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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 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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 8, 2014

    3 Perfect Wines for Summer

    I don't know about you, but I was not ready to see triple digits this past weekend. 'Tis the season for Phoenicians to bemoan to arrival of the hot summer. The spring here in the Valley was glorious as usual, made even more so by watching the Midwest and Northeast get clobbered over and over again b ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 29, 2014

    How to Help Your Local Winery

    A couple of years ago, my future husband and I were gifted with a bottle of wine from a small Arizona winery. It was delicious, and we were very impressed. About a month ago, my husband contacted the winery to join its wine club and ask whether we could visit. We secured an invite to the winery's pl ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    5 Things Your Barista Really Doesn't Want You To Do

    On the never-ending mission to make the lives of friends in the service industry better, we've posted some rules of etiquette for how to treat servers, bartenders, hostesses, pastry chefs, and even your sommelier. However, along with probably your therapist, there's one person who consistently sees ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Chandler Craft Spirits Festival Brings the Love of Booze to Downtown Chandler

    With Arizona Cocktail Week and now Chandler Craft Spirits Festival celebrating the world of all things liquor-based, it seems the liquor scene in Phoenix is really taking off. Local vendors like Arizona Distilling Co., AZ Bitters Lab, and Desert Diamond Distillery of Kingman mixed in with national d ... More >>

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    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 25, 2014

    5 Favorite Day Drinking Spots in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year, and we have some more drinks to share. From coffee to happy hour and cocktails, check out some of the best imbibing options in Central/Downtown Phoenix. Today we'll show you the best spots for ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Bitters Lesson with Travis Nass of Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn

    After learning all about the types of bitters on the market and the history of the non-potable tincture last week with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab, Travis Nass of the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn shows us this week how to use bitters in a cocktail. Nass says that if you're using ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    5 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options, and we have a few more suggestions that we'll share in the coming weeks. Today we'll show you the best spots for cocktails in Central/Downtown Phoenix:

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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 >>

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    April 18, 2014

    How to Make a Jungle Bird Cocktail

    Sometimes behind the bar, you have your own personal trends. Take, for example, this week's cocktail. A year or two ago, I got on a streak of making this drink for almost everyone I knew. I sang its praises far and wide. But somehow, it never made it into Chow Bella. Then last week some friends and ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Northern Italian White Wines: Stuff I'm Geekin' On

    Mid-April is upon us in the Valley, which means temperatures are beginning to hint at summer. The macho among us will make a point of bragging about not turning their A/C on until it hits such and such temperature, as if were a contest to see how much heat they can endure. I, however have already tu ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Bitters 101 with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab

    If you haven't been building your bitters collection, it's time to start. Bill and Lill Buitenhuys, the couple behind AZ Bitters Lab, explain that chefs have spice racks and bartenders equip themselves with an arsenal of bitters, which act as the seasoning element to finish and round out any cocktai ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Confessions of a Cold Brew Coffee Addict

    I wake up every morning around 7 a.m., albeit begrudgingly. Sometimes I hit the snooze until 7:30, but eventually I pry myself out of bed and get ready. Everything's hazy and grey until I pop into Cartel downtown on my way to work to get my morning cold brew. Everyone comments on how Cartel's barist ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Licor 43 Is My New Fascination Behind the Bar

    I find trends in liquor to be both fascinating and puzzling. Lately, I'm left wondering how the hell marketing executives come up with ridiculous flavors of vodka. Nothing quite says "I'm using a fake ID" than trying to order a drink made with vodka that tastes like Froot Loops cereal. But through ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

    In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee. ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Why Per Se's Wine List Sucks

    I try to be positive here in the Vine Geeks blog. I like cheering for Arizona wines, geekin' on what I really like and generally celebrating all the greatness in the wine world. Every now and then, though, I run into something that really chaps my hide. And right now, that is the wine list at acclai ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Jason Grossmiller of Arizona Distilling Company on SB 1397: "It's a Shame."

    Jason Grossmiller Co-Owner, Distiller Arizona Distilling Company azdistilling.com Arizona Distilling Company seems to be making a habit of blazing trails for the state's fledgling micro-distilling scene. When it released Copper City Bourbon last June, it was the first legally distilled spirit made ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Bad News for the Moscow Mule: Bartenders Name the Most Over- and Underrated Cocktails

    According to bartenders, the Moscow Mule is so over. Thrillist spoke to 15 of the top bartenders and assembled a list of the drinks they think have trended themselves to death and those that deserve a little recognition. Somewhat surprisingly, the Moscow Mule hit the overrated list the most times wi ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    How to Make a Sherry Cobbler

    We're more than a little crazy about wine at the restaurant where I work. So, it stands to reason that some of the cocktails we have draw inspiration from the wine world. For example, we recently picked up several bottles of fino sherry. At first, I wasn't sure what to think of the venerable fortif ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 26, 2014

    3 Classic New Orleans Cocktails from Geoffrey Wilson of Barrelhouse

    Although a search for Mardi Gras cocktails could lead you on a dark path of artificial ingredients and goofy garnishes, Geoffrey Wilson of Chandler's Barrelhouse is here to keep you from being led astray. While working with the legendary New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian, Wilson learned a fair a ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Takes Us Through a Coffee "Cupping"

    This is part two of our interview with Press Coffee owner Steve Kraus. Today, he's taking us through our first coffee "cupping," a process similar to a wine tasting -- except with a lot more slurping. On Monday, we chatted about coffee as an agricultural product and found out why cuppings are so imp ... More >>

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