CHICAGO — Barrio Brewing, led by Arizonans Dennis and Tauna Arnold, has a history that dates back to 1991 when the couple opened up Tucson’s first full mash brewery. Twenty-seven years later the duo is going strong as the longest-running independent brewer in the state and is stepping up its retail reach by packaging its beers in environmentally-friendly aluminum beverage cans from Ardagh.
Key Barrio craft beer brands such as Barrio Blonde, Blanco and Rojo join Citrazona, Mocha Java Stout and many more in providing beer quality enthusiasts a full slate of choices now available in more than a few hundred well-respected bars, restaurants and stores across the state. Strengthening the distribution goals of the company is the choice to package these beers in aluminum cans, which are filled faster and shipped and displayed more efficiently as cans stack easily so there’s no wasted space in trucks or on retail shelves.
Dennis Arnold says he, Tauna and the entire Barrio team are excited to continue to build their presence. “We believe market trends are tending to quality local beers supplanting multi-state regionals but it will still come down to taste and quality in determining what brands will endure and grow,” he said. “We’re confident Barrio Brewing will be at the forefront of craft beer growth and, in fact, we’re extending our brand lineup next Spring.”
Claude Marbach, CEO, Ardagh Metal – North America, says the can maker is proud to team with Barrio Brewing in not only helping extend its reach across Arizona but in strengthening its environmental position. “Cans enable brands to tell a strong sustainability story as they are recycled at a high rate and are made with a high recycled content,” he said. “The beverage can’s sustainability advantages are just a few of the reasons cans are increasingly a preferred choice in helping build brands and bottom lines.”
About Barrio Brewing
Barrio Brewing was founded in 1991 by Dennis and Tauna Arnold and is now the longest running independent brewery in Arizona. The company also is the third largest independent brewer in the state with the Barrio Blonde product the number one selling “Blonde” with the highest tap count of any independent craft beer. For further information, please visit www.barriobrewing.co.
Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. We operate more than 100 facilities in 22 countries, employ more than 23,000 people and have global sales of approximately $8.6 billion. For more information, please visit www.ardaghgroup.com.