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  • Calendar

    October 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 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 2, 2014

    Gov. Brewer Approved SB1397, the "Liquor Omnibus" Bill; Here's Why It Matters To You

    Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, into law on Wednesday and while you might not realize it yet, the new law could directly impact you -- particularly if you like to drink craft beer. That's because one of the biggest changes the bill will bring to the state co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Mountain Dew Baja Blast Coming Soon to More Places Than Just Taco Bell

    The Guilty Pleasure: Mountain Dew Baja Blast Where to Get It: All over the place pretty soon. Price: Varies by a number of factors. Expect the same price as regular Mountain Dew. What it Really Costs: The usual soda schtick of empty calories and liquid candy. Plus loads of caffeine. It's pretty unu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Stuff I'm Geekin' On: Port

    What do you think of when you hear the words "port wine?" British gentlemen's clubs? Cigars? Mikhail Gorbachev? I think of the delicious, sweet, fortified wine of the Douro River Valley of Portugal. Few wines are as rich in history and culture as Port, or Oporto, or Vinho do Porto, just a few of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    December 26, 2013

    A Look Back on the World of Wine in 2013

    The end of the year is nigh -- presents are unwrapped, recycle bins are overflowing, bellies are bulging. I'm jumping on the bandwagon of ubiquitous end-of-year reflections. It's as good a time as any to take a look at 2013 in the world of wine. Some really great things happened and some pretty terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Funkwerks In Mysterious Ways

    Beer: Saison Brewery: Funkwerks Style: Saison ABV: 6.8 percent Phoenix, it must be said, is a pretty odd place -- made up primarily of people exported from other regions. With our climate and the variety of drinkers making their homes in the Valley, it's difficult to dial in on what beers will be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Can Wine "Experts" Really Tell The Difference? Science Says No

    Winning a medal at a national wine competition means a lot. In fact, wineries often spend thousands of dollars on entry fees every year in hopes of taking one home. And according to a 2001 study, a one-point increase on the Robert Parker wine ratings can translate to 7 percent increase in price. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Gorgona: Wine Produced at Italian Island Jail Destined for Tables at High-End Restaurants

    If we had to go to jail, we'd definitely want it to be the one located on the Italian island of Gorgona, the smallest in a chain that includes both Elba (where Napoleon was incarcerated) and the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo. That's because at this jail, convicts recently produced 2,700 bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Brews to Benefit This Thursday, June 6, at O.H.S.O. Eatery nanoBrewery in Phoenix

    Every month, New Times hosts a happy hour event at a local bar or restaurant during which attendees raise a glass -- or rather, four glasses -- to charity. This month's event will be held at O.H.S.O. Eatery nanoBrewery in Phoenix, to raise some money for Chicks With Picks. For just a 10-spot you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Cigar City Jai Alai: Take It in the Can

    Beer: Jai Alai Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5 percent The journey from brew kettle to drinking vessel is long and hard, and not all beer gets there in perfect condition. To taste right, a beer must battle many foes along the way: diacetyl, a yeast compound that tastes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    New Online Wine Retailer Cuts Out the Middleman for Savings on Top-Notch Wine

    The folks at, a British online wine retailer that recently launched in the United States, say they have some bad news for wine lovers. "When you spend $50 on a bottle of delicious Napa Cab, you are spending about $7 on wine," the website says. "And $43 on sales, marketing and other s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Maynard James Keenan: Biodynamics For Dummies

    With few exceptions, knowing is better than not knowing. As they say, "Knowledge is power." If you believe this as much as I do, then you can understand why some of our historic monsters went to such great lengths to eliminate knowledge and why forward thinkers and the socially conscious would die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Local and Online Wine Clubs to Try

    Thinking of starting 2013 with a wine club membership for yourself or as a gift for a fellow wine lover? Afraid of commitment? Looking for special access to members only wines? Discounts? Today, we compare some online and local options, all of which have free membership. See also: - Shit Wine Snob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival Coming December 7 and 8

    The craft beer movement has been steadily growing in Phoenix over the past few years, and now all the hard work we've done downing pints and sampling flights has paid off with one really big event. The first Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Decemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Beer for Brains RAREaffair 2012: Tons of Brews, a Dozen-Plus Restaurants, and No Flippin' Drink Tickets

    A wise man (Homer Simpson) once said, "To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems." And if the problem happens to be how to raise brain cancer awareness, then the Beer for Brains RAREaffair has glasses full of the solution. From 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, November 10, Bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Maynard Keenan, Sam Pillsbury, Todd Bostock and other Wine Experts Give Pavle Milic Advice on Designing Wine Labels -- and Pavle Finally Names His Wine

    "Los Milics" In this occasional series, Pavle Milic (co-owner of FnB, Baratin, Bodega and AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale) will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is made -- literally from the Southern Arizona ground up. Today: What's in a name? And some advice from the pros on label ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012 Will Start Selling Wine

    The internet's monolithic online retailer,, is poised to begin selling wine through their Marketplace sometime later this month. See Also: --Pavle Milic's Wine-Making Adventure --5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine (Without a Corkscrew) We can only imagine how handy's customer r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    AZ Hops & Vines in Sonoita Grows Arizona's First Commercial Hops Crop

    See also: Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine and Beer Lovers Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren't destined to be the only gold in them thar hills. Shannon Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Five Ways Not to Buy Wine

    Vine Geek Brian Reeder co-owns AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale. Wine is subjective. Every wine is different. It all depends on your taste. Price doesn't equal quality. It's all the same anyway. Just drink what you like. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've all heard the nomenclatures. The bullshit lines that e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Talking Bourbon with Rob Samuels, COO of Maker's Mark

