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Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival This Saturday in Scottsdale

AmeriCAN1SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Crack open a frosty beer and celebrate with a thousand of your closest friends at the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday.

Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the Fourth Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival returns to Scottsdale and is stronger than ever.

General admission tickets are $35 each and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. VIP tickets are available through presale purchase only for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling.

Gates open at noon for VIP ticket holders and 1 p.m. for general admission. There will be live music from Sugar Thieves, Dry River Yacht Club and Take Cover with DJ Slippe spinning tracks in between sets. There will also be food trucks on site including Mustache Pretzels and The Grilled Cheese Truck. The festival goes until 6 p.m. with last pour usually around 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

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You can enjoy these beers on Saturday

There will also be a beer science garden as well as a Beer Olympics featuring fun and games including beer pong and bean-bag toss or “cornhole.”

The 2014 festival will feature more than 80 national breweries will offer over 250 beers in their humblest form—the can. The festival is the brain child of SanTan Brewing Co. owner and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia.

SanTan Brewing began canning their beer in 2009 and by 2010, with very few brewers caning their beers, Canecchia thought it would be a great idea to showcase the can.

“Four years ago, cans were still looked down upon,” said Canecchia. “The stigma came from the idea that cans give beer a metallic taste, but that’s not true. The FDA requires a water-based polymer coating that prevents any liquid from coming in contact with metal and giving it an acrid taste.”

If you have ever heard the adage, “the darker the bottle, the higher quality the beer,” you can take that to the next level with cans. No light whatsoever, gets through an aluminum can, thus preserving the beer quality and providing a longer shelf life than the traditional bottle.

Seven local Arizona breweries will be in attendance with national representation from Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau, Alaska to Woodchuck Hard Cider in Middlebury, Vt., with many stops in between including Tallgrass Brewing from Manhattan, Kan., Nola Brewing from New Orleans, La., and Founders Brewing from Grand Rapids, Mich.

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CAN you drink them all?

Arizona suds seekers will be treated to some rare beers that are hardly, if ever, found in Arizona. Australian Brewery from Sydney will also offer up their take on canned craft beer while early trendsetters in the microbrew movement, Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada will have their beers available in cans.

The festival coincides with the national American Craft Beer Week which is celebrated May 12-18. According to the Brewers Association, there are currently more than 2,800 small and independent craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year.

“American Craft Beer Week allows everyone to honor and toast the hard work and success of the craft beer community,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “Against many odds, craft brewers have used grassroots efforts to grow the industry one glass, one bottle, one can, one keg, one growler and one customer at a time.”

The festival will not only offer a respite from a hot day, it will also support the community. HDE Agency’s Jen Pruett says “a portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy.”

Great beer doing good, that’s a cause that we can all get behind.

Details: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday May 17. Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. $35-$100. cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

The Tucson Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to Arizona Beer Week

Craft BeerArizona Beer Week begins February 15 with the 14th Annual Strong Beer Festival in Phoenix. For those in the “Old Pueblo” that are looking to partake in Arizona Beer Week without making the 120-mile trek to Steele Indian School Park, here is your handy guide to all things crafty in Tucson during Arizona Beer Week.

Nightly Events:

  • Boca Tacos y Tequila at 828 E. Speedway Blvd. will be hosting a daily “Crafty Hour” from 3-6 p.m. with $1 off all local Arizona beer.
  • All Risky Business locations will be offering $1 off all Arizona brewed draft beers all day long throughout the week.
  • Nox Kitchen & Cocktails at 6370 N. Campbell Rd. will take $2 off their four Arizona brewed draft beers throughout the week.

Saturday, February 15

Brew and Bikes

  • Location: Begins at Barrio Brewery  800 E. 16th St.
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Event takes the riders through the heart of downtown Tucson looping around University and ending at SkyBar.

WOB_extFour Peaks Brewing Company Spotlight Weekend

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m. -2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Four Peaks will bring some of their specialty beers to the World of Beer Tucson location on opening weekend. These beers are usually only served at the brewery including Double Knot, Hopsquatch, Barrel-Aged Kilt Lifter and others.

Arizona’s 102nd Beer and Brats Birthday Bash

  • Location: Playground Bar and Lounge  278 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 4 -10 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

A rooftop BBQ in celebration of Arizona’s 102nd birthday featuring eight Arizona breweries including Dragoon, Barrio and Borderlands from Tucson. All-you-can-eat food and a flight of four 4-oz. Arizona brews included in admission cost.

Sunday, February 16

Blues, Brews & BBQ

  • Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort  7000 N. Resort Dr.
  • Time: 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Cost: TBA

An amazing brunch featuring locally brewed beer by Dragoon Brewing Co. with favorites from the grill. Enjoy live blues music while taking in the beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains.

Monday, February 17

Dogfish Head A-HOP-Eclipse

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m. -2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Dogfish Head will bring some of their hoppiest beers to Tucson. Get your fill of 60, 61, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs while they last. Also on tap will be specialty brews ApriHop, Indian Brown, Burton Baton and Hellhound. There will be special prizes and giveaways as well.

Borderlands Brewery Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Borderlands Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

thunder-canyon-brewery-logoBrewery Open House

  • Location: Thunder Canyon Brewery  7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Stop in, tour the brewery and talk beer and brewing with the brewers at the Foothills Mall location.

