Post image for Feb. 18: Craft 64 chef pop-up & collaboration tapping at Pedal Haus in Tempe

Pedal Haus brewer Derek Osborne and Craft 64 chef Josh Ivey team up as part of the downtown Tempe brewery’s Chefs Brew Beer Series from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

The highlight of the event will be the tapping of their collaboration beer, Currant Affairs, a Belgian abbey ale brewed with blueberries and cassis (black currant syrup) and fermented in Zinfandel barrels for 10 months.

Pints will be $5 while supplies last.

Ivey also will offer three small plates:

  • Buffalo di Mozzarella: Mozzarella from Capania, Italy; heirloom tomatoes; arugula; pesto; basil ($5).
  • Polpetta con Uovo: Beef/pork meatball, classic tomato sauce, housemade mozzarella, and sunny side up egg ($5).
  • Craft 64 Pizzetta: 8-inch pizza with arugula pesto, housemade mozzarella, Pedal Haus roasted chicken, and goat cheese ($5).

In addition, Pedal Haus’ regular all-day Sunday specials include $3 select Pedal Haus beers, $3 mimosas, $4 Bloody Marys, $5 margaritas, and half-off wings.

A follow-up event will be held Monday, Feb. 19, at Craft 64 in Old Town Scottsdale. Meet the brewers and keep the pint glass.

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Feb. 17: A Night of a Million Randalls at The Brass Tap in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 16, 2018

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The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview hosts its fourth annual A Night of a Million Randalls from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

For the uninitiated, a Randall is a double-chamber filter that runs your favorite beers through flavor-enhancing ingredients like hops, fruits, spices, or herbs.

The breweries represented will be:

  • Grand Canyon Brewing
  • Ballast Point
  • Dogfish Head
  • Huss
  • McFate
  • Santa Fe
  • Lost Coast
  • Mike Hess
  • Uncle Bear’s

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A few seats remain for the Arizona Beer Week six-course tacos and beer dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Hungry Monk in Chandler.

The tacos created by beer chef Gidi Goldberg and the beer pairings are:

  • Mahi Fish: Pan-seared mahi mahi, charred pineapple slaw, pico de gallo, Baja sauce, flour tortilla. Paired with Pedal Haus Hoppy Lager.
  • 5-Layer Pig: Beer-braised mojo pork, chorizo, pork belly cracklins, bacon aioli, pig something, salsa verde, corn tortillas. Paired with Borderlands Toole Ave.
  • BBQ Goat: Beer-braised goat, pickled Fresno chile, cilantro, cotija, house BeerBQ sauce, avocado crème, corn tortillas. Beer pairing TBA.
  • Smoked Prime Rib: Smoked espresso-crusted prime rib, roasted garlic horseradish aioli, crispy onion, red cabbage slaw, cotija cheese, corn tortillas. Paired with Huss Koffee Kolsch.
  • Smoked Chicken & Waffle: Smoked chicken, housemade stout mole, crispy chicken skin, red onion, cilantro, fried quail egg, waffle taco. Paired with Scottsdale Beer Texas Tea.
  • South of the Border Dessert: Udder Delights Mexican chocolate stout ice cream, caramelized banana, strawberry salsa, cinnamon stout whip, fried tortilla.

Cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online here.

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Opening today: Tres brings diverse wood-fired oven menu to south Tempe

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 16, 2018

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Tres – a new restaurant and bar specializing in the flavors of the American Southwest, Spain, and the Mediterranean – opens at 3 p.m. today in Discovery Office Park in south Tempe.

The office park is located on the west side of Price about a quarter mile south of Guadalupe in Tempe,

“We are combining traditional and familiar southwestern and Mexican flavors with the light, healthy and popular dishes found in the Mediterranean region,’’ executive chef Steven Zimmerman says.

Tres’ wood-fired oven produces three sizes of plates:

  • Small: Appetizers such as Arizona tepary bean hummus ($8), Moroccan spiced pork wings ($13), and Brussels sprouts carbonara ($8).
  • Medium: Entrees such as spicy lamb merguez sliders ($14), a Tres cheese torte ($16), and herbed chicken confit ($21).
  • Large: Group shares such as paella Valencia ($66), canoe bone beef osso buco ($59), and a double-boned pork tomahawk ($69).

There also are build-your-own meat and cheese boards ($17-$46).

See the full food and drink menus here.

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From the bar

A pineapple hibiscus cooler ($10), spiced pear sour ($12), and blood orange basito ($10) are highlights among the craft cocktails.

There are 16 wines by the glass ($9-$13) or bottle, three kinds of margaritas ($10), three sangrias ($10), and build-your-own mules.

Also available: Flights of Arizona craft beers ($7), Southwest wines ($11), Del Maguey mezcal ($11), and sangria ($10).

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33 days of specials

From Monday, Feb. 19, through March 23, Tres will celebrate its opening with three specials for 33 days:

  • Happy hour pricing all day throughout the restaurant (not just in bar area).
  • Buy a small or medium plate for lunch and get a free small or medium plate.
  • Buy a medium plate for dinner and get a free small plate.

