Rodney Hu

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    August 27, 2014

    The Truth About Your Arizona Tequila

    It's no big secret that tequila isn't tequila unless it's made in Jalisco, Mexico. Like Champagne and sparking wine, there's tequila and there are agave spirits. I'm tempted to wax poetic and go full bard status here, so there are some things you should know about just what is in the name tequila an ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Arizona Distilling Company Wins Silver, Bronze Medals at San Fransisco Spirits Competition

    Local craft distillery Arizona Distilling Company received some exciting recognition this weekend when two of their three currently released spirits medaled in a national liquor competition. The San Francisco Spirits Competition recognizes international distilleries through extensive tasting panels ... 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 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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    February 14, 2014

    AZ Distilling Co. Releases All-Local Grain-to-Bottle Whiskey

    If you're a whiskey lover finding it difficult to inspire that romantic feeling, there's good news about getting out of Valentine's Day doldrums. Since the first release of Copper City Bourbon, it seemed Rodney Hu and his team at Arizona Distilling Co. were excitedly chatting about the all-Arizona-m ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    January 22, 2014

    Arizona Distilling Co. Releases Locally Made Gin, Opens Distillery to the Public

    Last week Arizona Distilling Co. added a spirit to their repertoire. The historic Tempe-based distillery was the first to legally produce liquor in the state since Prohibition when they released Copper City Bourbon last year. Now they're also offering a Desert Dry Gin made with locally-sourced botan ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    How to Make Bourbon with Arizona Distilling Co.

    If you're like Rodney Hu, Jason Grossmiller, and Jon Eagan of the Arizona Distilling Co., distilling bourbon begins with making a few good friends. After meeting in high school at Tempe's Marcos de Niza-- with Hu later taking over operations at Yucca Tap Room and Grossmiller quitting his job as a bl ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    5 Gifts for the Cocktail Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the cocktail lover. Craft cocktailing has become as much a culinary art as a ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Best Phoenix Music Venues of 2013

    It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking. In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that pic ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    10 Best Dive Bars in Metro Phoenix

    Although craft cocktailing and mixology have made it trendy to spend way too much money on one drink, there will always be a place in our bar roster for a good old fashioned dive bar. Great jukeboxes, cheap drinks and the opportunity to shark some n00bs at pool keep us coming back to some of the see ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Copper City Bourbon: Made in Downtown Tempe by Arizona Distilling Co.

    If you've seen the historic-looking Copper City Bourbon bottle springing up around town at your favorite watering holes, like Casey Moore's, Little Woody and even Tucson's historic Club Congress, you probably didn't get a chance to read the back label. If you did, you'd have read the story of the Co ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Johnny Volume Holds Final Delinquency Punk Night at Yucca Tap Room

    See also: Johnny Volume Brings the "Delinquency" Punk Rock DJ Night Back to Yucca See also: DJ Johnny Volume Talks Local Punk, Avail, and More See also: Johnny Volume: "[Waylon Jennings] Truly Did Not Give a Fuck..." One of the Valley's longer-running punk rock nights is about to go D.O.A. (See wh ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Our Favorite Spots for Nightly Local Music Around Town

    With the impending arrival of Filter Magazine's Phoenix newsletter, it feels like a lot of eyes are on our music scene. Here's hoping Filter digs in and really investigates. I did so in April 2010, attempting the goal of going out to a different show every night for the entire month. The idea was ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Eastside's Michael Pawlicki Opening Pop-Up Record Store Near Yucca Tap Room

    Just in time for today's repeat of Record Store Day on Black Friday, here's some killer news for Valley vinylphiles and music nerds: Michael Pawlicki, one of the co-owners of the now-defunct Eastside Records, will be opening a pop-up-style record store near the Yucca Tap Room sometime in the coming ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Yucca Tap Room Adds Craft Beer and Whiskey Lounge

