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Barrio Brewing CompanyBarrio Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

800 E 16th St
Tucson, Arizona, 85719-6603
United States

(520) 791-2739 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2008

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Reviews by uawildcat:
Photo of uawildcat
3.2/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Going south of Tucson in the warehouse part of town is a little bit odd to be going to a brewery. Also, the outside apparence doesn't look anything like a brewery; rather a kind of run down place. Nevertheless, upon entering it appears very welcoming with a large bar, lots of seating, and a neat slide game of some sort. The big vats for holding their beer are in the back and can be seen through windows. NEAT!

Service was not good. It was 4pm on a Friday and went with 3 other people. We entered to find all of the larger tables taken and not enough room at the bar. Nobody helped us find a seat as we walked around for 10 minutes. Upon seating service was decently fast and our beers were served to us quickly.

There was a decent selection of beer. We got the stout, raspberry beer, and heifiweizen. All of which were served cool, but not cold. Also, either the beer here is undercarbonated or something was wrong with the way it was served since none of our beers had ANY foam or head.

Luckily the food was better than the beer. I had a reuben which was quite well done and paired well with the stout I got.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This was stop #3 along a pub crawl for my wife and I and two friends in the greater Tucson area. The pub is located in an old industrial area, and the building style and the interior are fitting for what I like to see for a brewery, so my Vibe rating will be a real plus for this review. Tables and chairs are available on the outside of the building on what was probably formerly the truck dock, plus the interior is large with very adequate seating. The L-shaped bar seats around 10-12 people.

There were 11 beers on tap, so we ordered a sampler flight of all of them to go along with lunch. All of the beers were brewed very well to style, and all were scored at a C+ grade or higher. The notables were the Copperhead Pale Ale and the Barrio IPA (both were scored at a B rating). Overall, the beers scored at a B minus rating, which is pretty good for us since we are stingy graders.

Our food orders were just as good as the beers, if not slightly better, so the beer is not the only star of the show here. The menu consists of typical pub offerings of burgers, soups, salads and appetizers, but a wide selection of each.

We really liked this pub, and we'll definitely go back again if we ever visit Tucson again.

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Photo of Kanrig
4.24/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of UtisTheLaw
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Not a bad spot. Not technically on the good side of the tracks but they have done well with this spot. The beers are clean and the service is above average. I will go back again, but I would need to check off other places first.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bigbelcher
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in an industrial part of town, in what looks like an old warehouse/quonset hut. Very large bar area and a good patio with an unfortunate bad view of the neighborhood. Beers were really hit or miss. The bartender said they just hired a new brewer so don't know if things are getting better or worse. Service was above average with a pretty knowledgeable bartender. Food was decent pub food. Nothing special, nothing bad.

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Photo of BeerNooB
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Great little place for a brew and burger, they offer samples of there different brews if you like one you can grab a 64oz Jug for about 10$ after a 4$ deposit. There hefeweizen was particularly good. You can smell the hops from the brewery in the back of the restaurant which just completes the overall experience of the joint. Be fair warned the service wasn't that great during lunch times they tend to be understaffed. Overall great food above average beer the atmosphere was a change of pace not as vibrant as some other places in tucson.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I really dig the atmosphere and look of this place - I'm a sucker for old manufacturing sites re-done for restaurants and residences.

The only problem was that it was a 107 degree day and the A/C was not on (maybe they use swamp coolers that simply quite keep up with excessive heat?) It was really uncomfortable and distracting. Would like to try this place when it wasn't swealtering.

Started with the hefe since it seemed like a good refreshing choice on a hot day. Was simply mediocre...too much bubble gum flavor. On a side note, was served a lemon wedge even though I didn't request it...but it improved the flavor.

Next was the IPA, which I discovered was the "flagship" of the venerable Gentle Ben's brewery (same owners/brewers). Eh. Tated dirty to me, not very hoppy at all, was a struggle to drink.

Finished with a golden ale, which wasn't very tasty but was refreshing enough and washed away the unpleasant IPA taste still lingering.

Staff was friendly enough, and the prices were really CHEAP.

I'd visit again if not summer time and avoid the IPA.

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Photo of fcbaker49
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Set in an industrial part of Tucson, this is a cool industrial makeover of a warehouse complete with lots of metal and concrete. The atmosphere is great and sophisticated (for my little ol' Tucson) and the brewhouse in the back looms over the large interior space. Bar is long and there are a good number of tables as well as seats at the bar. Usual selection of TVs for watching sports and a nice full length shuffleboard table (the old fashioned kind with sawdust) are inside. There's a shaded outdoor area that runs the length of the bar with a view of a railroad crossing and parking lot. This wouldn't be significant except that beer prices are reduced during the time the crossing guard is down when the train passes.
Usual beer selection is about 10 types from the brewery- generally including a wheat beer, lager, red ale, IPA, porter, and stout. There's sometimes special ones like a scotch ale my last visit. These are not of the best I've ever had, but they are local and refreshing. Service is fine, and if you see someone poking around in the brewhouse, just ask and they may give an impromptu tour.
Food is decent pub/college stuff with hamburgers, nachos, salads and more. The menu and beers are the same as Gentle Bens up by the University of Arizona, as the two must be co-owned or managed by the same folks. Can get very crowded on Friday night happy hour when this place seems to be on many folks' mind heading home from work. At these times parking and finding a seat become challenging.
Overall, a very pleasurable place, even better when you see a train coming.

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Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson, AZ
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