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Button Brew House to Open in Marana September 16

At the end of a street in a business park just east of Interstate 10 and near a motorcycle parts store, brewery owners Todd and Erika Button are realizing their dream with Button Brew House.

After years of contributing to the craft beer community, the Buttons decided to go all-in. The long and arduous process will finally come to fruition over the weekend of September 16 and 17.

(photo credit: Jackie Tran)



This article originally appeared on TucsonFoodie.com.

World Golf Championships Match Play Sees Several 1st-Day Upsets


The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play began in Marana, Ariz., Wednesday morning to gray, overcast skies.

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, 30 miles northwest of downtown Tucson, is a fickle course, not because of tricky pin placements or desert landscape—but because of the weather. The field was welcomed to overcast skies that burned off as the morning wore on en route to a beautiful 80-degree day.

A stark contrast to the 30-degree temperatures and snow—yes, snow—in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains in 2013.

Even with the near-perfect conditions and temperatures, the event saw some of the tournament’s top names go down on the first day and many more double-digit seeds advance.


No. 16 Seed Richard Sterne Defeats No. 1 Seed Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson, the 37-year-old Iowa native, entered the World Golf Championship as a top seed, but in the end, he just had a bad day. Johnson took an early 1-up lead after a birdie on the second hole, but he would never increase it.

Three birdies in four holes by Richard Sterne built a sizable lead from which Johnson could not recover. Johnson gained a point back on 10, but Sterne came roaring back to once again birdie on three of the next four holes.

Sterne won 5 and 4 after 14 holes and will face Hunter Mahan on Thursday.


No. 15 Seed Peter Hanson Defeats No. 2 Seed Dustin Johnson

Peter Hanson Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Peter Hanson
Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

It’s a good thing that they don’t call it “Keeping up with the Johnsons,” as two top-seeded golfers with the surname Johnson lost on Wednesday.

Coastal Carolina alumnus and the No. 8 golfer in the world, according to Official World Golf Ranking, Dustin Johnson, lost 4 and 3 to Peter Hanson.

Hanson birdied and took the advantage on the first hole, gaining a 2-up lead when Johnson double-bogeyed on seven. Johnson would win the 11th hole when Hanson bogeyed but then hit the skids himself with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14.

The match was called after 15 holes when both golfers parred the hole.


No. 14 Seed George Coetzee Defeats No. 3 Seed Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker has dealt with a lot in the past week.

The 50-year-old brother of the world’s No. 12 player successfully underwent liver transplant surgery last weekend, and Stricker decided to play in the tournament. He was a No. 3 seed and would most likely win the first two rounds.

So much for that line of thinking.

Stricker fell into an early hole, bogeying the first two holes and four on the front nine. When the pressure was on, Stricker responded, winning back-to-back holes on 13 and 14 before ultimately losing 3 and 1 after 17 holes.

George Coetzee will face another upset winner in 11th seed Patrick Reed on Thursday.


No. 14 Seed Rickie Fowler Defeats No. 3 Seed Ian Poulter

Rickie Fowler Matt York/Associated Press

Rickie Fowler
Matt York/Associated Press

Rickie Fowler, the 25-year-old from Murrieta, Calif., has been struggling as of late. He recently dropped three spots in the Official World Golf Ranking from 53 to 56 and was paired against OWGR’s 15th-ranked Ian Poulter, a daunting task for any golfer, much less a recently struggling one.

The pair was all-square through the first three holes prior to Fowler nabbing birdies on holes four, six and seven, taking a three-point advantage. Poulter struck back on the back nine, earning the skin on 11 and 14. The pair ended the match as they began it, with three straight matching pars. After 17 holes, Fowler was named the victor, 2 and 1.

Fowler faces No. 6 seed Jimmie Walker on Thursday.


No. 12 Seed Matteo Manassero Defeats No. 5 Seed Luke Donald

The youngest player to win a European Tour event struck early and often on Wednesday, defeating No. 5 seed Luke Donald 5 and 4.

The 20-year old phenom from Negrar, Italy broke Bobby Cole’s 1967 record as being the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters Tournament in 2010 at 16 years, 11 months and 2 days. He would turn pro a month later, competing in the BMW Italian Open and won his first title five months later in October, 2010.

It wasn’t so much that Donald had a rough day in Marana, but Manassero had a great one. Manassero birdied four of the first 10 holes while Donald bogeyed on nine and double-bogeyed on the third hole.

After four consecutive all-square holes from 11 to 14, Manassero was declared the winner and will face 4 seed Jason Dufner on Thursday.


