A special beer that was made to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Ariz. arrived to Tucson last Thursday.
Many of the breweries that are members of the guild contributed ingredients to make the beer. The brewmasters then traveled to Prescott to make the beer.
It includes 19 different hops, and is a 19 on the gauge used for measuring beer color, the standard reference method.
This beer is more than just a tribute; it’s a fundraiser.
Each pint is sold for $5, with the proceeds all going to the families of the firefighters.
The beer also has some sentimental value to the folks at Barrio because one of their brewers, David Figueroa, just finished the fire academy, and has fought wild fires since 2010.
Figueroa is happy to see his current and future professions have collided.
“It’s awesome that we’re here, celebrating their lives and everything they did for us," Figeroa said. "I think it’s really cool that we brewed this beer to honor their memories.”
Last Thursday night, Barrio hosted a special tasting of the beer. Those who weren’t there will have other chances to attend other tasting throughout Tucson.
Another toast is planned at Tap and Bottle Tuesday at 5 p.m.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse will offer it starting Thursday at both of its locations in Tucson, and will also donate 20 percent of food sales that day to Prescott Firefighter Charities.
1702 will also have Heroes’ 19, but no special events are planned there.