5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Whiskey School Saturday, June 14

In honor of National Bourbon Day, Second Story Liquor Bar in Scottsdale will be hosting a whiskey class and tasting on Saturday. Whiskey Man John Christie will be leading a two-hour educational class that will include a brief history lesson and demonstration of multiple bourbon cocktails. A $40 fee includes the class, a whiskey tasting, savory snacks, and a cocktail demonstration. The Whiskey School begins at 2 p.m. and reservations can be made on the Second Story Liquor Bar website.

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Bloomin' Beer Fest Saturday, June 14

It's been nearly a decade since Irish author James Joyce wrote the novel that would eventually become a classic of modern literature, Ulysses. This Saturday Joyce fans around the world will celebrate Bloomsday, named for the book's protagonist, Leopold Bloom. At the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix the festivities will include beer-tastings, wine, spirits, and food as well as readings from the novel and live Irish music by The Brazen Heads. Tickets, which cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door, include 16 tokens that can be used for beer or food. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information visit the Irish Cultural Center website.

Annual Hawaiian Luau Saturday, June 14

This Saturday SanTan Brewing Company will celebrate their sixth annual Hawaiian Luau in conjunction with Summer Splash in downtown Chandler. The luau begins at 11 a.m. with a full island-inspired spread including lomi salmon, steamed rice, macaroni salad and coconut haupia dessert, as well as a whole roasted pig. Pair your meal with an award winning Mr. Pineapple beer, which won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival competition. The Summer Splash, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include a swimming pool with swimming lessons, water slides, games, misters, bounce houses, and carnival style games.

'Flights of Fancy' Beer Sampling Party Saturday, June 14

Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 at a facility in Santa Barbara County and from those humble beginnings has since grown to become one of the country's best-known brew houses. This weekend you can catch them at The Handlebar Tempe when the restaurant and bar hosts a Flights of Fancy Beer Sampling Party. The event includes a Firestone Walker Brewing Company beer flight that includes the brewery's Winter Wookey, Double DBA, 17th Anniversary, Sucaba, Parabola, and a Mystery Sour. Admission of $15 in advance or $17 at the door also includes a bratwurst or a large order of our fries. Limited seating is available. Reserve a spot online.

Father's Day Special at AZ Food Crafters Order by 4 p.m. today

If you're not taking dad out to eat for Father's Day this Sunday, make sure he'll have a great meal without having to do any work by ordering the Father's Day BBQ Special from AZ Food Crafters. The $75 deal includes one full slab of slow roasted ribs with house made peach barbecue sauce, one whole citrus marinated fire roasted chicken, as well as creamy corn soufflé, three cheese mac n cheese, and drunken beans (feeds four). Add a salad -- choice of Yukon Gold Potato Salad, Classic Cole Slaw, or Italian Pasta Salad -- for $5 and a pie -- choice of apple, blueberry or peach -- for $10. Call 602-692-4129 by 4 p.m. today to reserve a meal.

See also: 15 Father's Day Specials at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

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