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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fifth Annual Rock Lottery with The Flycatcher

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

It's a unique night of local music and it's something you've never heard before. The Flycatcher, a local bar and small-time music venue on Fourth Avenue, will host Tucson's fifth annual rock lottery to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
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The concept is simple: Gather 25 of Tucson's local musicians and fashion them into five musical groups, which are selected all by chance. Each group will be sent off to different practice locations across town and will have only 12 hours to create a band name, write four original songs, learn a song to cover and perform all five pieces to a Flycatcher audience.

All of the musicians chosen for this rock lottery comes from all walks of life and musical genres, according to The Flycatcher's official website. The hope is to highlight the unique musical styles within the Tucson community and bring together new genres while still maintaining the styles of each musician.

Where: The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St.
When: Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
How to get in: Be at least 21; $5 admission at the door and/or bring two non-perishable food items to donate, all proceeds go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

For more info click here.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gobble Some Finger Foods With Pivot Produce in Celebration of Tucson's Local Eats

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Tucson food fiends unite, a food party is only a few days away.

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In a celebration of local food and with hopes of meeting a fundraising goal, Pivot Produce is teaming up with four local businesses to throw an hors d'oeuvres party with local produce on Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Pueblo Vide Brewing Co., 115 E. Broadway Blvd.

Pivot Produce is a for-profit company that work to supplying food-based businesses with local produce near the Tucson-metro area. The company is a distributor for Arizona farmers' produce in hopes to alleviate the worry of selling and to keep farmers doing what they do best.

Get ready for some finger foods from local businesses like 5 Points Market and Restaurant, EXO Roast Co., The Carriage House and Welcome Diner. Pueblo Brewing, the hosting location, will feature its special beet-infused PV Pale Ale—proceeds of this limited-times brew will benefit Pivot's cause.

The company is working toward a $20,000 fundraising goal to keep Arizona produce flowing into Tucson's kitchens. If the company reaches its goal, it will be eligible for the USDA's Local Food Promotion Grant. See their fundraising page here.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Quick Bites: Beer Garden of Eden

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 3:17 PM


If you’ve never been to Pueblo Vida Brewing, well, you’re about two years behind the times. This Saturday the local brewery is celebrating its two-year anniversary—plus the release of a bunch of new brews—with a beer-garden party lasting all day long. Those proceeds will partially benefit the awesome local nonprofit Watershed Management Group, whose mission is to “develop community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment.”

The party will include a ping-pong tournament, live music by the band Hey, Bucko and record spinning by DJ Alias and DJ Sonario, plus a special hour of old-school hip-hop selections by Ronnie Hardcase.

A whopping 16 beers will be on tap all day, and this is the time to check out the brand-new (as in, released that day) canned beer that Pueblo Vida has dubbed “2”—named after the number of years this place has been in business, of course. While you’re quenching your thirst with all that, enjoy food-truck eats by Tumerico and Ricuras de Venezuela (and other trucks TBA).

A day-long beer-garden party to celebrate local music, local food and great craft beer, all with an awesome soundtrack at an awesome downtown location—and to help an awesome nonprofit that seeks to help our own community? Sounds like a day in paradise.

The party takes place from noon to 11 p.m., Sat., Nov. 19, at Pueblo Vida Brewing, 115 E. Broadway Blvd. Learn more at pueblovidabrewing.com or facebook.com/pueblovida. Learn about the Watershed Management Group at watershedmg.org.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fill Up On Beer, Bands and Brats at 4thtober Fest

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 3:30 PM

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It might be 90 degrees outside, but it is fall and with fall comes a series of delicious and refreshing Oktoberfest-ivals. This weekend, the fest to not miss is 4thtoberfest.

This Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 7 p.m., enjoy bands, brats and so many local beers on 4th Avenue. 

Now, you can get into the bars and see the bands without purchasing a $15 ticket, but it does sound like a good deal (and a portion of sales will be donated to KXCI): A ticket gets you eight tasting tickets redeemable for 1 nickel pour each, a 5 ounce logo glass and a discount on your brat plates (plan to spend $5 on those) plus exclusive access to some specialty beers—but we'll get to those in a second. 

