Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

POSTED BY Jess Harter Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $8.99 chef’s pasta specials; dozen wings for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: With purchase of $8 or more, kids under 10 eat free off kids menu.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent boneless wings; $3 craft beer pints.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: Ride your two- or three-wheel bike (with or without motor) and get happy hour pricing on drinks from 6-9 p.m. in bar.
  • Murphy’s Law: All-you-can-eat fish & chips for $16 from 6-10 p.m.; $4 Tullamore Dew, $5 Jameson, $5 Bushmills, $5 Irish Car Bombs all day.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza$1 off specialty pizzas; $3.95 house wine; $3 Blue Moons and Shock Tops.
  • Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids eat free with each adult meal (additional kids eat for $3) from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: 50% off all bottles of wine.

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Wednesday: Stogies & Brews at The Brass Tap in Mesa

POSTED BY Jess Harter Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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Tuesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

POSTED BY Jess Harter Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $2 tacos; two Tecates for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • The Brass TapBrew Crew members get 25% off all packaged brews; also Randall Night.
  • Duke’s Tavern: All bottles of beer are $2.50.
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza, large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.
  • House of Brews: Grilled N.Y. strip with choice of side, fries, or soup and vegetable of the day for $10.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent wings.
  • Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $3 tacos; open-mic night from 6-9 p.m.
  • Murphy’s Law: Double Punch Tuesday (buy 7 lunches, get the 8th free); $6.95 lunch mix & match special.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: 2 appetizers for $9.50; 2 glasses of wine for $10; 2 14-inch cheese pizzas for $16; 2 desserts for $8.50.
  • Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids eat free with each adult meal (additional kids eat for $3) from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 4-9 p.m.

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The weekly five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dining room, highlight a rotating selection from the regular menu at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert.

April 2 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Baked Bleu Tomatoes: Layers of fresh tomatoes and crumbled bleu cheese. Baked and served with an Italian roll.
  • Shredded Rainbow Kale Salad: With fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, toasted panko breadcrumbs, and Romano and parmesan cheeses.
  • Chicken Astoria: Chicken breast with Canadian bacon, baby corn, asparagus, artichokes, pea pods, mushrooms, and almonds sauteed in marsala cream sauce with kasseri cheese over linguini.
  • Pork AgroDolce: Blackened pork tenderloin, smashed crispy potatoes, squash ribbons, grape tomatoes, roasted garlic, balsamic cipollini onions, and marionberry agrogolce.
  • Cherry Cordial Tart: Amarena cherries and dark chocolate granache in sweet pastry tart shell.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Also see: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

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Hungry Monk North to open next month in Prescott

POSTED BY Jess Harter Monday, March 30, 2015

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The Hungry Monk, the restaurant and craft beer hangout in Chandler, is opening a second location next month in Prescott.

The two-story brick building will be a coffeehouse and wine bar on the ground floor, and a restaurant and taproom upstairs.

Hungry Monk North is on Goodwin Street, just a half-block west of Prescott’s famous Whiskey Row.

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

POSTED BY Jess Harter Monday, March 30, 2015

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $1 off all combinations; $5 stuffed burgers after 5 p.m.; $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • The Brass Tap: Military and first responders get 25% off entire bill. Team trivia at 7 p.m. with a chance to win a $10-$30 gift cards.
  • Duke’s Tavern: $2.50 Coronas, $3 Dos XX pints, $3 Jose Cuervo, $3 margaritas
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza, large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.; seniors get buy-one-get-one-free discount all night.
  • House of Brews: All-day happy hour with $2 off all appetizers and $1 off all draft beer, cocktails, and wine
  • Hungry Monk: $9.99 all-you-can-eat boneless wings; $2.50 Blue Moons.
  • Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 4-9 p.m.

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Friday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

POSTED BY Jess Harter Friday, March 27, 2015

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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SB 1030, the so-called Arizona Beer Bill, sailed through the Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday, its final passage by a unanimous 59-0 vote.

It’s now being transmitted back to the Arizona Senate, where it was approved last week, to be sent to the governor for his signature.

Once signed, it’ll become law in 90 days (so probably around the end of June).

So, what will change for Arizona breweries?

The biggest change will be in the amount of beer they’re allowed to produce while retaining special exemptions from the three-tier system.

Under current law, an Arizona microbrewery license (also known as a Series 3) caps production at 40,000 barrels per year.

When they reach that limit, breweries must switch to an in-state producer license (Series 1), which has no cap but also no exceptions, such as the right to operate an off-site pub.

The current law was hindering the growth of the state’s two largest breweries, but for different reasons.

Four Peaks at the limit

Four Peaks Brewing has two microbrewery licenses (one for its Eighth Street brewpub and another for Wilson Street production brewery) so its annual production was capped at a combined 80,000 barrels.

The Tempe brewery’s production likely will approach 70,000 barrels in 2015, putting it just a year or two away from reaching the limit.

If it switched to a current producers license, it could surpass the 80,000 barrels but it would be forced to divest itself of any “retail” locations, a.k.a. its off-site pubs in Scottsdale and at Sky Harbor Airport.

Compounding the problem is equipment and crucial ingredients like hops often are contracted up to a year in advance. So the brewery’s growth virtually was at a standstill.

Under the new law, though, Four Peaks now can switch to a new producer license that covers both its brewhouses with a cumulative cap of 200,000 barrels and allows its to keep its all of its pubs.

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SanTan still not certain

SanTan Brewing likely will produce 30,000 barrels between its two breweries in 2015, so capacity isn’t an immediate issue. But license vagueness is.

The Chandler brewery took a different route than Four Peaks, getting a producer license for its production facility that opened in 2014 and keeping the microbrewery license for its downtown brewpub.

The current law doesn’t say a brewery can have a microbrewery license (and its privileges) at one location and a producer license at another. But it doesn’t say it can’t, either.

SB 1030 eliminates that uncertainty – applying for the new producers license requires surrendering a microbrewery license – but there still is an unresolved issue that uniquely affects SanTan.

SanTan has considered opening an off-site pub or two, just like Four Peaks, but understandably has been hesitant to make such investments not knowing whether they would be allowed to keep them.

The new license law now allows breweries to keep up to seven existing retail locations when they switch to a producer license at the 40,000-barrel plateau.

Is SanTan now prohibited from doing so because it has an existing producer license, or is it allowed since it hasn’t yet applied for one of the new producer licenses and hasn’t reached the 40,000-barrel threshold?

What’s ahead?

Other than Four Peaks and SanTan, no other Arizona brewery is expected to produce more than 10,000 barrels in 2015. The new law, though, will help them in the future.

And there are some smaller changes that could help them immediately.

One allows breweries with just a microbrewery license to sell a limited amount (up to 20% of total beer sales) of other microbreweries’ beers without having to get an additional license.

It should be noted the final version of SB 1030 that passed the legislature is not the original version the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was hoping for.

In a compromise with the spirits industry, the bill was amended to replace an unlimited cap with the 200,000-barrel limit, a plateau already exceeded many times over by breweries in California, Colorado, and other states.

Meaning that, in a few years, the guild likely will have to go back before the legislature to raise the cap again to remain competitive.

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