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    February 13, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Strong Beer Festival Saturday, February 15 This weekend kicks off both Arizona Beer Week and Arizona Cocktail Week (really, organizers? Do we have to do this every year?), so as you can imagine, there's a whole lot of drinking to do. On Saturday, beer lovers will want to hit the 14th annual Strong ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014
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    February 10, 2014

    Duchesse de Bourgogne: A Valentine's Day Beer for the Ladies

    Beer: Duchesse de Bourgogne Brewery: Brouwerij Verhaeghe Style: Flemish Red Ale ABV: 6.2 percent Because they tend to get me in big trouble both personally and professionally, I try to avoid making sweeping generalizations about the opposite sex. So it's at great peril that I start off this week's ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Upslope Brown Ale: Feel the Love

    Beer: Brown Ale Brewery: Upslope Brewing Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 6.7 percent This is a story about love. It's also a story about beer, which, when you think about it, is kind of redundant. It begins years ago in a small Argentinian town called Ushaia, a picturesque hamlet made up of mounta ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Perch Pub & Brewery to Open February 14 in Chandler

    This Valentine's Day, Valley hop-heads will have one more reason to love the Valley's brew scene: The Perch. The new gastropub comes courtesy of craft beer aficionado James Swann, who has dealt in adult libations at spots like Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company (which he helped open), The Hungry Mon ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    This weekend is a big one for the Valley's Oktoberfest scene. You'll have your pick between the three-day fest at Tempe Town Lake and a two-day event up at Salt River Fields. And don't worry, if lederhosen and bier aren't really your scene, there are plenty of other things to put in your mouth this ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013
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    September 24, 2013

    Four Peaks Brewery Is Arizona's Best Craft Brewery, According to Thrillist

    Craft beer is a pretty big deal considering that while beer sales in the states continue to shrink in comparison to wine and spirits, craft beer is a thriving industry that's shown steady growth for several years. The only downside is that all the new breweries out there make finding the good stuff, ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    11 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

    Break out the lederhosen and fill your glass boots with beer, or rather "bier," because it's time for Oktoberfest fever to take over the Valley. Whether you're looking for a one-day fest to celebrate German food, drink and culture or a days-long party with live music and more beers can you can count ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    3 Reasons Why the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Is the Best in Arizona

    I tolerate the douchery of the Great Arizona Beer Festival. I enjoy the charitable nature of the Beer for Brains Rare Affair. I love the drunken shenanigans and alcohol-heavy drink that flows freely at the Arizona Strong Beer Fest. See also: - 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Food Truck Caravan Rolls into Downtown Scottsdale Starting This Saturday Night - Drive-Thru Tacos and Tapas Come to Peoria (By Way of Las Vegas) Schnepf Farms Peach Festival ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    May 14, 2013

    Four Peaks SunBru: A Can-tastic Gold Medal Winner

    Beer: Sunbru Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Co. Style: Kolsch ABV: 5.2 percent If you people are any part the beer geeks you claim to be, you'll journey outside your homes on Saturday, May 18, into the increasingly balmy summer air and over to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. You'll get to lis ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    May 6, 2013

    Ten FIDY, Oskar Blues and the Canned Beer Apocalypse

    Beer: Ten FIDY Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery Style: Imperial Stout ABV: 10.5 percent As we inch ever closer to the third annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival our discussion of aluminum cylinders continues, and it's only right that at this point we bring up Oskar Blues. See also: - 2013 Ameri ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale on May 18

    As much as we respect beer in bottles we have to admit there are quite a few benefits that come with sipping your suds out of a can. First of all the can is much more beach and pool friendly not to mention lighter (and therefore easier to transport) and never, ever requires a bottle opener. See al ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Old World Brewery: The Old World Must've Been Messed Up

    A word often flung around the beer-rating websites on which I sometimes dwell is homerism. The term has a broad definition, but most basically it means support for a local brewery that goes beyond what said brewery deserves. It's most often used by people from states outside a certain brewery's dist ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    5 Things You Need to Know About Craft Beer in Arizona

