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    October 17, 2014

    NovemBEER Is Back! Get Exclusive Presale Tickets to the First NovemBEER Festival Now

    November is just around the corner -- wait, where did the time go!? -- and you know what that means? Beer. The month-long NovemBEER is New Times' annual celebration of craft beer and this time around we've got something big to announce. In addition to a series of style-focused beer tasting events, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    The History of Oktoberfest Beer (and Five to Try Right Now)

    Before it was a beer style, it was a party. The first Oktoberfest celebration was held on October 12, 1810, but far from the drinking festival it's become today, this first party was actually held to celebrate a wedding. Ludwig, Crown Prince of Bavaria (who'd later become King Ludwig I) exchanged ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Festiv-Ale Craft Beer Festival Features Arizona Wilderness Brewing, Benefits Cystic Fibrosis

    We know you just can't get enough craft beer festival fun, and we can't either. Luckily, the scene keeps getting bigger and bigger, with new events and breweries popping up all over town. This December, the first ever Festiv-Ale will join the ranks of other great beer events like the Real, Wild, and ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

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

    Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake Friday, October 10 This weekend Oktoberfest is in full swing around the Valley and the biggest celebration will be held at Tempe Town Lake over the next three days. Starting tomorrow you'll be able to find a half dozen beer gardens with scores of beers from Arizona ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    How A Beer Wins A Great American Beer Festival Medal

    Over the weekend, if you haven't heard, the city of Denver was swarmed with brewers and beer nerds celebrating the 2014 edition of the Great American Beer Festival, the largest celebration of American craft beer in the country. While a grand beer-tasting set up in the main hall of the Denver Convent ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Bad Water Brewing Tap Room is Now Open in Old Town Scottsdale; Here's the Menu

    Beer fans now have a new tap room to explore in Old Town Scottsdale. As of last week, Scottsdale-based brewery Bad Water Brewing has its own tap room where beer drinkers can find all three of the brewery's beers, as well as seven drafts and 10 bottled beers from other craft breweries. To pair with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Arizona Cocktail Week and Arizona Beer Week 2015 Are Double-Booked -- Again

    At the end of last week, I got two e-mails. One announced 2015 Arizona Cocktail Week, the other 2015 Arizona Beer Week. I should be excited. But I'm just kind of annoyed because both take place February 14 to 21. No big surprise, as that's happened the past few years without fail, and yet I really d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

    Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty bur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
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    July 9, 2014

    Real, Wild, Woody Beer Festival Next Weekend in Tempe: Here's the List of Breweries, Beers

    The sold out Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival is going down on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts. And if you're a beer lover and don't already have your ticket just stop reading now. Because the lineup of specialty brews is pretty impressive and you're going to be sad. Attendees, yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Xingu Black Beer: Change Your Mind About Dark Beer

    Beer: Xingu Black Beer Brewery: Cervejaria Sul Brasileira Style: Schwarzbier ABV: 4.7 percent I'm not sure how it happened, but somewhere along the line casual beer drinkers got the wrong idea about dark beer. Every day, all across the land, you'll find drinkers turning down black-colored brews bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Freak'N Brewing Company in Peoria Now Open

    Though it's taken a bit longer for craft brews to take hold on the west side of town, there is definitely still hope for beer aficionados of the West Valley. A new microbrewery has opened its doors in Peoria, with plans to bring quality brews of unique styles to local restaurants and brewpubs. Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    5 Session IPAs To Try Right Now

    In the previous decade, brewers pushed the envelope farther than it had ever gone in terms of alcohol content, barrel-aging and experimental yeast strains -- and beer geeks loved them for it. To peruse a list of the top-rated beers in the world was to see a list of the most intensely flavored and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    World of Beer Tempe Wednesday, May 14 If you're a craft beer fan then you probably already know that this week is American Craft Beer Week and to celebrate all good craft beer fans should raise at least one glass to the brewing scene. On Wednesday World of Beer in Tempe will host Stone Brewing Co. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Here Are the Winners of the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival -- and Details About the Event This Saturday

    When it comes to beer events in this town, the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival is definitely one of our favorites. And it's not just because we think cans are the best vehicle for delivering ice cold beer to our mouths. This year's festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 17, will bring m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Say Hola to Elevation Beer Co. and Its Imperial Horchata Porter, Señorita

    Beer: Señorita Brewery: Elevation Beer Co. Style: Imperial Porter ABV: 8.4 percent In a speech delivered to thousands of attendees at this year's Craft Brewers Conference, Paul Gatza told a story about bad beer. It was at a beer festival a few months earlier, the director of the Brewers Associati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    India Pale Ale: A History

    Beer: IPA Brewery: Odell Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7 percent Near the top of the list of things that make me sad -- along with starving puppies and the fact that Tobey Maguire is still making movies -- are missed opportunities to educate someone about beer. Recently, this article in wh ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Bad Water Brewing and Craft Beer's Real Quality Problem

    Beers: Saison and IPA Brewery: Bad Water Brewing Style: Saison, IPA ABV: 6 percent, 5.5 percent Imagine, for a minute, that you've traveled back to the first time you tried craft beer. You've spent most of your legal drinking age years (and maybe a few before) throwing back cans of mass-produced la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    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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