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Nimbus Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 644
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3850 E 44th St
phone: (520) 745-9175
This place is the Production Brewery / taproom. To review Bistro please use the entry for Nimbus Bistro -
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by bennetj17:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
This brewery isn't much to look at from the outside, and its hidden away off the beaten path in an industrial park in southern Tucson. Fortunately it's worth the trip for some of the better micros in the state. The few times I've stopped by it wasn't too busy so I was able to sit right up to the bar with no trouble. The inside is quaint, somewhat unfinished, but relaxing nonetheless. There is a pool table and a couple games if you are interested. The walls are covered with a good supply of merchandise- t-shirts, signs, etc.
The place was clean and the beer was fresh. I had a sampling of all their brews and the lone bartender was friendly, although I was sad when he told me the "Mug Club" was closed. It looked like some of the regulars had purchased mugs in the past and got to come in and fill em up cheap! How did I miss out on that? All the standard brews were on tap, including a Nitro Stout, much like Guiness but with a slightly more robust flavor. There were 7 or 8 choices altogether.
The food menu is definitely more Pub-fare, so I wouldn't recommend it for a nice dinner, but there are plenty of appetizers and sandwiches to go along with your beer. The price is reasonable too, so its a great value overall. I really like this place, unfortunately it's a trek from the northwest part of town. If you get a chance, stop on in. I recommend the Dirty Guera Blonde, Oatmeal Stout, or Old Monkeyshine (if you want something a little stronger)...
12-24-2005 18:20:22 |
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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
What a great spot to have a few beers and some good food. This is definitely the Tucson equivalent of Four Peaks in Tempe.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. They are comparable in many ways. Same laid back atmosphere with fantastically fresh beer, consistent menu with delicious items, and friendly staff who know a lot about beer.
The place is obviously very beer-centric. A lot of pictures, posters, and t-shirts with various beer imagery. The brewing equipment is twenty feet from the line of taps so you know the beer is the freshest you could possibly have. It's great to be able to see where your beer comes from. The small kitchen is next to the dining area in a open setup, so you also know where your food is coming from. Overall a very transparent operation. The building is an old industrial warehouse and the large door was open because it was a nice day. We could see the storm approaching over the Catalina Mountains. The location is strange because it is an industrial area with railroad tracks adjacent to the parking lot. The drive was interesting. But this shouldn't take anything away from the experience.
Since this is a beer website, I'll mention some of their offerings. They have 7-8 beers on tap. A wide range of styles from Pale Ale, to Red Ale, to English Strong Ale. I personally had the Red Ale, the Brown Ale, and the Pale Ale, in that order. All were fantastic. So fresh. Went great with the food I ordered, which was The Lebowski, a tri-tip steak sandwich with hash browns on top! The burgers are excellent as well.. The people I was with all approved of their beer and food as well. Their most consistent is the Pale Ale. Goes well with anything.
I could go on for a while talking about the place, but you need to go see it for yourself! You can't go wrong here.
08-03-2011 06:21:16 |
More by Gatch
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
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
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 |
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