Urban Ale Trail Saturday, September 20
This Saturday beer lovers will descend on downtown Phoenix's watering holes to participate in the inaugural Urban Ale Trail. The self-guided tour will guide drinkers to a number of downtown, midtown, and uptown restaurants and bars where they'll find beer samples priced between $2 and $3, as well as snacks to pair with the selection of brews. Some of the participating establishments include First Draft Book Bar, Central Wine, Angels Trumpet Ale House, and The Crescent Ballroom. For a full map of the trail -- as well as a list and prices for available beers -- visit the Urban Ale Trail website. The event starts at 1 p.m. and is free to join.
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Garlic Festival Saturday, September 20
Earlier this year the Queen Creek Olive Mill planted its first harvest of garlic and now it's time to celebrate the yield. On Saturday and Sunday you can head to the mill for a day of food, drink, and entertainment including live music from Johnny Tanner and His Aces and the Hoodoo Casters. The festival will also include garlic vendor tastings, complimentary wine tastings, a garlic recipe contest, and garlic sold by the pound. For a full schedule of events check the Queen Creek Olive Mill website.
Football, Burgers, and Brews Sunday, September 21
If you're looking for a hot dining deal to go with your Sunday football game, head to Del Frisco's Grille for the new Burgers & Brews deal. For $17.50 the restaurant is offering a craft beer, double patty burger, and your choice of crispy frites. The combo features Del Frisco's Grille's Prime Cheeseburger, which includes two patties made of a blend of USDA Prime short rib, brisket, and chuck topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sloppy sauce. Diners will also get to choose between Original, Sea Salt and Parmesan, or Sweet Potato Frites. The Burgers & Brews deal will run from now until February 2, 2015.
Mixology Class with Travis Nass Sunday, September 21
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For a boozy way to spend your Sunday, try the Mixology Class at the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn. Spirit Guide and local barman extraordinaire Travis Nass will lead attendees on a class featuring a specific liquor. He'll cover topics including the history of the spirit, styles of liquor, various brands, and even recipes. Guests will also get a taste of two different cocktails and plenty of time for Q&A. The class, which costs $30 a person, begins promptly at 2 p.m. and is limited to 10 people. To reserve spot call 602 955-7878.
Arizona Restaurant Week Now through Sunday, September 28
Don't forget this is also the first weekend of Arizona Restaurant Week. The event is always a good excuse to get out and try a couple new dining spots and with more than 150 restaurants participating in this fall's event, there should be plenty of options for even the most experienced diners. For a few suggestions on where to go, check out our list of 10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014. For some other good options that didn't make the cut, try Citizen Public House, House of Tricks, Nobuo at Teeter House, Second Story Liquor Bar, and The Local. You can view the complete list of participating restaurants of the Arizona Restaurant Week website.