Post image for Fate Brewing to expand with second, larger location in south Scottsdale

Huge news from Fate Brewing: The small Scottsdale brewpub, which will celebrate its second anniversary Saturday, is opening a second, larger location.

The new spot, about eight miles south of the original, will be in the Papago Plaza on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and McDowell (pictured: artist’s rendering).

The 10,000-square-foot space will include a beer garden, an outdoor pavilion, an 800-square-foot barrel cellar, and a large enough kitchen to expand the menu.

The new site, which owner Steve McFate hopes to open by late spring, will produce Fate’s best-selling beers, allowing the original location, now dubbed Fate North, to focus on unique, small-batch beers.

In the meantime, Fate will open its doors at 11 a.m. Saturday for its anniversary party with 12 of its specialty beers, plus some special collaborations, on tap.

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Post image for Meet San Diego brewer Mike Hess at The Brass Tap’s beer & food pairing Wednesday

Mike Hess, founder of San Diego’s Mike Hess Brewing, will be the featured guest at a Thanksgiving eve beer and food pairing Wednesday at The Brass Tap in Mesa.

The pairing, which will run 6-8 p.m., will showcase four Hess beers paired with food catered by The Herb Box from Scottsdale.

Hess Beer & Food Pairings:

  • Grazias Vienna cream ale with sweet potato chips dusted in sea salt and curry
  • North Park IPA with pistachio-fennel cookies
  • Magna Cucerbita pumpkin stout with ginger-molasses white chocolate biscotti
  • Umbrix rye imperial stout with espresso-chocolate brownie layered with a chile fig paste

Tickets are $27 and can be purchase online.

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Post image for Tonight: Japanese beer tap takeover at Flanny’s in Tempe

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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Post image for Bar Vinedo to take over former Wild Side Grill space in Queen Creek

If you’ve driven past the defunct Wild Side Grill in Queen Creek lately, you may have noticed a lot of activity going on.

That’s because Bar Vinedo, an upscale wine bar, is planning to open in the space Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Wild Side began its life in 2009 as Trophy’s Steakhouse, a combination of steakhouse and wildlife museum that showcased trophy mounts of all 29 big-game species found in North America.

Trophy’s owners transformed the struggling restaurant into the more casual Wild Side last year, keeping the same decor. Wild Side closed in September.

With Wild Side’s owner keeping his expensive mounts, the 5,000-square-foot space understandably is undergoing a major renovation.

An corralled exhibit of five full-sized bears in the center of the restaurant is being replaced by an indoor tree with a huge canopy.

A rocky outcropping behind the bar – home to four full-sized bighorn sheep – has been removed. In its place, the polished-granite bar has been extended into a horseshoe shape.

A semi-private room off the bar area is being converted into a retail wine store.

The new owners are planning “a chef-driven menu of classic American fare with French and Spanish influences.” Ryan McBride, an Arizona Culinary Institute grad, will head the kitchen.

Bar Vinedo will offer approximately 100 wines, including 25 or so by the glass. It also will have 12 beers on tap.

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Post image for Jimmy’s of Chicago closing Dec. 23 & moving 2 miles to another location in Gilbert

Jimmy’s of Chicago, a six-year-old restaurant and bar on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Pecos roads in Gilbert, is moving … a whole two miles.

The restaurant’s last day at its current location will be Tuesday, Dec. 23. Two weeks later, on Tuesday, Jan. 6, it intends to re-open on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Williams Field.

Its new site is the former home to Christina’s Pizzeria, which closed late last year. More parking and a new front patio are two of the reasons cited for the move.

The space is being extensively remodeled (it’s pictured above before work started) along the lines of Jimmy’s current location. The kitchen will be slightly smaller, but the dining room a little larger.

Twenty-four taps – up from the current 12 – will offer a wider variety of craft beers. The food menu will remain the same.

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Post image for Restaurants coming to downtown Gilbert push back opening dates yet again

Been waiting for all those new restaurants to open in downtown Gilbert? Looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer. Although Zinburger (pictured) managed to open in late October, the others have been pushed back again.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is next up. Two weeks ago, they were pretty firm about a Dec. 15 opening. Now, owner Larry White is thinking the end of January.

That creates a domino effect on the builder’s schedule, moving Barrio Queen‘s opening from late January to late February, and Pomo Pizzeria‘s opening to March.

Breakfast eatery Snooze, which still hasn’t opened its new Tempe location, says its Gilbert one now isn’t expected to be finished until summer.

Unless, of course, all the dates get pushed back again.

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Post image for Reminder: Order now to get your AZ Food Crafters pie for Thanksgiving

AZ Food Crafters is best-known for its signature hand pies, but did you know the Chandler shop also makes traditional round pies, too?

Orders require 48 hours, so if you order today you’ll be able to pick up your holiday pie this weekend at either the bakery or one of the local farmers markets they attend.

Made-to-order 14-inch round pies

  • Caramel AppleGranny Smith apples lightly seasoned with ginger and sea salt and tossed with house-made caramel sauce ($14)
  • Classic Apple: Granny Smith Apples tossed in a dash of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger ($14)
  • Dutch Apple (Apple Crumb): Our classic apple with a buttery crumb topping ($14)
  • Maple Pecan: Pecans, pure maple Vermont syrup, eggs, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla ($18)
  • Pear Cranberry Streusel: Fresh pears and cranberries in a rich custard topped with a buttery crumb topping ($15)
  • Cranberry Orange ButtermilkFresh cranberries, fresh oranges, and a rich buttermilk custard ($15)
  • Traditional Pumpkin: Oven-roasted local Cinderella pumpkins, sweet cream, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar ($12)
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Custard: Oven-roasted local Cinderella pumpkins, sweet cream, eggs, dark Ghirardelli chocolate and spices ($15)

Be warned: AZ Food Crafters completely sold out last year, so place your order soon.

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Post image for My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee to hold 4th annual Wine Festival on Sunday

My Wine Cellar will host its fourth annual Wine Festival, one of Ahwatukee’s premier social events of the year, from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Five distributors will pour four “turkey-friendly” wines apiece – a total of 20 wines perfect for Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners, all of which will be available for purchase at a discount.

The kitchen will be serving a limited menu of wine-friendly nosh plates, including meat and cheese platters, flatbreads, bruschetta, and desserts.

Singer/songwriter Blaine Long will perform on acoustic guitar.

The festival will take place both inside My Wine Cellar and on its patio overlooking the golf course (with tents and heaters if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate).

Tickets are $20 in advance and can be reserved by phone at 480-598-9463. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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