This post guest written by LFA Intern, Hannah Aljuaid.
Now in its 4th year, the SAVOR Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival continues to shine as the place to experience the best local cuisine, beer and wine. This year’s festival is proud to welcome back Ermano’s Craft Beer & Wine Bar. Ermanos was opened in 2015, in the heart of 4th Avenue, by the Erman brothers Mark and Eric. “We attended SAVOR last year and had a phenomenal time serving up Micheladas and Albariño," says brother and co-owner Eric Erman. "Its such a festive and verdant environment. Everyone is in high spirits for this event and that's what makes it awesome. We can't wait for this one!”
When the two brothers from Michigan first opened the restaurant, the idea was to have a beer-focused space, and the rest evolved from there. While they didn’t realize it during the design, they had created a space that is a combination of their favorite hangouts from Detroit and Ann Arbor while being a space that honors Tucson through thoughtful adaptive reuse of a historical space. “Being part of the downtown revitalization is pretty special for us,” comments Eric. “We were unexpectedly surprised during our opening months having other Fourth Avenue business owners give us big hugs welcoming us to the neighborhood - the camaraderie is real and authentic on the Avenue.”
The brothers put so much thought into creating their fantastic menu, by making food from scratch, and serving dishes that take time to make properly that they even cure their own bacon. The owners work closely with their chefs. They strive to make welcoming comfort food that goes hand-in-hand with the beer and wine experience for everyone to enjoy. Eric Erman’s passion for fermentation led him to build a fermentation cave to ferment kimchi and hot sauces, a process that takes about three weeks to complete. This type of effort is what really sets the stage for the food served at Ermanos.
Ermanos offers happy hour daily with extended hours, and Taco Tuesdays, with the best two-dollar beer infused tacos in town. Eric Erman is thrilled to be part of the rich culinary scene that will be on display at SAVOR. He knows its no accident that Tucson is coming to be recognized as a major food city. “It’s a very tight-knit community. People intentionally choose collaboration and supporting one another.”
Visit the website to purchase tickets to this year's SAVOR event and experience Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar as well as more than 60 other restaurants, breweries and wineries that will be offering up tastings at the event. Last year's event sold out and this year it expected to do the same with an even bigger and better lineup. Come savor Southern Arizona's finest!