MXSW Weekend Guide: Tax-free craft beer, coffee tastings & Easter brunches

BY Jess Harter Friday, April 14, 2017

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Taxation is Theft release

Tax Day is fast approaching, and the Beer Research Institute in Mesa is marking the occasion by tapping a new beer: Taxation is Theft. The dry Belgian saison is brewed with Darjeeling tea in a nod to the tax-protest Boston Tea Party. All weekend, BRI will be selling Taxation is Theft tax-free; that is, the brewpub will pay the tax for you!

Four Peaks turns 20

Four Peaks celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday with a concert lineup headlined Blues Traveler at its Wilson Street taproom in Tempe. Door open at 3 p.m. for the event, which also includes food trucks, a photo booth, a time capsule, and lots of Four Peaks beers. If you didn’t buy your tickets in advance you’re out of luck – the event is sold out.

Press Coffee tasting

Did you know Press Coffee in Chandler holds Coffee 101 tastings on the first and third Saturdays of every month, including this Saturday at 10 a.m.? Learn the histories, geographies, and flavors of four different coffees in the one-hour interactive class. Cost is $10, but you get a $10 gift card so basically the tastings are free! RSVP: presscoffee.com/tastings.

Tombstone tap takeover

Recently opened Tombstone Brewing is fast becoming a favorite of Arizona beer drinkers. Find out what all the fuss is about when The Whining Pig in Gilbert hosts a Tombstone tap takeover from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. A tap list hasn’t been announced, but the brewery has been getting raves for its Northeast-style hazy IPA and Norwegian Farmhouse IPA.

Easter Sunday brunches

Before heading out to your regular Sunday brunch this weekend, remember it’s Easter Sunday and restaurants will be busy. There also are some specials. For example, Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler has a special menu, The Perch will have $5 mimosa and Bloody Marys, and Pier 54 in Tempe will have food and drink specials plus lakeside live music from noon-2 p.m.

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