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    November 24, 2014

    Olivia Wingert of Souvia on How to Brew Better Tea

    Souvia Tea isn't the kind of place that commands attention, but when you visit you might not want to leave. Located in a strip mall in north Phoenix, the shop is quiet, clean, and unassuming. Its soft, sweet aromas, floor-to-ceiling tea cannisters, and myriad steeping devices kind of make walking in ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Phoenix Baristas Throw Down -- with Coffee

    The term "Thursday Night Throwdown" means something special. No, it's not some sort of MMA Fight - the events (usually) result in very little physical violence. A TNT, as we coffee folk are wont to call it, is an ultra-nerdy latte art competition and community-building exercise for area baristas. An ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Trailhead Bike Cafe Provides Great Service, Okay Coffee, and Badass Bicycles

    Bikes and coffee go together like... well, two really esoteric, hyper-nuanced things that probably shouldn't actually go together but somehow totally do. Maybe it's about craftsmanship. Maybe it's about taking time to enjoy the simple things. Maybe it's about wanting your espresso to be as smooth as ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Coca-Cola's Freestyle Machine Lets You Customize Your Drink in Amazing Ways

    The Guilty Pleasure: A new app for Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines Where to Get It: A handful of Freestyle machines, at least for now. Price: A couple of bucks, give or take. Depends on the restaurant. What it Really Costs: A potential sharp uptake in high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweete ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Phoenix Barista Harlin Glovacki Qualifies for US Barista Championship

    Harlin Glovacki of Nom de Plume Coffee Roasters made Phoenix coffee afficionados proud last week by taking fifth place in the Southwest Division of the Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Achieving a top-six placement qualifies him to compete at the national level in February's United States B ... More >>

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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 15, 2014

    Stephanie Teslar of Blue Hound in Phoenix Uses Sherry in Her Fall Cocktail Menu

    The first thing that probably comes to mind when someone says the word sherry is its use in cooking. While the fortified wine does have its place in the kitchen, Stephanie Teslar is using it to mix up five different cocktails at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. If you're not already on the sherry coc ... 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

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

    Cowboy Ciao Tuesday, October 14 Friendly competition between local wine experts is nothing new to Cowboy Ciao. In fact, the restaurant regularly hosts Sommelier Showdowns that pit two wine professionals against each other in a contest to pick a better pairing. This month the restaurant is shaking ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Altitude Coffee Lab Brings Humility and Comfort to the Scottsdale Scene

    Altitude Coffee Lab recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in the best possible way: by winning a New Times Best of Phoenix award.

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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 10, 2014

    How to Make Brain Hemorrhage Shots for Your Halloween Party

    In last week's Last Call, I got to show off a punch recipe with a sanguine hue. It's great for just about any variety of Halloween party you can imagine, especially one that leans more toward the sophisticated end of the Halloween party spectrum. However, there's a lot of fun to be had in silly, ki ... 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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    October 6, 2014

    Meet Phoenix's 2014 Barista Competitors

    Each year, thousands of coffee professionals around the world congregate to crown a new Barista Champion. This year three fantastic individuals from Phoenix will be traveling to Rancho Mirage, California for a chance to be crowned the Southwest's Best Barista. This event feeds into the United States ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    5 Ways to Learn More About Liquor and Cocktails in Metro Phoenix This Fall

    You might fancy yourself an at-home mixologist and maybe you have been building up that home bar selection into something quite respectable. Well, it's time to put all of those bottles to use and learn how to implement their boozey goodness in the best way possible. Luckily, there are a few spots in ... 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 >>

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    September 30, 2014

    FEZ in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: FEZ 3815 N. Central Ave. Phoenix www.fezoncentral.com The Hours: Happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. everyday. Bonus! There's also reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. See also: Cien Agaves in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Phoenix Coffee Scene That Have Nothing to Do with Pumpkin Spice

    In the mushy-yet-magical coulee that is my imagination, Pumpkin Spice exists as a rejected sixth Spice Girl. Yoga-pantsed, Ugg-booted, and sexy-baby-voiced, poor P.S. just literally can't even function as a flavor. Pumpkins are a thing. Pumpkin Pie Spice is a thing. But "Pumpkin Spice" is a myth t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Cuppings at Press Coffee Roasters: a Fantastic Introduction to Coffee Fundamentals

    I remember, distinctly, the first coffee I ever tasted. At that point, I'd probably drunk a thousand cups of coffee and made about a million more than that for other people. But the first one I ever really tasted was from Ethiopia. It was reminiscent of warm blueberry syrup, delectably sweet, clean, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 25, 2014

    How to Order Coffee Without Sounding Like A Tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    4 Metro Phoenix Espresso Blends to Try -- and 1 to Avoid

    Espresso may very well be the tequila of the coffee world. To some, the word alone evokes memories of late nights in college spent guzzling bitter, amber liquid, not for the flavor, but certainly for its desired effects. To others, appreciating the drink is a mark of sophistication. Despite the smal ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    How to Make a Doctor Funk Cocktail (The Right and Proper Way)

