Strong Beer Festival Saturday, February 14
This weekend kicks off Arizona Beer Week and on Saturday the festival's marquee event, the Strong Beer Festival, will take over Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The event brings together dozens of craft breweries that will pour hundreds of different types of beers. General admission, which costs $45, includes a commemorative 4 ounce tasting glass, as well as 40 samples (2 ounce pours) of beers. Food will be available for purchase and free water bottles will be available. Gates open at 1 p.m. and last call will be at 4:45. For tickets or more information check the Arizona Beer Week website. (Arizona Beer Week events run from today through Saturday, February 21.)
Arizona Cocktail Week Saturday, February 14 through Saturday, February 21
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Though Arizona Cocktail Week technically runs through next Saturday, most of the events are going down this weekend. There are two full days of seminars held at the Hotel Valley Ho on Saturday and Sunday. We weren't super excited about the whiskey-heavy lineup, but there are some interesting sounding options in there such as the "Defining Craft" seminar presented by Steve Olson and "At-Home Mixology" presented by Kathy Casey of The Liquid Kitchen. There will also be parties, pop-up bars, and drink specials all over town, so for a quick rundown of the highlights we suggest checking out our list of 10 Events Not to Miss During Arizona Cocktail Week. You can also view a complete schedule on the Arizona Cocktail Week website.
Valentine's Dining Specials Saturday, February 14
Still haven't finalized your plans for Valentine's Day? Well, we've already given you 21 Places for Valentine's Day Dinner in Metro Phoenix and 19 More Valentine's Day Specials in Metro Phoenix, but if none of those tickled your fancy we've got one more. This Saturday, go retro with your Valentine at MacAlpine's Soda Fountain in Phoenix. From 5 to 8 p.m. the restaurant will be serving a $14.95 Valentine's Day menu that includes soup du jour or salad; MacAlpine's beef stroganoff, chicken marsala, or vegetarian lasagna; and homemade pie (Apple, Coconut Creme, Cherry or Shoofly), ice cream soda, or an ice cream sundae. Now through Sunday shoppers can also get 14% off all purchases in MacAlpine's Retro Store and Vintage Clothing Boutique.