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Renegade Brewing, a critical darling of Denver’s craft beer scene, celebrates its entry imto the Arizona market with a series of launch parties this week, including three in the East Valley.

The brewery, which opened in 2011, aims to make creative beers “for those who do the don’ts and don’t the dos.”

From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at World of Beer Tempe, Renegade owner and brewmaster Brian O’Connell will talk about his beers and hand out swag. Beers on tap:

  • Consilium Pale Ale (with orange peel, lactose, and oats)
  • Redacted Rye IPA
  • Hiatus (cold coffee-infused oatmeal ale)
  • Berbere (imperial stout with Ethiopian curry)
  • Depravity (imperial peanut butter milk stout)

From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at World of Beer Gilbert, Renegade’s “grand merchant of beer” Keith Decker will be giving away swag. Beers on tap:

  • Consilium Pale Ale
  • Redacted Rye IPA
  • Hiatus
  • 5:00 Afternoon Ale
  • Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout
  • Depravity
  • Endpoint Triple IPA (whiskey barrel aged, 14% ABV)

From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at The Hungry Monk in Chandler, O’Connell and Decker will be on hand with these beers:

  • Consilium Pale Ale
  • Hiatus
  • Redacted Rye IPA
  • 5:00 Afternoon Ale
  • Hammer & Sickle
  • Depravity
  • Endpoint Triple IPA

And from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Angels Trumpet Ale House in Phoenix, look for these beers:

  • Consilium Pale Ale
  • Redacted Rye IPA
  • Hiatus
  • 5:00 Afternoon Ale
  • Hammer & Sickle

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Monday, February 1, 2016

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  • 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.
  • Fibber Magees: $6 all hamburgers; $4 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 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.
  • Hungry Monk: $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).
  • El Palacio: $4 Gold Cadillac margarita, fruit margarita, or 20-ounce margarita.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
  • My Wine Cellar: $10 wine flights (pick any three from by-the-glass menu)
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.
  • Rania’s Kabob Grill: $5.99 chicken platters
  • Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Kids (10 & under) eat free with paid adult.
  • Uncle Bear’s: $2 off TC Sliders; $4 22-ounce UB beers.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Here’s your 1st look at artwork for Craft 64’s new contract beers

BY Jess Harter Friday, January 29, 2016

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Craft 64, the artisan pizzeria and craft beer bar in Old Town Scottsdale, has unveiled the artwork for its first two contract beers.

Earlier: Craft 64 to contract-brew its own line of beers with SunUp

Smooove Hoperator IPA is tentatively scheduled to debut Feb. 6 at the second annual Brewers Bowl in downtown Scottsdale if a licensing issue can be sorted out. If not, it will be tapped at Craft 64.

Bonkers Double IPA will be released Feb. 13 with a special 2:15 p.m. tapping at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival in Phoenix.

A third beer, Crafty Blonde, does not have a release date yet.

The labels were designed by Valley graphic designer Michal Mason. The beers were brewed under a contract agreement with SunUp Brewery in Phoenix.

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MXSW’s newest advertiser: Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants

BY Jess Harter Friday, January 29, 2016

SerranosNachos012916Please welcome Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants, a family-run enterprise that has six locations in the Valley, as MXSW’s newest sponsor.

The Serranos lay claim to operating the oldest, continuously family-owned business in Chandler, having opened their doors in 1919. For the first 60 years, though, Serrano’s sold clothing.

In 1979, Ernie and Eva Serrano decided to open a small Mexican restaurant that became the family’s flagship location in downtown Chandler.

Today, Serrano’s also has two restaurants in Mesa and others in Tempe, Gilbert, and Queen Creek. The family also has a breakfast-and-lunch concept called Brunchies, which shares the Chandler kitchen.

Please thank Serrano’s for its support of local food and drink coverage.

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Thursday: Line-cleaning class, Bigfoot vertical at The Brass Tap in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Whether you’re a home brewer or just a craft beer drinker with a Kegerator, clean beer lines are very important.

