(Mesa, AZ) – Huss Brewing Co. is expanding to Mesa in early 2023 with the opening of the all-new Papago Brewing Company taproom at Mesa Riverview. Formerly home to The Brass Tap, this standalone 2,100 sq.-ft., 104-seat taproom and restaurant will pour an ever-changing selection of 60 craft draft beers, plus packaged beers to-go. Beside featuring freshly-crafted brews spanning the entire Huss Family of Beers, the new Papago taproom will also feature top local beers from Arizona and beyond, plus small batch and experimental beers, and even the return of past favorites such as Elsie’s Milk Stout and Hopago IPA. This will all be paired with a compact menu of premium bar bites to be rolled out following the opening.
“It’s always been my dream to reintroduce the Papago Brewing experience,” Leah Huss says. “Not a rehash or a replica of the old taproom, but a brand-new iteration. I really wanted to envision what Papago Brewing would look like in 2023, so we’ll still have elements of a traditional European-style beer pub and vintage furnishings, yet very fresh and forward-looking.” Most important, she says, they’re excited to build on the solid craft beer foundation built by Brass Tap owner, Jesse Rowe. “They’ve been great stewards of the Mesa craft beer scene, and we’re excited to introduce Huss and Papago to the neighborhood.”
The new Papago Brewing Company taproom is a personal passion project for both Leah and Jeff Huss, the husband-and-wife founders of Huss Brewing Co. Besides serving as Huss’ Brewmaster, Jeff Huss is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, which hosts Spring Training baseball just a mile away from the new taproom at Sloan Park.
And before partnering with Jeff to open Huss Brewing 2013, Leah Huss spent 14 years a co-owner at the original Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, where she helped pioneer the local craft beer scene, including the creation of Papago’s signature beer, Papago Orange Blossom. Although the Scottsdale taproom eventually closed, Leah and Jeff Huss made sure Papago’s pioneering spirit lived on, purchasing Papago Brewing Company in 2016 and expanding the product line to include Papago Cherry Blossom and the brand-new Papago Blueberry Wheat beers.
Located at 1033 N Dobson Road in Mesa, the Papago Brewing Company taproom is inside the Mesa Riverview, adjacent to the movie theater. Scheduled to open in early 2023, it will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Proudly based in South Tempe, Huss Brewing Co. also has taprooms inside the Tempe brewery, plus taprooms in both Uptown Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix.
About Huss Brewing
Husband-and-wife, Leah and Jeff Huss, have 35 years of combined experience in the brewing industry. Huss Brewmaster, Jeff is a former Head Brewer for BJ’s Brewing in Chandler, AZ, who attended the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. Leah co-owned and operated Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, helping pioneer the craft beer community and growth in Arizona. Huss Brewing Co. opened its doors in South Tempe in 2013, and in 2016 Huss acquired the Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, creating the newly formed Huss Family of Beers and transforming Huss into the 3rd largest brewer in the state. The Huss Family of Beers includes brands Huss Brewing Co., Papago Brewing Co., and Arizona Light.