Thunder Canyon Brewery
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 161
Beer Avg: 3.57
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
While recently staying at the Westin Inn, I made my way to the closest brewpub in Tucson.
Thunder Canyon is the first place I've been too with a store on one side and a theatre on the other. Actually I'am really jealous of the locals, this is a great idea, days shopping with my better half could be more enjoyable.
Anyway on the inside they have done their best with the space they have. With a patio to seat more in the front I wouldn't call it a small place.
I sat at the bar so service wasn't bad for me, but I noticed some of the waiters/waitresses tended to conversation sometimes more than tables.
Food was great I only ordered a chichen sandwich but it was great. I also ordered a sampler so that I could make a decision on which beer I wanted take home in my Thunder Canyon growler. If I could drink stout quickly enough I would have gotten it but I chose their amber ale. None of the 8 or 9 beers I tried were bad but their Imperial stout is a rough drink at 10% alc.
At 2 or 3 miles off of the 10 freeway it is worth the detour.
01-11-2006 03:22:29 | More by Inflames
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The beer selection here is nice, of course being a brewery it mostly consists of their beers but that is expected. I love their Blackout Stout and the Barrel & Cask beers are usually an interesting experience (the best I ever had was barrel-aged Bing Bang Ale. Out of this world). The service is usually good, depending on the day and who is working. The worst part is that they recently changed their menu and everything got much more expensive. like $1+ per dish. Doesn't seem like much but it was already high-priced brewery food before, now its a bit silly.
The beer is still $4 like always though. (Or if you're like me, $2 after 7pm sun-wed)
12-31-2011 04:16:09 | More by DonDirkA
4.3/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of the nicer brewery restaurants in AZ. From top to bottom, it's a class act. Comfy seats and nice tables, as opposed to what are basically pieces of lumber at Four Peaks or Papago. You get the impression you're in a restaurant, not a warehouse. Lots of visually appealing waitresses who actually come to your table to see if you need anything. The place is very noisy or rowdy. No blasting TVs or screaming sports fans. It's too bad I have to drive a hundred miles to get there. A varied menu, and of the four times I've been there, I haven't had a complaint about the food. They also have a big scotch selection. Lunch and a beer ran about $14 plus tip. Appropriate for lunch or a date, even.
The beers in general are good but not great. I haven't had an outstanding one, but haven't had a bad one either. The stout was good, and the IPA was a little mild for my tastes and compared to west coast Cali IPAs, but not bad. My wife had some kind of blueberry beer last year, and while I don't care for fruity beers, it wasn't bad and she liked it. For me, it's not one particular aspect, but the overall experience that makes me like this place. I'm surprised to see mentions of bad service. Like I said, I've been several times and the service ranges from decent to (most recently) outstanding.
01-24-2008 05:49:52 | More by PhxHorn
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Their Blackout Stout is one of my favorite beers. I'm also not really into fruit beer, but everyone should try a pint of Rillito Raspberry, a really fun beer. Thunder Canyon's food might be their weakest point, but their beers surely make up for their kitchen's shortcomings.
Be sure to visit them when you're in Tucson, it's a must, and don't forget to take a growler.
08-22-2013 15:48:30 | More by marcotulio
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited mid May 2008. Thank you fellow BeerAdvocates for the recommendation. In Tuscon for a couple of days for a wedding and wanted to make sure I was able to sample some the local craft beers.
Located in a strip mall. The brewpub is on the northern side of the mall, facing La Cholla Blvd. Nice, dark, but cozy inside eating area. Very clean bathrooms. I chose to eat outside as I wanted to feel some of the heat.
Have 8 or so of their own beers on tap with a good variety. I expected a bunch of wheat beers, the Bock and Strong Ale were a surprise. Tried the Stout, Amber, Bock (my favorite), and Wheat. Overall good beers, not extreme by any means, but solid.
Good prices during Happy Hour: 3$ pints and half off appetizers, 3-7pm every day. Food was good and also reasonable. The best wings I've had in years.
05-21-2008 19:20:48 | More by BeerDonkey
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Thunder Canyon Brewery "Thunder Canyon has a nice family friendly atmosphere with lot of cool, goofy beer related sayings lining the walls. There is quite a bit of room here with lots of dining style tables, as well as a bar area that is front and center. The staff is quite friendly, though perhaps not quite as beer savvy as one could wish. They are quite helpful and willing to try though. The menu is very extensive with lots of tasty options to choose from. I had a tasty gorgonzola burger with mushrooms, bacon and a side ceaser salad. This paired very well with their tasty Obsidian Porter, that is a great foil for the Gorgonzola cheese.
The beers are all technically flawless, but most seem to be lacking that certain something that would make the great. Certainly worth trying though, as all of the beers that I have had are quite tasty."
07-09-2004 21:49:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Appearance wise, this could be any theme eatery in the US. I sat inside, since it was 108 the day I was in Tucson. It is located in a mall with outside access. Expect to share your outing with families waiting to see a movie next door and few, if any, beer aficianados. The beers I had were all very good to excellent. Aside from the pedestrian atmosphere, the low point was the waitstaff's beer knowledge. I'd suggest talking to the beertender if you want to know more about what you're drinking. Selection is limited to what they brew, but what I had was good. Food gave me an upside surprise. Very tasty.
