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Copper Brothel Brewery


ONOITA — Amid the golden grasslands of Sonoita wine country, a mother-daughter duo brought a craft brewery to the area. Built from the ground up, Copper Brothel Brewery opened its doors in 2018, adding craft culture to Southern Arizona. Bob and Cheryl Jesser moved to the Sonoita area from Colorado in 2013 with Bob’s father — Grandpa Glenn — in tow and were joined by their daughter, Sammie, a year later. After Grandpa Glenn passed away unexpectedly, the family stumbled across his hand-written list of final wishes, of which “Start a Business” topped the list. That note set the idea of starting a brewery in motion, with the family transitioning from brew crafting as a hobby to establishing a brewpub in the heart of Southern Arizona’s wine country. Cheryl and Sammie co-own the brewery, with Sammie as brewmaster and Robert as business manager. The family-owned and operated brewpub, located at 3112 State Route 83, took four years to complete. Fitted with a seven-barrel brewing system, the space includes a full-service restaurant with full bar and 20 beer taps. A patio with sweeping views of the Santa Rita, Mustang and Whetstone mountain ranges is a favorite relaxation and dining spot for guests. Follow Copper Brothel Brewery on Facebook to “Smooch the Hooch” and see what the Jessers have on tap.

Address: 3112 State Route 83, Sonoita Phone: 520-4056721 Website: copperbrothelbrewery. com Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday


Arizona Wine Country


Flying Leap Vineyards and Distillery


Address: 342 Elgin Rd. Elgin, AZ 85611 520-455-5499 Website: www. flyingleapvineyards. com/ Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



ark Beres, Marc Moller and Tom Kitchens co-founded Flying Leap Vineyards and Distillery in 2010 after retiring from the Air Force. The Elgin winery prides itself on growing and producing wine on its own properties, and also has a distillery located next to the winery for those who would like to try other expertly crafted alcoholic beverages. Like the wines, the vodka, liquors and brandies are made with grapes grown by Flying Leap — one of the unique aspects of the business. The distillery is typically open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and can be open during the week by appointment or if the busy vineyard can spare a staff member. The veteran-owned business offers a military discount to those who serve or have served, with an ID, and will host several fun events in the coming months, making it the perfect place for locals or out-of-towners to get a little rest and relaxation. Events include a Kentucky Derby Party on May 4, which will celebrate the release of a new bourbon (fancy dress and big hats encouraged), astronomy

nights on June 8th and October 5th wherein folks can gaze at the stars while sipping delicious wine and sampling tasty food by the light of a roaring fire, and a Spanish Summer Night on July 21, featuring live music and Spanish-themed fare. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone. For more information, visit the Flying Leap website or give their friendly staff a call.

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Arizona Wine Country 2019  

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