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5 Things To Eat And Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. This week has plenty to offer food lovers and beer drinkers all over the Valley.

"Brews & Banter" Craft Beer Dinner

This Tuesday, July 30 The Arrogant Butcher at Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix is celebrating the craft beers of Mother Road Brewing Company with a four-course beer-centric dinner. Founded by Michael and Alissa Marquess, Mother Road Brewing Company comes to Phoenix from Flagstaff, where the company brews their products in a 1920s era industrial building along Route 66. The dinner will feature their Roadside American Ale, Lost Highway Black IPA and more, paired with such dishes as oysters with jalapeno, line, honey and smoked salt and pork belly with grilled polenta. "Brews and Banter" will begin at 7 p.m. and costs $45 a person. Call 602-324-8502 for more information or to reserve your seat.

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Summer School at the Monk

Get schooled this Tuesday, July 30 by beverage guru Dave Johnson at Aaron May's Praying Monk. The Old Town Scottsdale restaurant with more than 20 international brews on tap is hosting a summer school series on all things beer and the next session will focus specifically on Microproducers of the World. In additional to knowledge sharing, beer and food pairing and beer lore, the event will include beer matched tapas and beer samples. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and costs $30 per person. Call 480-398-3020 or email info@scottsdalemonk.com to reserve your spot.

Arizona History Dinner with Ken Duncan

Head up to Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House this Wednesday, July 31 for the next event in their Arizona History Dinner series. This week's dinner will feature speaker Ken Duncan, full-blooded San Carlos Apache, on the subjects of storytelling, flute playing and the Apache language. The three-course dinner menu includes acorn soup with braised rabbit, stewed elk and root vegetables and a trio of whoopie pies for dessert. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour before dinner is served at 6 p.m. The cost is $55 dollars a person and reservations can be made by calling 480-488-8031.

It was Fate: A Night of Hops

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District American Kitchen and Wine Bar at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is bring the brews to city this Thursday, August 1. From 5 to 7 p.m. you can join them for an exclusive tapping with Fate Brewing Company at which attendees will taste Fate Oatmeal Double IPA as well Fate's American Pale Ale and Irish Red. Fate Brewing Company owner Steve McFate and head brewer Adam Schmeichel will talk beer, brewing and hops while guests sip and sample complimentary snacks. The event costs $10 at the door. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

DIY Cocktail Kits

We may not be master mixologists - or anything close to it - but this summer J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale is making it as easy as possible for anyone to shake up their own craft cocktails. Their DIY Cocktail Kits come with your choice of spirit, a variety of unique house-made mixers, fresh fruit-infused syrups, bitters and herbs. And we're not talking about tonic and mint, these kits come with mixes like cherry yuzu base, Absinthe wormwood tincture, Thai basil leave and Peychaud's bitters. The kits also come with recipe suggestions, bar tools and, because every good bartender needs one, a cocktail shaker.

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