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    September 5, 2014

    Beer Jelly Lets You Have Your Favorite Ale for Breakfast

    If you're the kind of beer lover who wishes they could pair a brew with every meal, or even just have your favorite ale be the meal itself, you're in luck. One Vermont resident has taken four different beer flavors and infused them into spreadable jellies.

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    July 9, 2014

    Real, Wild, Woody Beer Festival Next Weekend in Tempe: Here's the List of Breweries, Beers

    The sold out Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival is going down on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts. And if you're a beer lover and don't already have your ticket just stop reading now. Because the lineup of specialty brews is pretty impressive and you're going to be sad. Attendees, yo ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    On Lagunitas IPA and Destination Drinking

    Beer: IPA Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2 percent When you work around craft beer, the most common question people ask is, "So, what's your favorite beer?" I'm never able to answer -- I freeze up like I've been stumped at the spelling bee and usually mumble something un ... 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

    The 11 Best Canned Beers in the Country

    The first beer can -- a heavy-gauge steel number that had to be stabbed open with a sharp piece of metal -- first hit the market almost 80 years ago. I envy the beer bloggers of those days. With just two beers available (Krueger's Cream Ale and Krueger's Finest Beer), ranking the best canned beers i ... 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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    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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    March 31, 2014

    Founders Brewing Co. Expands Into Arizona

    FoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscoming FoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscoming FoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscomingFoundersiscoming! Sorry, lost a bit of my journalistic reserve there. I'm just excited because FOUNDERS BREWING CO. IS CO ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Brewing Co.'s Barrel Aged Reserve Series

    Beer: Melange a Trois, Hop God and Apricot au Poivre Brewery: Nebraska Brewing Co. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Belgian IPA, Saison ABV: 10.1 percent Before last week, the following list contained everything I knew about the state of Nebraska: They grow lots of corn. They have people whose jo ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Upslope Brown Ale: Feel the Love

    Beer: Brown Ale Brewery: Upslope Brewing Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 6.7 percent This is a story about love. It's also a story about beer, which, when you think about it, is kind of redundant. It begins years ago in a small Argentinian town called Ushaia, a picturesque hamlet made up of mounta ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Speakeasy Untouchable: You Should Definitely Grab One

    Beer: Untouchable Brewery: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 5.4 percent You'll often hear people waxing nostalgic about decades long past, wishing they could've been born in a different time. But nobody ever says they wish they were alive in the '20s. Know why? Prohibition. T ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    19 Great American Beer Festival Winners You Can Get in Arizona

    Denver is a sadder, quieter place this week. The vendors have broken down their booths; the brewers have packed up their jockey boxes; the drinkers have sobered up. The 2013 Great American Beer Festival is over and done. But all is not lost. Held every year since 1982 in the Mile High City, the G ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Green Flash Green Bullet: Give It A Shot

    Beer: Green Bullet Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co. Style: Imperial IPA ABV: 10.1 percent Science tells us that, biologically speaking, the best time to taste a beer is in the morning, when your senses are sharpest. So when evaluating a beer for a review, I'll often wake up early and squeeze in som ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Luau, SuperMonk IPA and 2 for 1 Dinner at Roaring Fork: Labor Day Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenix Cooks! Saturday, August 31 The annual Phoenix Cooks! event is just around the corner, which means that we've officially kicked off the fall culinary event season. This year the Westin Keirland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale will host chefs including Stephen Jones of Bluehound Kitchen and Coc ... More >>

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    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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    July 15, 2013

    Fate Brewing's Flagship, Irish Red

    Beer: Irish Red Brewery: Fate Brewing Co. Style: Irish Red Ale ABV: 5.4 percent Having just attended a gathering of beer industry leaders who discussed the merits of drinking local and supporting a brewery's core brands, I am (for this week, anyway) pumped on flagships. These are the beers that yo ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    SunUp Cherry Buzz and a Shout-Out to Arizona Girls Pint Out

    Beer: Cherry Buzz Brewery: SunUp Brewing Co. Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 5 percent We begin today with an apology. I been derelict in my bloggerly duties and neglected, when it occurred May 1, to wish the women of Arizona Girls Pint Out a happy third anniversary. Since 2010, this organization ha ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Beer and Baseball Bats: Phoenix Ale Homefront IPA

    Beer: Homefront IPA Brewery: Phoenix Ale Brewery Style: American IPA ABV: 6.5 percent I didn't know Gregory Fretz well. I really only met the man once, during the Beer for Brains Bocce Brew HaHa held in 2012, as he was pouring glasses of Phoenix Ale Watermelon Wheat. He told me in a gravelly barito ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 28, 2013

    24 Legitimately Fascinating Facts About Beer

    We're a sucker for a good infographic and this one is a doozy. We were particularly amused by the revelation that hops, which gives many beers their distinctive strong flavor, is genetically related to cannabis. Perhaps when legalization finally sweeps the nation we can look forward to extra strong ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    You "Must" Try These Beer/Wine Hybrids

    To look at it from afar, it would seem that the rivalry between beer drinkers and wine drinkers is as heated as the stink between, say, the Hatfields and the McCoys, or Duke and UNC. Oenophiles turn up their noses at the uncultured rubes chugging what they see as swill; beer-lovers snicker at the ou ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    5 Things You Need to Know About Craft Beer in Arizona

    Happy Arizona Beer Week, drinkers! Have you mapped out your schedule yet? There's a lot to see, do and imbibe in the next few days -- it's a busy, beautiful time to be a beer lover. It's also impossible to focus on just one beer during a time like this, so for Arizona Beer Week, we're giving you a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    17 Don't-Miss Events During Arizona Beer Week, Feb. 16-23

