Arizona-based Huss Brewing Co.‘s all-new craft beer taproom, full-service restaurant and dedicated to-go counter is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. Finally. The pandemic not only caused a delay in construction, as the space was expected to open in 2020, but also required the Huss team to pivot from original plans and create the takeout space to adapt to the changes in dining culture.
A partnership between Huss Brewing Co., the City of Phoenix, and Aventura Catering, the Convention Center’s food and beverage partner, this new taproom is scheduled to open in fall 2021. The Huss Brewpub at the Phoenix Convention Center will be housed inside an indoor-outdoor space carved into the north façade on Monroe Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, and will serve as a brew-hub for historic neighborhoods Garfield, Evans Churchill, Encanto, F.Q. Story, Willo, Roosevelt Row and more.
“The Phoenix Convention Center is one of Downtown Phoenix’ most visible points of pride, and we are thrilled that they will now house a beloved local company with Huss Brewing Co.,” says Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This new location will help further showcase the strength of our community’s craft beer industry to the millions of visitors who come to our city each year.”
Scheduled to start construction in late spring/early summer with a planned opening in the fall of 2021, the Huss Brewpub at the Phoenix Convention Center has been a longtime, personal passion project for this proudly locally-owned craft brewery based in Tempe, AZ, says Huss Brewing Co. co-owner, Leah Huss.
“Jeff and I have been working on this project for almost three years,” Leah says, referring to her husband and Brewmaster, Jeff Huss. “It has been a joy working with the Phoenix Convention Center, and Aramark throughout the process of putting this dream together. Most important, we’re looking forward to being a part of the downtown Phoenix community and helping the revitalization of the area, especially bringing a vibrant nightlife back to downtown’s sports, arts and events community.”
Aventura, a premier catering division of Aramark, renewed its contract with the City of Phoenix in 2018 to continue providing food concessions to the Phoenix Convention Center through 2028. Aventura conducted an exhaustive search for the perfect partner in collaboration with Local First Arizona and founder Kimber Lanning, and found it with Huss.
“As a partner of the Phoenix Convention Center, we’re excited to offer a world-class, communal experience where locals and visitors alike can come together over great food and award-winning local beer, and we found that with Huss Brewing Co,” says John Erickson, district manager for Aventura.
Offering a full menu of hearty dishes showcasing Arizona-sourced ingredients, paired with the award-winning Huss’ Family of Beers, the new Huss Brewpub will also be downtown’s tastiest destination for convention goers, visitors and locals attending sporting events, concerts, performances and more, while also allowing those on the go to quickly pick up their favorite food and beer combinations.