    Happy Arizona Beer Week, drinkers! Have you mapped out your schedule yet? There's a lot to see, do and imbibe in the next few days -- it's a busy, beautiful time to be a beer lover. It's also impossible to focus on just one beer during a time like this, so for Arizona Beer Week, we're giving you a ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: 17 Don't-Miss Events During Arizona Beer Week, Feb. 16-23 6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22 13th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival Hold on to your beer ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Dates of Arizona Beer Week and Arizona Cocktail Week Overlap Again -- And Neither Group Is Budging

    Fans of adult beverages and the events in which they're celebrated are going to have a tricky time filling out their calendars from Saturday, February 16, through Saturday, February 23, this year. That's when Arizona Beer Week and Arizona Cocktail Week, two of the Valley's major events hailing craft ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    17 Don't-Miss Events During Arizona Beer Week, Feb. 16-23

    With more than 100 tastings, tappings and opportunities to tipple taking place throughout Arizona Beer Week, one must schedule his time wisely for maximum drinking. These are the events you'll find us at -- and the beers we'll be drinking there. See also: - Chow Bella Rides with Mother Road Brew ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013
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    February 5, 2013

    Tempe's Cartel Coffee Lab to Release First Craft Beer & Open Microbrewery -- Plus, "Crazy Hour"

    After waiting nearly a year for its federal microbrewery license, Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe can now brew suds right along with its top-notch coffee. See also: Tempe's Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery Opening Gilbert Spinoff (With Eats) in February Appropriately enough, Cartel's new craft beer select ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Bear Republic Racer 5, In Beer And Whiskey Form

    Beer: Racer 5 Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7 percent Brewing beer and distilling whiskey are closely related enterprises. To make beer, all you need to do is add yeast to a boiled blend of malted barley and hops called wort. To make whiskey, you take hops out the equ ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Budweiser Black Crown: The Poor, Desperate Man's Yuengling

    Beer: Budweiser Black Crown Brewery: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Style: Amber lager ABV: 6 percent At the bar where I work, the most-requested beer we don't stock isn't Russian River Pliny the Elder. It's also not Three Floyds Dark Lord, or Westvleteren 12, or New Glarus Spotted Cow, or anything from Ciga ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    24 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season's about to hit full tilt. Are you ready? Now you are. Here are some of our favorite local food & beverage events happening from now until the end of April: FEBRUARY 2/1 - Haute Chocolate Market & Festival Where: Heard Museum Price: $30 in advance, $35 day of the event and $45 for V ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012
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    December 4, 2012

    The Handlebar and Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Handlebar and Grill, 680 South Mill Avenue Tempe, 480-474-4888, See Also: - Boulders on Broadway: Happy Hour Report Card - (More) Craft Beer on Mill Ave. at the Handlebar and Grill, Open to the Public Today The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 to 6:30 p ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    So How Does Munich's Oktoberfest Stack Up Against Tempe's?

    Lucky Megan Dobransky! Our Chow Bella contributor managed to make it to two Okoberfest celebrations -- in both Munich and Tempe. She's here to compare and contrast. Oktoberfest has been a beer drinker's mecca for centuries. The name alone conjures up images of massive beers so heavy you need two h ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Six Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

    Ready for a heavy dose of brats and beer? The official Oktoberfest season kick-off is this Saturday -- we already told you this morning about the celebration beginning this weekend at Brat Haus with free beer! -- and we've got the details on all the Valley's celebrations happening over the next few ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Receives Liquor License Approval

    See Also: Craft Beer of the Week: Bell's Oarsman Ale Good news, East Valley Craft beer lovers. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. just received approval for their Series 3 Domestic Microbrewery Liquor License! That means that the Kickstarter assisted brewery that will eventually be housed at 721 N. A ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

    Beer: Indian Brown Ale Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 7.2 percent See also: Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life & Limb See also: New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer The Beer Judge Certification Program (the major authority that certifies and ranks judges for homeb ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Angels Trumpet Ale House -- Aimed at Beer Geeks -- to Open in August

    See also: Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Craft Beer Bars Mat and Sharry Englehorn know and love craft beer, and in their travels through California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado (where they've hoisted their fair share in the name of research), they concluded one thing: Phoenix doesn't have nearly e ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    May 14, 2012