Ten Fifty-Five Brewing at 1702

  • Location: 1702  1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 7-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet the brewers and taste the beers of 1055 Brewing while enjoying some of the best pizza in town.

Tuesday, February 18

Beer, Burgers and the Four Peaks Brew Master

  • Location: Nox Kitchen & Cocktails  6370 N. Campbell Rd.
  • Time: 11;30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Lunch with the Brew Master and friends of Four Peaks Brewery. Nox will be offering a burger along with any one of four Arizona draft beers for only $10.

Taco Tuesday with Dragoon and Four Peaks

  • Location: Fini’s Landing  5689 N. Swan Rd.
  • Time: 4-7 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

A collaborative event hosted by two of the state’s most popular breweries. Fini’s Landing will be offering $2.50 tacos to go along with $1 off Arizona craft beers. The Collaboration Weizenbock, brewed by six Arizona breweries will also be available along with special giveaways including a commemorative Four Peaks pint glass.

Meet the Brewers

  • Location: Zona 78  7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Brewers from 1055 Brewing and Dragoon Brewing will be on hand to discuss their brews.

Pastiche Food and Drink Arizona Beer Dinner

  • Location: Pastiche  3025 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $45

Five course meal by chef Tim Moore paired with some of the best craft beer that Arizona has to offer.

Sonoran Brewing Night

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Jim Layrd, the president of Sonoran Brewing, Arizona’s first microbrewery, will be at Mr. Head’s sharing knowledge along will samples and brewery goodies.

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  • Location: Monsoon’s Tap & Grill  6781 N. Thornydale Rd.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Monsoon’s, northwest Tucson’s newest craft beer bar has always offered Arizona only beers on tap since they opened last fall. Tuesday night’s event welcomes Ted Golden and Jim Roper of Four Peaks Brewing as they bring along 16 barrels of their specialty suds including rare beers like Short Hop Session IPA, Poppin’ Pils, Tequila Barrel-Aged Raj IPA, Odelay, Diablo Rojo and Sirius Black. The always popular Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kilter Lifter, Collaboration Weizenbock and their standard eight beers will also be flowing.

“Brewing Arizona” Book Signing and 1055 Brewing Showcase

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Author Ed Sipios will be signing copies of his book while the brewers of 1055 Brewing will showcase four of their beers including the first sighting of Two Sons Imperial IPA outside of their tap room.

Wednesday, February 19

dragoonDragoon and 1055 Brewing Collaboration Tour

  • Location: Dragoon Brewing Company 1859 W. Grant Rd.
  • Time: 2-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Join 1055’s J.P. Vyborny and Dragoon’s Eric Greene for a tour of an operating brewhouse.

Borderlands Brewing at Sir Veza’s

  • Location: Sir Veza’s  4699 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 3-5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The brewers of Borderlands Brewing Company will be offering their new winter beers as well as standard favorites.

Celebration of Southern Arizona Beers

  • Location: Good Oak Bar  316 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Good Oak Bar will be offering a variety of beers from Southern Arizona.

Old Bisbee Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Old Bisbee Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

Grand Canyon Flight Night

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Experience some of the lesser known beer from Grand Canyon Brewing in Williams, Ariz. Bryan Young will be offering the Black Iron IPA, American Pilsner, Shaggy Bock and Double IPA. Young will also be on hand to answer questions and give away beer-centric prizes.

ten fifty-five1055 Beer Dinner at Proper

  • Location: Proper  300 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: TBD

A multiple course beer dinner featuring the beers of 1055 Brewing Co. paired with plates prepared by the Chef d’Cuisine, Kris Vrolijk.

Borderlands Beer Quiz

  • Location: Borderlands Brewing Company  119 E. Toole Ave.
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

An epic beer-related pub quiz with questions submitted by the leading minds of the Tucson beer community. Teams of four will compete for a generous Borderlands bar tab.

Barrio Brewing Late Night

  • Location: Mr. Heads  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Samples and explanations of Barrio’s brews.

mudsharkThursday, February 20

A Night of Lunacy

  • Location: World of Beer Tucson  350 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mudshark Brewing of Lake Havasu City will feature eight different varieties of their Lunacy beer.

Borderlands Brewing at Pub 22

  • Location: Pub 22  15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.
  • Time: 3-5 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The brewers of Borderlands Brewing Company will be offering their new winter beers as well as standard favorites.

Dragoon Brewing Cask and Food Truck Pairing

  • Location: Tap & Bottle  403 N. 6th Ave.
  • Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Dragoon Brewing will be bringing two cask conditioned and other other special beers to Tap & Bottle. Chef’s Kitchen Food Truck will be on site with a special menu paired with the Dragoon beers.

SanTanLogoSanTan Up and Down Congress

  • Location: Starts at Proper  300 E. Congress St.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

A mini pub crawl tasting two unique Arizona beers at Proper, Hub Restaurant and Creamery, Good Oak Bar and World of Beer.

Thunder Canyon Brewing Tap Takeover

  • Location: Monsoon’s Tap & Grill  6781 N. Thornydale Rd.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Thunder Canyon Brewing brings 18 different beers to Monsoon’s for your tasting pleasure.

SanTan Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from SanTan Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

Borderlands_BrewingThe Biology of Beer

  • Location: Maker House  283 N. Stone Ave.
  • Time: 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mike Mallozzi, co-owner of Borderlands Brewing and Ph.D. microbiologist, will discuss how the sciences of molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry all started with beer.

