The most insane shopping day of the year will soon be here. Yes, the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, or better known as Black Friday, is just a couple weeks away. We’ve all seen the footage on the news and Internet of shoppers being trampled. It’s almost worth it with all the savings. If you plan on venturing out on that day, all RA Sushi locations will be extending their happy hour because you know you’re going to need a drink. Those drinks range from beer to wine to fancy cocktails, all ranging from $3.75 to $7.75. To give you some more energy, there will also be more than 30 appetizer, tapas and sushi selections ranging from $2.75 to $7.75. The happy hour will be from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Eight whole of hours food and drink specials that will make that shopping nightmare a little more bearable.
Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you plan on having or going to a costume party, we highly recommend you have this in tow. The Pumpkin Tap Kit is a great accessory for any autumn-themed party. As you can see, there’s not a lot of maintenance in this product. First, you get yourself a pumpkin (duh). Then, you hollow it out like you would be making a Jack-O-Lantern. Finally, stick the tap through the gourd and there you have it. Fill it with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer and you’re ready to party.
Oktoberfest is one of our favorite events. Tempe Beach Park will be taken over this weekend by beers, brats, rides and games. Starting tonight at 5:00 pm and lasting until Sunday evening, Tempe’s Oktoberfest is perfect for people of all ages. Kids can enjoy special arts and crafts,carnival rides, and plenty of games. For adults, come on, it’s Oktoberfest. So, yes, beer will definitely be involved. The best part? It’s sponsored by Arizona’s one and only Four Peaks. There will also be plenty of live music and delicious food. The event is free and open to the public all weekend long. A quick tip, we recommend you avoid driving around downtown Tempe this weekend. It’s going to be a madhouse.
Beers and brats are what makes October our favorite month. That and pumpkin everything. The Venue Scottsdale and Old World Brewery are bringing Oktoberfest to life this year. On Oct. 19, you can enjoy Polka music from The Jolly Timers, lederhosen competition, contests, cash prizes, and of course beers and brats. Old World Brewery has even created their own exclusive brew for the event called 1810, a traditional Oktoberfest-style lager named for the first year Oktoberfest began. You’ll flashbacks to the 80s and 90s with a performance by The Bryan Legete Band. It’s an all-day affair at The Venue Scottsdale from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Hosted by New Belgium (you know, the brewery that makes Fat Tire), comes the always fun Tour de Fat. You don’t know what Tour de Fat is? Oh boy, you’re missing out. Every year, New Belgium sets up a bike parade around downtown Tempe and then a giant festival at Tempe Beach Park. Designed to promote bicycle advocacy, people are encouraged to bring their bicycles and join the parade. There is live music, performances, contests and games. Oh, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. What kind? They will be pouring ten different kinds of New Belgium all day. Well, from noon to 5:00 pm. The bike parade kicks off at 11:00 am, which you can register for starting at 10:00 am. The beer isn’t free but the event is. Join us.
This might be a new food craze hitting the Valley and it may seem, in fact, a little crazy. We’ve used beer as a base for a BBQ sauce or something but that’s pretty much the extent of it. These local restaurants are infusing beer with some interesting items. Why? Well, in just a little while October will be here and with it comes Oktoberfest. Wait, it’s already October? Anyway, check out these beer-food combos.
Thirsty Lion Pub - With more than 50 suds on tap, this pub and grill uses beer to infuse a handful of items on their lunch and dinner menus. So as the weather cools down, you should enjoy a cup of Beer Cheese Soup with their signature menu item Beer Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Salut Kitchen Bar - Beer and breakfast? Beer Chorizo Biscuits & Gravy and Bacon Beer Chorizo will be available on their brunch menu from 9:30am-2pm on Saturday. and Sundays.
Tilted Kilt - Their Classic Fish & Chips dish is hand dipped in Samuel Adams Boston Lager beer. If that’s not enough, they also have their TK Irish Nachos which is covered in Guinness Cheese sauce.
Today’s object of desire is all about beer. Now, we know wine snobs exist but have you ever really met a beer snob? If you purchase these Pretentious Beer Glasses, then you can go ahead and play that part. Apparently, each kind of brew, from a lager to an IPA to an ale, all need a special glass in order to appreciate the beverage the most. This $170 (yes, $170 for five glasses) of glasses has one for hoppy beers, aromatic beers, malty beers, subtler beer, and one more for ales. Drink beer how it was meant to drink.
Yeah, we thought that would get your attention. As Father’s Day inches ever close, we’ll continue to bring you deals as they come to our attention. Most dad like beer, so why not treat him to bottomless beers for just $15. You should probably have a DD that night because this deal is one not to miss. Central Bistro will be hosting the $15 bottomless beers this Father’s Day with the purchase of any regular brunch entree. The special will be offerend on June 16, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
There’s nothing quite like an ice cold beer and a delicious meal on a hot summer day. Sure, summer isn’t technically here yet, but it feels like it. So, bear with us. Local breweries San Tan, Four Peaks, and Mudshark will be teaming up with the Spotted Donkey Cantina for three nights this summer of beer paired meals. Each meal was crafted by Executive Chef, Esteban Colon. For $39 per person, you’ll receive a reception with appetizers and a three-course meal. We can’t wait.
