Beverage Manufacturing

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Fizzy Yellow Beer Is Not Your Enemy

    Several months ago, I took part in a judging competition for a local craft beer festival. As often occurs at such ceremonies, we began the day by tasting a calibration beer -- one brew, given to every judge, that helps beer-tasters adjust their scoring so it's in line with everyone else in the room. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Here's the Brewery Lineup for the NovemBEER Festival on Saturday, November 22

    Mark your calendars now, beer lovers, because you're not going to want to miss this. Later this month New Times will host the NovemBEER Festival, the grande finale of the month-long celebration of all things carbonated and boozy. The event will go down on Saturday, November 22 at the Arizona Cente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Tickets to the Arizona Wine Growers Festival at The Farm Are on Sale Now

    Whether your a hardcore wine aficionado or just beginning to foster a love of the stuff, there should be plenty to learn and taste at the 6th annual Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The event will be held at The Farm at South Mountain and will offer educational seminars, live music, a picnic lunch, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Matt Carter to Launch Weekly Tasting Menus at The House Brasserie With Opus One Paired Dinner on Friday, October 3

    If you've been to California's wine-making regions then chances are you've heard the name Opus One. Chances are much slimmer, however, that you've actually been inside the landmark, white limestone winery. After all a tasting will set you back $45 for just the current vintage and if you actually wan ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2014
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    July 23, 2014

    Great Growler Fill: Celebrate the New Growler Regulations on Thursday, July 24

    As you may know by now, new legislation signed into law in May has changed the regulations on growlers. Thanks to Senate Bill 1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, breweries will soon be able to fill growlers made out of stainless steel, ceramic, and any nonporous, sanitary material. The new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Arizona Wines Make A Splash

    It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Unsung Art of Blending Wine

    It is de rigueur these days to talk about terroir driven wines, wines that evoke a sense of place based on the geographical sites that give certain characteristics based on microclimate and soil type. It's also trendy to talk about "non-interventionist" winemaking, letting the wine make itself with ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    March 6, 2014

    State Senate Passes Liquor Omnibus Bill

    It's no secret that I'm a big supporter of Arizona wine. I feel like we are in the neonatal ICU in terms of birthing a vibrant wine industry here. There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2014

    15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    After the first day of the Devoured Food Wine Classic, we're stuffed. The overcast skies and intermittent rain didn't keep crowds of Valley food lovers from drinking and dining the day away at the Phoenix Art Museum. With nearly 50 restaurants and more than 30 wineries at the first of the two-da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Maynard James Keenan Backs Chateau Tumbleweed, a New Arizona Wine

    There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Forget About Sriracha, We're Facing A Global Wine Shortage

    With residents in a southern California town suing the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce, saying the plant's smell are burning their throats and noses, spicy food lovers have been up in arms about possible price hikes should the production facility have to shut down. Will there be enough hot sau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 13, 2013

    Meet Craft Beer's First Billionaire, Jim Koch

    (And don't worry, it's ok to celebrate. He's not related to those other Kochs.) Jim Koch co-founded Boston Brewing Company in 1984, armed with a family recipe and a brewing process that his great grandfather used in the mid 1800s. These days the brewery, which you'll know for its signature Samuel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Gertrude's Team Up for Dinner July 17

    Grand Canyon Brewing Company and Gertrude's at Desert Botanical Garden are teaming up for a four-course dinner paired with craft beers.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    "Back to Basics" Craft Beer Panel at Papago Brewing Company Scheduled for July 11

    Hey, beer nerds, we've got some good news. There's quite a lineup of speakers headed to the Valley for a craft beer panel hosted by Papago Brewing Company later this summer. If you want to hear what professionals from Four Peaks, New Belgium, and more have to say about the industry, then you might ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2013
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    March 13, 2013

    Arizona WIne at Devoured 2013

    Pavle Milic knows his way around a bottle of Arizona wine, so when he graciously offered to give us the rundown on the local wine showcased last weekend at Devoured, we jumped at the chance. Full disclosure: As co-owner of FnB in Scottsdale, Milic serves AZ wine and he's in the process of making his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Yavapai College Launches Associates Degree in Enology -- the Science of Wine