Barrio Brew Master’s Dinner

  • barrioLocation: Barrio Brewing  800 E. 16th St. .
  • Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: TBA

Five Course Dinner paired with Barrio brews. The Brew Master will also be explaining each beer served.

Dragoon Brewing Night

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Samples and explanations of five Dragoon brews with collectible and prize giveaways.

Friday, February 21

Dragoon Brewing and Food Pairing

  • Location: Time Market  444 E. University Blvd.
  • Time: open
  • Cost: N/A

Time Market will be pairing custom-built plates with featured Dragoon beers.

sentinel_peak___2.largeLemon-Wit Collaboration Release

  • Location: Sentinel Peak Brewing Company  4746 E. Grant Rd.
  • Time: 3-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The release of a Lemon-Wit that uses Marana grains and Tucson lemons. This is a collaboration recipe with Granite Mountain Brewery from Prescott, AZ. They have brewed the same recipe (with the same ingredients) and will also be releasing it this week.

Barrio Brewing Company Tap Take Over at e. River Bar

  • Location: Whole Foods River Rd.  5555 E. River Rd.
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Meet and greet the crew from Barrio Brewing Company while enjoying their beers on tap. Happy Hour specials also offered from 4-7 p.m.

1702azLocals Only-Arizona Brewers Unite!

  • Location: 1702 1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • Time: 8-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Several local Arizona beers all in one place on one night.

Borderlands Movie Night – “Beer on a Roll”

  • Location: Borderlands Brewing Company  119 E. Toole Ave.
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

The Arizona premier of “Beer on a Roll”, The story of one man, one bike, 3000 miles, and a craft beer tour of America.

Dragoon Night on the Patio

  • Location: Che’s Lounge  350 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 8-10 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Che’s Lounge will be featuring several Dragoon beers along with the premier patio in Tucson.

Collaboration Brewday

  • Location: Mr. Head’s  513 N. 4th Ave.
  • Time: 9:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Cost: N/A

Mr. Head’s will have the Arizona Weizenbock thanks to Four Peaks, 1055, Dragoon, Huss Brewing and Wanderlust Brewing Companies. Four Peaks will also be on hand offering samples, explaining the brewing process and handing out prizes for all in attendance.

Saturday, February 22

ACBGSouthern Arizona Brewers Festival

  • Location: Maker House  238 N. Stone Ave.
  • Time: 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $35/ $45-day of event

The end cap festival for Arizona Beer Week featuring Southern Arizona’s premier breweries. Participants will get a commemorative pint glass and exclusive access to your local brewers. Enjoy your brews while you listen to local live music from The Bennu and local eats available for purchase from a selection of Tucson food trucks.

4th Annual Arizona Beer Week Returns in February

az-beer-weekArizona is prepping for the biggest and best beer week ever.

From the tall pines of Flagstaff to the dusty borderlands of Tucson, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will be celebrating the state’s craft beer industry from February 15-22. The annual event will focus on craft beer education, the artistry of brewing and the all-important tasting of the state’s best suds.

“The purpose of Arizona Beer Week is to reconnect beer with celebration and sense of place,” Rob Fullmer, Executive Director, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild said Tuesday. “Of course, it starts with the Arizona Craft Brewers, but some of the most original and exciting events are those put on by the state’s bars, restaurants and homebrew clubs.”

The week begins with my favorite annual beer festival, the Strong Beer Festival. For the 14th consecutive year, the Strong Beer Festival features several beers with high alcohol content.

The event takes place at Indian Steele Park, 300 East Indian School Rd. Strong-Beer-Festival1in Phoenix with gates opening up to the V.I.P. crowd at noon and going until 5 p.m. Last pour will be called at 4:45 p.m. but it is highly doubtful that even general admission entrants (who are let in at 1 p.m.) will be clamoring for more beer come that time.

General admission tickets for the event includes a commemorative 4 oz. mug and 15 tasting tickets for $50. V.I.P. tickets for this event are well worth the price of admission.  For the $70 price tag, you will receive five additional tickets and an added hour of tasting. Other swag includes a t-shirt and towel from the event along with access to reserved seating and restrooms; a meet and greet with the brewers, a pretzel necklace and a $10 food voucher. For the early birds, the first 100 to purchase V.I.P. tickets will also receive a reserved parking space for the event. Designated driver tickets will also be available for $10 each. Although strong beers will be the focus of the festival, several other craft beer types and styles will be available along with various food and music. Click the above picture to purchase tickets or through Showclix.com.

One of the hottest new trends is “beer running.”  For more on the trend, check out @TheBeerRunner on twitter. Four Peaks Brewery will be hosting the Skirt Chaser 5K at the Tempe Beach Park from noon-5 p.m. There will be a beer garden, live music and an after party. Tickets for the race and after party range from $35-$75, register online here.

brews_cruise_2014To complete your weekend, hop on your bicycle and head over to SanTan Brewery in Chandler for the annual BrewsCruise 2014. Plan on arriving early to enjoy their incredible pub fare and delicious variety of craft beers. The party leaves SanTan at 2 p.m. en route to The Hungry Monk, Dos Gringos-Chandler and ending up at Chandler’s newest nanoBrewery, Restaurant and Bar—The Perch. The $25 ticket price includes food at SanTan and a beer at each location. For more information and to purchase tickets for the BrewsCruise 2014, click here.

