Dragoon PILS (Photo courtesy of Dragoon Brewing)

El Tour de Tucson Debuts its Official Beer With Dragoon Brewing

October 25, 2023
By Matt Sterner

The wheels on the bikes go round and round, and the beer from the taps comes pouring down (after the big race, that is). El Tour de Tucson season is here.

From 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, El Tour officials are teaming up with Dragoon Brewing Company to debut its official beer for the 40th El Tour de Tucson. The sudsy celebration will take place at Dragoon’s taproom, 1859 W. Grant Rd. #111.

Dragoon PILS (Photo courtesy of Dragoon Brewing)

The new brew is the Dragoon PILS, and it’ll be in your nearby grocery stores beginning this week. It’s an American-style pilsner and it just won best in show at the Arizona Craft Beer Awards, which means it was the highest-rated beer entered from Arizona.

“It’s an easy-drinking beer,” said TJ Juskiewicz, El Tour’s executive director.

On the can, there’s an El Tour-inspired design with a purple and orange background.

“We can’t wait to see the cans in Tucson-area stores and at Dragoon Brewing,” said Juskiewicz. “This is our second beer at El Tour and we feel we have another hit with it. Our of-age riders should enjoy the smooth-tasting beer now and on ride day.”

Prior to this, Ten55 Brewing Company made the official beer but the torch has officially been passed on to Dragoon Brewing, which has been involved in El Tour events before. Earlier this year, the brewery participated in El Tour de Zona and other cycling events in Southern Arizona.

Dragoon Brewing’s general manager Tristan White called the partnership a no-brainer. “We’re glad to be part of El Tour,” he said. “It’s going to be, by far, the largest event we’ve ever been a part of. It’s exciting. It’s a great event and a great opportunity for us.”

More than 9,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 40th El Tour de Tucson — a ride that was named the top road cycling event in the U.S. by USA Today. El Tour is taking place on Saturday, November 18 and registration is still open and awaiting your entry.

a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd
(Photo courtesy of El Tour De Tucson)

Dragoon Brewing Company is known more for IPAs but “with this being a cycling event, it made sense to do something more approachable,” said Deanna Sherman, Dragoon’s marketing and events director. “It’s something for you when you jump off your bike and are thirsty.”

El Tour officials will showcase the beer on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Dragoon Brewing Company. The event goes to 7 p.m. at 1859 W. Grant Rd. #111. For more information on El Tour De Tucson, visit eltourdetucson.org.

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