Lush for Life

One night of agave-fueled tequila or two days of refreshing suds? Hell, why choose just one when you can satisfy your thirsty liver with both? A true champion of the people would head to the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, on Friday, March 26, for the second annual "Agave on the Rocks" fiesta, and then venture down to the Great Arizona Beer Festival at the Arizona Center on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28.

At "Agave on the Rocks," from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, enjoy Mexican cuisine and flavored margaritas (and keep the commemorative glass!), while Mariachi Alegre, Jazzola, The Guitar Brothers, and Sonido Global provide drinking music. Proceeds from your $50 ticket benefit the Desert Botanical Garden. For information, call 480-941-1225 or see

More than 100 breweries from the West Coast and across the Valley converge at the Arizona Center, Third Street and Van Buren, for the Great Arizona Beer Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Musical acts Jane Crowe, and Big Nick and the Gila Monsters play Saturday, while HoneyBoy Dupree & the Smokehouse Players are followed by Danny Rhodes & the Messengers on Sunday. For tickets -- $30 in advance, $35 day of the festival -- call 480-449-0467 or visit -- Joe Watson

Thirst Things First
Corkscrews cover wine basics

Sun 3/28
For once, we will find the answers at the bottom of a bottle. Dedicated to "getting you into wine," the Phoenix Corkscrews host an interactive "Wine 101" class this Sunday, March 28. The group formerly known as Wine Brats invites oenophiles (and wanna-bes) to Scottsdale's Baguettes Bistro, 14362 North Frank Lloyd Wright, to sip samples from Napa Valley's Trinchero Family Estates and spin the "Aroma Wheel of Fortune." The first 50 people to sign up are welcome at the 1 p.m. educational session; the all-inclusive wine tasting follows at 2. Call Melissa at 480-203-8341 for tickets, $30; see to join the club.-- Jill Koch

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