Boulders on Broadway in Tempe will also be hosting their 4th Annual Beer Festival at their location.

“Some of the bigger events are in Phoenix where the larger beer market is, but there are a number of events throughout the state,” Fullmer said. “It’s about the people and places throughout the state. As a person that is in tune with craft culture, you may not find a happy hour featuring a local pale ale too exciting, but to someone who is able to make that connection during beer week, well that’s worth it to us.”

Some notable events outside of the metro Phoenix area happening on a Monday night are Tucson’s Thunder Canyon Brewery craft beer education open house at their Foothills Mall location from 6-8 p.m. Brewery tours and discussions with the brewers will take place and there is no charge.

Flagstaff’s Wanderlust Brewing will collaborate with Pizzicleta Kitchen to host the Biggest Little Beer Dinner. The five-course dinner paired with craft beer will cost you $50, contact Caleb Schiff at Pizzicletta for reservations.

For the first time ever, Arizona’s two foremost breweries, Four Peaks Brewing & SanTan Brewing will collaborate for a beer dinner at Vintage 95 Wine Lounge. Executive Chef Michael Wahlberg has created a Brazilian theme dinner to pair with the rarest brews from SanTan and Four Peaks including SanTan’s Saison di Aleatico, Four Peaks Double Knot IPA and SanTan’s Russian Imperial Stout. A collectible beer glass with logos from all participants will be handed out to the first 100 patrons. $65 per person, tickets are available here.

homebrewers-association-logoTucson’s 1055 Brewing Co. will host a beer dinner Wednesday night in the hip, downtown restaurant, Proper.  Chef d’Cuisine Kris Volijk will offer up a multiple course dinner featuring beer from Ten Fifty-Five. Staying in downtown Tucson, Borderlands Brewing Co. will be hosting “an epic beer-related pub quiz.” Get your team of four together to battle it out for a paid-in-full bar tab at Borderlands Brewing Co.

The Arizona Homebrewers Association Rally takes place Thursday, February 20 at the newly opened SanTan Production Brewery in Chandler. The rally includes a VIP brewery tour; a meet & greet with the brewers, an in-depth Q&A session and a chance to win prizes from the AHA and SanTan Brewing. The rally is free for current AHA members and others can join and RSVP here.

Moving back to Tucson, Barrio Brewing will be hosting a five-course beer dinner and Maker House will host “The Biology of Beer.” Maker House co-owner and Ph.D. microbiologist Mike Mallozzi will discuss how the sciences and beer interact.

Friday night will be the perfect time to venture up to Pine and THAT Brewery & Pub. They will be hosting a different type of beer pairing—with donut holes and delicious sauces. Three THAT brews and pairings for $10. Staying in the middle section of the state, Prescott Brewing Co. will be featuring a different appetizer with guest’s choice of beer every day of the week for the incredibly low price of $8.99. Friday night’s special app is the Lodgepole Light braised chicken egg roll with chipotle honey dipping sauce.

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Rob Fullmer

The week closes out with a new event in Flagstaff, the Inaugural Brewery Bowl Off at Starlite Lanes. 10 of Arizona’s local breweries are expected to compete for a coveted tap handle spot at the alley for a year. The contest will be based on 75% taste and 25% bowling. Tickets for the general public include a commemorative 16 oz. glass, drink and voting tickets. Bowling and shoes are included in the bigger packages. Ticket prices range from $30-$50 and can be purchased here.  This will be a fundraising event for the Shadows Foundation, dedicated to helping individuals who are affected by life threatening diseases.

Craft brewers have taken a big part in giving back to their respective communities that they serve and these events, while fun, all serve a greater purpose.

“The mission is to protect and promote the Arizona Craft Brewing industry through education. That’s really just the surface,” said Fullmer. “The men and women in this industry are the small business and community leaders in their towns and neighborhoods. They bring people in this state a wonderful product and they are the creators of the places where people gather together, meet their neighbors and build community. We need more of that in this state.”

We do need more of that, so make an effort to visit your local breweries and craft beer bars during Arizona Beer Week and thank them not only for their fine product but for also for creating a place for people to congregate and enjoy said libations.

I know I don’t have to wait for Arizona Beer Week for an excuse to visit my favorite breweries.

World of Beer to Open New Location in Tucson

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Beer plus college students plus a hip and trendy location equals success for World of Beer.

This formula was executed flawlessly earlier in 2012 in Tempe on Mill Avenue and is set to open for a sneak preview on Monday, October 28  at 5 pm to a select group.  A Facebook party for all those that have “liked” their facebook page will be held on Tuesday at 11am with the grand opening on Thursday morning at 9 am for their “WOB-oween Spook-tacular” replete with chicken and waffles for breakfast and a costume contest with tons of beer-related giveaways.

This will be Tampa, Florida based World of Beer’s 51st location at the base of The Cadence student housing complex at 350 E. Congress St, the apex of Congress, Fourth and Toole Avenues. The 3,000 square foot tavern also offers a 1,500 square foot patio for those looking to unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of all that downtown Tucson has to offer.

This location is unlike it’s precursor in Tempe as they will not only offer beer but also spirits and tavern fare.

“We are very excited to become a part of the growing craft beer scene in the Tucson community,” said JP Watts, WOB Arizona Craft Beer Buyer. “We really look forward to bringing new and rare products into the local market!”