No. 11 Seed Jonas Blixt Defeats No. 6 Seed Keegan Bradley

Jonas Blixt Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Jonas Blixt
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Rookie of the Year, started his career like a man on fire. He won in his major debut—the PGA Championship, no less. Since then, the 27-year-old New England golfer has only one PGA Tour win, the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Conversely, Swedish golfer Jonas Blixt’s best finish in a major is fourth in the 2013 PGA Championship to go along with two tour wins, the 2012 Frys.com Open and the 2013 Greenbrier Classic.

In one of the closer matches of the day, with four lead changes, Blixt bettered Bradley down the stretch, taking a 3-up advantage after 15 holes. Blixt pulled to all square after nailing a birdie on 11, and Bradley bogeyed the next two holes, giving a three-point swing in as many holes.

Bradley birdied on 16 to pull back within two, but when both golfers parred on hole 17, Blixt was declared the winner, 2 and 1.

Blixt will face everybody’s favorite Bubba—Bubba Watson—on Thursday.

Red, White & You – Top 10 Fireworks Shows in Arizona

This country was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of a great fireworks spectacular! Here is a list of the best of what the state has to offer, and remember don’t try this at home as fireworks are illegal in the state of Arizona and my buddy Roger Clyne said it best “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people.”
July 3rd     Independence Day Music Festival    Salt River Fields    Scottsdale

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert brings her beautiful voice and body to Scottsdale for an Independence Day spectacular sure to delight the entire family with a pre-party starting at 3pm and concert gates opening at 5:00; boasting the Valley’s largest fireworks show. Miranda Lambert is the reigning Queen of Country music with all four of her albums going platinum and has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music. If her music accolades were not enough, she was also named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People & Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Joining Miranda will be a flashback name from the 90’s – Darius Rucker, former front-man for Hootie & the Blowfish. In 2008, Rucker released Learn to Live on Capitol Records Nashville and it was a smash with 3 number one singles. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I assume that country music has always been a part of him.

July 3rd     Red, White & Boom Community Fireworks    Ahwatukee Country Club
The Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Festival is a FREE family event located at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 South 48th Street, Phoenix on July 3 from 3-10 p.m. This year, festival goers can look forward to the bright lights of patriotism in an environment overflowing with family friendly activities, entertainment, food, beer, wine and local vendors showcasing their products. On hand will be a Kid’s Water Zone, a Hot Dog Eating Contest, over 40 vendors with food, beverages, beer, wine and more! Live entertainment will be provided by Arizona native & rising star Casey Lee Smith from 3-5pm, a singing competition opened to everybody Ahwatukee Idol from 5-6pm and Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show from 6-9 p.m. The Radio Disney Road Crew will keep the party hopping with music, interactive games and prizes all centered on family friendly fun as they count the night down until it’s time for fireworks at 9 p.m.

July 4th     A Star Spangled Spectacular     Arizona Pavilions     Marana
The metropolitan Tucson area has grown so much and while the traditional fireworks display at the Tucson Convention Center will still be going on, the City of Marana has put together quite the event in the northwest corner of the city. With festivities beginning at 6pm, the Quarry Pines Golf Club will have a live blues band, jumping castles for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, grass seating, ice cream and a food court for everybody! Food and beer to be provided by Nana’s Kitchen and Native New Yorker with great beer specials. Down the road at Crossroads at Silverbell Park, they will be screening a movie after dark and will also have plenty of youth activities, games and concessions. Both places will have a great vantage point to see the fireworks spectacular that starts at 9pm.

July 4th     A Star Spangled Shoot-Out    Rawhide Western Town    Chandler

Rawhide Western Town

One of my favorite places in the Valley is Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse. I loved it when they were up in North Scottsdale, but since they made the move down south to the Gila River Indian Reservation, it is so much better! This year’s celebration has it all including cowboys, gunfights, food, fun, family and fireworks! Attractions & Entertainment include live music throughout town, a strolling balloon artist for kids (and adults), action packed performances and an incredible aerial fireworks display. The $10 admission charge includes all attractions as well as the fireworks display. Military and Gila River Indian Community members receive a dollar off admission and children 5 and under are free.

July 4th     Celebration in the Pines     Green Valley Park     Payson
If you are looking to escape the heat of the Valley or Tucson, head on up to the cool pines of Payson. Voted the Best Small Town in Arizona and nestled along the majestic Mogollon Rim – Payson, Arizona comes alive in patriotic colors during its 4th of July Celebration. Be sure to bring your chairs, a picnic basket and blanket, or grab some food from one of the vendors that will be on hand and enjoy a day of fun. The fireworks show & games are all FREE to the public. Beginning at 1pm, there will be games for the kids including sack races, egg toss and the almighty tug of war. Live music will be provided by Phoenix rock/folk band the Technicolors from 7-9pm when the fireworks will take center stage sky. A free shuttle service will run from Payson High School to Green Valley Park. The busses will begin at 5:30 pm and after the show they will return you to the school.