    ​Tempe's Yucca Tap Room has been a Tempe dive bar favorite for years, especially for its live music. (Photo by Benjamin Leatherman) But now there's a whole lot more on tap. Earlier this month, owner Rodney Hu unveiled the Yucca's expansion into the space next door, a craft beer and whiskey ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Mantooth Group Re-Opening Nile Theatre Basement as The Underground

    The hardcore punks of Distort perform at the Nile Theatre back in the 2002. Earlier this month, it was Long Wong's. Last week, I wrote about how the old Boston's was being reincarnated into 910 Live. And just today I got news that the property in downtown Mesa that formerly housed the Nile The ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Blunt Club Moves to Yucca Tap Starting January 28

    ​Pickster Uno, Dumperfoo, DJ Element, and the other members of the Blunt Club will be packing up their record crates and moving to a brand new home later this month. The long-running Thursday hip-hop night (now in its seventh year of existence) is bidding au revoir to Tempe's Club Red in favor o ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Phoenix Indie Bowl 2009 in Photos

    Sadly this purple bowling shirt did not say "Jesus" on the left breast.​First the bad news: New Times is not your 2009 Indie Bowl champions. I take full responsibility for the failure of our vaunted "All Midwest Transplant Team," as I had by far the team's lowest score of the night in our first ga ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    23 West Schedules January 1 Grand Opening

    Chi-Town hardcore punks Harm's Way will headline 23 West's grand opening.​New year, new music venue. Rodney Hu's much anticipated all-ages joint 23 West, which is located next door to the Yucca Tap Room, has scheduled a grand opening celebration on Friday, January 1. According to the Web si ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    October 16, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: Sugar Thieves, Trunk Killers, and Axe-Men

    The Sugar Thieves are scheduled to perform tonight at Civic Square Park.​While the jury's still out over whether or not downtown Phoenix's music scene is "ovah," our city's core appears to be alive and well when it comes to culture. Need some proof to back up that statement? Take a look at the num ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Last Exit Bar & Grill Closes For Good

    The Last Exit in Tempe is officially donezo.​We had a late-night bombshell dropped on us tonight by Jack Maverik, the former co-owner of the Last Exit Bar & Grill in Tempe. That's right, we most definitely said "former," because the live music venue closed its doors for good as of yesterday m ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Check Out the Schedule For Tomorrow's Shizzfest 2

    Peachcake is scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday inside the Trunk Space.​ It's probably not the wisest move in the world to publically disagree with one's supervisor (hence that old chestnut, "Don't cross the boss"), but, hey, sometimes you gotta live dangerously. By now you've proba ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009
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    September 18, 2009

    Rodney Hu Expanding Yucca Tap Room, Launching All-Ages Venue

    Yucca Tap Room owner Rodney Hu.Rodney Hu has some big plans for the Yucca Tap Room. Walking through a vacant restaurant space adjacent to his Tempe bar and music venue, Hu eagerly gestures around the room while describing how he'll transform the place into a funky lounge area. "There will be a door ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Kinch Release New EP with Two Great Shows

    Roarke LaceyKinch performs on Roosevelt Street at September's First Friday. It was the first time Roosevelt has ever been closed for a concert.​Kinch's The Economic Chastisement EP release party back in February was one of the best little concerts I've seen this year, so I was pretty stoked about ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    June 29, 2009

    Yellow Minute Returns to Yucca on July 3

    "Yellow Minute is the next big buzz band," Rodney Hu, owner of Tempe's Yucca Tap Room and one of my good friends, declared during a recent phone conversation of the AZ band. "Just watch. You'll see." After catching some of the band's performance at Hu's bar last week where they ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Flier of the Week: The Yucca's Open Mic Night

    This weekend is probably the biggest three days of music I can remember in my time in the Valley, with two multi-day festivals (Country Thunder and Tempe Music Fest) along with Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Fall Out Boy, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Prince Billy and Calexico all coming to town.Think you'll ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Ghost Hunting at Casey Moore's

    By Kelly Wilson Is Casey Moore’s really haunted? Most of the staff at the Tempe neighborhood bar – located off Ninth and Ash – have personal ghost stories, some that are sure to make the hair on the back of yo ... More >>