In what is becoming an increasingly popular event, staff from Tucson Local Media and members of the general public met up for Sippin’ Social, this month held at Fini’s Landing, 5689 N. Swan Road.
Fini’s Landing features a happy hour boasting $1 off domestic beers, microbrews, well drinks, and house wines, as well as $.50 wings, $5 salsa trio with chips, $2 tacos and tostadas, $8 dockside ceviche, $6 miniature quesadillas and $2 taco shooters.
Offering an extensive and attractive seafood-centric menu, Fini’s, located near Sunrise and Swan roads, offers patrons an equally attractive view of the Catalina Mountains, contributing to the relaxing atmosphere that might just feel like a miniature vacation.
To start the evening out, Randy Metcalf ordered a locally made pint of Dragoon Brewery’s Saison Blue (4.75). It’s a Belgian farmhouse ale, with the addition of blue corn and blue agave. The beer came across as light and refreshing, but after taking a few swigs, the aroma profile and complex flavor seemed a bit much for him. But, not to worry, the pint was empty before ordering a second beer.
Chris Flora ordered the Fini’s House Brew Beached Ale ($4.25), an amber made specially for Fini’s by the locally-based Barrio Brewing Company, well-known for other brews like the Tucson Blonde and Barrio Blanco.
The beer was perfectly chilled, and offered a vague caramelly flavor with a nice blend of malt and hop balance. The amber was not as heavy as some, leaving room for an appetizer. We decided to test out the mini quesadillas ($6), which came with a pineapple mango with habaneros, guacamole, and salsa. We had a choice of BBQ chicken, chorizo, or what we went with, ropa vieja.
The pineapple and mango salsa went perfectedly with the crispy tortillas fused together with hot melted cheese with extremely tender slow-cooked braised beef. The quesadilla was also served with the house-made and bottled salsas, which were its, habanero and poblano flavors. Fini’s salsas are for sale for $5 a bottle.
As conversations continued, we ordered a second round. Pleased with his first Barrio Brewing selection, Chris opted to try another of their lines, the Barrio Blonde ($4.25). Typically a fan of lighter beers, this one was pleasantly tasteful, slightly sweet, and smooth enough to drink with ease. During a season in which Fini’s places emphasis on light beers, this one is worth giving a try.
Not completely satisfied with his first beer, Randy switched gears and sampled Coronado Brewing’s Islander IPA ($4.25). It was fantastically delicious. The 7 percent alcohol and 75 IBUs had an explosion of piney bitterness with sweet grapefruit tones. It was a perfect beer to enjoy as the sun began to cast the warm golden glow onto the Santa Catalina Mountains, which were only a couple miles north of us.
For more information on Fini’s Landing, visit www.finislanding.com.