Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

July 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

In a week where instant mashed potato dispensers in Singapore 7-11s dominated food headlines (watch the now viral video here), let’s just say we sifted through the odd, marinated on the gross and poured over the monotonous to bring you the most worthy consumable news (not a zombie joke). Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Let’s start with an appetizer aka an unusual headline or two:

Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman may have lost the Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge, but Valley residents continue to make him look bad. Mouth By Southwest spotlights the latest victorious diner here. In case you were curious, Chow Bella polled 15 Valley chefs to get their thoughts on the “most overrated food of 2012 so far,” curious about the results? Find out here.

For the main course, a serving of more traditional foodie news local deals:


The Anticipation is Killing Us: The House Set to Open Soon

July 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Even in this fledgling economy, it seems that Old Town Scottsdale has no trouble expanding in the face of adversity….by this we mean no trouble expanding our waistlines, of course. From the men who brought you Zinc Bistro and The Mission, two of the city’s most successful and raved about restaurants by locals and critics alike, comes The House, a brand new eatery that has taken over somewhat of a historic property on Main Street. When we first heard the news, we squealed like Augustus Gloop in a chocolate factory and practically set up camp outside the decided location next to Grazie Pizzeria. But like all good things, we’ve had to wait for the charming abode to get a makeover and for all the elements to come together. Well, that wait is almost over according to this recent article by EaterAZ that actually takes readers inside the new restaurant whilst under construction. We’re already in love from the looks of it, but will obviously review in time just to make sure. Check out the video on their website and start counting down the days.

Michael’s Cafe Hosts Wine Tasting, BBQ Challenge

July 17, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Michael’s Cafe has become known as a central Phoenix destination for both soul food and live music. But wait, there’s more. Michael’s is hosting two July events that will surely delight the taste buds of all in attendance.

Michael’s presents Mix & Mingle Wine Tasting with jazz by DJ Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wines include Canyon Oaks Moscato, Anakena Chardonnay, Cellarmaster’s Riesling, Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante and Gnarly Head Authentic Red. Cheese, crackers, fruit, salad, chocolate meatballs and more will be available for pairings. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Save your spot and RSVP here.

Michael’s is hosting the first-ever “Best BBQ in the Valley Challenge” July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your grilling gear, your finest marinades, your meat (beef, pork and chicken categories) and find a spot in the parking lot. Judging will be based on taste and presentation with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes as well as one overall People’s Choice Award. Cost is $25 to enter and includes booth, table and tasting utensils for setup. For more information, call Tyrone at Michael’s Cafe at (602) 248-2233.

For more information on Michael’s menu, karaoke, live music and other specials, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.

Dinner And Drinks With A Side Of Live Music

July 11, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp
There’s something about live music that enriches the ordinary. While the jam-packed concert venue surrounded by screaming tweens and the $250 nosebleed seats to see the band you have idolized since you were a tween can be exhilarating, we’re talking sensory ambiance: great food complimented with mellow tunes as the backdrop.
Many aspects of the Arizona music scene have come a long way and integrating live music into restaurant-style venues is no exception.
Show your support for either local establishments, artists or both by grabbing a bite to eat and enriching your ordinary at one of these hotspots:
Every Saturday Night Luci’s Healthy Marketplace hosts a jazz night featuring local artists. Luci’s serves all-day breakfast, burgers, salads and more in addition to their full coffee bar. We think it’s the perfect combination.

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

July 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

“Season of change” might be a bit cliché (or cheesy since we’re talking food), but it rings true as the local summer restaurant scene is best summarized under two headings: 1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances and 2) seasonal deals and menu offerings for those brave enough to endure the desert temperatures this season. Sounds exciting, right? Well, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

1) entrepreneurs making moves and taking chances this season:

You know Johnny Chu from his past and present restaurant endeavors throughout the Valley. The latest of which involves relocating and reinventing his downtown restaurant, Sens Asian Tapas, to the corner of Central Avenue and Thomas Road under the new name SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar. This new location and new concept is set for grand opening July 19. Chow Bella has the story.


Summer Series Features Star Chefs, Culinary Experts

July 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

The 11th Annual Lunch & Learn experience is already underway (and selling out) at The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.

Hosted by Chef Beau MacMillan, the summer series introduces guests to star chefs, wine makers and culinary experts.

