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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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    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

    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 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 >>

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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    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

    July 29, 2013

    5 Things To Eat And Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. This week has plenty to offer food lovers and beer drinkers all over the Valley. "Brews & Banter" Craft Beer Dinner This Tuesday, July 30 The Arrogant Butcher at Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix is celebrating the craft beers of Mothe ... More >>

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    June 14, 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: - 12 Spots for BBQ, Beers, and More for Father's Day in Metro Phoenix - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona Kaiseki Dinner at Posh It's no secret to Phoenix ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    O Beautiful Beer: 21st Amendment's Bitter American

    Beer: Bitter American Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.4 percent Welcome back to Craft Beer OTW, where our discussion of canned craft beer continues. Now, it's come to my attention that despite my very convincing proselytizing on canned craft beer's behalf, there are ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Watch Out, Kitties, Here Comes San Tan Brewing Company's Sex Panther

    There's no evidence that it's illegal in nine countries or that "60 percent of the time, it works every time," but one thing's certain: San Tan Brewing Company's Sex Panther is on the loose starting Monday, January 7. See also: - New Brewing Company Moving Into Former Rio Salado Brewing Site - Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Four Peaks Opens New Brewery and Tap Room, Food Trucks on Hand for Eats

    There's no kitchen, no official signage (yet), and the long, industrial building with the green stripe probably won't be winning any architectural awards, but there's beer in them there walls, folks -- Four Peaks beer. See also: Best Local Beer 2012 - Four Peaks Hop Knot This week, Four Peaks, the ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Hot Scotchy, the Brewer's Cocktail

    ​An arcane and mysterious sect, brewers like to perform a number of rituals during the making of beer: the pre-mash dance and battle cry, the sacramental blessing of the hops, the ceremonial loogie into the day's first boil. (ED NOTE: These are all made up. We hope.) But perhaps no brewday custom ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    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 >>

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    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

    February 18, 2011

    Craft Beer Competition and Sampling Event and Grilled Oysters in Today's Eater's Digest ​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Craft Beer Tasting Tonight!  Join beer brewers, beer judges and beer lovers at Taste of Tops tonight for the first round of judging for the Great Arizona Beer Festival Craft Beer Competi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Craft Beer Competition and Sampling Event and Grilled Oysters in Today's Eater's Digest ​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Craft Beer Tasting Tonight!  Join beer brewers, beer judges and beer lovers at Taste of Tops tonight for the first round of judging for the Great Arizona Beer Festival Craft Beer Competi ... 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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Music to Your Beers

    Get your booze on without judgment

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    September 23, 2010

    Beer Me Now

    Restore the love with the help of suds

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    September 2, 2010

    Brew and Bar Between

    Celebrate AZ with a cold one

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    September 2, 2010

    Taste Nimbus Brewing's A-1 Beer on First Friday

    ​Have you ever come across old beer bottles and cans at antique stores? I've always loved looking at the labels of long-lost, once-ubiquitous regional brands, and often tried to imagine what they tasted like. What was beer culture like before the mega-brands took over? I get a little nostalgic for ... More >>

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    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 10, 2010

    Abnormal Ales: 10 Beers with Weird Ingredients

    More than 500 years ago, German Beer Purity Law decreed that the world's favorite fermented beverage was to be made with only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. In recent years, however, the definition of a permissible beer ingredient has expanded somewhat, and brewers worldwide have br ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Cafe: The Main Ingredient

    ​You undoubtedly wept as Lisa G's went away to be replaced with who knows what. The answer: The Main Ingredient Ale House. Need a coney? You've got it. Thirsty for a craft beer? Big check on that one too. Food Critic Michele Laudig on The Main Ingredient: After visiting The Main Ingredient ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Brew Review: New Dogfish Head and Other Great Brews at The Draft Magazine Craft Brew Festival

    Jonathan McNamaraVolunteers pour Steamworks Brewing's delicious beers at the Draft Magazine Craft Brewing Festival Choosing the right horse requires a lot of luck and a certain willingness to watch your already mentally-spent earnings fail to materialize. That's why I took a different gamble at Turf ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    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 >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Foam Remedy

    Draft Mag fest has the ales for what ails you

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe

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    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

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