WOB TucsonWatts believes that the full appeal of food and spirits will advance the Tucson location to the next level. It starts with classic comfort foods, combining them with traditional bar offerings and give them a contemporary spin. The menu features flatbreads, brats and craft beer-infused appetizers. Healthier options such as soups and salads are complemented by hearty favorites like brat sliders and grilled cheese sandwiches.

“We are glad to open WOB Tucson with the great selection of craft beer that we are known for as well as our exclusively developed Tavern Fare and hand crafted cocktails,” said World of Beer CEO Paul Avery. “We look forward to bringing new flavors to Tucson and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Let’s talk about the beer.

World of Beer will have over 500 different bottles of beer in their coolers lining the back walls as well as a constantly rotating list of 50 beers on tap including several local options. The Tempe location currently carries at least 15 Arizona-brewed beers on tap at all times so look to the Tucson location to maintain that high level of local dedication as they look to be seen more as a hometown choice rather than the nationwide conglomerate that they have become. World of Beer has locations in 16 states ranging from Florida to Washington with new locations opening soon in the northeast and the deep south.

Local favorites Barrio and Dragoon Brewing will be in plentiful supply as well as Four Peaks and SanTan Breweries from the metro Phoenix area, Oak Creek from Sedona, Lumberyard Brewing from Flagstaff and Mudshark Brewing from Lake Havasu City.

This will not be your typical beer bar—far from it. There will be live music, sporting events and several ‘beer-centric’ events such as brewery spotlights, tap takeovers and others that celebrate the flavors of the season.

WOB CruiserPrior to the Grand Opening on Halloween, the ‘WOB U’ preview party will take place. ‘WOB U’ offers $2 off American craft drafts for all faculty and students with valid ID. The first Wednesday will be extra special as they will be giving away a custom World of Beer beach cruiser. Opening weekend is chock full of events including a Tucson Brewery Spotlight on Friday night, an Arizona Brewers Spotlight on Saturday and a Sunday Cookout beginning at 9 am for grilling and NFL enthusiasts.

World of Beer will also be rewarding its customers with a Loyalty Club Program. Members will gain one point for every new beer purchased and will go towards access, appreciation and rewards. The rewards include gift cards, t-shirts, polo shirts, plaques, mugs and even an open-bar party for you and your friends. They even have an app available for iPhone and Android devices that will track your progress!

Operating hours will be from 11 am – 2 am with food served all day long. They will also open at 9 am on the weekends during football season. Weekly events are as follows:

  • Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 pm to 7  pm
  • Monday—Service Industry Night
  • Tuesday—Loyalty Night
  • Wednesday—’WOB U’ Night
  • Thursday—Ladies’ Night

The staff has completed an intensive, two-week beer school and will guide customers through the World of Beer experience including a global menu of beer and spirits so live a little, experience all that a World of Beer has to offer right here in downtown Tucson.

 

American Craft Beer Week Comes to Arizona

ACBWThis week marks the eighth year of American Craft Beer Week. ACBW is the brainchild of the Brewers Association, the national non-profit association on behalf of the majority of today’s U.S. breweries, and publishers of CraftBeer.com.

By definition of the Brewers Association, an American Craft Brewer meets the following requirements:

  • Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less.

  • Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.

  • Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

dave's electricThe explosion of craft beers on the scene has been phenomenal as of late and it seems as if there is a new brewery opening up in Arizona every time I turn around.  The history of microbreweries in Arizona can be traced back to 1988 when Dave Harvan opened Dave’s Electric Brewing Company in the small southeastern town of Bisbee, Arizona. Bandersnatch in Tempe was the first brewpub in the state but closed its’ doors a decade ago.

At last check, there were nearly 50 local breweries spanning the state with breweries in Lake Havasu City, Flagstaff, Bisbee and myriad options in Tucson and the metropolitan Phoenix areas. There are several national breweries that have locations across the state and although their beer is made on site, the revenue generated does not support local business owners.

If you are looking for a fresh brew and want to support the local economy, steer clear of places like BJ’s, Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch. The last two along with two-thirds of Old Chicago locations nationwide are owned by the conglomerate CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Here is a listing of all craft breweries in Arizona by city, so if they have a location be sure to stop by or hit up your favorite craft beer bar for some great American Craft Beer Week Specials:

ohsoPhoenix:

  • Mesquite River Brewing Company
  • North Mountain Brewing Company
  • O.H.S.O. Eatery & nanoBrewery
  • Old World Brewery
  • Phoenix Ale Brewery
  • Sun Up Brewing
  • Veritas Brewing Company

Tucson:

  • 1702/The Address Brewery
  • Barrio Brewing Company
  • dragoonBorderlands Brewing Company
  • Catalina Brewing Company
  • Dragoon Brewing Company
  • Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company
  • Nimbus Brewing Company
  • Sentinel Peak  Brewing Company
  • Ten Fifty-Five Brewing

 Flagstaff/Williams

  • Beaver Street Brewery
  • Flagstaff Brewing Company
  • Grand Ganyon Brewing Company
  • Lumberyard Brewing Company
  • Mother Road Brewing Company
  • Wanderlust Brewing Company

Lake Havasu City

  • Barley Brothers Brewery
  • College Street Brewhouse & Pub
  • Mudshark Brewery