June 5, 2013- Beer Dinner with SanTan Brewing Company
July 10, 2013 – Beer Dinner with Four Peaks Brewing Company
August 7, 2013 – Mudshark Brewery
Recently, we told you about the newest hot spot in Tempe. Salut Kitchen Bar is now open and it definitely wants your business. We figured since it’s the weekend, you’re probably looking for some stuff to do. Look no further. Here is a list of Salut’s happy hour drinks and bites. All of which you can get every day of the week from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Drink specials include:
· $1 bottles of wine (with a purchase of a bottle)
· $2 Coors Light/Bud Light
· $3 Well drinks
· $3.50 Draft wines
· $4 Craft Draft
· $5 Absinthe
· $6 Craft cocktails
Food specials include:
· $5 Apple salad
· $5 Peppy dew peppers
· $5 Hummus nachos
· $5 Caprese kabobs
· $5 Ravioli
· $5 Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
· $6 Bruschetta
· $10 chefs board
Our little brewery is growing up right before our eyes. That’s right, Four Peaks Brewery is turning 16 this year and that means we should all celebrate. Don’t worry, this will be far different from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 garbage. On Saturday, April 20, the Four Peaks in Tempe will be having an all-day party with beer, food, and live music all from AZ. Located inside the tasting room on Wilson Street, the festivities will be going from noon to 9:00 p.m. And guess what? Admission is free. We bet we know how you’re celebrating 4/20 now.
With the gorgeous weather outside, don’t you feel bad for leaving your dog home while you enjoy a nice lunch on a patio? This Saturday, April 6, Milagro will be best the spot for you and your pup. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Milagro Grill in Arcadia will be hosting the Growl on the Patio event to debut their new dog-friendly patio and their new growlers. In case you’re wondering, growlers are those big glass bottles you can bring home beer in.
You can pick up one of the half-gallon amber jugs on sale for just $8 and can fill ‘em up with your favorite beers, like Mud Shark and Four Peaks. To buy the jug and fill it up only costs $12 on Saturday. Milagro Grill will also offer $3 Mud Shark draft beer and their seasonal $6 Sonoran Hot Dog (pictured).
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the canines. Food samples from the boutique pet shop Noble Beast will be provided. Photos will be taken of all the dogs in attendance and posted to Milagro’s Facebook and if you’re dog gets the most likes by April 13, you’ll win a $50 gift card to the restaurant.
With the end of the second month of the year, have you been keeping up with your New Year’s resolution of living a healthy lifestyle? The Madison Improvement Club is making it easy with the launch of their new menus at the s.e.e.d café, located inside the club. At the s.e.e.d café, you’ll find only sustainable, edible, and entirely delicious food. Incorporated in all of their dishes, the café only uses local, seasonal, and truly fresh ingredients. New additions to the menu include:
Squashgetti ($10) - an oven roasted spaghetti squash served with house made marinara sauce and shaved parmigiano reggiano.
Foody’s Palette ($10) - an assortment of cheeses and meats with crackers and other fun stuff.
I Heart You flatbread ($9) - sprinkled with artichoke hearts, chicken, goat cheese and pine nuts.
Me So Corny ($9) - with roasted red pepper tapenade, campo de malteban, corn, arugula and lemon zest.
Our favorite is the Money Well Spent nightly deal. It’s a bottle of house wine and two flatbreads for just $30.
If you’re more than just a beer drinker, if you’re a beer connoisseur, listen up. With Arizona Beer Week in full swing, the Thirsty Lion Pub at Tempe Marketplace will be hosting a five-course beer pairing dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. For $49.95, you can enjoy an appetizer, soup, salad, entree and dessert, all paired with a beer perfectly matched for the dish. The dishes include:
Bacon Wrapped BBQ Prawns paired with Papago Orange Blossom
Beer Cheese Soup paired with Grand Canyon Sunset Amber
Apple Walnut Salad paired with Crispin Hard Apple Cider
Braised Pork Tenderloin paired with New Belgium Trippel
White Chocolate Cheesecake paired with Sonoran White Chocolate Ale.
Reservations are necessary. To make one, call (480) 968-2920.
Listen up all of you beer connoisseurs, Arizona Beer Week will be hitting the Valley February 16 – 23. That is seven whole days of delicious micro, craft, some of the best beers in the world, and much more. Well, we just got news that Tempe’s World of Beer will be joining the festivities this year. In celebration of Arizona Beer Week, WoB will host four craft brewers, where you can marvel and taste the beauty that is craft beer.
Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:00pm, featuring: Odell Brewing. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:00pm featuring: Firestone Walker with David Walker. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:00pm featuring Four Peaks Tap Procurement Party. Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:00pm featuring: Dogfish Head Brewery.
We’ve all heard of mud runs. Obstacle courses that get you down right dirty while promoting health and fitness. The Devil Dash is exactly that, but then some. It’s the ultimate 5k race for thrill-seeking athletes and party-goers. October 20 is the date where thousands of people will head over to Camelback Ranch to run through Purgatory (the obstacle course.)
If you’ve got it in you, you’ll be running through over three miles of challenges where after and during you can celebrate with friends and family at a day-long festival with live music, food, and beer! How will you be getting the beer? In the Beer Garden of Eden. Sounds devine.
AZ’s Devil Dash will be at the Camelback Ranch-glendale in Phoenix. Participants will be leaping through fire, crawling through mud pits, climbing cargo nets, jumping over tire mounds, and scaling the gruesome Satan’s Tower. Working through additional obstacles themed after the Seven Deadly Sins, this is a race not for your average runner.
For more information, log on their Facebook page here.
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
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 Bella, AZ Central and EaterAZ. »READ MORE
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).
As we count down to the 200th anniversary of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, DLT will be offering daily deets on the various Valley beer fests. Yesterday we served up ales on rails. Today, we say why wait for October when you can celebrate Oktoberfest in September at the SanTan Brewing Company?