some good food. This is definitely the Tucson equivalent of Four Peaks in Tempe.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. They are comparable in many ways. Same laid back atmosphere with fantastically fresh beer, consistent menu with delicious items, and friendly staff who know a lot about beer.
The place is obviously very beer-centric. A lot of pictures, posters, and t-shirts with various beer imagery. The brewing equipment is twenty feet from the line of taps so you know the beer is the freshest you could possibly have. It's great to be able to see where your beer comes from. The small kitchen is next to the dining area in a open setup, so you also know where your food is coming from. Overall a very transparent operation. The building is an old industrial warehouse and the large door was open because it was a nice day. We could see the storm approaching over the Catalina Mountains. The location is strange because it is an industrial area with railroad tracks adjacent to the parking lot. The drive was interesting. But this shouldn't take anything away from the experience.
Since this is a beer website, I'll mention some of their offerings. They have 7-8 beers on tap. A wide range of styles from Pale Ale, to Red Ale, to English Strong Ale. I personally had the Red Ale, the Brown Ale, and the Pale Ale, in that order. All were fantastic. So fresh. Went great with the food I ordered, which was The Lebowski, a tri-tip steak sandwich with hash browns on top! The burgers are excellent as well.. The people I was with all approved of their beer and food as well. Their most consistent is the Pale Ale. Goes well with anything.
I could go on for a while talking about the place, but you need to go see it for yourself! You can't go wrong here.
08-03-2011 06:21:16 | More by Gatch
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I visited some friends staying at a vacation house in Tucson this January. We scoped local breweries a discovered a few, but Nimbus was the only note-worthy one.
Ok, note-worthy is a horrendous understatement. The beer is great. They don't have the same boring standard American brewpub selection. The Old Monkeyshine quickly became our favorite but the nut brown and red were also great.
The atmosphere is amazing. Low-key, blue collar place you just feel comfortable at. You can also see most of the brewery from where you sit inside. One afternoon we sat and watched military jets land at the base nearby. A very intriguing place to relax and enjoy a beer.
The only food we had were burgers which were immense and delicious. Completely worth the price and fully satisfying.
08-19-2010 10:36:07 | More by NickH44
4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Located on a dead end street in an industrial area - you definitely won't accidentally stumble across this place, you need to be looking for it. Large tank out front, as well as a decent sized patio with a nice view of the mountains and military aircraft landing at the base across the highway. Inside is a long room with brewing equipment in the back, and a small upstairs area (this was closed the day we were there for a private party). Live music later in the evening, created a nice casual atmosphere. Bar service only, if you order food they give you a number and will track you down to deliver it. All of the beers were solid .. nothing outstanding, but I didn't have any complaints either. The food was typical bar food, but it went down well with the beers.
Nice place to spend an evening if you happen to be in Tucson ..
03-26-2010 16:51:44 | More by rowew
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I was in Tucson recently and found Nimbus. However, it wasn't that easy to locate. It is a bit hidden away down a dead end street in an industrial zone with no street lights and hear the railroad tracks. I felt like I was in a bad movie. Thank geeks for GPS. Once in I was pleased. The pub is housed in a seemingly large brewery from what i could see. Much larger cylindrical conical tanks than you see in a typical brew pub. It's a ball room layout: one giant room with the bar against one wall, tables spread in the middle, kitchen and restrooms on the other wall and more tables in a loft above the kitchen and rest rooms. But the acoustics were good for such a big space. It was not a loud boomy echoy place.
We ordered a sampler, they had about 12 beers on tap. All were well made and delicious. They had a typical pub menu and everything was $8. Which I thought was a good idea, made the menu very simple even with it's wide variety of choices. The quality of the food was adequate, much better than fast food, but no not fine dining.
A good value overall, food and beer.
My favorite aspect of the brewery is the graphics. Kudos to whomever is their graphic artist. If they can get their beers to the same level as the art they would be unstoppable.
03-02-2010 21:34:15 | More by Naugled
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Pulling up, I was glad that my CS host drove as this place was a bit out of the way for public transit. A huge grain silo sat in the center of the entry with a set of concrete steps leading up to the entry left. To the left of both the silo and the door was a patio/smoking area. Once inside, the kitchen was to the immediate right, followed by the lavs, a glass case of logo items, a staircase up to a short 2nd floor seating area, and all of the way aft, the brewing operation behind bars/caged in. The left side featured a rolling door leading to the patio, a funhouse mirror, then the straight, laminated dark wood bar flanked by a pair of brewery-related mosaics. The back bar was a vintage mirror, wood and stained glass construction. There was also a cooler of sixes to go to the left of the back bar. To the right of the back bar were two green-felt pool tables. Now a word about the brewery - the bottling line was impressively ancient! Truly impressive that they can keep it running. My CS host and I were allowed to walk around and she marveled at the size of some of the 1560-GL FVs.
Beers: Dirty Guera (Blonde) Ale; Red Ale; Pale Ale; Brown Ale; Oatmeal Stout; Old Monkeyshine (English Strong Ale).
Seasonals: Belgian White; IPA; Dunkelweizen; Hefeweizen; Porter; RIS; Scottish-style Export.
"Join the Resistance. Support Your Local Microbrewery. Legion of Nimbus."
12-22-2009 22:34:32 | More by woodychandler
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Nimbus Brewing is located in an industrial area, just south of the main downtown area. It could get a bit hard to find, so look it up on the map before you head there. The bar/restaurant is in the front, with the brewery in the back. They have mainly their own beers, with 1 guest tap.
