Dec. 8: Stouts, S’mores & Star Wars pairings at The Brass Tap in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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If you couldn’t get a reservation for last year’s Stouts & S’mores pairing at The Brass Tap in Mesa, you have another chance

The Mesa Riverview craft beer bar and Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery are teaming up again for Stouts, S’mores & Star Wars at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Seating is limited, and the event is expected to sell out as quickly as last year’s. Secure your seat by calling 480-610-2337.

In honor of the Dec. 16 opening of the latest Star Wars movie, ‘‘Rogue One,’’ this year’s pairings will have a Star Wars theme:

  • The Rebel Alliance: Chocolate graham cracker, peanut butter, and marshmallow, paired with Expedition Stout.
  • The Rogue One: Graham cracker, caramel, crisp bacon, and marshmallow, paired with Special Double Cream Stout.
  • The Death Star: Graham cracker, Hershey’s Cookies & Cream squares, and marshmallow, paired with Java Stout.
  • The Galactic Empire: Chocolate graham cracker, dark chocolate, and chocolate marshmallow, paired with Traverse City Whiskey Barrel 355 East Stout.

You get a flight of all four Bell’s beers, each paired with a different S’more, for $25.

There also will be a raffle for tickets to ‘‘Rogue One,’’ as well as swag giveaways.

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Tonight: Modern Times tap takeover at The Hungry Monk in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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San Deigo brewery Modern Times wraps up its first month in the Arizona market with a tap takeover at 5 p.m. today at The Hungry Monk in Chandler.

All four of Modern Times’ year-round beers will be on tap:

  • Blazing World amber
  • Black House stout
  • Lomaland saison
  • Fortunate Islands wheat

In addition, there will be six special releases on tap:

  • City of The Dead export stout with barrel-aged coffee
  • Orderville IPA
  • Fruitlands gose
  • Sleepless City coffee brown
  • Haunted Stars imperial porter
  • Universal Friend saison

Founded in 2013, Modern Times was named a “Top 10 New Brewery in the World” by RateBeer.com.

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Now open: Sushi Brokers at Heritage Marketplace in downtown Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Somewhere in the rush to get ready for Thanksgiving last week I neglected to mention Sushi Brokers opened in the Heritage Marketplace in downtown Gilbert.

But you haven’t missed the official grand-opening party. That takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday with the carving of a tuna – along what they’re somewhat cryptically billing as ‘‘celebrity appearances.’’

Sushi Brokers features top-quality fish flown in daily and expertly prepared by sushi chefs. It offers more than 20 specialty rolls, as well as a large selection of wine, beer, sake, and vodka.

Gilbert is the concept’s third Valley location. The first opened in north Scottsdale about 15 years ago, the second in Arcadia three years ago.

Sushi Brokers opens at 11 a.m. daily. Happy hour is 3-6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close daily.

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MXSW’s newest advertiser: Wild Ginger Asian Bistro in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Please welcome Wild Ginger Asian Bistro, an Asian fusion restaurant that opened in June on the northeast corner of Higley and Guadalupe in Gilbert, as MXSW’s newest sponsor.

The father-and-daughter-run restaurant offers a menu of delicious dishes from China, Japanese, Thailand, Vietnam, and other southeast Asian countries.

House specialities include butterscotch braised pork belly ($15), lemongrass chicken ($13) and shrimp ($15), Korean beef short ribs ($18), Hong Kong pan-fried noodles ($14), and pad Thai ($15).

The lunch menu, available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, has 37 selections ($8-$13), mostly Chinese dishes, that come with fried rice, spring roll, and a crab puff.

There’s also a chef’s ramen of the day ($10) and a full bar. Besides dine-in and takeout, Wild Ginger does catering, too.

Please thank Wild Ginger for its support of local food and drink coverage.

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Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Baja Joe’s: 50-cent wings all day; six wings and beer for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only).

Bourbon Jacks: 20% of sales donated to local food banks.

Brooklyn V’s Pizza: Get two pasta dishes and two house salads for $24.

Fibber Magees: Half-price flatbreads and desserts; half-price glasses of wine and $3 flavored Smirnoffs.

Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: With purchase of $8 or more, kids under 10 eat free off kids menu.

The Hungry Monk: 59-cent boneless wings (pictured) & $3 craft beers.

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.

My Wine Cellar: Any flatbread and select bottle of wine for $25.

Ocotillo Golf Resort: 10-ounce prime rib with potato and seasonal vegetables for $20.

El Palacio: Kids eat free with a paid adult entree.

The Perch: 50% off all wine and meat & cheese plates.

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants: Small salad, bowl of soup and soda for $7.49 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: $2 off glasses of wine and $5 off bottles.

Uncle Bear’s: Kids eat free with paid adult entree.

Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids 10 & under eat free with each adult meal;

Zappone’s Italian Bistro: 50% off all bottles of wine.

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Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione, one of the best-known figures in the U.S. craft brewing industry, will be the special guest at an IPAs for the Holidays Ugly Sweater Party from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Flanny’s Bar & Grill in Tempe.