    Some of my cocktailian brethren and I were recently bemoaning the lack of authenticity in some cocktails. Take the Manhattan, for example. Long ago, it was a 50/50 mix of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Over time, the cocktail has evolved (or in this case, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Cocktail Summer Camp at The Gladly: 200 Years of Whiskey Cocktails Passed in a Flash

    Are you good at retaining information while consuming a formidable amount of alcohol? If so, then chances are you'd get a lot out of The Gladly's Summer Cocktail Camp, a series of bi-monthly cocktail classes featuring some of the Valley's top mixologists this summer. Each booze-soaked camp feature ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    July 11, 2014

    Starbucks Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas Don't Suck (And Now You Can Have Coffee Soda)

    The Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Fizzio Sodas Where to Get It: Test markets, including Phoenix Price: $2.45 for a Tall What It Really Costs: The shame of frequenting the Starbucks drive-thru (don't lie, you know you do it) Late last month, Starbucks unleashed its newest product on 16 states in the ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    How to Make an Ampersand Cocktail: More Fun with Old Tom Gin

    I'm having lots of fun with Old Tom gin lately. So much fun, in fact, that I had to do two weeks in a row of Old Tom cocktails.

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    July 8, 2014

    Cartel's Drew Scharnitzke Demonstrates 3 Coffee Brewing Methods

    A few doors down from Cartel Coffee Lab's flagship roastery location in Tempe, there's a door that reads "Cartel World Headquarters." Inside, Drew Scharntizke, along with his fellow coffee instructor Bill Kennedy, spend most days using spectrometers to ensure their brews are being extracted properly ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    The State of the Cocktail: Is Mixology's Hold on the Culinary World Nearing an End?

    On its own, the word mixology just feels pretentious. I get it. The image it evokes is of some bearded, bow-tied hipster bartender turning his nose up while shaking your $15 drink that's basically an Old Fashioned with some berries and a weird savory component. In fact, I don't think I've met one mi ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Summer Cocktail Camp at The Gladly: Learn From Top Local Mixologists

    Just because school is out doesn't mean you can't learn a thing or two this summer. Starting this Sunday The Gladly is launching a seven-part series that will bring some of the city's top mixologists to the restaurant for several afternoons of education and booze. Summer Cocktail Camp begins this ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    5 Flavored Iced Coffee Drinks You Won't Be Embarrassed to Order

    I know, that headline is a bit harsh, but seriously. If you can hold your head up high holding a dulce triple caramel frappucino with whip and chocolate sprinkles, you're stronger stock than I. However, I'll readily admit a love of flavor when it isn't just a bunch of syrup. Thankfully, there are se ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 13, 2014

    How to Make a Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

    Satan's Whiskers is sure one hell of a name for a drink. (Pun most definitely intended.) It's yet another in the long line of drinks with lurid names to get a drinker's attention. These days, the name Satan's Whiskers almost seems quaint instead of titillating. Still, the drink is a darn fine one. ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    3 Burly, Manly Wines for Dad

    Poor Dad. We celebrate him every year for all the work he does. But how do we do it? We buy him ties to wear to work, power tools to fix stuff around the house and maybe a lawn mower to remind him of the yard that needs it. And to top it off, we buy steaks for him to grill. This year, let's put the ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    June 9, 2014

    Latte Artist Perry Czopp Gives a Step-by-Step Tutuorial

    The words latte art might evoke an eye roll, but bear with me. Honestly, Perry Czopp, who has won local competitions with his pours, will be the first to admit that he doesn't take it very seriously. Rather, it's a means to get people passionate about their morning cup of coffee, and that's what he' ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    June 3, 2014

    A Guide to Locally-Roasted Coffee Beans in Metro Phoenix

    With over twenty coffee roasters in town making both boutique blends and distributing wholesale, there's undeniably a lot going on in the Phoenix coffee community. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your java, why not try a whole new roastery to add some variety to your mornings. While this list ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    5 Things an Aspiring Sommelier Needs to Know

    During the past few years, we've witnessed the rise of the "celebrity chef," with myriad television shows glorifying a once-humble profession to the point of rock-stardom. With that glorification come the countless folks who dream of dropping out of the corporate rat race, going to culinary school a ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    How to Make the Perfect Pisco Sour

    If you take a trip to Chile or Peru, you'll find that the Pisco Sour is a massively popular drink. It's so popular in both countries that each has designated it as their official drink. Moreover, both Chile and Peru claim that they are the birthplace of the Pisco Sour. What is pisco, you ask? It's ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Shine Coffee's Christiaan Blok on the Perfect Espresso Pull and Coffee Creativity

    You might remember Shine Coffee as an airstream trailer coffee spot outside of farmers markets around town, but since April of last year, the shop has had a brick and mortar location with a detached lounge area located off of Central Avenue just south of Thomas Road. Since then, Christiaan Blok and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Kim Haasarud: What Phoenix's Cocktail Scene Needs and the Perks of USBG Membership

    As a mother and Phoenix's United States Bartenders' Guild president, Kim Haasarud is used to wrangling and organizing. Her experience in cocktail bars began as a way to supplement her income in the 90s, but since then she's become a well-known player in cocktail scenes from New York to L.A., putting ... More >>

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