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Lava Falls Quad, a Belgian-style ale (10.3% ABV) released by Grand Canyon Brewing last month, will be featured at this week’s Monday Night Tapping at Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler.

The 7 p.m. tappings highlight a limited-release beer every Monday. The night includes growler fills (one per person) and a Secret Beer Bag special (three cans of craft beer for $8).

The tapping runs concurrently with Bourbon Jacks’ build-your-own-burger promo (starting at $6.99) on Mondays.

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Arizona shut out (yet again) from James Beard Award finals

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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No Beards for you!

That was the message to Arizona this morning when the prestigious James Beard Awards, the culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars, announced its 2017 finalists in dozens of food and drink categories.

Three Arizona chefs who were up for Best Chef Southwest – Charleen Badman from FnB in Scottsdale, Silvana Salcido Esparza from Barrio Urbano in Phoenix, and Jeff Smedstad from Elote Cafe in Sedona – failed to advance to the category’s six-person finals.

Arizona has had nine Best Chef Southwest winners, but has been shut out in the category since Nobuo Fukuda won a decade ago. The region consists of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Other Arizona nominees who failed to make this year’s finals: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix (Outstanding Restaurant), Sam Fox of Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts (Outstanding Restaurateur), and FnB (Best Wine Wine Program).

You can see the complete list of finalists in every category here. The 2017 winners will be announced May 1.

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Scottsdale-based Grabbagreen makes its East Valley debut today at the new Rivulon Center on the northeast corner of Gilbert Road and the 202 in Gilbert.

The healthy fast-food concept offers greens- and grain-based ‘‘bowls’’ (actually boxes), wraps, and other items made with organic produce and hormone-free meats.

“As a longtime Grabbagreen customer and East Valley resident, I couldn’t wait to bring this concept to Gilbert,” says franchise owner Stacy Rendell. “At Grabbagreen, customers simply cannot make an unhealthy choice.”

Hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

The Gilbert location is the fifth in Arizona and 17th nationwide for the concept, which was launched in 2013. It expects to open around 20 stores this year, and has franchise or development deals to open another 200.

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Get free drinks today at new Black Rock Coffee in east Mesa

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 10, 2017

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Oregon-based Black Rock Coffee, which made its Arizona debut last month in Chandler, launches its second Valley location today on Power, just south of Ray, in east Mesa.

To celebrate, the store will be giving away free medium (16-ounce) drinks all day today.

Besides classic and premium coffee drinks, Black Rock offers iced coffees and blended ‘‘chillers’’ in flavors like Caramel Blondie, Oreo, and Mint Chip.

Don’t drink coffee? They also have premium teas, smoothies, chai latte, hot chocolate, and Italian sodas.

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MXSW Weekend Guide for March 10-12

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 10, 2017

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Boulders on Broadway 10th anniversary

Boulders on Broadway in Tempe will replicate its beer list from opening day 2007 as part of its 10-year anniversary festivities Saturday. Starting at 11 a.m., the fun includes all-day live music and the tapping of Junior Varsity Electrician, a beer the staff brewed at Odell Brewing in Colorado.

Great Arizona Beer Festival

Sample beers from across Arizona and around the world when the Great Arizona Beer Festival takes place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix. General admission to the 21-and-over event is $45 and includes 24 sampling tickets.

Celtic Music & Microbrew Festival

Several beers from Scotland’s Innis & Gunn and Belhaven breweries will be tapped at the all-new Arizona International Celtic Music & Microbrew Festival, which runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday near the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix.

Jazz & Jambalaya at Southern Rail

Enjoy a bowl of jambalaya, half-price Arizona wines, and live jazz on the patio Sunday as Southern Rail in Phoenix kicks off its twice-a-year Jazz & Jambalaya nights. The event runs 5-8 p.m. every Sunday (except Easter) through April 30.

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Smokin Fins, an Idaho-based concept that offers seafood, sushi, and smoked meats, has opened its first Arizona location in the former Stingray Sushi space on the southeast corner of I-10 and Ray in west Chandler.