    Rob Samuels comes from a long line of whiskey-makers -- the Samuels clan has been distilling as far back as the 1500s in Scotland and was making whiskey in America before the country was founded. Bill Samuels Sr. (Rob's grandfather) began producing Maker's Mark in 1954, and Rob took over as chief op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Chow Bella Prepares for the Coming Achocalypse with Prescott Brewing Company

    Who hasn't wanted to spend a few minutes chatting 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Chow Bella Chills Out in the Fridge at Papago Brewing Company

    Who hasn't wanted to spend a few minutes chatting 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. The catch? We only got about three minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Blueberry Pinot Noir, Green Apple Riesling, White Chocolate Ale and Other Sips of the Kokopelli Wine Festival

    "Going once....going twice...sold!" Kokopelli winemaker Dennis Minchella auctions off one of the 1,000,000th bottles.​We spent more time (okay, all of our time) sipping at grapes rather than crushing them over the weekend at the 10th Annual Kokopelli Krush, a wine festival put on by Kok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Beer Advocate's Top 100 SW Beers: Who From PHX is in the Top 10?

    ​For those of you not familiar with Beer Advocate, it's the bible for beer snobs. A place where we can all go to share our much coveted opinions of rare and no-so-rare craft beer. An online venue to brag about our beer conquests. Beer Advocate also occasionally likes to put out these nice lis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Is it Bad to Shop for Wine By the Label?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: Is it bad to shop for wine by label? SPILL THE JUICE: "No!" says Stephanie Caraway, the southwestern regional manager at Terlato Wines International. "We all do it. The way I see it is if the aesthetic on the front of the bottle matches my aesthetic, I'll probably also like the aes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    The Best Beers of 2010

    Photo courtesy of ​Dwell all you want on the poor economy, the dwindling job market or the plethora of depressing events of 2010 -- it's been a good year for beer. Despite a drop in overall beer sales, craft brews continue to rise in popularity, allowing innovative American b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Winemakers Dinner, Udder Delights, and Mummy Meatloaf in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wine Dinner at The BouldersLatilla at The Boulders Resort is hosting a Winemakers Dinner this Thursday, October 14. The recently overhauled restaurant's Executive Chef, Michael Pieton will ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010

    Beer Me Now

    Restore the love with the help of suds

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    This Weekend: Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room Grand Opening

    Meet winemaker Sam Pillsbury (above, center) and taste his new releases at this weekend's tasting room shindig.​Looking for a weekend road trip idea? I suggest a jaunt up to Cottonwood, where winemaker Sam Pillsbury is hosting a grand opening party for his new wine tasting room and gallery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2010

    John McCain's Wife's Budweiser Distributorship Boycotted by Latino Group Over SB 1070

    RenjishinoFirst baseball, now beer's boycotted? What's next, lapdances?Budweiser, which in 2008 was bought out by a Belgian beer giant to form Anheuser-Busch InBev, has spent millions on advertising to the Latino market. According to a 2009 article in Hispanic Market Weekly, the company spent more t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Wine Talk: David Johnson of Oakville Grocery Co.

    David Johnson, the wine director at Oakville Grocery Co., dispenses unpretentious wine advice as a bonus to this week's Chef Talk with his business partner, Chef Walter Sterling.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

    Jason Silva A year ago, I sipped some wine at West of Western culinary festival with entrepreneur and small business advocate Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, chatting about boosting the profile of local restaurants. If only I'd brought a crystal ball with me. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Camelback Inn Launches Meet the Winemaker Series

    Joy Sterling​If you've ever loved a wine so much that you wanted to meet the crafter of the spirit, now's your chance to get a little closer to the people who make tasty vino. Rita's Kitchen at the Camelback Inn is hosting a montly series of "Meet the Winemaker" events, where patrons may sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Brew Review: Left Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout

    Jonathan McNamaraLeft Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout​To be honest, I was dead set on reviewing Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout today, but I'm so totally enthralled by the awesome Web site Left Hand has that I'm not sure I'll be able to move past it. It's a wonderfully complex site that incor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Brew Review: Stone Brewing's Smoked Porter...Floats?

    It turns out you can't please everyone. I think we can agree one a few things, thought. For example: I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. We also scream and shout and salivate at the thought of great beer. What if I told you that I combined the two? At last week's Draft Magazine Cr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Happy Hour Deals at San Tan Brewing Company in Chandler

    Like many microbreweries, San Tan Brewing Company exclusively offers ales, as opposed to lagers (and yes, categorically, hefeweizens and stouts are members of the ale family). While this might turn some people off, it should be noted that ales typically offer a higher content of alcohol and they oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Brew Review: The Carling iPint

    By Jonathan McNamara Before we get on to the brew, I’d like to ask you to read past the jump to learn about the first (potentially of many depending on how this one goes) Brew Review contest. Please read to the end! Carling is a familiar beer brand to anyone who frequents Canada, South Africa an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    More beer, and sooner

    Tomorrow and Sunday afternoon, the Great Arizona Beer Festival is serving up 176 different beers from dozens of micro and craft breweries. The cost of admission ($40 per day) entitles you to up to 24 three-ounce tastes, which equals one hell of a buzz. Thankfully, they're selling designated driver t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 18, 2001

    Grape Expectations

    Celebrate the wines of Rioja, Spain

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Brew Pub

    Four Peaks Brewing Company
    1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Haunted by Spirits

    John McCain derived his wealth from his marriage to Cindy Hensley McCain, whose father started his road to riches as a bootlegger. As a politician, the senator has remained beholden to the liquor industry and the family business

  • Dining

    January 7, 1999
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    October 20, 1994
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