    With more than 100 tastings, tappings and opportunities to tipple taking place throughout Arizona Beer Week, one must schedule his time wisely for maximum drinking. These are the events you'll find us at -- and the beers we'll be drinking there. See also: - Chow Bella Rides with Mother Road Brew ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Bell's Hopslam Returns This Week

    Beer: HopslamBrewery: Bell's Brewery,Inc.Style: Imperial IPAABV: 10 percent See also: - Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale - Ballast Point Victory at Sea. Not to get you guys all excited, but Bell's, the best damn brewers in all of Kalamazoo County, posted this on thei ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    SanTan Count Hopula

    Beer: Count Hopula Brewery: SanTan Brewing Co. Style: American Strong Ale ABV: 7.1 percent See also: SanTan Mr. Pineapple Beers that come out every year but don't stick around for long -- seasonals, we call them -- are an important piece of any brewery's portfolio. Drinkers will often eagerly ant ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Craft Beer and "Craft Salmon" at T. Cook's Alaskan Beer Dinner Last Night

    See also: Craft Beer of the Week: Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort invited guests to an Alaskan Beer pairing dinner last night, in what it hopes will be the first in a series of beer pairings to run throughout the fall and winter. The evening featured a variety of ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Three Things to Eat Drink, Drink, and Bake this Weekend, The Craft Beer Edition

    See Also: Here Come The Growlers: Starting at Midnight, Bars Can Hand Over 64 oz To Go Happy weekend Chow Bella friends! Ready for another road trip? This time we're heading out west to sunny Palm Springs, California for one of the desert's biggest craft beer parties. Then we'll head home for a f ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

    Beer: Indian Brown Ale Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 7.2 percent See also: Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life & Limb See also: New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer The Beer Judge Certification Program (the major authority that certifies and ranks judges for homeb ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Eleven Favorite Phoenix Beers

    What's your favorite beer? We at Chow Bella get this question a lot, and while it may seem a simple choice for the uninitiated, it can be much harder to answer for those who have tried a multitude of brews. Even among the relatively small selection of beers made in the Valley, with so many styles, f ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Introducing "This Week in Beer," Your Weekly Beer Calendar

    Beer is a big deal in the Valley. From tastings and tappings to pairing dinners and more, there's a different beer event to attend pretty much every night. Every week, we'll curate upcoming brew-related goings-on and lay them out for you here. Your calendar will be as full of beer as your belly. M ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Four Peaks Wins Big at World Beer Cup

    Seems like Arizona's brewers are finally getting some of the respect they deserve. At this year's World Beer Cup -- the largest commercial international beer competition on Earth with 799 brewery entrants from 54 countries -- Tempe's own Four Peaks Brewing Co. took home two gold medals and a bronz ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Strong Beer Fest 2012: Totally Worth the Wait

    ​By the looks of the lines, the fact that Tops Liquor went through 5000 bottles of water, and the throbbing pain in my forehead, I'd say the 2012 Strong Beer Fest was a success. Check out our slideshow here, and read on for details of the best -- and not-so-best -- beers of the day.  ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Bell's Hopslam

    ​Beer: HopslamBrewery: Bell's Brewery, Inc. Style: Imperial IPAABV: 10 percent Several times a year, a brew is released that sets the beer-buying public in a frenzy. Like a locust swarm, they'll race from store to store to pick up as much as they can, leaving barren, empty shelves in their wake. D ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale

    Zach Fowle ​Beer: Lagunitas Sucks Holiday AleBrewery: Lagunitas BrewingStyle: Imperial IPAABV: 7.85% Lagunitas sucks, but at least they know it. I have a list of favorite winter brews, and right near the top is Lagunitas' Brown Shugga. I love its origin story, which goes like this: Somethin ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 7, 2011

    RAREaffair Didn't Disappoint

    Zach Fowle ​Beer for Brains sure knows how to throw a party. On Saturday, close to 800 beer lovers soaked themselves in suds at the RAREaffair, thrown by the Beer for Brains Foundation. Held at Talking Stick Resort, this no-limit food-and-drink-tasting event featured more than 75 beers for s ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Spicy Chili and Sweet Orange Blossom Beer at Hoptoberfest in Chandler

    This turkey chili (front) made us reach for the Kleenex with its creamy heat, but the chicken chili was more of a bland sniffles cure. ​After two weekends of foodie and wine festivals, Chandler's beer drinkers got their fix this Saturday at the Hoptoberfest Chili Cook Off, hosted by the Hung ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue Does Beer For Brains Event Next Monday

    Jamie Peachey​Juicy barbecue, ice cold beer, and a good cause? This one's a no-brainer, or, in the case of Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek, a Beer for Brains fundraiser. ​At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12, Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue will be pairing up 'que and beer ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    SanTan Brewing Co. Negro Nitron

    ​Beer: Negro NitronBrewery: SanTan Brewing Co. (8 S. San Marcos Place, 480-917-8700)Style: Black IPAABV: 7.3 percent The Black IPA is so hot right now. As in fashion, music and baby names, trends in the craft beer world progress rapidly. Last year, Belgian IPA was the tits, and lately it see ... 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 >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Zach Ogle's Hop Suicide

    The Hop Suicide ​Yesterday we met Zach Ogle, the beer geek pouring drinks at Papago Brewing Co. The bartenders at Papago love to mix beers together, and today Ogle shares with us the recipe for one such mix: the Hop Suicide. Because it's a simple combination of whatever hoppy stuff Pap ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Blind IPA Taste Test

    Jonathan McNamaraA blind IPA taste test? Let's hop to it!​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 the ... 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 >>

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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 >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Double IPA

    Jonathan McNamaraHopslam, Twin Sisters, and Breckenridge 471.​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 ... More >>

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    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 >>