    Introducing "This Week in Beer," Your Weekly Beer Calendar

    Beer is a big deal in the Valley. From tastings and tappings to pairing dinners and more, there's a different beer event to attend pretty much every night. Every week, we'll curate upcoming brew-related goings-on and lay them out for you here. Your calendar will be as full of beer as your belly. M ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Make Phoenix 2012's BeerCity USA

    In 2009, National Beer Examiner writer and Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian created the BeerCity USA poll. Designed to judge the strength of a city's beer community, the online poll drew thousands of voters to throw their support behind their hometowns and the brew culture therein. As ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Craft Beer Bars

    ​Let's discuss craft beer bars. We're not just talking about one or two handles here. We're taking about the bars that have devoted just about every handle to the art of craft beer; the folks that know that power of a freshly tapped keg of Hopslam and who would sell a large part of their soul to ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Our 21 Top Picks for Arizona Beer Week

    Arizona Beer week starts Saturday and we are so freakin' excited! After spending hours looking at each and every of the more than 150 events that will take place between Saturday, February 18th and Saturday, February 25th we have come up with a list of our favorites. We tried to narrow it down to se ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    February 14, 2012

    Chow Bella Hates on Fruit Beers With Lumberyard Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Lumberyard Fireside Ale​Beer: Fireside Ale Brewery: Lumberyard Brewing Co. Style: Imperial Red Ale ABV: 9.5 percent Do you feel that? The building giddiness in the soul of every local beer lover. The faint smell of hops and sweet wort in the air. My beer sense is tingling. Arizona Beer Week is almost ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Four Arizona Breweries Medal at the Great American Beer Festival

    ​This past weekend -- as brewers and beer lovers got sauced during their yearly visit to Denver and the beer Mecca that is the Great American Beer Festival -- four Arizona breweries took home medals.   For those who don't know, the Great American Beer Festival is one of the largest celebrati ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Northern Arizona Brewery Tour; Escape the Heat with a Cold One

    DesertDog @ ​And now we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of August. There is no amount of ice cream, skinny cocktails, or boozy popsicles that will make the tail end of the Arizona summer bearable. Your best bet - grab a cooler and hit the road. Take a drive up to the ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    SanTan Brewing Co. Negro Nitron

    ​Beer: Negro NitronBrewery: SanTan Brewing Co. (8 S. San Marcos Place, 480-917-8700)Style: Black IPAABV: 7.3 percent The Black IPA is so hot right now. As in fashion, music and baby names, trends in the craft beer world progress rapidly. Last year, Belgian IPA was the tits, and lately it see ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    SanTan Brewery Celebrates American Beer Week and Beer Brownies in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Beer WeekWe know what you're thinking. "Wasn't beer week like three months ago?" Yes but that was Arizona Beer Week. This week is American Beer Week and SanTan Brewery has big pla ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival ​Here at Chow Bella, we like our beer in cans. Aesthetics aside, cans are the ultimate in beer technology, providing better protection against oxygen and light (mortal enemies of fresh beer) than bottles while being easier to ship and more acceptable at the beach. Plus, they ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: American Brown Ale

    Jonathan McNamaraSurly Bender, and Palo Santo Marron.​​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable result of this peculiar ailment is the beer argument. In the s ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Why the Great Arizona Beer Festival Ain't So Great

    ​If you've looked over the vendor list for the beer festival set to be held Saturday at Tempe Beach Park, you might have noticed something odd. At an event that bills itself as the Great Arizona Beer Festival, several of Arizona's greatest breweries -- Papago, Barrio, Nimbus, and this little ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Blind IPA Taste Test

    Jonathan McNamaraA blind IPA taste test? Let's hop to it!​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable result of this peculiar ailment is the beer argument. In the ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Strong Beer Festival 2011: Rain-Soaked Impressions

    Zach FowleRain-soaked but thirsty for beer!​In case you missed it (or you're just awakening from a beer-induced coma and need a reminder) AZ Beer Week is in full effect. If, like Benjamin Franklin, you believe beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, get ready to worship at yo ... More >>

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