Las Hermanas IPA (Photo courtesy of Borderlands Brewing Company)

Borderlands Brewing Unveils Las Hermanas, a Celebration of Female Brewers

September 15, 2023
By Matt Sterner

Back in July of this year, the spirits of the Three Sisters were present at the Borderlands Brewing Company production facility. Once again, brewers from Arizona and Mexico teamed up to brew the 2023 edition of Las Hermanas — a Vienna lager that also celebrates the 200th anniversary of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Las Hermanas, which is “the sisters” in Spanish, was dreamed up and brewed by Hispanic female brewers hailing from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border in a celebration of solidarity, diplomacy, and cerveza. The same original recipe is being brewed again in Mexico City.

Ayla Kapahi of Borderlands Brewing Company (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

“This is a project where we brew with women all throughout Arizona and Mexico,” said Ayla Kapahi, director of production at Borderlands Brewing. “We brew the same beer on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.”

“The idea behind it is to raise awareness, education, and to get women collaborating,” Savanna Saldate of Borderlands Brewing has expressed in the past. “It’s actually my favorite time of year and favorite project we do.”

Taste the Beer!

Now, the big milestone will be unveiled to the local beer community on Saturday, September 16. Head on down to Borderlands Brewing’s downtown location, 119 E. Toole Ave., at 5 p.m. for a toast led by Ayla Kapahi, Visit Tucson, and members of the Mexican consulate. 

“Following the toast, we’ll enjoy our latest brew’s unveiling and the soulful melodies of Salvador Duran,” said Es Teran, owner of Borderlands Brewing. “It’s an evening designed not only to showcase our newest creation but also to express our profound gratitude for your unwavering support.”

Hispanic Heritage Month

Plus, the beer is ready just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, happening from September 15 – October 15 all throughout Tucson. Every day, local community partners will host concerts, art exhibitions, and markets to pair with our internationally recognized food scene. 

a person wearing a colorful outfit
(Photo by Lori Gregoire)

The month-long celebration pays homage to Tucson’s rich Hispanic heritage, showcasing the essence of the people who make it an outstanding place to live. Pima County will kick off the festivities with a proclamation and lighting of the Historic Courthouse Dome in red, green, and white for Hispanic Heritage Week

Borderlands Brewing Company is located at 119 E. Toole Ave. For more information, visit or follow Borderland Brewing on Facebook and Instagram

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