    Love wine? You can get a degree in it for real here in Arizona. Did you know enology is the science and study of wine and wine making while viticulture is a subfield specializing in vine-growing and harvesting? If you're looking for a new career or are just really into learning more about wine, you ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
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    July 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Four Peaks Makes List of Top Fifty Craft Brewers in America

    Here's a little something to raise a glass to. Four Peaks Brewing Company, the Tempe institution serving up handcrafted suds in a 1892 Mission-style warehouse since 1996, has been named one of the top fifty craft brewers in the U.S. by the Brewers Association -- a not-for-profit trade group that ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Uwe Boer of SunUp Brewing Co., the Jolliest Man in Brewing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Brewing Down South with Barrio 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    What's with the Monkeys? An Interview with Nimbus 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Barrel-Aged Beers, Experimentation and Randamonium with Four Peaks 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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    December 15, 2011
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    November 3, 2011
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    October 24, 2011

    Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

    Zach Fowle ​Beer: Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleBrewery: Boston Beer Company Style: Pumpkin beerABV: 5.7 percent Well, Pumpkin Month is at an end. It's been four weeks filled with pumpkin pie spiciness and every shade of orange here at Craft Beer of the Week, and the mob of pumpkin brews t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Are Women Better Winemakers?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: "Are women better winemakers than men?" was our question of the night during AZ Wine Co. Winemaking Ladies tasting last Thursday. On the tasting menu at the South store were wines crafted by famed female winemakers Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch and Kathryn Hall. SPILL THE JU ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Why Arizona Wine Isn't a Non Sequitur

    Growing grapes and making wine in Arizona? Is that even possible? Better question: Is that even drinkable? If you've been around the block to Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley, you know that the answer to both of those questions is an overwhelming affirmative... but if you're like us, we're stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Avery Brewing Co. Pulls Out of Arizona, 7 Other States ​Get your Maharaja, The Czar, and White Rascal while you can. Colorado-based Avery Brewing Co. announced Thursday it plans to withdraw from eight states and seven other partial-state markets beginning in April.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Wine, Winemakers and Winos: What You Missed at the Paso Robles Winemaker Dinner

    Where there is wine and winemakers, you can be damn sure there will be winos, which is why we hit the trifecta at the Paso Robles winemaker dinner at Petite Maison this Monday. The winemakers of Paso Robles showcased their signature Rhône varietal blends with a five-course meal Chef James Porter s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    FnB Wine Dinner and BBQ Chicken Tacos in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?FnB Wine DinnerNeed a post holiday pick me up? Treat yourself to FnB's Javelina Leap Winemakers Dinner Tuesday, January 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Enjoy a four-course dinner specially pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Book Week: The Battle for Wine and Love

    ​Wine writer Alice Feiring's The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Save the World From Parkerization, my food-centric book club's latest pick, was a fitting summer read, serving up a lot of insider wine world info in the form of a personal narrative that sees the author visiting winemak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Beer Tasting at SanTan Brewing Company Tonight

    Attention brew bros. and beauties: SanTan Brewing Company is hosting a craft beer tasting tonight at 6:30 p.m. This is the third craft beer tasting in SanTan's "Tuesday Night Tasting" series which occurs on the second Tuesday of every month and kicked off in February of this year.  Tonight, SanTan ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
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    October 23, 2008

    No Beer Gut, No Glory

    From piss-quality to fancy, author has guzzled it all

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    Bloomin' Beerfest 2008

    By Andrea Custer It sounded like a crowded Irish pub at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix; a sound that would make James Joyce, or at least his fans, quite proud. The Great Hall was packed with brewers and beer enthusiasts for the 2nd Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest on Saturday June 7. This ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2002

    A Serious Ale-ment

    Strong Beer & Ale Festival isn't for the weak of heart

  • News

    April 11, 1996

    At Lager-Heads

    Harvey McElhannon sells Diamondback Beer, and was the first to file for that trademark. Now Jerry Colangelo and Major League Baseball want him eighty-sixed.

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    June 1, 1994
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