Phoenix Suburbs

  • FourPeaks BrewArizona Wilderness Brewing Company – Gilbert
  • Desert Eagle Brewing Company – Mesa
  • Fate Brewing Company – Scottsdale
  • Four Peaks Brewing Company- Tempe
  • Four Peaks Grill & Tap – Scottsdale
  • Freak’N Brewing Company – Peoria
  • Mischief  Brewing Company- Peoria
  • Papago Brewing – Scottsdale
  • Peoria Artisan Brewery – Peoria
  • SanTan Brewing Company – Chandler
  • Sleepy Dog Brewery- Tempe
  • Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro – Gilbert
  • Sonoran Brewing Company – Scottsdale

Bisbee

  • Dave’s Electric Brewery
  • Old Bisbee Brewing Company

oak creekMountain Towns

  • Granite Mountain Brewing – Prescott
  • Prescott Brewing – Prescott
  • Mountain Top Brewing Company – Payson
  • Oak Creek Brewing Company – Sedona
  • THAT Brewery – Pine

Many of the above brewers ship their beers off to restaurants and retail locations across the state while the larger ones bottle and can their beers and this Saturday will be the culmination of Arizona Craft Beer Week with the Third Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival hosted by SanTan Brewing Comapany.

The Scottsdale Civic Center will be the home to the Festival on Saturday, May 18 from noon-6pm. There will be over 60 local and national breweries present to crack their cans for thousands of suds-lovers and hop-heads. Tickets begin at only $25 at all Whole Foods (including Tucson) but admission will cost you $35 at the gate. VIP tickets are also available for $100 (presale only) and includes a lanyard and exclusive entry in to the shaded VIP area with catered food, treats and private bathrooms. The VIP area will also have a meet and greet with the brewers for the beer “groupies.”

Four different bands will entertain the festival goers and their will be food trucks on site for those not willing to shill out the Benjamin for VIP tickets.

The following Arizona breweries received awards this year:

  • LY_logos sm_spotFlagstaff Brewery Lumberyard IPA – Silver American Pale Ale
  • Flagstaff Brewery Lumberyard Red Ale – Silver English-Style Pale Ale
  • Grand Canyon Brewery Sunset Amber – Gold Ambers & Browns
  • Four Peaks Brewery Sunbru Kölsch – Gold Golds, Blondes, Pilsners & Light Lagers

Do yourself a favor and listen to your old buddy, David and try some of these local beers. If not at the festival on Saturday, then treat yourself in the near future.

In my world, every week is American Craft Beer Week.

Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Inaugural SpringFest a Big Hit in Tucson

Springfest

The booming craft brewing industry made its mark on Tucson last weekend.

Over 50 craft breweries from across the country descended on the sleepy burgh of Tucson for a day of great beer and delectable treats on one of the warmest days of the year. I was invited to the VIP treatment by a great friend of mine in the burgeoning craft brewing scene, Steene Routh.

I met Steene several years ago when I was bartending in college, long before craft beer was a “thing” in Arizona. We had Bandersnatch and Four Peaks in Tempe, Papago in old town and Sonoran Brewing in north Scottsdale.  The past five years has seen an explosion of Arizona breweries with seemingly new ones opening on a monthly basis.

Statewide, breweries have flourished in cities like Bisbee and Lake Havasu City joining established breweries such as Oak Creek out of Sedona, Beaver Street out of Flagstaff and Gentle Ben’s in Tucson.

First in line for Craft Brew

First in line for Craft Brew

I met up with Routh and her beau, Mike along with another longtime friend and beer lover from Colorado, Laura Mann. We arrived at the Rillito Racetrack around 11:30 am and were the first in line awaiting the gates to open at noon. Much like a quality ride at Disneyland, we went through one line to wait in another and there we stood, mouths agape, waiting with bated breath for the behemoth security guard to allow us entry.

One notable improvement from beer festivals that I have been to in the past is that as VIPs, not only were we allowed an extra hour to partake in the hand-crafted suds, we were given a bar towel with the SpringFest logo. This towel came in extremely handy several times—I will bring it along on all future beer events as I have been known to spill a little here and there.

Being a resident of Tucson for the past 5 1/2 years, I have grown to love the offerings from local establishments and could not wait to visit their tents and introduce my out-of-town friends to them. My favorite of the bunch was the Saison Blue from Dragoon Brewing Company. I was surprised to see the big boss, Bruce Greene at the event along with longtime employee Pat at the taps. The Saison Blue is a great beer for the warm weather. This farmhouse ale is brewed with blue corn and agave nectar then dry-hopped for a floral finish. The 7.5% ABV packs a nice punch and yet it is easily drinkable.

SF Field

Local Tucson Breweries

The gentlemen at Borderlands Brewing Company also did not disappoint with their selections and their recent brews are definitely something to write home about.  The Hibiscus Saison was another light, refreshing farmhouse ale with a sweet smell from the hibiscus and an herbal finish. The low ABV makes this selection a perfect session beer for the hot summer days in Tucson.

Nano-breweries Ten Fifty-Five Brewing and Sentinel Peak were both on hand and their beers were flowing nicely for those who haven’t yet ventured to their tasting rooms. Ten Fifty-Five made us wait until 2pm to get their Two Sons Citra Double IPA, but it was well worth the wait. The Sugar Skull Chocolate Milk Stout was also a big hit while waiting. Sentinel Peak offered up a beer that was perfect for the warm afternoon—the Summer Swelter Citrus Ale. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this offering, more than once.

