What you might have missed: This week’s most-read posts

BY Jess Harter | Saturday, October 25, 2014

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This week’s five most popular MXSW posts, based on page views:

1. Now open: The Mission @ Minder Binder in Tempe

2. Yoli’s Cafe hoping to raise $5,000 in 5 days to reopen

3. The Revival to switch menu to Mexican food Thursday

4. Saturday: 5 things you need to know about Taste Chandler

5. Now open: Social Box Neighborhood Eatery in Chandler

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Friday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter | Friday, October 24, 2014

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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Friday: Taptoberfest at The Brass Tap in Mesa

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview will celebrate the end of Oktoberfest season with its first “Taptoberfest” on Friday. Starting at 11 a.m., Warsteiner pints will be $3, while all Marzen, Oktoberfest, and other German-style beers are $4.

Taptoberfest tap list:

  • Warsteiner
  • Abita Oktoberfest
  • Bells Oktoberfest
  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
  • Mudshark Oktoberfest
  • Rough Draft Oktoberfest
  • San Tan Oktoberfest
  • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
  • Uncle Bears Barktoberfest
  • Black Market Oktoberfest
  • Black Diamond Oktoberfest
  • Zunft Kolsch
  • Konig Ludwig
  • Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter
  • Coronado Punk in Drublic
  • Delerium Noel
  • Destihl Samhain Pumpkin
  • Deschutes Jubel Ale
  • Grand Canyon Pumpkin Springs
  • Hangar 24 Gourdgeous
  • Ninkasi Sleigh’r
  • Wasatch Pumpkin
  • Woodchuck Pumpkin
  • Desert Eagle Pumpkin Dunkel

The Brass Tap’s World Series special – $4 American craft beers from first pitch to last out – will not be in effect Friday because of Taptoberfest, but will return for Game 4 on Saturday and Game 5 on Sunday.

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Monday: Sausage & beer class at SanTan Brewing

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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SanTan Brewing in downtown Chandler is launching a series of classes pairing craft beers with craft food. Each will feature a local chef or food artisan and a SanTan brewer.

First up will be a sausage and beer class at 6 p.m. Monday.

Attendees will enjoy seven different types of sausage made by SanTan chef Dennis Martinez paired with seven SanTan beers:

Sausage & Beer Pairings:

  • Andouille sausage and SunSpot Gold
  • Curry chicken sausage and HefeWeizen
  • Traditional German bratwurst and Oktoberfest
  • Smoked Polish sausage and Epicenter AMber
  • Spicy Italian sausage and Devil’s Ale
  • Blue cheese-stuffed sausage and HopShock IPA
  • Espresso-rubbed red-eye sausage and Gordo Stout

The pairing costs $25 per person and will be held in the brewpub’s private Brewers Reserve room. About 10 seats still are available. RSVP: catering@santanbrewing.com.

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Arizona Beer Class: Fate Candy Bar Milk Stout

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

(Arizona Beer Class is an ongoing Thursday series profiling Arizona’s noteworthy craft beers. See previous Arizona Beer Classes here.)

This week, Fate Brewing founder Steve McFate talks about his fall seasonal Candy Bar Milk Stout (6% ABV), which will be released Monday.

FateCandyBarMilkStoutBeer style: “It’s a milk stout conditioned with honey-roasted peanuts, cacao nibs, whole vanilla beans, and sea salt,” McFate says. “Sweet, but not cloy.”

The inspiration: “It was inspired by a peanut butter cup!  We brew a lot of one-off beers and thought it’d be fun to experiment with our base milk stout by adding candy-inspired ingredients.”

The debut: “Late summer 2013 – and it won a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in the fall.”

The name: “We don’t name very many of our beers, but patrons would come in and say, ’I’d like one of those candy bar beers,’ hence the name stuck.  There was a lot of discussion amongst patrons and crew — does it taste more like a peanut butter cup or Snickers?”

One-sentence description: “A liquid version of your favorite candy bar!”

Where to find it: “It will be released on Oct. 27 at the brewery. We’re opening early that day (11 a.m.) for the tapping party. Because it’s limited supply, we’re limiting growler sales to a maximum of one 64-ounce or two 32-ounce per person. We’d like as many people as possible to get a treat this Halloween season!”

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Scully’s takes over Lucky Break sports bar in Tempe

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Lucky Break, the three-year-old sports bar, pool hall, and neighborhood grill on the southeast corner of McClintock and Baseline in Tempe, has a new owner and a new name – Scully’s.

