Helio Basin Brewing Grand Opening, Deals at House of Tricks, and More This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Helio Basin Brewing Company Grand Opening
Saturday, August 13

Helio Basin Brewing Company is one of Phoenix's newest craft breweries, and the company is throwing a grand-opening party on Saturday to celebrate. A VIP pass ($55) gets you an early tasting of Helio's newest batch of beer, Citrus Paradisi, a hoppy blonde brewed with hand-peeled Arizona grapefruit. You'll also get a tour of the brewery with owner and brewmaster Dustin Hazer, a plate of al pastor pig with grilled pineapple, a logo growler, and a logo pint glass. A "pig pass," available for $25, gets you a plate of food and two beer tickets. Helio Basin Brewing Company is located on 3935 East Thomas Road in Phoenix. The grand opening runs from 3 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite link or the brewery website.  

Hispanic Heritage Mecinas Mashup Dinner at Talavera
Saturday, August 13

Talavera's Executive Chef Mel Mecinas will be joined by his two chef brothers in preparing a four-course Oaxacan-inspired dinner this Saturday. This will be the first time the three Mecinas brothers — who have a combined total of more than 75 years in the restaurant industry — have worked together to prepare one menu under one roof in Scottsdale. The dinner is part of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North's celebration of Southwest’s Hispanic heritage this month and costs $85, with optional wine and spirit pairings for an additional $35. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 480-513-5085. For more information, visit Talavera's website

Jerry Day at SanTan Brewing Company
Saturday, August 13

Dead Heads take note: Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company is celebrating Jerry Day in honor of legendary Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia on Saturday. Guests can enjoy a special tapping of SanTan's “Standing on the Moon” (the name of a Grateful Dead song) Nitrogenated MoonJuice IPA and listen to live Dead tunes from Grateful Dead cover band Monkey & the Engineer from 2 to 5 p.m. In the spirit of the Dead show, parking lot party-themed food specials including bean and cheese burritos and grilled cheese sandwiches will be for sale. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

Summer Olympics 2016 Eklectic Pie Online Special
All weekend 

The Olympics are in full swing, and Eklectic Pie in Chandler and Mesa is honoring the occasion with an online meal deal. Guests who buy one 11-inch pizza can get another one for half price. Limit one offer per person. This deal is good online only at and excludes purchases made through GrubHub. This offer is available online now until Sunday, August 21. For more information, visit Eklectic Pie's website

Summer Savings at House of Tricks
All weekend

From now until Wednesday, August 31, Tempe's House of Tricks is offering its annual "H.O.T. Summer Savings" promotion. During this month, House of Tricks guests will save 20 percent off their checks. Print out this coupon online or just show the web page on your phone to redeem the deal. The coupon is valid for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday. The discount excludes happy-hour specials, gift card purchases, or private events, and cannot be combined with other discounts. For more information, visit House of Tricks' website
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