07-12-2009 22:23:44 | More by LittleDon
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was my favorite place I hit in town.
Had a nice restaurant BP vibe, nothing stellar. Loved the patio dining
The beers were all pretty much above average a few good & a few average
Service was fantastic, one of my kids was being a pain in the ass & the waitress handled the situation like a pro ( I resisted the urge to strangle him) & attended to all our needs efficiently
9 beers on tap, plus a guestbeer, a tasty wit from Belgium, almost gave this a 4.5. My favorites were the ESB, the PA & IPA, plus the dopplebock
The food tasty & varied. Any place that has BBQ, a wurst & cobbler of the day has a soft place in my heart. If ever back in Tucson, I'll
hit this & Gentle Ben's again for sure (Only had 2 beers there, but both were good).
04-08-2008 19:37:38 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $
This place impressed me in so many ways.
First of all, the space is absolutely massive and is a breath of fresh air from so many breweries I frequent (I'm looking at you every Albuquerque brewery) where I have to fight for a space at the bar, or a table, or a chair. This place had couches, a wealth of tables, and a massive bar. A great use of a space that was probably sitting vacant just waiting for some genius to take advantage of the cheap real estate and convert it into something massive and inspired.
Now to the beer. Muthaeffing kudos to these guys for offering beers besides their own and good ones at that. Lagunitas, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell, and many other craft beer favorites were available on tap. That's great in a lot of ways, as I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to mix it up from time to time and have tons of options. Wise folks these guys are.
As for the TCB brews, woooowww. These were quite a surprise really. As with many of the other breweries in Arizona, I noticed a lot of adventuresome concoctions and a wealth of sessionable beers. I opted for the sampler and was expecting a few to many misses, which tends to be the case with a lot of average or bad breweries. Well this place is neither average nor bad.
The Good Vibrations IPA: potently hoppy, great floral and citrus nose, and a perfect balance of malt and hops and citrus hints on the tongue with no rough throat feel
Sandstone Cream Ale- just like the name suggests, it was creamy, smooth and with a healthy body. Definitely a good session beer.
Blackout Stout- This was the real showstopper for me. I love stouts and more commonly imperials, but this blew me away. The malt presence and complex nose gave way to an incredibly smooth and flavorful beer. It was subtly sweet, creamy and had a body that was not light, but still would've permitted me to drink 2 or 5.
Orange U Glad- Again, a real surprise here. I was expecting some weak flavor and body and got neither. The nose was heavily citrusy and sweet and drank exactly the same as the flavor remained and with a full body. A lot of times you get a fizzy soda-resembling drink when you order something like this, not here though.
Windstorm Wheat- Ditto much of the Orange U, which was also a wheat. Good body, mildly sweat and wheaty. Another great session beer.
Rillito Raspberry- Like a few of the other beers here, what seemed like a gimmicky joke of a beer turned out to be surprisingly good. This was sweet, but still retained it's beer character and body. I really liked this.
I had a few other beers but can't recall what they were, but nothing here disappoiinted me.
I will definitely return to this place next time I'm in Tucson. Also, I tip my hat to the music, which was quite good.
09-19-2013 15:26:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
For some reason, my expectations of TCB were not very high. I was pleasantly surprised.
I went directly to the outdoor seating area, so I didn't get a chance to evaluate the interior atmosphere. But hey, I love sitting and drinking outside. Too bad the view is of the Foothills Mall parking lot. A lot of "mod/hipster" chicks and dudes walked by though. I wonder where they were going?
I started with the Windstorm Wheat, which didn't impress. I then tried the Bees 'n Berries, which was surprisingly good. I finished with the Thunderhead IPA, which was also quite nice.
Other beer selections: Sandstone Cream Ale, Catalina Pale Ale, Deep Canyon Amber, Obsidian Porter, Prescription Pils, Blackout Stout, and Flash Light. They serve beer in lots of different sizes: 4 oz samples, 12 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz. There might even be one more. You can get kegs too.
The menu was long and featured what I'd call "Southwestern pub fare." Sandwiches, pastas, salads, lots of appetizers, some decent looking desserts. Decent mix of meat and veggie options. A good number of dishes are cooked or marinated in beer, which is something I typically look for at brewpubs. They also make pizza with a crust made from spent grains and fired over pecan wood. If I hadn't eaten so much pizza lately, I would've tried one. Instead, I had a southwestern pasta dish with portobello mushrooms. It was okay, but not something I'd look for again. The dessert was really good though, a peach bread pudding. It went nicely with the Bees 'n Berries brew.
The server was cheery and relatively quick. He gave me what I needed, no more, no less.
I bought a pint glass for $5.00. I like the logo, and I need a glass, but considering the fact that Nimbus sells even cooler glasses for $3.00, I feel slightly "ripped off." Only slightly though, because TCB is a good place, overall.
There's nothing stopping me from going back here again. It was a bit out of my way, but the beers I tried make me want to try some of the others. If you're visiting Tucson and have already tried Nimbus and Gentle Ben's, I'd definitely recommend a stop at TCB.
07-13-2004 06:03:22 | More by HighCarbDiet
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Thunder Canyon Brewery in Tucson, AZ
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