Each Lunch & Learn includes a three-course lunch (or dinner, depending) paired with wine or cocktails, lessons on how to prepare the culinary specialties and recipes to take home.

Events are scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday in July and August, with the exceptions of July 28 and August 11 which have been designated for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost is $75 per person including tax and gratuity for lunch, or $125 per person plus tax and gratuity for dinner. For a listing of dates and menus or to make reservations, click here.

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

July 4, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

It might be the 4th of July today, but all anyone seems to be talking about is Mexican food. Not that we blame them – few things bring smiles to our faces like a fresh taco and a margarita on a hot summer day. So, once you’ve had your fill of hot dogs and decided to turn off your scorching hot grill, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

According to EaterAZ, Big Earl’s BBQ in Scottsdale is in the midst of a Mexican revolution, from a taquitos transition to a dabble in “tacotory” to full blown Mexico City cuisine. While you’re waiting for the online menu to become officially updated, have a read, or better yet, pay Big Earl’s a visit. Whatever you do, don’t order the barbecue.

Meanwhile in Old Town, America’s Taco Shop is opening a new location, as reported by Chow Bella. Known for being “the home of the greatest carne asada in the Valley, ” this location will bring the restaurant’s count up to five (including the location in Arizona Mills Mall). Are they being franchised? Find out here.

If downtown Phoenix is more your thing, you’ll find new Mexican food there too. Chow Bella has covered opening of Tediberto’s Mexican-inspired vegan restaurant on Roosevelt Row. Get the details here … or skip the vegan joint and dig right in to some Mexican barbecue. Phoenix Bites highlights the prix fixe barbacoa tasting dinner at Distrito in Scottsdale’s Saguaro Hotel. The three-course dinner (plus dessert) is available Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Click here for details.

If we still haven’t convinced you, feast your eyes on Mouth By Southwest’s Taco Tuesday roster. Not to mention how Barrio Cafe, Bianco’s Tacos & Tequila and Sir Veza’s Taco Garage will soon change the dining game for locals and tourists alike at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4. Stay tuned for updates.



Il Vinaio to host beer, donut pairings

July 3, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Apparently Brady-Siegel had the right idea after all: Beer & Donuts album circa 1987.

It hardly matters what time of year it is or how much it will cost you, beer and donut enthusiasts from far and wide are rejoicing with the recent release of pairings that will be featured at Il Vinaio for this one-of-a-kind event.

From 2 to 5 p.m. on July 28 the following featured craft beers and their accompanying house-made gourmet donuts will be available:

SanTan Mr. Pineapple hefe and Lemon Poppyseed Donut

Goose Island Matilda strong pale ale and Conch Fritter

Goose Island Pepe Nero black pepper saison and Bacon Bleu Cheese Donut

Firestone Walker Double DBA and Pecan Pie Donut

Cost is $16 and donuts are limited to the first 72 people, so quit drooling and ensure you get to partake by calling (480) 649-6476 to RSVP.

Il Vinaio | 270 West Main St. | Mesa, Ariz. | 85201


Summer Sunday At Fleming’s

June 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Honestly, who doesn’t love prime rib? Back by popular demand, Fleming’s Steak House presents its Summer Sunday three course meal, starring 12 ounces of succulent prime rib. Starting this Sunday, July 1, the three-course meal is available every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend for only $29.95 per person.

The meal features a 12 ounce prime rib served with a trio of sauces, choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salad, choice of a side dish (with 10 to choose from), and your choice of dessert.

Oh, it gets better. Fleming’s also offers a B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon for $40 a bottle. So bring the family and indulge in this great deal.

For a location near you, click here.

4th Of July Essentials Part 1: The To-Do List

June 29, 2012 | 1:10 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Looking for a patriotic way to spend the 4th? Here’s our top five classically American ideas for the entire family to celebrate Independence Day in the Valley next week:

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres - Watch these two teams face off Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. at Chase Field. The first 20,000 fans get a free stars and stripes T-shirt courtesy of Ram Trucks. Tickets start at $12.

Independence Day Music Festival - See country music performances by Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker followed by a fireworks display Tuesday at the Salt River Fields. The event’s pre-party begins at 3 p.m., followed by the concert at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $22 to $89 and firework viewing is free with $10 parking.