Other Tucson breweries Nimbus, Barrio/Gentle Ben’s and Thunder Canyon were present and all seemed to be doing brisk business.

The biggest surprise of the weekend for me was to see a former college buddy, Jon Lane at the event…as an owner of one of the Valley’s most popular up and coming hot-spots. O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery is located in the Arcadia district of Phoenix at 49th St. and Indian School and boasts 13 local craft beers on tap as well as four of their own. They are an environmentally friendly restaurant that is both bicycle and pet-friendly—I shamelessly packed away several of their handmade dog treats but their beer is what kept me coming back. I truly loved their Orange Pail Ale, great stuff.

A relaxing day with great beer

A relaxing day with great beer

One of my favorite beers of the day came from College Street Brewhouse and Pub from Lake Havasu City. Their Big Blue Van Blueberry Vanilla Wheat was super refreshing. The unfiltered wheat beer brewed with blueberries and vanilla bean was divine and the addition of fresh blueberries put it over the top. This was a definite favorite among the group.

Other valley favorites such as Four Peaks and SanTan were on hand and I would have been remiss if I missed the spring time favorite Mr. Pineapple from SanTan and my go-to beer—Hop Knot from Four Peaks.

The beer that had the longest wait time was also the beer that put many over the edge. Goose Island treated the festival goers with one of only four kegs in the state of Arizona of their Bourbon County Stout. At 14.5 % ABV, this sipping beer had an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.

If last weekend was any indication, it is plain to see that the city of Tucson has truly embraced the craft brew industry and is on pace with the metropolitan Phoenix area in hosting great festivals.

A huge thanks to the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for recognizing Tucson and allowing people to see that the Old Pueblo has a lot more to offer than just Eegee’s and Lucky Wishbone.

Northwest Firefighters Top Hops Brew Challenge

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Talk about sparking interest in the burgeoning Arizona Craft Brew scene.

In what started as a friendly competition between the firehouses in the Northwest portion of Tucson has blossomed into a full-on beer and music festival that will host hundreds of suds-seeking hop-heads. Every department in Tucson will be represented along with a couple from Phoenix coming down to tackle the challenge.

The Northwest Firefighters Charities through the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3572 will be setting up  shop in the parking lot of Foothills Mall just outside of Tucson’s very own Thunder Canyon Brewery.  There will be over twenty different beer booths displaying their home-brewed beers for the public. The winning beer will go on to be produced and sold at Thunder Canyon Brewery.

thunderEVENT DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, April 6
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Foothills Mall Parking Lot Outside of Thunder Canyon Brewery
  • Address: 7401 N. Cholla Blvd.
  • Cost: $20-$30

THE BEER

In addition to the Brew Challenge itself, several local, state and national breweries will be on hand with samples of their phenomenal beers. Along with sponsor Thunder Canyon Brewery, other local entrants that will be offered are from Tucson favorites Dragoon Brewing Company, Barrio Brewing Co. and Borderlands Brewing. Newcomers to the Tucson craft beer scene, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing and Sentinel Peak Brewing will also be present and accounted for offering samples of their glorious goodness.

Valley favorites Four Peaks Brewing and SanTan Brewing will also be in attendance as will Grand Canyon Brewery. Other regional breweries that will be on hand are Santa Fe Brewing from New Mexico, Big Sky Brewing from Montana, New Belgium from Colorado, Coronado Brewery from California and  Maui Brewing from Hawaii. Bucking the regional trend is Dogfish Head Brewery coming all the way from Milton, Delaware. Their beers transcend their humble roots and are welcomed by craft beer aficionados worldwide.

3572THE CAUSE

There has never been a better reason to drink great beer than helping out local children. Last year alone, the Northwest Charities Holiday Assistance Program assisted nearly 800 children with toys, food  and clothing.  IAFF Local 3572’s Northwest Charities also supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Association, the Flowing Wells Resource Center and the Marana Food Bank.

THE REST

If the beer alone was not enough to get you to attend this great event, there will also be several food trucks offering up their culinary concoctions and a stage with live music presented by the Northwest Firefighters Pipes and Drums, The Sound Bytes, Cooper Meza, Whiskey Knuckles and other local pipe and drum corps.

Discounted tickets are on sale for $20 at Thunder Canyon Brewery on Friday, April 5th from 6-10 pm. If you are unable to make it there on Friday night, they will have tickets for sale for $25, discounted tickets are also available through Friday at:

  • Borderlands Brewery – 119 E. Toole Ave. (downtown)
  • 1702 Brewery and Pizza – 1702 E. Speedway Blvd. (at Campbell)
  • Noble Hops – 1335 W. Lambert Lane (Oro Valley)

Tickets are also available online via PayPal for $25 or at the gate for $30.

Gates open at 6 p.m. so make plans for a fun evening under the stars with plenty of great beer, good food and an all-around spectacular time while supporting an even better cause.

Who said that no good would ever come from beer?

Great Arizona Beer Fest 2013: Hot Times and Cold Beer

GAZBF 2013The 25th Anniversary of the Great Arizona Beer Festival took place last Saturday in Tempe, Arizona and it was a scorching good time. A big thanks goes to Mitzi Tharin and Andrea Pasquale of Sun Sounds of Arizona for allowing me to cover the festival once again.