The menu features a wide variety of seafood, including a dozen sushi rolls (as well and sashimi and nigiri), six salads with seafood, four kinds of seafood tacos, clam chowder, poke bowls, and eight seafood entrees.

In an effort to appeal to non-seafood fans, Smokin Fins also offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta, Southern fried Nashville chicken, Kurobuta pork, and ‘‘American Kobe’’ (wagyu) steak.

The Arizona location opens at 11 a.m. daily for lunch and dinner.

Smokin Fins is part of what’s known as the ‘‘Fins’’ restaurant group, which also includes Lucky Fins. The group has a total of six locations in Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona.

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OHSO Brewery finally opens taproom in Sky Harbor’s Terminal 2

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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It took about six months longer than expected, but OHSO Brewery finally has opened its taproom in Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The location is the brewery’s fourth, joining others in Arcadia, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. A fifth OHSO is in the works in downtown Gilbert.

The airport OHSO has 20 beers on tap – eight from OHSO, six from other Arizona breweries, and six from out of state. Growler fills are available.

The bar menu also offers several cocktails made with OHSO gin or vodka, nine wines by the glass or bottle, and 13 whiskeys in 2-ounce pours.

The streamlined food menu features six breakfast items before 11 a.m. (chicken and waffles are available all day).

Lunch and dinner options are three starters, four salads, three sandwiches, and six burgers.

Terminal 2 is scheduled to close in three years, at which time the airport OHSO hopes to move to a new location.

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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row opens today in downtown Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Restaurant-rich downtown Gilbert gets yet another notable destination today with the opening of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Vaughn.

It’s the third Arizona location for the country singer and Arizona native, who’s partnered with Scottsdale-based Riot Hospital Group.

At 8,700 square feet, it’s also the biggest of the three locations with an indoor stage, a large dance floor, and a patio with cornhole, ping-pong, and other games.

And its Southern-tinged comfort food menu is 30 percent larger than the other Whiskey Row locations. More than 50 beers are on tap.

Hours are 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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MXSW Weekend Guide for March 3-5

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 3, 2017

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Devoured Culinary Classic

Arizona’s premier food festival, the two-day Devoured Culinary Classic, takes place 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Phoenix Art Museum’s sculpture garden. Both days are sold out, but if you got your ticket already you’ll enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from many of Arizona’s top restaurants, wineries, and breweries.

Downtown Mesa Brew Fest

The third annual Downtown Mesa Brew Fest – featuring 40-plus beers, food, games, and live music – runs 2-6 p.m. Saturday on Macdonald, just south of Main Street. Admission to the family- and dog-friendly event is free. Twelve-ounce beers are $5.

The Perch Yoga on the Roof

The spring edition of The Perch Brewery‘s popular Yoga on the Roof series begins this weekend. Held at 9 a.m. Saturdays through April 29, the $20 class includes one hour of yoga on the rooftop patio and beer, mimosa, or cocktail afterward.

Pokitrition grand opening

Recently opened poke bowl restaurant Pokitrition, on the southwest corner of the 101 and Ray in Chandler, celebrates its grand opening from noon-8 p.m. Saturday with a buy-one-get-one-free deal. You also can get a free bowl by following the eatery on Facebook or Instagram.

Caribbean Jerk Festival

The state’s largest Caribbean food event, the third annual Arizona Caribbean Jerk Festival, will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Kiwanis Park in south Tempe. The fest also features an all-day lineup of reggae musicians and singers. Admission is $15.

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Huss Brewing to open Phoenix taproom April 14

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 3, 2017

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Tempe’s Huss Brewing has announced the grand opening of its new Taproom at Uptown Plaza will be Friday, April 14, on the northeast corner of Central and Camelback in Phoenix. Besides Huss beers, the taproom will offer house-made bar snacks as well as food from neighboring restaurants, such as Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria and Shake Shack.

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