For now, there are no significant changes. The menu remains the same, and the venue will continue to open at 3 p.m. weekdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sunday for football games.

Eventually, signage will be changed, seating arrangements will be reworked, and a new menu will be introduced, although it won’t stray from sports bar fare.

The new owner also plans to introduce live music.

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SanTan Brewing explains changes to release schedule

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Chip Mulala from SanTan Brewing wants to clear up some of the recent confusion over changes in the Chandler brewery’s seasonal release calendar.

Sex Panther: The winter seasonal, a double chocolate porter, traditionally been released in January. This year, due to public demand, SanTan decided to release it Nov. 1.

“We ended up releasing it even earlier after the huge response we got from Oktoberfest Lager in cans for the first time,” Mulala says.

It will be available through Jan. 31.

Winter Warmer: The aged English strong ale, formerly a winter seasonal, now is part of SanTan’s new Vault Series of higher-ABV ales.

“It will be released on draft and Canzilla at the pub the week before Thanksgiving and in 16-ounce cans to retailers in December,” Mulala says.

RailSlide: The imperial spiced ale also has been removed from the seasonal series but added to SanTan’s Pilot Series of beers.

“RailSlide will take a hiatus but this local favorite will make a showing again in the future,” Mulala says.

Mr. Pineapple: The uber-popular summer seasonal’s release will be moved up to Feb. 1 in time for the Super Bowl and the Cactus League.

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Thursday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter | Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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The Revival to switch menu to Mexican food Thursday

BY Jess Harter | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Uh-oh. This doesn’t seem like a good sign.

Less than four months after opening, The Revival in Tempe is ditching its “contemporary American dishes” in favor of Mexican food.

The restaurant announced this afternoon the new menu will debut Thursday. (See the new lunch and dinner menus.)

The Revival, you may recall, is a concept from former House of Tricks chef Fletcher and Mucho Gusto founder Chad Withycombe.

Withycombe closed Mucho Gusto in June to convert it into The Revival. So the space has gone from Mexican to American to – as of tomorrow – back to Mexican.

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Now open: The Mission @ Minder Binder in Tempe

BY Jess Harter | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Talk about a blast from the past: Minder Binders is back!

OK, so the new Mission-style complex doesn’t look anything like the giant red barn that stood on the northeast corner of McClintock and University in Tempe for more than three decades.

And the name has been changed to The Mission @ Minder Binder.

But those who’ve watched two years of renovations of the iconic two-story landmark can rest easy: A remarkable amount of the beloved building’s interior was preserved.

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That includes the wooden booths made from former church pews, shiny with new layers of varnish but still displaying various city names and the graffiti scratches of a thousand previous occupants.

Each was painstakingly removed, repaired, and returned to its exact position encircling the long bar island. The eclectic collection of memorabilia, antiques, and junk still hangs from same spots on the walls and ceilings.

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Minder Binders opened in 1972 and grew into a popular burgers-and-beer destination for ASU students and locals alike. It abruptly closed in 2005, badly in need of repairs.

Thank the Bell family – owners of San Tan Flat in Queen Creek – who spent two years and more than a few bucks to preserve a piece of Valley history.

“Our rule of thumb was anything that customers could see or touch should be restored,” says Kristen Bell, who will run the place. “But we had to put in new floors, a new roof, a new kitchen…”

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The barn-like exterior could not be saved and has been replaced by a stucco finish similar to San Tan Flat. Most of the former parking lot along McClintock has been converted into a beautiful walled courtyard with a fountain, a fireplace, and a fire pit.

Also gone are the sand volleyball courts in back. Now that area is the parking lot (although the cedar fencing around the courts was repurposed as part of the bar inside).

The main entrance now is located at what used to be the rear of the building, facing University.

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For now, there’s a limited menu of appetizers, salads, 12-inch pizzas ($13-$17) , and burgers and sandwiches ($10-$12). Bell, who opened a small pizzeria in her home state of South Dakota, is especially excited about the pizza.

“We have a 140-year-old sourdough starter,” she says, also noting, “In South Dakota I have 1,400 square feet. Here I have 14,000 square feet with 400 seats.”

Additional food items slowly will be added to menu as soon as next week. Look for more pizza options, as well as dinner entrees like steak, salmon, and barbecued ribs.

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The Mission @ Minder Binder currently opens at 4 p.m. daily, but Bell expects to open at 11 a.m. in a few weeks.

Happy hour – with $1 off all beer, wine, and cocktails – is 4-6 p.m. daily and likely will expand to 2-6 p.m. when lunch service starts.

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