Master Of The Sword(fish)

June 28, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

We know summertime means BBQs, (enough with the dead horse, right?) If you’re tired of grilling the same old burger and dogs, why not try something a little different? You’re in luck because Executive Chef, Tom Harvey of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Scottsdale is kind enough to share one of his favorite summertime grilling recipes. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Charcoal Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Avocado, Fresh Crab, Red Chile and Cilantro Vinaigrette

8 oz each Swordfish Steaks, ¾ thick, no skin, no bloodline
1 each avocado, peeled ½ dice
4 oz of fresh crab meat, no shells
1 tablespoon of red pepper, very finely diced
1 teaspoon of Serrano pepper, very finely diced
1 tablespoon of red onion, very finely diced
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sambal chili sauce
Kosher Salt as needed
Fresh Cracked pepper as needed
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
  1. Season Swordfish with salt and pepper, brush lightly with some olive oil
  2. Grill Swordfish 4 minutes on each side over charcoal fire to desired doneness (medium-medium rare is preferable)
  3. Combine avocado, onion, cilantro, peppers, vinegar, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, sambal and cilantro, season with salt to taste
  4. Place Swordfish in center of hot plate
  5. Place avocado mixture on top of swordfish
  6. Place fresh crab on top of avocado mixture
  7. Serve Immediately

Paired with a crisp white wine, this is the perfect dish for a summertime evening meal. Now go out there and master the sword(fish).

Celebrate July 4th At The Phoenician, Enjoy The Show

June 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Looking for a classy way to celebrate Independence Day in style and in air conditioning? Why not at the top of a Valley resort, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows where you can view firework shows stretching from Phoenix to Scottsdale?

The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse invites you to share this holiday in their restaurant’s open seating while enjoying specialty cocktails, a full a la carte menu or their Fourth of July-themed prix fixe menu Wednesday.

The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu includes three courses. Choose between local watermelon gazpacho, jumbo shrimp cocktail or heirloom Tomatoes with fresh raspberry vinegar and goat cheese for the first course. Next up is a grilled tuna burger, french fries, miso mayonnaise and yuzu pickles; barbecue sirloin tip with creamy local corn; or  a grilled pork chop, cherry mustard and sautéed mustard greens. The third course includes your choice of strawberry charlotte sundae, popping cherry pie or warm chocolate nougat tart with praline ice cream.

Festive 4th of July cocktails are available for $12 and include Red: Sour Cherry Caipirinha (Pirrasunga 21 Cachaca, cherry, lime), White: Vanilla Cream Soda (Svedka Vanilla Vodka, caramelized Sugar and club soda) and Blue: Blueberry Lemonade (Ketel One Citroen Vodka, lemon, blueberries and Sprite).

The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu is $45, is available Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 27, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of

Now that we’ve all dusted off the ol’ grill and eaten our fair share of barbecue (not to mention all of the seasonal sides, deserts and drinks) in a feeble attempt to enjoy the summertime like the rest of the country, here comes July. Not to worry, it’s all about grand openings and summer menus this go-round. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

First, the newly opened and soon to open:

Chow Bella has introduced us to Mad G’s Grill & Tavern in Tempe. Brought to you by Allen and Traci Thompson, owners of The Grind and Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar, this new spot off of Broadway and Mill opened June 15.

This past week marked the opening of The Habit Burger Grill‘s fourth Phoenix location, which nearly rounds out the new assortment of eateries at the corner of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.


Brat Haus: Old Town’s New Eatery

June 27, 2012 | 2:11 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

When you drive down the streets of Old Town Scottsdale – because, let’s be real here, no one is walking anywhere right now – you can see pretty much two things: restaurants and art galleries. The scene becomes quite familiar if you live in the area and it’s easy to fall into a routine of always hitting up the same spots. That’s why when any inkling of a new restaurant pops up, it’s nearly impossible not to take notice…and snoop around like a nutrient deprived Nancy Drew. We are of course talking about the upcoming opening of chef Payton Curry’s Brat Haus, and as it turns out, Old Town’s newest restaurant is not so much of a mystery. In fact, its opening on July 2nd is highly anticipated and has been covered by the likes of Chow BellaAZ Central and EaterAZ»READ MORE

Go Back To The Future With Iguana Mack’s

June 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Unless you know someone in the Valley with a time machine disguised as a 1981 DeLorean or plan on buying a pair of Nike’s $37,000 Marty McFly shoes, we recommend you celebrate the past as well as the future by attending “Mack’s Back to the Future” party Saturday.

