Meet Brewmaster Josh Johnson
Upon completion, one of the unique offerings at the new SaddleBrooke Ranch clubhouse will be its own brewery and Brewmaster – Josh Johnson. Born and raised in Tucson, Josh knew from the time he began home brewing in 2009, that he wanted to make a career of it. After a couple of career changes, he partnered with a firefighter friend and competed in the 2013 “Top Hops Brew Challenge” charity event at Thunder Canyon Brewery in Tucson. After winning several awards over the years, he continued home brewing and working with other breweries in the hopes of finding that perfect fit.
2017 proved to be a banner year for Josh. He married his high school sweetheart and brewed all the beer for their wedding reception. “The bar featured four of my beers including a blonde, IPA, SMASH, and a stout,” Johnson proudly shared. Then a couple of weeks later at a friend’s BBQ, he learned about the potential brewery at SaddleBrooke Ranch.
After interviewing and accepting the Brewmaster position, he and George Atwell, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Robson Communities, Inc. have been busy establishing the new SaddleBrooke Ranch Brewery. Together they collaborated with a manufacturer in New Orleans to design and test the equipment.
After almost two months of installing equipment, wiring, plumbing, and testing, the brewery is finally done. “The plan is to offer a Blonde Ale, an IPA, and maybe a monthly “featured” beer showcasing different styles,” Johnson revealed. “I look forward to growing this business and working with everyone at SaddleBrooke Ranch and the surrounding communities.”
Upon completion, the Ranch House Clubhouse, spanning 40,000 sq. ft. under roof, will offer upscale amenities including a ballroom/auditorium with stage, full-service grill and U-shaped bar, private dining room, full-service grill, separate hand-crafted pizza station, outdoor terraces and event lawn.