Grains, hops, yeast, and water, right? Well, yes, but to us it’s so much more. It’s love. It’s passion. It’s creativity. It’s history. It’s culture. It’s science. It’s art. It’s refreshment on a hot day. It’s a hobby and a lifestyle. It’s a community builder. It’s a celebration. Not convinced? You will be. Tucson Hop Shop aims to be North Tucson's premier craft-beer bottle shop, growler-fill station, beer garden, and purveyor of artisanal beer-making kits. We love the craft of beer, the human element. We know what it takes to make a quality brew, and we want to share that knowledge and passion with you.
Tucson is an amazing town full of open-minded, active people who care about each other and what goes into their bodies. Tucsonans love meeting new people, learning, supporting the local movement, and being out in nature. The vision of Tucson Hop Shop is to bring all of these elements together, and pour them a glass of beer.
David, Jessie, and their shared light bulb of inspiration.
David and Jessie Zugerman are life partners, and now business partners. Their love for craft beer (and each other) started in college in Eugene, Oregon. Dave remembers his first Taddy Porter, with its rich chocolate malts and smooth finish, like it was yesterday, and Jessie thought the name Arrogant Bastard was hilariously brazen. They shared many a beer and many a brewery visit throughout their time in Oregon, and their love for the craft grew exponentially.
When they moved back to her hometown of Tucson in the fall of 2001, Jessie began working at a local brewery (one of only three in town at that time!), and the couple started home brewing, a hobby that was passed down from Jessie’s dad. Dave and Jessie made time for their passion between grad school (MBA for Dave, PharmD for Jessie), full time jobs, and having two beautiful daughters, and soon perfected their own family flagship brews. Some of their most highly praised recipes? Thai cream ale made with locally grown lemon grass and Thai red peppers as well as ginger and basil, a hoppy lager brewed with wild Arizona hops, a chocolate stout fermented with cacao nibs, and a saison spiced with Cape Cod lavender. It was only natural that they would want to make their hobby a profession and share their passion and excitement with you!