Post image for Opening today: NYPD Pizza in downtown Tempe

NYPD Pizza opens its 12th Valley location today on the northwest corner of Mill and Third Street – right in front of the light-rail station – in downtown Tempe.

To celebrate, the pizzeria is providing free parking today on all 75 parking meters along Mill Avenue between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway.

NYPD’s thin-crust pizzas come in four sizes, with 8-inch personal pizzas starting at $5.99 and 18-inch larges at $17.49. Sicilian thick-crust also is available.

Lunch specials include individual slices ($2.25-$2.90) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

In addition, the Mill Avenue location also will offer a breakfast menu.

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It’s Monday, which means burger specials around the East Valley:

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It’s a surprisingly busy Friday for beer promos:

  • The Hungry Monk in Chandler will have Sierra Nevada’s 12 Beer Camp Across America beers on tap from 6-9 p.m. The collaborations from world-class breweries like Firestone Walker, Allagash, New Glarus, Russian River, Victory, 3 Floyds, and Cigar City also will be available in flights.
  • Boulders on Broadway in Tempe breaks out its stash of holiday seasonal ales for its second annual Christmas in July Costume Party, which starts at 5 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your favorite holiday sweater.
  • The Brass Tap in Mesa will have a Sante Fe Brewing event. Specials include $5 cans of Happy Camper IPA, $5 bottles of Java Imperial Stout, and $15 bombers of Chicken Killer barleywine starting at 6 p.m.
  • The Cellar Pub at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa will have Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Sixty-One, and Festina Pêche on tap from 6-8 p.m.
  • World of Beer Gilbert will tap a cask of Left Hand Brewing’s Sawtooth Ale infused with Colorado peaches at 6 p.m. Other Left Hand beers on tap: Milk Stout, Chainsaw, Polestar Pilsner, Hopfenweisse, Stranger, and regular Sawtooth.

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Post image for Saturday: SanTan Brewing hosts Christmas in July party

SanTan Brewing‘s award-winning Winter Warmer holiday seasonal ale will be back on tap Saturday when the downtown Chandler brewpub hosts its annual Christmas in July party.

The all-day fun also will include SanTan’s RailSlide imperial spiced amber on tap, and the kitchen will be offering traditional turkey pot pies.

You also can check out CanZilla, the pub’s new canning machine. Get any of SanTan’s many beers, including pilot beers, in a 32-ounce (two-pint) aluminum can to go. The beer will remain fresh for at least two weeks.

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Arizona Beer Class: Fate Double Oatmeal IPA

Jess Harter | Thursday, July 24, 2014

(Every Thursday, MXSW reveals the story behind one of Arizona’s noteworthy craft beers.)

This week’s subject: Fate Double Oatmeal IPA

Double Oatmeal IPA is a double India Pale Ale (8.5% ABV) introduced by Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale in January. The variation of its regular Double IPA is running neck and neck with American Pale Ale as Fate’s bestseller.

How did Double Oatmeal IPA get its start?

FateDoubleOatmealIPA“We were just playing around,” Fate founder Steve McFate says. “That’s the beauty of doing something as small as we’re doing here. Seven barrels – 217 gallons – at a time gives us flexibility so we’re constantly messing around without huge financial risk. It’s not like it’s a 15- or 30-barrel batch.

“(Double Oatmeal IPA) has 120 IBUs, so it definitely has a significant hop profile to it. We add a flaked oat to it that really smooths it out. It’s about 15% off the grain bill roughly. It just smoothes out the mouthfeel and evens up the beer nicely.”

Had you experimented with oats before?

“With the traditional stouts, of course,” McFate says. “But it’s kinda neat to see some oat in beers that come across in lighter colors. Everyone hears, ‘It’s got some oatmeal in it,’ and expects a dark beer. Well, it’s not necessarily so. Oats are light until they’re toasted dark.”

“We did an American Pale version. It was similar to our American Pale Ale but again replacing about 15% of the grain bill. It’s unique in how it just smoothes it.”

What was the reaction to Double Oatmeal IPA?

“Double Oat shot over (regular Double IPA in popularity),” McFate says. “For some reason, it’s just garnered a lot more attention. Double IPA was probably our third-best seller overall in terms of beers we carry on a regular basis. Once we did the oat addition to it, it ramped up to neck and neck with the American Pale Ale. It’s hard to call which one is the better seller now. It’s so close.”

Do you still brew your regular Double IPA?

