Born To BREW
Dennis Arnold, owner of Barrio Brewing, was present at the creation. Well, nearly…
The story of Barrio Brew
ing begins in 1986, when
Dennis and his wife Tauna,
moved to San Diego to open
a small brewery, a slightly mad idea when you think about it. Dennis had never brewed before, but was undaunted by this seemingly small hiccup simply because he very much enjoyed what precious little craft beer was out there. Unfortunately, that adventure did not turn out well, due to the lack of vision among some of San Diego’s elected officials who proclaimed that there would never be a brewery in the San Diego city limits.
But Dennis and Tauna saw an opportunity where others might have seen an obstacle, ultimately heading back to their hometown of Tucson the day craft brewing became legal in Arizona. With an individualistic spirit that is characteristic to native Arizonans, they ended up purchasing a small restaurant near the University of Arizona, called Gentle Ben’s.
Dennis & Tauna quickly transformed the restaurant into the Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company which, in 1991, became one of the first craft breweries in the state of Arizona.
And the rest, as they say, is history.