Diners must mention specials when ordering, and reservations are required for lunch special.

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Hours of operation

Today through Sunday, Tres will be open from 3-11 p.m. for happy hour and dinner.

Starting Monday, regular hours will be 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

(Photos by Chanelle Sinclair)

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JC’s Steakhouse to offer Dueling Pianos dinner on Valentine’s Day

BY Jess Harter Thursday, February 8, 2018

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JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert will offer a Dueling Pianos Valentine’s Dinner with two seatings on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The menu:

  • Appetizer plate: Ricotta sopraffina with mango chutney; tomato and burrato tower (two of each).
  • Soup & salad: Shrimp bourbon bisque; strawberry goat cheese (one of each).
  • Entrees: Beef Wellington tart; crab-and-shrimp-stuffed Alaskan halibut; coriander-crusted stuffed pork loin; maple roasted half chicken(choice of two).
  • Dessert: Chocolate Yin & Yang (for two).

The two shows will be 5:30-7:15 p.m. and 8-9:45.

Cost is $140 per couple. Reservations required: 480-306-4545. No walk-ins.

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Adventurous Stills to release Explorers Club barrel-rested gin Feb. 10

BY Jess Harter Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Tempe distillery Adventurous Stills rolls out the second release of its quarterly Explorers Club series – a barrel-rested gin – with a celebration from 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

The distillery took its Camelback Gin recipe, dialed up the botanicals and let it sit in a bourbon barrel for four months. At 100 proof, the gin is described as ‘‘smooth as a baby’s bottom …. (with) notes of warm cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg.’’

Members of the Explorers Club are guaranteed a bottle; the rest of the limited release will be available to the public until sold out. One bottle will be raffled off to a customer for a penny on Saturday.

Other than Explorer Club bottles, you can enjoy $5 cocktails and $3 off all other bottles all day Saturday.

Adventurous Stills is located in the industrial area southeast of Tempe Marketplace.

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Uncle Bear’s kicks off 3rd annual Pints for Paws fundraiser Feb. 8

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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The third annual Pints for Paws, a fundraiser for Arizona Humane Society, kicks off Thursday, Feb. 8, at Uncle Bear’s three East Valley locations in Ahwatukee, Mesa, and Queen Creek.

For the duration of Arizona Beer Week, which runs Feb. 8-18, Uncle Bear’s will donate $1 from every craft beer sold to AHS.

Homeless pets also will benefit from Pints for Paws T-shirts and paw prints sales.

Additionally, on Saturday, Feb. 17, all three Uncle Bear’s locations will donate 15% of total sales between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to AHS. From noon-4 p.m., adoptable pets will be on-site.

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Wanna learn to make beer? Win ‘A Day with a Brewer’ at SunUp Brewing

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional brewer? SunUp Brewing in Phoenix is giving is giving you three chances during Arizona Beer Week to win a day of beer education and brewing practice with brewer Ross Perz.

You can enter the drawing at any of these three events at SunUp:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8: The release of the brewery’s new Nein Hops Kumquat Ale from 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: The brewery’s Burly Beer Bash, featuring eight strong ales, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17: The brewery’s Beer Pong Tournament from 4-7 p.m.

During these events, ask your server how to enter the contest.

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California’s Sierra Nevada will be the featured brewery for this month’s Beer & Bacon Night at The Hungry Monk in Chandler from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

There will be six Sierra Nevada beers on tap:

  • Hazy Little Thing: An unfiltered, unprocessed IPA, straight from the tanks and into the can.
  • Hop Bullet: A double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust in a new seasonal double IPA.
  • Madeira Quad: Belgian-style ale brewed with cherries and aged in Madeira barrels.
  • Kellerweis: One of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation.
  • Pale Ale: The brewery’s most popular beer.
  • 20th Street: Full-bodied ale brewed with SN’s estate-grown Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops.

Food specials:

  • Mussels & Fries: Mussels steamed in farmhouse ale garlic cream sauce with pancetta served over housemade Belgian-style fries. ($13)
  • Crispy Sriracha Bacon Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts and bacon tossed in sriracha-orange sauce. ($8)
  • Bacon Beer Cheese Soup: Bowl of housemade beer cheese soup topped with bacon and green onion and served with garlic toast for dipping. ($6)
  • Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, jalapeno cream cheese, bacon, and grilled jalapenos on sourdough with choice of side. ($10)
  • Apple Bacon Waffle: Bacon-infused waffle topped with Bigfoot caramelized apples, vanilla ice cream, and housemade CaskWerks Apple Pie whipped cream. ($8)

The Hungry Monk holds Beer & Bacon Night on the second Thursday of every month. Next month’s featured brewery will be King Harbor from Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Flying Basset Brewing in Gilbert celebrates grand opening Feb. 8

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Although it opened nearly two weeks ago, Flying Basset Brewing in Gilbert will hold its official grand opening celebration all day Thursday, Feb. 8.

Specials will include $3 off all draft beers and $2 off all cans, bottles, and cocktails.

There also will be a rib special and a raffle for prizes.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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