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Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. | Monswoon IPA

Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. | Monswoon IPA
Justin Pennel

Pueblo Vida Brewing, based out of Tucson, Arizona, is quietly producing some of the highest quality IPAs in the state. Part of the intrigue and mystery surrounding this quick riser could be attributed to the fact that Pueblo Vida doesn’t currently distribute outside of Tucson, nor do they regularly can or bottle any of their beers. However, recently they’ve started releasing two special release cans each month, which have quickly grown a cult following locally and around the beer trading community. After you try one of their beers, it’s easy to see why they’re gaining popularity. One of their releases for May and arguably the best beer they’ve canned so far is Monswoon IPA.

Pueblo Vida’s Monswoon has been brewed as a special release in the past, but its recipe has been tweaked for its most recent release. Originally brewed with Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Idaho-7 hops; the Pueblo Vida team updated their most recent batch utilizing Mosaic and Simcoe lupulin powder and Hallertau Blanc hops.

Anyone in the craft brewing community knows the haze craze is in full effect, and while I love the hazy IPAs as much as the next craft beer drinker, sometimes I just need a classic, hoppy IPA. This release of Monswoon is the perfect marriage of the two different IPA styles – hazy (cloudy in appearance, easy drinking and intense aroma) and hoppy (more prominent bitterness). It is a hop forward, hazy IPA with a soft finish. With this beer, you get intense aromas (as consumers have come to expect out of hazy IPAs), but it is followed up with a complex, hoppy and slightly bitter taste that will appease any hop head.


Pueblo Vida is committed to producing the highest quality beers possible, and their commitment to the craft is evident when drinking this beer. For readers outside of Arizona, Monswoon gets its name from monsoon season that the area experiences during the summer months. Monsoon season typically runs from June to September, and it produces heavy rains, sometimes so strong that streets begin to flood. A monsoon is beautifully depicted on the can’s artwork, showing the intense rainfall that Tucson residents experience during the summer months. This beer is perfect for someone that loves hazy or hoppy IPAs, and it is highly drinkable for any occasion, especially during monsoon season.

Stay tuned for exciting details regarding Pueblo Vida’s can releases for the month of June and other projects they have in the works. If you are ever in the Tucson area, I would highly recommend stopping by Pueblo Vida Brewing Company for a flight or a pint, conveniently located in bustling downtown Tucson.


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