July 4th     Flagstaff Fourth     Several Locations     Flagstaff

Flagstaff has always been a little different than the rest of the state and their Independence Day celebration is no different. The entire city celebrates the Fourth at different areas throughout the day. Beginning at 9am in downtown Flagstaff is the 16th Annual 4th of July Parade with over 100 entries. At noon, be sure to head over to Wheeler Park for an entire day of food, music & family fun including four bands, a food court, jumping castles and crafts for the kids. If you are so inclined, at 3:30 pm the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra will be at the Pepsi Amphitheater in Fort Tuthill, so bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a stirring, celebratory red, white & blue concert. Once the sun starts setting, it is time for fireworks! The Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace in conjunction with the City of Flagstaff present a Fire-Safe Fireworks show at 9pm but encourage you to show up early to pick out your spot.

July 4th     Tempe Town Lake Festival     Tempe Beach Park     Tempe

Fireworks from Mill Ave. Bridge

Along the picturesque Tempe Town Lake just north of downtown Tempe will be giant fireworks spectacular. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Fry’s Food stores throughout the Valley. Day of tickets will be $8 each or 2 for $15, military members with valid ID and children 12 and under are FREE. For those looking to make a lovely evening out of it, there is the Sally’s B-B-Q VIP Garden. Tickets are $60 and include a seat witha great view of the show, an awesome dinner of either pulled pork or chicken sandwich with beans, chips, fruit and a chocolate pretzel wand. Two drink tickets are also included and can be redeemed for beer, soda or water. The gates open at 5pm and their will be ton of things for everybody in the family to do. There will be an area called the Family Fun Fest which will offer a FREE inflatable village, not just a jumping castle here and there but an entire village! Also in the area will be a variety of rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting, relay races and many other specialty entertainment items including the Splash Playground. A food court will also be on hand with favorites like dogs, burgers, Macayo’s Mexican food, roasted corn, fry bread, snow cones & ice cream. For those looking for an adult beverage, fret not, there will also be a beer garden to cool you down. Live music will be provided by five bands running the gamut from folk to reggae before and after the fireworks show. The Color Guard from Luke Air Force Base will also be on hand for a ceremonial presentation of the colors and a patriotic F-16 flyover at 7:30 pm and the fireworks begin around 9:20pm.

July 4th     Fabulous Phoenix 4th     Steele Indian School Park Park     Phoenix
The state’s most widely attended festival is aptly held in the heart of the state, downtown in the capitol city of Phoenix at Steele Indian School Park at 3rd Street & Indian School. If you are looking for a truly family oriented festival where no alcohol will be allowed or served, this free event that runs from 6 to 10 p.m. is right up your alley. Featuring three stages of live local entertainment, free inflatable rides and activities in the Kids Zone, Classic Car exhibit, a “Hurricane Beach” area where participants can cool off, and a spectacular Patriotic Program complete with an F-16 flyover. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Visitors also can purchase food from more than 50 food and beverage vendors, and enjoy free community information booths and displays. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. You are permitted to bring coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages, but make sure to leave the glass containers at home. The lake and dog park will be closed for the event so no fishing or pets will be allowed.

July 4th     Tucson’s ‘A’ Mountain Fireworks     Tucson Convention Center     Tucson

It was rumored that the annual traditional fireworks display on Tucson’s ‘A’ mountain put on by the City of Tucson was going away. Thankfully, for many Tucsonans, the free show will go on as scheduled. In the past, thousands have descended upon the Tucson Convention Center for a great view of the spectacular. This year, there will be many food vendors, a beer garden and the Southern Arizona Mustang Club will have a classic car show.

July 4th     All American Festival     Peoria Sports Complex     Peoria

Peoria Sports Complex

This one sounds like a blast for those on the Northwest side of the Valley of the Sun. There will be three stages of music; Chevellon on the Country stage, Vintage Rocket on the Rock stage and Radio Disney on the Kid’s Stage. There will also be two water zones of refreshing fun including a snow slide with 12 tons of snow! For the adventurous types, there will be zip-lining and a mechanical bull for you to try. Just when you thought that was all, there is also inflatables, face painting and a rock wall for the kids and Sonic will be sponsoring a foot-long hot dog eating contest. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase or you can bring a cooler with food and/or non-alcoholic beverages. It will be first come, first serve festival seating on the grass so bring your lawn chairs and blankets but leave any portable canopies at home and be marveled by an F-16 flyover at 7pm and the fireworks around 9:15pm. Admission is only $5 for those 13 years and older,12 and under are FREE.