The Tucson Michelada Challenge, sponsored by Modelo Especial, is back for its third year at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibition Hall. With over 40 bartenders competing, you’ll want to catch a ride.
For those not from ’round these parts, the Michelada is a Bloody Mary’s prima. Instead of vodka, there’s beer. Instead of lemon, there’s lime. While there’s no celery salt, potent Tajín or chamoy is often used to rim the glass. It’s one of the few exceptions where ice and beer are happy partners. It’s a unique refreshment that’s greater than the sum of its parts, much like the beloved Sonoran dog.
As a bonus, chips and salsa for snacking will be provided by Mouth of the South.
Competing bartenders will be supplied with ice and their choice of Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, or Negra Modelo. Everything else will be supplied by the bartenders’ respective restaurants, so prepare to see some adventurous entries.
Live entertainment will be provided by:
General admission is $22 in advance, $27 at the door if not sold out. VIP admission is $52 in advance, $72 at the door if not sold out. To purchase tickets, call 520-791-4101 ext. 1 or visit ticketmaster.com. For more information visit tucsonmichelada.com.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...