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Uncle Bear’s Brewery will be taking over four tap handles at 6 p.m. Friday at Evo, an Italian-influenced restaurant and lounge in Old Town Scottsdale.

The Ahwatukee brewery’s ales on tap will include:

  • Mandarin Wheat
  • Head To Tale Amber Ale
  • Dog Park Dark Ale
  • The Mutt’s Nuts DIPA

Uncle Bear’s also will be giving away T-shirts and pint glasses.

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Old Town Scottsdale pizzeria and bar Craft 64 opened in March, but didn’t finish installing its beer taps until April.

That hasn’t kept the new venue from reaching a significant milestone in less than four months: 25,000 pints of Arizona beer sold.

Arizona beers are becoming more popular – in this state and elsewhere – but Craft 64 is a rarity. It devotes all 35 of its beer taps to Arizona beers.

Craft 64 also has been drawing rave reviews for its wood-fired pizzas, such as this recent review by AZCentral.com.

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Post image for 5 East Valley restaurants participating in 1st-ever Arizona Breakfast Weekend

After postponing its launch earlier this summer, the first Arizona Breakfast Weekend will take place this Thursday through Sunday.

Similar to Arizona Restaurant Week, restaurants will offer special breakfasts or breakfast dishes for $7, $15 or $25.

East Valley participants and their deals:

Ncounter: $25 breakfast for two with choice of one pastry, two breakfasts (Chipotle Egg Burrito, the Killer, the Farmers Choice, the Bono, the House Request, Sante Fe Sautee, Crack o Dawn Sautee, or Huevos N Chorizo), and two specialty coffee drinks.

Chase’s Diner: $7 for fresh and flaky croissant in French toast custard batter with cream, berries, and your choice of coffee or regular-size juice.

Blasted Barley: $15 for sweet potato waffle and fried chicken breast with whole grain mustard cream maple syrup, cilantro, and powdered sugar, and choice of Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Mojito. $15. (Available for dinner only Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.)

Wildflower Bread Company: $7 for any breakfast sandwich (like the one pictured above) with any medium drink (including specialty drinks).

The Good Egg: $15 for thick-cut whole grain toast topped with fresh smashed avocado, EVOO, lemon, and Maldon Sea Salt, served with two basted eggs, fresh squeezed juice and coffee and seasonal fruit.

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Northern California-based Black Bear Diner, which made its Arizona debut in Gilbert in 2008, is expanding its footprint in the East Valley.

The inexpensive, family-friendly chain is taking over the former Applebee’s on the northeast corner of Alma School and Queen Creek.

A mid-November opening is planned.

A company source tells MXSW another location soon will be announced in Tempe.

Black Bear Diner currently operates 68 restaurants in eight western states.

Its all-day menu features American classics like chicken-fried steak, housemade meatloaf, and slow-cooked pot roast.

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At 6 p.m.Wednesday, My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee will hold its monthly wine tasting.

Cost will be $15 to enjoy these four wines:

  • Milbrandt Pinot Gris (Washington state)
  • Jean-Luc Colombo Rose (France)
  • Ben Marco Malbec (Argentina)
  • Milbrandt Red Blend (Washington state)

The tasting will be hosted by a rep from Young’s Market.

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Wednesday is National Chicken Day, and Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler is celebrating with six different flavors for $8 per pound all day.

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It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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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.
  • Fibber Magees: Half-price sliders; $1 off Guinness, Harp & Smithwicks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Uncle Bear’s: 59-cent wings with beverage purchase; $3 Ocean Beach IPA pints.
  • 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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Post image for Thursday’s ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ menu: Shrimp de Modena & Salonika Chicken

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

July 30 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Feta Dill Fritters: A blend of gyros meat, feta cheese, fresh dill, spinach, and pine nuts. With yogurt sauce.
  • Greek Salad: Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese in olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  • Balsamic Shrimp de Modena (pictured): Jumbo shrimp, roasted red pepper, hearts of artichoke and palm, roasted garlic, asparagus, and capers in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with freshly grated Romano cheese.
  • Salonika Chicken: Italian sausage, mushrooms, pepperoncinis, garlic, capers, and pine nuts over breast of chicken in orange brandy and white wine.
  • The Mayor: Fudgy dark chocolate cake, finished with a Marion berry liqueur sauce.

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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Post image for JC’s Steakhouse in Gilbert to host Desert Eagle beer dinner Wednesday

JC’s Steakhouse, which opened in Gilbert in December, will host its first craft beer dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The steakhouse is offering a four-course menu paired with beers from Desert Eagle Brewing in Mesa:

  • Reception beer: Desert Eagle Dunkleweizen
  • 1st course: Bleu cheese buzz spinach dip, paired with DE Buzz Bomb.
  • 2nd course: Marinated vegetables tossed with baby greens and a black cherry blonde vinaigrette, paired with DE Black Cherry Blonde.
  • 3rd course: Pecan-crusted pork loin with a Golden Eagle reduction, mashed potatoes, dunkle gravy, and golden candied carrots, paired with DE Golden Eagle Wheat.
  • 4th course: Gentleman’s coffee and porter cheesecake, paired with DE Gentleman’s Porter.

Cost is $30 per person. RSVP: 480-306-4545.

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