The event, hosted by Iguana Mack’s in Chandler, will commemorate the staff, drink specials and games that made the East Valley roadhouse famous over the past 10 years, while welcoming a new menu and a new look under the new management.

Participate in live lizard races, beer pong, flip cup, beer chugging, cornhole and hoverboard racing (you wish) beginning at 11 a.m. Prizes will be given away all day. Live music by local bands (sorry, not The Pinheads) kicks off at noon, followed by a patio barbecue and drink specials beginning at 1 p.m. Guest DJ’s, drink specials and games will continue until close (which, of course, is when need the time machine).

So, set your Casio digital calculator watches because the past, er, the party is something you won’t want to miss.

Mock Meat Monday: Vegetarian Food Trucks

June 25, 2012 | 3:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of

As you know, food truck culture (aka gourmet mobile dining) is alive and well in Phoenix. What you may not realize is that a food truck lunch does not mean barbecue and hot dogs. In fact, when it comes to the wide range of food truck specialty offerings throughout the Valley it’s quite the opposite.

The next time you find yourself at a food-truck-worthy event, look out for our favorite local, vegetarian-friendly food trucks:

T-Licious Teazy Tacos – choose between the no meat in me taco and the Diablo Cheese Nachos

Sunshine and Spice - you’ll find a variety of options including a soy shrooms burrito, guacamole rangoons with sauce and a good old veggie burger.


Escape ‘Dog Days,’ Travel With Four-Legged Friends

June 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM | City Guides | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Sam Hjelle.

They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing, so before you hit the road for a chilly three-day weekend up north or you pack the cooler and head west for the ocean, check out and see what kind of dog-friendly itinerary these destinations can accommodate. is worldwide database of dog-friendly hotels, beaches, trails, restaurants and more in almost any city. Not to mention veterinary services and discussion forums.

After your trip be sure to share your dog-friendly experience upon your return so other travelers and their canine companions can enjoy the same attractions and adventures in the future.

Local dog parks provide our four-legged friends with much-needed exercise, so if you are staying in town this summer be sure to visit a dog park in Chandler, ScottsdalePhoenix or Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert in the mornings or evenings to avoid peak temperatures. Happy tails trails.

A Half Rack of Awesome

June 22, 2012 | 3:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

How can you get any more American than with the summertime BBQ? Burgers, dogs, corn on the cob, and our personal favorite: ribs are all on the season’s menu and we know just where to get them. Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale is definitely more than just a convenience store/gas station. Any local will tell you it’s a popular meeting point for some delicious local coffee or for breakfast and lunch at their Campfire Bistro.

This week, the Bistro introduces an expanded dinner menu and full table service from 4:30 – 8pm nightly. The new offerings coincide with its license approval to serve beer and wine. The best part? Ribs, of course.

Chef Tudie Frank-Johnson has taken the café’s award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired specialties to create a range of family dinner-worthy dishes. Headlining the menu are the Barbecue Ribs – a half rack of ribs with two side dishes for just $16.

Campfire Bistro | 9393 East Bell Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

“Back East Pizza And Beef Joint” To Open In Scottsdale

June 21, 2012 | 4:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of K.I.S.S. Pizza.

The Venue of Scottsdale has announced plans to open a new “back East pizza and beef joint” in the space next door.

Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.), a fast-casual concept eatery boasting simple ingredients and classic big city food, is expected to open by late July.

Under the command of chef Anthony Crocenzi, a native of Chicago, the restaurant will feature Chicago and New York style pizzas (whole or by the slice), Italian beef, Italian sausage and New York Italian grinder sandwiches, Chicago dogs and antipasto salads.

Also projected to open in the two-story space adjacent to the venue is V2 Lounge (pronounced “V squared”). Stay tuned for details or visit the K.I.S.S. Facebook page for more information.

Seasons 52 Introduces Summer Menu

June 21, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

The 11-ounce Piedmontese All-Natural Bone-In Strip Steak as featured on the new summer menu. Photo courtesy of Seasons 52.

There’s something about summer that has Arizonans craving change. It could be the temperatures, it could be allure of an ocean (however far away) or it could just be the exceptional measures Valley restaurants take to accommodate that summer state of mind.

Like many Valley restaurants, Seasons 52 has introduced a new summer menu that features seasonal offerings in celebration of those of us who stick around for the not-so-tourist season.

Known for its fresh grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 changes its menu four times a year to capture the flavors of the season.

