We Bike, We Brew: Tucson’s Handcrafted Bike Fuel at Catalina Brewing Co

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Catalina Brewing Company in Tucson is a brewery, but more than that, they are a community. Hank Rowe and Brian Vance have created an environment that brings beer and bikes together perfectly with their mantra of We Bike, We Brew.

Their story of camaraderie and common love for biking and beer was a natural fit for opening up Catalina Brewing Company. We were thrilled to chat with Brian about the brewery and the beer, but as we always say, beer is about the people, so we talked more than just beer.

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Brian Vance, Managing Partner at Catalina Brewing Co

Join us for this fun conversation about the joys and trials and tribulations of a brewery, while working a day job, raising a family and trying to find time for those epic bike rides. And in Tucson, there are plenty of those.

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Oh, the places we went!

And, all the trails!

  • Mt. Lemmon
  • Sweetwater Preserve
  • Enchanted Hills
  • Tucson Mountain Park
  • Honeybee Canyon
  • Tortolitas
  • And more – Check out Trailforks for more detailed information.

Oh, the beer we drank.

All from Catalina Brewing Company

  • 0230 West Coast IPA
  • Ride Ryght Rye IPA
  • La Rosa Prickly Pear Cream Ale
  • Thinking Cap Belgian Tripel

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A Tour of Tucson’s Best Breweries

We played in Tucson for awhile and visited almost all of the breweries. We made a guide for you to create your very own tour of Tucson’s breweries. Pinky Up! NOT!

Bikin’ Bits in Tucson Mountain Park

We’ve got a lot of bike trails to highlight, so be ready when those come out but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy the trails at Tucson Mountain Park.

Beer & Biking and Camp Carpe Diem

Since this entire episode is about beer, biking and friends. Check out these great tips on putting them all together.

Need some guidance on finding great craft breweries? Start here!

PRO TIP: When possible, please check ahead anywhere you go. Many places are re-opening, but some may not be. Due to the C-word, you need to be prepared for restrictions and closures. Be flexible.

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Shout Outs:

To Brian and Marie Vance for taking the time to put up with us. Brian, it was great talking beer and biking with you and we can’t wait to visit again and maybe do a ride together in the future. Andy, your brewing knowledge is phenomenal and your friendliness even better. And all the beertenders, you guys rock!


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