“We’ve pretty much stuck with this one for now,” McFate says. “We’ve done some other beers that have been doubles in an IPA-forward way, but in a completely different recipe. For example, our Double Anniversary beer – we call it a double pale ale, but it’s really in the realm of an IPA – that’s something we did for our first anniversary (last November) so we’ll bring that back again this fall.”

Do hop heads want ‘smoother’ double IPAs?

“It certainly can go both directions,” McFate says. “It’s funny because our American Pale Ale, which actually should be called a Strong American Pale Ale – it’s not strong in alcohol but it’s a 66-IBU pale so it’s definitely West Coast-style –that beer comes across much hoppier.

“So if someone comes in and says, ‘Give me your hoppiest beer,’ if I have both I’ll let them try them. And in many circumstances, people will roll over to the Strong American Pale because it’s got a lighter malt backbone and the hops come through with a little more of that punch in the nose they’re looking for.”

Why don’t you have names for your beers?

“We’re not terribly creative,” McFate says, laughing. “That’s the honest truth. We’re starting a couple names here and there. Our customers ended up naming our Candy Bar Milk Stout (a silver medalist at last year’s Great American Beer Festival). When we first put it out, we had several customers who said, ‘Man, this is just like a candy bar.’

FateBrewingLogo“That comment just kept coming up. So when we were preparing for the GABF, we thought, ‘We should probably name this one.’ Beyond that, it’s just kinda fun to refer to something as what it is and just put the name Fate in front of it.”

What foods pair well with Double Oatmeal IPA?

“I’m my opinion, just about anything,” McFate says. “I think it’s a pretty versatile beer overall. I know that’s kind of a broad answer, but we’re a wood-fired pizza kitchen so it’s not like we’re doing a broad spectrum of choices. It’s pizzas and salads.”

So it’s only available at the brewpub?

“We are pretty much selling everything from our own taps at this point and barely keeping up,” McFate says. “But I also realize it’s important to get out and support the craft beer market, so every now and then Papago will have something on or Angels Trumpet or Flanny’s.

“Basically it’s only four or five kegs a month, but it’s a great way to get a tap handle out for us. People might start to recognize our name a little more.”

(Note: Due to its small brewing system and wide variety of beers, Fate regularly rotates its beers. It just ran out of its current batch of Double Oatmeal IPA, but the next batch will be tapped in August.)

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National Hot Dog Day at Wimpy’s Paradise

Jess Harter | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Wimpy’s Paradise, downtown Chandler sibling of the soon-to-reopen Pittsburgh Willy’s hot dog shop, is celebrating National Hot Dog Day today with several deals:

  • The specialty dog of the day (today: The Freddie G Dog) with chips and soda for $5
  • The world-famous, Twinkie-cradled Twilly Dog (pictured) for just $2.50
  • A regular 6-inch Hebrew National all-beef kosher hot dog on a no-seed bun for $2.

The first two deals will run through Sunday. Check Wimpy’s Facebook page to find out the specialty dog of the day.

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Post image for Get 4 pot pies for $20 this week at Piefection in Mesa

Piefection in northeast Mesa is offering a special deal this week as part of its Customer Appreciation Month: Get four pot pies for $20.

The pot pies come in five varieties – pizza, green chile por, Italian beef, turkey, and chicken – and are available hot or frozen to bake at home. 

Pot pies normaly are $5.50-$7. Customers must mention “customer appreciation” and buy in multiples of four for the deal.

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Post image for Wednesday: Valley breweries & bars giving away 80 stainless steel growlers

It’s less than 48 hours until you’ll be able to (legally) fill your stainless steel, aluminum, or ceramic growlers with beer in Arizona.

Eight local venues will be giving away Arizona Craft Brewers Guild stainless steel growlers – 10 at each location – Wednesday night at midnight:

World of Beer will fill all winners’ growler with an Arizona craft beer for free.

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Post image for Aug. 21: Hess Brewing tap takeover at Flanny’s in Tempe

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Post image for Saturday: Firestone Walker event at Taste of Tops

Taste of Tops in Tempe will be tapping seven Firestone Walker beers at 3 p.m. Saturday:

  • FW 16th Anniversary
  • FW 17th Anniversary
  • Parabola
  • Stickee Monkee
  • Velvet Merlin
  • Union Jack
  • Wookey Jack

Firestone Walker rep Jeff Prior will be on hand from 5-7 p.m. to talk about the Paso Robles, Calif., brewery.

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