“… the summer menu features a variety of grilled vegetables, seafood and poultry that depict the essence of the season,”  said Cliff Pleau, Senior Director of Culinary at Seasons 52.


Who Doesn’t Love Sushi?

June 20, 2012 | 3:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

At DLT, sushi is one of our favorite meals, especially if it comes from RA. So how can sushi get better? Well, by learning how to make it yourself of course! Summer school has officially started. On June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., RA Sushi in Tempe will be hosting its first-ever Sushi 101 class.

Participants will learn the art of sushi rolling while also enjoying lunch (sounds like our kind of summer school). Throughout this cool, interactive class, students will learn of the history of sushi, test their skills in sushi rolling, and enjoy a plethora of tasty appetizers and fresh sushi. For just $35 a person, the lesson include a non-alcoholic beverage (bummer but still fun), miso soup, edamame, two maki rolls, two pieces of nigiri, a sushi rolling mat to take home, and a voucher for a free lunch on a return visit.

Registration is required. Please call 480-303-9800 or email [email protected] to make a reservation. For more information, click here.

RA Sushi | 411 South Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85281

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Haute Living.

We know summer means warmer blazing temperatures, but in the desert it’s easy to forget that with summer comes exciting seasonal offerings, lighter fare and brighter colors. So besides all the tropical drinks and excuses to grill (which we are huge fans of, by the way) here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Here in the Valley of the Sun, we can take year-round farmer’s markets for granted, so take some time this summer to support local farmers and enjoy their goods. Our friends at Chow Bella profile a summer staple, the Farmer’s Market Salad at St. Francis. While you’re at it, take a peek at their piece on Binkley’s Heirloom Tomato Dinner, also courtesy of a local farmer. Just in case you’re now feeling inspired, here’s a list of local farmer’s markets, courtesy of Haute Living. »READ MORE

Palomar Hotel Completes CityScape Blueprint

June 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp
If CityScape is to Phoenix what Times Square is to New York City, then Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel is sitting on prime real estate. Since officially opening its doors June 7, the boutique hotel has been the talk of the town. See for yourself on their Facebook page.

Now that we’ve convinced you to view this urban property, don’t miss Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails where executive chef Stephen Jones and master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout have complimented the already innovative “gastro-lounge” concept with their decadent menu items and lavish cocktail creations.

As you well know, no piece of real estate is compete without landscaping (i.e. the the hotel’s pool deck). This third floor “pool by day, lounge by night” features a 180-degree view of downtown as well as the Lustre Bar which is open daily from noon to midnight. »READ MORE

Mock Meat Monday: The International Veggie

June 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Courtesy photo.

Eating foreign foods and bumbling over the basics of another language may sound like components of an unforgettable trip abroad, but we’re actually referring to international dining around the Valley. Much like traveling, food is best when shared with loved ones and good friends. Here are four international suggestions guaranteed to please the vegetarians and the carnivores in every group.

Mijana in Scottsdale is a Lebanese restaurant that has it all; flavor and class, more vegetarian options than you could possibly consume and live music and entertainment. Catch the buffet Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. After 2 a.m. the place transforms into Hoookahmania lounge and offers a wide variety of Hookah flavors. »READ MORE

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Sports? Father's Day? Why not celebrate with a locally brewed beer. Here are some recommendations. Photo courtesy of Yumsugar.

With the NBA Finals underway, Diamondbacks’ season in full swing and the Stanley Cup just wrapping up (great run, Coyotes) it is no surprise that we’re seeing an influx of beer news, beer consumption and beer recommendations. In order to remain relevant and keep our buzz going, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Let’s hope by now you’ve at least decided on a Father’s Day gift for dad (even if you haven’t crossed it off the shopping list yet), but for those of you procrastinators out there here are six brilliant beer suggestions based on your dad’s personality, thanks to Chow Bella.

If you’ve had your gifts for pop bought and wrapped for weeks now (and we’re boring you at this point), we turn to Mouth By Southwest for five fruit-flavored Arizona beer profiles. Don’t simply judge a beer by it’s cover fruit, be sure to try some of this frosty-cold, sweet summery bliss.

In other beer news, Mouth By Southwest is reporting that the opening of World of Beer in Tempe has been pushed back from July 2 to July 23. Construction permitting, you should be able to watch your favorite teams compete at the London 2012 Summer Olympics while sipping an international brew (since it is all about sports after all).

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