Learn how the pros clean beer lines when Sierra Nevada holds a free beer class at 5 p.m. Thursday in the beer cooler at The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview.

Sierra Nevada rep Ben VanderMeer will show you how to properly clean a line, and a few volunteers will get hands-on experience.

Afterward, The Brass Tap will have a vertical tapping of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot barleywine-style ale – the 2014, ’15, and ’16 versions – plus a very special surprise on the beer line that gets cleaned.

Remember, the class will be held in the cooler, so dress warm!

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Thursday: North Mountain NIB tapping at The Hungry Monk in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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If you haven’t made a trek over to North Mountain Brewing in Phoenix, here’s an opportunity to check out some of their top beers without leaving the East Valley.

The Hungry Monk in Chandler will be tapping several NM beers at 6 p.m. Thursday. The highlight will be Nativity in Black (pictured), an imperial stout aged eight months in a 32-year-old rum barrel.

In addition to NIB, other North Mountain beers on tap will be:

  • C.R.E.E.M., a golden ale
  • Octomalt, an imperial red IPA
  • Grooving with the Pict, a dark Scottish ale
  • Hefe Endings, a German Hefeweizen
  • Drincelean Old Ale, aged nearly a year in Dos Cabeza wine barrel

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Tonight: Red blends wine tasting at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Red blends are the subject of tonight’s monthly wine tasting at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee.

Held from 6-8 p.m., the $15 tasting will include:

  • Bordeaux blend
  • Super Tuscan
  • Napa blend
  • Washington blend

Wine tastings are held on the last Wednesday of every month. MWC is located on Warner just west of I-10.

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Time Out magazine has come out with a list of the ‘‘Best Chinese restaurants in America,’’ and it includes a Chandler restaurant.

At No. 12, you’ll find the longtime House of Egg Roll, which got new owners last May and has become the darling du jour of the local foodie community:

‘‘Perfectly reflecting Arizona’s Asian-population boom, a former mediocre takeout joint in the Phoenix suburbs has morphed into the ultimate hidden gem without so much as a name change. Count Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Helen Yung, owner of one of the country’s best ice-cream shops, among House of Eggroll’s avid fans. “It reminds me of Xi’an Famous Foods before it expanded all over [New York City],” she explains, citing the menu’s “diversity, authenticity, and quality of execution” well beyond biang biang and liang pi noodles.’’

The East Valley long has been home to the best Chinese (and other southeast Asian) food in Arizona, particularly the mile-wide strip between Dobson and Alma School roads cutting north-south through Mesa and Chandler.

Other destinations in the strip include the Mekong Plaza (with several food-court eateries) and Asian Cafe Express in Mesa, and Lee Lee International Supermarket, China Magic Noodle House, and Chou’s Kitchen in Chandler.

House of Egg Roll is located on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray. It’s open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.

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SanTan Brewing in Chandler has a new spring seasonal: Grapefruit Shandy, an American ale blended with Arizona-grown grapefruit juice.

The brewery’s previous spring seasonal, Mr. Pineapple, moved to year-round status last year.

Grapefruit Shandy, which has an ABV of 4.7%, will be available in Arizona, California, Texas, and New Mexico on Monday.

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Top of the Rock Restaurant is offering a special three-course meal to raise money for Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks, where children fighting cancer can spend a week riding horses, fishing, and sitting around campfires.

Through Feb. 29, diners can enjoy the $40 meal created by executive chef Gregory Wiener, with $5 per dinner donated to the camp:

  • 1st course: Roasted bone marrow with giardiniera, arugula salad, Noble bread
  • 2nd course: 24-hour brisket with smoked winter squash, charred radicchio, chimichurri
  • 3rd course: Yogurt mousse with huckleberries, almond dacquoise, pecan brittle

Top of the Rock Restaurant & Bar is located at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes.

Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks, founded in 1983 as the first camp in Arizona for children with cancer, is located south of Payson.

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