Today: Boulders on Southern taps Black Friday beers early

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BouldersSouthernSign062416Why wait until Friday?

Boulders on Southern in Mesa jumps the gun by kicking off its third annual Black Friday Specialty Beer Tappings a couple days early.

That’s right. The majority of beers on this year’s roster are being tapped today to give you a headstart on the holiday weekend. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Here’s the beer list (the last three with an asterisk will be held back until Friday):

  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (2016)
  • Alesmith Thai Speedway stout
  • Great Divide Barrel Aged Espresso Stout
  • Hess Blood Orange Habitus
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration fresh hop IPA
  • IPA Founders Harvest Ale fresh hop IPA
  • Belching Beaver Hoppy Hoppy Night
  • Odell Brazzle
  • Firestone-Walker Bretta Rose
  • Uintah Oak Jacked (2016)
  • Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi (2016)
  • Modern Times Mega Blazing World
  • Grand Canyon Pumpkin Springs Porter aged in Heaven Hill barrels
  • Boulevard/Arizona Wilderness/Creature Comfort Collaboration #7 oak-aged lager
  • Gulden Draak Brewmaster Reserve Calvados
  • Desert Cider House Cheer
  • Deschutes Jubelale nitro
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2017)*
  • Dogfish Head Vanilla Barrel Aged WW Stout*
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2016)*

Growler fills will be available for most beers; some will be limited to 32-ounce fills.

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Get free pizza today at MOD Pizza opening in Tempe

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MODPizza051916Seattle-based MOD Pizza opens its 12th Valley location – and eighth in the East Valley – today at Tempe Marketplace.

The first 52 people in line will receive a free pizza or salad. Others will be entered into a drawing for free pizzas for a year and other prizes.

The doors open at noon, and 100% of pizza sales on opening day will be donated to Generosity::Feeds.

MOD, which stands for Made On Demand, bakes its 11-inch pizzas in an 800-degree display oven in about three minutes.

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Sunday: 7th annual Wine Festival at My Wine Cellar

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 17, 2017

MWCWineFest111717My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee will host its seventh annual Wine Festival from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Attendees can enjoy 20 varietals, and festival wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price to take home.

There also will be food specials and live music by The Carrie Lynn Trio.

Tickets are $25 per person ($20 for Wine Club members).

Only a limited number of tickets are available. To reserve yours, call 480-598-9463.

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Saturday: Phoenix Pizza Fest at Margaret T. Hance Park

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 17, 2017

phoenixpizzafest111716Jimmy & Joe’s, Buddyz Chicago Pizza, and La Piazza al Forno are among the participating pizzerias in the third annual Phoenix Pizza Festival, which runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.

Admission is $10, with children 5 and under allowed in for free. All food and drinks cost extra. Tickets must be purchased in advance here. The festival’s attendance is capped to prevent overcrowding.

Fifteen pizza makers will sell $2-$4 slices (or half or full pizzas, depending on their preference). Local craft beers, wines, soda, lemonade, and water also will be available.

The festival also will feature live bands, lawn games, desserts, a local vendor marketplace, and a kids craft zone.

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Saturday: 5th anniversary party at McFate Brewing

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 17, 2017

McFateTripleOatmeal111717McFate Brewing will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party from noon-9 p.m. Saturday at its south Scottsdale location.

There will be food and drink specials – including $5 burgers – as well as live music by the Copper States (noon-7 p.m.), hourly giveaways (noon-9 p.m.), and brewery tours (at 1, 3, and 5 p.m.).

McFate also will be releasing its special anniversary beer – Triple Double Oat IPA – on draft and in cans.

Admission to the party is free,

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Nov. 21: ‘3rd Tuesday’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 17, 2017

Romeo3rdTuesday111717xRomeo’s Euro Cafe in downtown Gilbert will host its monthly ‘‘3rd Tuesday’’dinner – featuring new food paired with some servers’ favorite wines – at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The three-course dinners feature three new dishes from chef Romeo Taus’ creative kitchen crew paired with three wines selected by the knowledgable waitstaff:

  • Roasted vegetable fillo strudel, roasted red pepper marinara, pork Milanesa arepa. Tuna and white bean salad chimichurri dressing. Paired with 2012 GrooVee Gruner Veltliner Pannon, Hungary.
  • Broiled beef tenderloin, fennel, onion, red pepper, asparagus, snow peas, quinoa, mashed potatoes, brandy peppercorn cream sauce, mixed pickled peppers. Paired with 2012 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla, Spain.
  • Chocolate espresso pudding. Paired with 2013 Villa Borghetti Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore.

Cost is $36 per person plus tax and tip. RSVP: 480-962-4224

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Today: SunUp Harmony Cure tapping at Cornish Pasty

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 17, 2017

SunUpCaptainqueegee111717SunUp Brewing will tap its newest beer – Harmony Cure, a collaboration with Cornish Pasty Co. and Mesa-based indie band Captain Squeegee – this weekend.

The unfiltered East Coast red IPA will be tapped at 5:30 p.m. today at Cornish Pasty’s Phoenix location. Captain Squeegee will perform a special acoustic set.

On Saturday, Harmony Cure will be on tap at SunUp in Phoenix and Cornish Pasty’s locations in Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale.

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Today: ChanDiego beer release at The Hungry Monk

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 16, 2017

HazyIPA111617The Hungry Monk in Chandler releases ChanDiego, a collaboration brewed at Belching Beaver Brewing, at 5 p.m. today.

Besides the hazy IPA, the Monk will have several other beers from the San Diego County brewery on tap, including:

  • Texifornia: A triple IPA brewed in collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza
  • Hoppy Hoppy Night: New England-style IPA brewed for Belching Beaver’s fifth anniversary
  • Phantom Bride: A collaboration IPA brewed with alternative metal band The Deftones

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Today: Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Cuisine & Wine Bistro

BY Jess Harter Thursday, November 16, 2017

beaujolaisnouveau111616Cuisine and Wine Bistro will celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day from 3-10 p.m. today at its Chandler and Gilbert wine bars.

In the Beaujolais region of France, the annual holiday on the third Thursday of November marks the release of the first red wine of the season.

Cuisine & Wine Bistro will be offering this year’s wine at both locations. Cecile Hortensia will perform live French folk music at the Gilbert location starting at 7 p.m.

Due to the popularity of the events, reservations are strongly recommended. Call 480-275-6700 in Chandler or 480-497-1422 in Gilbert.

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Nov. 18: Arizona Brewers Ball at Warehouse 215 in Phoenix

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AZBrewerBall111417The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will hold its second annual Arizona Brewers Ball from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Warehouse 215 in downtown Phoenix. The event is open to the public.

Attendees are invited to dress in 1920s-inspired outfits for the Prohibition-themed celebration, which will feature small food bites paired with Arizona craft beers (see menu). The 14-piece Uptown Big Band will perform.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $125 per person. VIP table reservations are $2,000, which include 10 tickets, access to a private area, additional hors d’oeuvres and specialty beers, and prime seating for the event.

Tickets can be purchased here. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and the George Hancock Fund.

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