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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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    12 Things You Didn't Know About Mother Road Brewing Co.

    Beer: Open Road Brewery: Mother Road Brewing Co. Style: English Summer Ale ABV: 5.8 percent Critiquing a beer's appearance, aroma and flavor can tell you much about that particular brew, but little else. No, to truly know a beer, one must travel to the place it was brewed, see the people who made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Dragoon Sarcosuchus Does Not Suck

    Beer: Sarcosuchus Brewery: Dragoon Brewing Co. Style: Imperial IPA ABV: 10.5 percent Hanging on a wall in Dragoon Brewing Co.'s Tucson taproom is a small chalkboard, and on this chalkboard employees have drawn a pair of animals: a hippopotamus and a crocodile. These creatures have not been depicte ... 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

    March 25, 2013

    Now Available in Arizona: Upright Seven

    Beer: Seven Brewery: Upright Brewing Co. Style: Saison ABV: 8 percent Not sure if you guys have noticed, but craft beer is going all Manifest Destiny right now. With the likes of New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Green Flash breaking ground on East Coast facilities, big brands are going nationwide. Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Grand Canyon Hop Bomber IPA: Get Flavor-Bombed

    Beer: Hop Bomber India Pale Ale Brewery: Grand Canyon Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5 percent One of my major complaints about Arizona's breweries is that they seem afraid to innovate. For all the different breweries in the state, the consumer still has very few Belgian ales to choose fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    SanTan Rail Slide

    Beer: Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale Brewery: SanTan Brewing Co. Style: English Strong Ale ABV: 7.1 percent The problem with seasonals is that they're just that -- seasonal. Here for a short time, then gone for another year, your cravings be damned. Feeling like a Pumpkin Porter in the springtime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    So How Does Munich's Oktoberfest Stack Up Against Tempe's?

    Lucky Megan Dobransky! Our Chow Bella contributor managed to make it to two Okoberfest celebrations -- in both Munich and Tempe. She's here to compare and contrast. Oktoberfest has been a beer drinker's mecca for centuries. The name alone conjures up images of massive beers so heavy you need two h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Gordon Biersch Märzen

    Beer: Gordon Biersch Märzen Brewery: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Style: Märzen/Oktoberfest ABV: 5.8 percent It was a cool fall day more than 200 years ago, and the Germans were partying. It had just been announced that Crown Prince Ludwig, who would later become King Ludwig I, was to be mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock

    Beer: Aventinus Weizenbock Brewery: Schneider & Sohn Style: Weizenbock ABV: 8.2 percent See also: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale With new breweries popping up almost every day to create unique new brews, craft beer is currently experiencing a renaissance in America. All this excitement over beer ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Payton Curry Dishes on the Maricopa County Health Department and His Vision for Brat Haus

    This is part two of my interview with Payton Curry, chef and co-owner of the soon-to-open Brat Haus in Scottsdale. Read part one of the interview with Payton Curry here. Favorite thing to eat growing up: Grandma's lefse, freshly churned butter and sugar in the raw. Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Five Beers and Their Musical Pairings

    ​As Munich's 17-day slosh-a-palooza wrapped up yesterday, it left us feeling a little empty. We didn't celebrate Oktoberfest the proper way -- by getting shithoused in lederhosen and violently gesturing toward the breasts of a beer wench with a full mug of god's greatest nectar, all while listenin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2011

    Princess Beatrice's Hat on a Cupcake​We never thought we'd say this, but some things really do look better on a cupcake. Like Princess Beatrice's royal mistake of a wedding hat. While seamstresses were sewing knock-off wedding dresses over the last day, Wir Machen, a bakery in Munich, Germany, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Brewed For Battle: Doppelbock

    Claire LawtonAventinus, Salvator, Celebrator, and Liberator.​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable result of this peculiar ailment is the beer argument. In t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    10 Beer Labels You Won't Want to Peel Off

    We know the saying, "don't judge a book by its cover", but what about beer? What if you had to choose 10 beers based solely on the artwork that covered the glass bottle each came in? The ten beers below would be on the top of our list if we to cast aside silly things like beer style or alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Brewed For Battle: Oktoberfest

    Jonathan McNamaraAvery Brewing Co.'s The Kaiser (left) and Victory Festbier. ​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable result of this peculiar ailment is the bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Oktoberfest in Phoenix -- Mark Your Calendar

    ​This year marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, and the kegs were tapped this weekend to kick off the world's largest beer festival in Munich. If you can't join the millions of people from all over the world that descend on the Bavarian town every year, don't worry: Grab your stein and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Secret Supper Club Finally Hits Phoenix

    ​By-invite-only, underground dinner parties have been all the rage in Los Angeles, Portland, New York, you name it. It's been one of the biggest trends of the year, but strangely hasn't hit the Valley until now. Better late than never, I say. A few different people in town have talked ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009

    Bootie Call

    Mash-up legends visit the PHX

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
  • Film

    May 8, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    February 21, 2008
  • News

    December 27, 2007

    Our Community Under Siege

    Where do we turn when law enforcement threatens citizens like a grim force of nature?

  • Film

    October 18, 2007

    Ordinary Rendition

    Not torture, but as conventional as they come. We're (water) bored. (Sorry.)

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Royale Flush

    The Bond franchise takes a gamble on a new guy, and comes up aces

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Bring On the Backlash

    Stirring up hype and spiting the haters

  • Home Entertainment

    May 11, 2006
  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Tube Boobs

    A little close to home

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Tragedy Re-Revisited

    Rehashing a tale we've heard before

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2004


    Artsy breasts raise money for cancer research

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Electro Ass

    The electroclash trend can't go away fast enough

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Survival Musik

    The work of Jewish composers in Germany barely survived the Nazi regime. A Scottsdale orchestra is breathing new life into those compositions.

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003
  • Film

    March 13, 2003

    Bunker Mentality

    Blind Spot offers a long close-up with one of Hitler's intimates

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Various Artists

    Africa Raps: Senegal, Mali, and the Gambia (Trikont)

  • Music

    February 22, 2001

    Eclectic Avenue

    From Snoop Dogg to Doug Sahm, Austin's Gourds revel in making magic out of every sound imaginable

  • Music

    January 25, 2001


    Do What You Want (Foodchain)

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Triumph of the Underdogs

    For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, they've gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV-commercial composer.

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Foreign Correspondence

    More letters from the battlefield: A Phoenix soldier witnesses the destruction of Europe in 1945

  • Music

    February 18, 1999

    Disco Infernal

    Rhino's new collection proves that you have no hope of getting disco in a box without leaving something out

  • Calendar

    February 5, 1998
  • Film

    October 17, 1996

    Do the Ride Thing

    Spike Lee's Bus is back on track

  • Music

    July 25, 1996

    Hope You Die Before We Get Old

    The reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

  • Culture

    June 20, 1996
  • News

    June 13, 1996

    Slow Strokes

    Once dominant, U.S. swimmers have fallen back in the Olympic pack. And some observers are questioning whether Gary Hall Jr., the world-class sprinter from Paradise Valley, has the work ethic to find gold in Atlanta.

  • Film

    February 15, 1996
  • News

    August 10, 1995
  • Dining

    October 27, 1993
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    September 22, 1993



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