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ByRandall B. Phelps

Jan 31, 2022

“Fortunately for us, Chopstix is ​​closed on Saturdays,” Figueira said. “There will be room. »

This will be Harbottle’s second time hosting the SMaSHed competition, with the first taking place in March 2020, just before the world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Figueira said the success of the first event made them want to try again when the time was right.

“Breweries have gotten really creative,” he said. “No two beers are remotely alike.”

Harbottle combines the competition with its fourth anniversary. While part of its open time was during a global pandemic, Harbottle made it work, Figueira said.

The lockdown in 2020 actually helped boost sales for the brewery.

“We were doing door-to-door deliveries of three to six crowlers each,” Figueira said. “Even when our bar was closed, our regulars stopped by every day. Instead of one to two pints, they took one to two crowlers to go.

The brewery purchased a new canning line, which it used to boost distribution in Tucson and Phoenix.

In the next few months, the plan is to add a small kitchen, capable of making sandwiches, pizzas, wings and pretzels; and to build a patio on several parking spaces in front of the brewery.