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Post image for Aug. 24: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s selections:

  • Greek Skins
  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Kasseri Chicken
  • Ravioli Marco Polo
  • Cheesecake Brownies

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Post image for SunUp Brewing celebrates 16th anniversary with 3-day party this weekend

SunUp Brewing in Phoenix celebrates its 16th anniversary today through Sunday with 16 house beers on tap, three special beer releases, live music, and prize giveaways.

The craft brewery also will kick off the full release of its Sunna’s Nektar Braggot (bottle purchases only).

Prizes, which will be given away in hourly drawings all weekend, will include brewery schwag and other goodies. The grand prize is breakfast and hot air balloon trip for two.

The three limited-release beers:

  • Lil Tart Cherry Hefe
  • 2014 Barleywine
  • 2015 Barleywine

A special anniversary T-shirt will be on sale while supplies last.

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Post image for Adventurous Stills in Tempe to release Peralta Bourbon Cask 001 on Saturday

Tempe distillery Adventurous Stills releases the first cask of its Peralta Bourbon, which it’s billing as the only bourbon made exclusively in the Valley available for purchase, on Saturday.

For those who didn’t pre-order, approximately 60 bottles will be for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

The distillery, which opened in January near Price and Fifth Street, will offer free bourbon samples and $5 cocktails from 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Adventurous Stills will host its second ‘‘Day at the Distillery.’’ From 7 a.m.-5 p.m., participants learn how spirits are made and get to participate in the process.

Cost for the day is $150, which includes breakfast and lunch. A $75 deposit is required to reserve a spot. See more info here.

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Post image for Win beer for a year as Casual Pint celebrates 1st anniversary Saturday

The Casual Pint, a craft beer bar and store in south Chandler, celebrates its one-year anniversary with a party from 3-10 p.m. Saturday.

Beer for a year will be just one of several raffle prizes. Another prize will be a New Belgium bicycle.

The party’s tap list has not been released yet.

Live music will be performed by Kassi Jayde and Steve Ayotte.

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Post image for Tonight: San Diego breweries tap takeover at Flanny’s in Tempe

Discussions about the Valley’s craft beer scene – especially questions about possible over-saturation – inevitably seem to lead to comparisons to San Diego.

That’s not surprising. With roughly four million residents, Maricopa County is the fourth-largest in the U.S. With more than three million, San Diego County is the fifth-largest.

But while San Diego has only 75 percent of Maricopa’s population, it supports twice as many breweries – approximately 100 to 50.

Find out more about San Diego craft beer when three of the city’s top breweries – Stone Brewing, Modern Times, and Pizza Port – are featured in this month’s tap takeover at 6 tonight at Flanny’s Bar & Grill in Tempe.

Here are tonight’s tap lists (Stone separated Arrogant Bastard into its own product line in 2015):

Stone Brewing

  • Stone Ripper
  • Stone Tangerine Express IPA
  • Stone Ruination 2.0 Double IPA
  • Stone Mocha IPA
  • Stone Ghost Hammer IPA
  • Stone Enjoy By 9.4.17 Unfiltered IPA
  • Stone 21st Anniversary Hail To The Hop Thief Double IPA
  • Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch/Stone Farking Wheaton w00t Stout

Arrogant Brewing

  • Who You Callin’ Wussie Pilsner

Modern Times

  • Fruitlands
  • Blazing World
  • Lomaland
  • Fortunate Islands
  • Orderville
  • Rowing Needles
  • Oneida
  • Funky Universal Friend
  • Black House (nitro)

Pizza Port

  • Grandview Golden Ale
  • Chronic Amber Ale
  • Ponto S.I.P.A.
  • Pickleweed Point IPA
  • Swami’s IPA
  • Kook Double IPA

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Post image for Tonight: Beer 101 class with Perch Brewery at BottleShop 48 in Tempe

BottleShop 48 in Tempe will host its first Beer 101 class with The Perch Brewery from Chandler at 6:30 p.m. today.

The Perch brewer Steene Routh will discuss how beer is made, beer terminology, and popular styles of beer.

Cost is $10 per person and include three 10-ounce pours.

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Post image for Pita Jungle in Queen Creek celebrates grand opening with free hummus today

Although it’s been open for nearly a month, Pita Jungle in Queen Creek celebrates its ‘‘grand opening’’ today.

The Mediterranean restaurant is giving away free hummus to the first 100 people when doors open at 10:30 a.m.

It also will have live music and specials throughout the day.

The new location, near the Harkins Theatres at Ellsworth Loop and Rittenhouse, is the chain’s 19th in Arizona.

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Post image for Aug. 17: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s selections:

  • Peppers Spanaki
  • Roasted Eggplant Salad
  • Salmon de Provance (pictured)
  • Roasted Almond Tortellini
  • Bada-Bing Brownies

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Post image for Aug. 12: 1-year anniversary party at Helio Basin Brewing in Phoenix

Helio Basin Brewing in east Phoenix will celebrate its first anniversary at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with a special beer tapping, a pig roast, and live music.

The beer is being called a ‘‘Southwest IPA’’ named Lord Rupert Everton (6.4% ABV, 22 IBUs). Helio’s plan is to release an anniversary beer every year featuring a different experimental hop.

Several Helio seasonals from the past year – Bee’s Knees Belgian Blonde, Autumn Oak Nut Brown, Kohi Imperial Coffee Stout, Throwback Triple Double DIPA, Blue Line Blonde, and Jam Sesh Session IPA – also will be tapped.

Admission to the anniversary party is free. There’s a VIP admission available for $50, which includes early access to beers, the pig roast, a tour with the brewery owner, and a commemorative glass.

Doors will open as usual at 11 a.m., and the regular menu will be served noon-4 p.m. The VIP hour and tour will take place from 5-6 p.m.

After 6 p.m., the pig roast will be the only food available.

An anniversary toast and free cake (while it lasts) will take place at 8 p.m.

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Post image for Aug. 11: Shirley Denning benefit day at Black Rock Coffee in south Chandler

Black Rock Coffee Bar in Ocotillo will hold an all-day fundraiser Friday, Aug. 11, for the family of Chandler High teacher Shirley Denning, who was killed July 28 in a fatal car crash on U.S. 93 near Wickenburg.

Denning and boyfriend Alexander Iafrate, a custodian at Chandler High, were driving to Las Vegas to watch her children play in basketball tournaments when the couple’s vehicle struck a semi-truck head-on.

On Friday, all proceeds from the Black Rock Coffee Bar on the southwest corner of Ocotillo and Alma School in south Chandler will go directly to Denning’s family, as will any amounts given as tips during the day.

Friends set up a You Caring account for Denning, which has exceeded its original $20,000 goal. That goal now has been reset for $40,000.

A You Caring account also has been set up for Iafrate’s family.

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