Grandpa and Brothels: Lessons on Family, History and Craft Beer

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Always listen to Grandpa…and the women! They know what they are talking about. And they know how to brew damn good beer. The lessons learned will be valuable, yes, but the humor, that’s everything. The family at Copper Brothel Brewery will make you appreciate family, history, and brothels, all with a sense of humor that is quite often missing in today’s world.

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You want a girl? Order her! She’ll come as a pint of beer, but you’ll get exactly what you ordered.

Sammie – head brewer

Copper Brothel Brewery a sign that says the best little brewhouse in arizona

The Copper Brothel Brewery Family

We’ve said it again and again. Beer is about more than just the beer, and the family here at Copper Brothel Brewery are the epitome of that statement. This family takes a not so pretty history with brothels and turns it into something beautiful and quite fun!

Meet Sammie, Monika, and TJ, family by blood, family by choice, and family by beer. Visiting Tucson? Make the short trip south to meet these guys. You won’t be disappointed. Less than an hour south of Tucson, lies the beautiful Sonoita Valley, home to many Arizona vineyards, but more importantly, home to Copper Brothel Brewery. Family owned and operated, this brewery honors history, family, and beer. In a country with 8,000 breweries, Copper Brothel Brewery offers a unique take on the history of women, the love of family, and the knowledge that humor plays well with beer.

Monika, Sammie, and TJ

This has brought so many people into our lives that we didn’t know we needed, but now you’re like, “What have I done for 30 years without you?”

Sammie, Monika, and TJ

Meet a few of the girls.

Oh, the places we went!

Oh, the beers we drank!

  • Madame Pearl de Bier American Wheat from Copper Brothel
  • Slumber Lumber IPA from Copper Brothel
  • Noelle’s Bare Skin Winter Ale from Copper Brothel
  • Sticky Pils Pilsner from Soulcraft Brewing

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