Calagione will be bringing 20 beers, including several versions of his flagship 120 Minute IPA, from the Delaware brewery:

  • 60 Minute IPA
  • Sixty-One Minute IPA Clone
  • 75 Minute IPA Clone
  • 90 Minute IPA
  • 120 Minute (2011)
  • 120 Minute IPA (2014)
  • 120 Minute IPA (2015)
  • 120 Minute IPA (2016)
  • Flesh & Blood IPA
  • Indian Brown Dark IPA
  • Burton Baton
  • Red & White
  • Pennsylvania Tuxedo
  • Namaste (fresh hop Randall)
  • Beer for Breakfast
  • SeaQuench Ale
  • Festina Peche (Sour Patch Randall)
  • Biere de Provence (fresh herb Randall)
  • Fall on Me
  • Palo Santo Marron

Calagione launched Dogfish Head in 1995. He was featured prominently in the 2009 documentary ‘‘Beer Wars’’ and was the subject of the Discovery Channel series ‘‘Brew Masters’’ (2009-2011).

He also is credited with inventing the Randall, a popular device used to infuse beer with flavor-enhancing ingredients, in 2002.

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Tempe-based Cartel Coffee Lab launches nationwide delivery service

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Very soon, the rest of the country can enjoy a cup of Tempe-based Cartel coffee.

Cartel Coffee Lab has launched Cartel Edition, a subscriber service that offers weekly, biweekly, or monthly deliveries of premium-quality, whole-bean coffees.

“Cartel has become a brand with national recognition,” says Paul Haworth, Cartel’s director of coffee production. “Our extended family of homebrewers across state lines have been wanting this for quite some time.”

The first deliveries are scheduled to go out in early 2017.

Cartel also has beefed up its website to make online shopping and ordering easier.

“We figured out early on that there are coffee drinkers all over the country that love what we are doing,” Haworth says. “How we source, roast and brew coffee resonates with our fans.”

Cartel Coffee Lab was founded in 1997 and now has six locations around Arizona.

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Dec. 14: Feast of Seven Fishes at Zappone’s in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert will hold its annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The dinner, also known as ‘‘The Vigil,’’ is an Italian-American tradition, typically held on Christmas Eve, featuring seven different seafood dishes.

This year’s menu:

  • Mussels with crostini
  • Ahi tuna crudo
  • Bacala fritter
  • Dungeon crab soup
  • Stuffed calamari
  • Saffron lobster ravioli
  • Branzino with polenta
  • Limoncello Panna Cotta
  • Non-alcoholic beverage

Cost is $60 per person, which includes tax and tip. Tickets, which are going fast, can be purchased through the restaurant’s website.

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Friday: SunUp tap takeover & golfing at Kokopelli Golf Club in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Here’s one of the more unusual craft beer promos you’ll find: At 5 p.m. Friday, Kokopelli Golf Club in Gilbert will host a SunUp Brewing tap takeover.

The evening will feature food-and-beer pairings, free use of Kokopelli’s lighted driving range, a mini putt course on the practice green, and corn hole games on the patio.

Attendees will decide which SunUp beer will go on tap permanently at the club.

Cost is $29 for club members and $35 for non-members. Seating is limited. RSVP: 480-926-3589.

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It’s Taco Tuesday! Here are today’s East Valley taco deals

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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El Palacio: $1.50 tacos & $3 Mexican draft beers

Baja’s Joe’s Mexican Cantina: $2 tacos

The Hungry Monk: $2 tacos (fillings change weekly)

Ocotillo Golf Resort: $2 carne asada or chicken adobado tacos (pictured above) & $4 house margaritas after 6 p.m.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Buy one Taco Trio, get a second for $6.

La Fonda: 99-cent tacos; $2 Dos Equis lager cans

Cogburn’s: $1 chicken or beef street tacos

Devil’s Advocate: $1 tacos; $1 domestic pints from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Los Taquitos: $1 tacos

Jolie’s Place: $1 tacos from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Los Taquitos: $1 carnitas, pastor, and chicken tacos

Rancho de Tia Rosa: With purchase of any beverage, get $1 Tijuana Tacos, $1 rice or beans, $1 chips and salsa in the cantina/bar area

Backyard Taco: $1.49 tacos from 2-10 p.m.

JoyrideTaco House: $2 tacos & $5 margaritas from 2 p.m.-close

AZ Wilderness Brewing: $2 house pork tacos and a weekly specialty taco (price varies)

Sandbar: $2 tacos; $2 Dos Equis; $4 house margaritas

Philly’s Sports Bar & Grill: $2 Rocky Point tacos & $3 domestic pints

Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen: $2 tacos & tostadas at the bar or on patio

Someburros: $2 shredded beef, shredded chicken, or ground beef-and-potato tacos

Isabel’s Amor: $2 street tacos

America’s Taco Shop Chandler: $2 tacos

Dos Gringos: $3 for two chicken and chorizo or shredded beef tacos; $3 for two crispy tacos; $4 for two tostadas; $4 monster tacos

Blasted Barley: $3 fish or house tacos, $3 Mexican beers & $5 margaritas

24 Carrots: Buy 4 tacos, get the 5th one free

SoCal Fish Taco Co.: Buy any taco plate, get another for half-price

Tortilla Fish: Buy 2 tacos or quesadilla, get a third one free

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