Fearless Mastermind: A Tap & Bottle/The Shop Beer Co. Collaboration

For the first time EVER Tap & Bottle and The Shop Beer Co. have combined their super powers to create a beautifully crafted classic Double Dry Hopped West Coast Style IPA called Fearless Mastermind. A celebration of Tap & Bottles 5 year anniversary this liquid gold pays homage to the days of ol’ with both the style and the name. With its crisp hoppiness and clarity this beer reminds of that the IPA’s of yesterday were not hoppy mimosas. I am a huge fan of the hazy IPA’s but it’s good to go back to “the way it used to be” once in a while. The key to this beer is balance with an ABV of 8.1% and 75 IBU’s despite what Dave Arnce refers to as an irresponsible amount of Galaxy hops. There’s some Mosaic in there too. Somewhere.

Equally as awesome is the name of the beer: Fearless Mastermind. When talking with Dave and Dylan from The Shop along with Tap & Bottle owner Rebecca Safford on the most recent episode of “Tap That AZ” podcast the crew discussed the desire to look back at the days when hip hop was ruled by the likes of Notorious (no, not Conor McGregor) and Wu Tang Clan. One thing led to another and they discovered a website to give anything plugged in a Wu Tang themed name. And thus….FEARLESS MASTERMIND!

And the can art? Well, I’m always a sucker for can art and not many do it better than the team at The Shop Beer Co. Fearless Mastermind is no different. Not only does it look badass but it also includes the 3 owners of The Shop Beer Co. as well as Tap & Bottle owners Scott and Rebecca and their daughter standing in front of Tap & Bottle. Oh yeah, and a “Parental Advisory” sticker. Nice touch.

The Shop Beer Co. spawned out of the back catacombs of Cartel Coffee Lab in Tucson around the same time that Tap & Bottle opened 5 years ago so it was a perfect collaboration choice to help the Saffords commemorate this milestone.

This Saturday June 23rd make sure you get to Tap & Bottle in Tucson to help them celebrate and get some of this beer in your belly. The beer will be available at both Tap & Bottle locations but the party will be at the downtown location. The party will involve all kinds of awesomeness including live music, a talent show, karaoke, and tons of gift card giveaways. Help the Saffords celebrate and have a good time while doing so.

Tap & Bottle Downtown: 403 N 6th Ave #135, Tucson, AZ 85705

Tap & Bottle North: 6333, 7254 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704


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I love beer. Specifically Arizona craft beer. Oh yea, my family is pretty awesome too. An amazing wife and 2 awesome little girls make my life great. And did I mention beer?

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