I went in August, so Tucson was still boiling hot, and they didn't have air conditioning which made it a bit unbearable. Also, as a result, the beers warm up quickly so you have to drink it fast.
I only had an order of fries so I can't really comment on the food. At the time, they were setting up for what seemed like a party, so it was pretty busy. You order beer and food at the bar, which I have no problem with - just don't expect full service here.
Overall, it's a decent place to kill a couple of hours if you don't mind the heat. If you want a place to relax and enjoy really good beers, go to 1702. If you want to hit up a local brewery, come to Nimbus...but nothing on tap really wowed me.
08-24-2009 00:13:16 | More by baiser
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in prior to heading to airport to get the hell outta town.
In an industrial part of Tucson. Real brewery warehouse like feel. Fairly big bar on left, 15-20 or so tables for eating, small kitchen on right. Classic rock on the radio and plenty cool inside. Small patio(the dock) with a few tables and chairs. Brewery and bottling line in back and in full view. Plenty of flatscreens for sports viewing.
Had 10 Nimbus brews on tap on my visit. Porter, Nitro Porter, Red, Oatmeal stout, Monkeyshine, Belgian Wit, Maibock, Brown, Pale, and Dirty Guera. Well balanced line up. I had the nitro porter, which I really enjoyed. Roasty, bitter, and creamy. Also had the Red, which was just okay. Sweet & malty.
The young bartender was attentive and quick. I did notice him give some attitude to a couple that ordered at the bar, then went and sat down at the tables about 4 feet away. He scolded them that it "wasn't cool" to do that and they should have notified him. No signs saying this cant be done and he was kind of a dick about it. Also called me "bro" during each conversation. Nothing wrong with that I guess...brah.
Food was good. Nice sized menu for a small kitchen. I had burger with green chilis, cheddar, and BBQ sauce. Tasty. Curly fries were really good as well.
I'd go back if ever in the area.
07-26-2009 23:50:16 | More by bbothen
4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I am a native Tucsonan who after college moved to Los Angeles, then Austin, then the burbs of NYC. I go back very regularly and only in the last year discovered Nimbus.
I will admit, I may be a bit biased because...well...this place is in my hometown.
It is in an out of the way place, around refineries, storage, and places that don't mind being out of the way. This only makes it cooler if you ask me. This is certainly not a sketchy part of Tucson, it is simply an industrial area that becomes deserted after 5.
The service is not great but will not leave you wanting. When you walk in you are asked if you would like anything from the bar. If you sit at a table your order is taken quickly.
The number of beers here at BA will have you thinking they have an endless supply of varieties. They do not, at anytime they have around 8 you can choose from. Since they are all brewed on premises, I think this is a pretty good number.
The food is surprisingly good for pub fare. I love the burgers and the nachos and cheese crisp (if you are not from Tucson, a flour tortilla with cheese and other goodies on top) is great.
There are a couple of decent pool tables in there, they have TVs with some sports on them, and generally good music.
I hit this place up after golf at least once and generally another visit one night. It will not blow you away, but if you want some good beer and grub, this is a great place to go in Tucson.
03-04-2009 01:45:00 | More by steelerguy
4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in Tucson to visit family last week and early this week and, based on BA's listing, this was the place to go if I wanted to get locally brewed beer.
We arrived on a Monday night around 8pm. As others have mentioned, it's a bit nondescript from the outside and consequently not the easiest place in the world to find, even with a GPS, but it is where it says it is.
Various ape themed artwork was displayed around the joint, reflecting the brewery's mascot. It definitely brightened up what would otherwise look somewhere between a warehouse and a large cabin.
The bar stools were mostly occupied, although the patrons were pretty quiet, the only real consistent sound being the blues rock playing from their sound system. The tables were empty. My wife and I sat behind the taps.
The bartender took our order immediately. Given the huge list of beers they've brewed at one time or another according to BA, I was disappointed to see only about 6 or 8 taps, and more disappointed that the touted Old Monkeyshine nitro tap was blown. I still give the selection a 4 given the diversity of the styles relative to most small breweries I've visited.
I wound up getting a pint of their IPA, which was a solid 3.5, then got tasters of the regular Monkeyshine (better than expected - actually had a nice hint of butterscotch or something along those lines in what I expected to be a pretty bland, sessionable English style ale) and the Oatmeal Stout (a bit weak for my taste but still enjoyable). I wound up buying a sixer of the oatmeal stout, more based on a request from a friend back home than any real preference on my part.
My wife had the Belgian style wit, which was a pretty good, somewhat spicy representation of the style.
I asked about the scotch ale, as it's my favorite style, and the bartender said they hadn't brewed it in a couple of years but if they did, it would likely be around Christmastime.
The bartender was attentive, although he seemed a bit bored, which I guess is to be expected on a fairly dead Monday night.
I can't speak for the food as I didn't order any, despite the repeated "are you SURE you don't want any food?" coaxing from the bartender.
I went to a couple of other beer-serving establishments in the area, the most notable of which was a place called the Frog & Firkin (175 beers, allegedly (I didn't count them), mostly in bottles), but never saw any Nimbus representation outside of the Nimbus brewery itself.
That being said, given the good quality of the beer, this place is worth checking out. I'm curious to see what a busy night looks like, although the slow Monday night scene was fine given my relaxed state of mind at the time.
11-14-2008 18:12:28 | More by instrumentality
Nimbus Brewing Company in Tucson, AZ
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