It what seemed to be foreshadowing of the upcoming summer, the high temperature peaked at 83 degrees and many of the festival goers spent the afternoon seeking shade. My buddy and I arrived at Tempe Beach Park just as the V.I.P. gates opened at 1pm and were treated to a 6 oz. tasting glass and 24 drink tickets.  The general admission folks received a  3 oz. tasting glass and the same amount of tickets.

Upon arrival, our main goal was to sample as many new beers as possible. Although there were several old favorites available, we were looking to expand our range, for better or for worse.

There were 93 breweries present offering up 230 different beers to try and since Ryan are I are connoisseurs, we were looking for the next new, best beer.  Since it was the Great Arizona Beer Fest,  another priority for us was to sample as many local Arizona beers as possible.

Oddly enough, none of the breweries from Tucson were in attendance, but several Arizona breweries showcased their hoppy creations. We grabbed an old standby from Left Hand Brewing Co. and headed towards the VIP tent to fill our belly before sampling the gamut.

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Cadillac Ranch in Tempe Marketplace

Local Tempe restaurants offered up delectable treats in a shaded area with couches and plenty of bottled water. There was plenty to enjoy and luckily we arrived early to avoid the long line. We enjoyed a chicken and pasta dish by Cadillac Ranch, a prime rib sandwich by Monti’s La Casa Vieja on their famous Roman Bread for our first course.

Local favorites Four Peaks Brewing and SanTan Brewing were in the VIP section as well as serving the general population. We sampled the Pitchfork Black IPA from Four Peaks and the Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter from SanTan.

The Four Peaks offering was a 7.0-percent Cascadian Dark Ale with mellow hop undertones and stronger malty flavors which is why the black came before the IPA in the title, I’m assuming. The Sex Panther is one of those seasonals that we have enjoyed several times before but it was nearing its rotational end so we figured we grabbed one before it was gone again until January. The Double Chocolate Porter was just that, chocolately with rich malty flavors. The 6.7-percent A.B.V. packs a punch and will creep up on you.

college streetRepresenting the northwest portion of the state was two breweries out of Lake Havasu City; College Street Brewhouse and Pub and Mudshark Brewery. An interesting concoction from College Street was their Cucumber Malt Lager. I’m normally not a fan of lagers, but this beer had a strong and inventive flavor. The Hava Blue from Mudshark was quite refreshing, an American wheat beer with blueberries and vanilla. I could have used more vanilla as the blueberries were prominent.

Cartel Coffee Lab has three locations in the Valley and one in Tucson and they offered up a Desert Pale Ale and a Coffee Brown. The Coffee Brown was amazing with strong, deep coffee flavors.  I have been to the Tucson location and helped the guys from Dragoon tap a firkin there recently, great food, great coffee and always great beer available.

Hidden off the beaten path, almost in a corner was an empty Gordon Biersch booth (too funny)and Fate Brewing from Scottsdale. They had a brilliant Double IPA and an Irish Red available along with their American Pale Ale. Ryan described the DIPA as a “Hop Punch in the Face.”

Next to Fate was downtown Mesa’s contribution to the craft brew game-Desert Eagle Brewing Company. They offered up the Golden Eagle Wheat and the Dunkle Weizen as well as the best swag of any of the booths. They were handing out the requisite stickers and coasters, but also koozies, pens and lanyards with a compass. I was not ashamed to grab one of each.  As the day was warming up, I was looking for a light, refreshing beer and the Wheat beer fit the bill perfectly. A nice, full bodied wheat beer with banana and clove flavors was a great way to lighten up.

We headed back to the VIP area and grabbed a monster-sized brat from The Handlebar Tempe and a slice of pizza with avocado from Boulders on Broadway – so good.

lost highwayBack into the fray with full bellies, we searched out more Arizona craft breweries and found Flagstaff’s offerings. A definite surprise was the Mother Road Brewing Company‘s Lost Highway Black IPA. With an ABV of 8.0-percent and topping the century mark on the IBU scale, this beer balanced the malt with the hops perfectly in a crescendo of pitch-black ecstasy. Lumberyard Brewing Company offers award-winning beers in their IPA and Red Ale, but nothing new or exciting to tempt us.

Another favorite was a little brewery out of Pine, approximately 100 miles northeast of Tempe in the Tonto National Forest. THAT Brewery had a Red IPA and a Strawberry Blonde that we sampled. I had the Red IPA and was impressed by the copper-colored beer with a spicy hop flavor.

Before we left the park grounds, we also hit up two more Arizona booths, the Phoenix Ale Brewery and Prescott Brewing Company. Although we have had the Watermelon Wheat Ale before, it sounded perfect on such a hot day.  It was refreshing but maybe too light. Fortunately, the guys at Prescott brought their Achocolypse. Another classic porter with dark and bittersweet chocolate. Not to be left out were Grand Canyon Brewing‘s Seasonal Shaggy Bock and Oak Creek Brewing’s Pale Ale.

The non-Arizona beers that we sampled worth noting were Bada Bing Cherry Porter from Coronado Brewing, the Davy Brown Ale from Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Seduction from Brewery Ommegang and the ever-reliable beers from CCDAZ-Drink-Local-logo-TM2Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing.

The day was a rousing success due to the large number of Arizona breweries now offering such delightful offerings. This is a great time for the craft brewing industry and with the opening of so many new brew houses, it is now an even better place to live than ever before.