First, lets get you in! Five lucky people are getting a pair of tickets from us. Fill out our entry form here and we'll get in touch with winners today (Thursday, Oct. 20) and tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 21).

Now that we've got all the logistics out of the way, let's go over what you'll be putting in your mouth:

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Grand Opening: Three Wells Distilling Company Cocktail Room

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Think back to 2008. The stock market has just crashed and things you used to be able affordable, luxuries no longer an option. Well, this misfortune became reality to one man in particular. While this exact mishap happened to many back in 2008, it is what this man did in the face of adversity that is the real story.

“I was a contractor, I owned my own business for eight years. It went under with the housing market crash, but I made a lot of money during that time,” said Matt Montgomery, founder and co-owner of Three Wells Distilling Company. "I got really used to high dollar tequilas, but suddenly I couldn't afford them, so I thought ‘How hard could it be?’”
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Three Wells Distilling Company was incorporated in 2013 by two men that still run the company to this day, Matt Montgomery and Chris Dudding.

“We really never expected to do anything like this,” said Montgomery.

Three Wells started off as a dream and since has grown tremendously. With a total of four spirits under their belt (Agave Silver, Sonora Copper, Sonora Silver tequilas, and Mt. Lemmon Gin), they are continuing to expand and innovate, while still maintaining the principle that all ingredients are completely Arizona born and never sourced.Not only are they innovating when it comes to their spirits, Three Wells has another trick up their sleeve.

“What we have learned being in the craft distilling industry, is that it is not so much that you open a craft distillery and people just come in and buy your booze, to get the point of where you are making enough money, we had to do something,” said Montgomery.

After much research and development, Three Wells have decided to open up a Cocktail Room.

Inspired by what other craft breweries were doing in the area, Montgomery and Dudding decided on the next step for their business. 
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  • Gisele Smith

“The unique experience of drinking beer crafted right there, while looking at the inner workings of a craft brewery is so cool and Chris and I realized that we have the opportunity to provide folks with a similar experience at our distillery,” said Montgomery.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quick Bites: Arizona's Oldest Craft Beer Turns 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:45 PM

It’s time for the 25th birthday of the longest continuously brewed craft beer in the state of Arizona: the iconic Barrio Blonde. 

Ah, 25—a great age. If the Barrio Blonde were, say, a young, craft-beer-loving University of Arizona co-ed (a blonde, of course), she’d probably celebrate this birthday by gathering friends for a few rounds at her favorite local brewery.

But the Barrio Blonde is a beer, not a person … and in fact, the brewery that brews the Blonde is the very entity that’s celebrating the beer’s birthday. Oh, and the brewery—housed at both Barrio Brewing Company and Gentle Ben’s, both owned by brewmaster Dennis Arnold—is basically celebrating its birthday, too.

Gentle Ben’s—which Arnold purchased in 1991—has long been located in the heart of UA territory, on North Tyndall Avenue, in a building once serving as the Pi Beta Phi sorority house and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house (not to mention, previously, as the official residence of the university’s presidents. In 1994 Gentle Ben’s moved to its current location on University Boulevard in Main Gate Square—still smack in the middle of UA stomping grounds—with Barrio Brewing Company launching 15 years later (at a not-too-far-away separate location) to increase Arnold’s brewing capacity.

Actually, the birthday party planned for the brewery (and the birthday beer, the Barrio Blonde) isn’t too different from a bar-party gathering ... but it will run for seven straight days.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 7, Barrio Brewing Company and Gentle Ben’s are both hosting anniversary dinners at the bars. Anyone who shows up to celebrate at either venue will get a special appetizer, a choice of entrée (and beer!) and a gelato dessert, plus a commemorative T-shirt and pint glass, all for $25.

There’s no special seating situation or mandatory times of arrival—just come when you feel like it. (You can still go to the bars between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 and order anything off their menus, of course—but to officially participate in the party, just pay the 25 bucks and get the special course and souvenirs, OK?)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Whiskey Party at the Good Oak

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 8:39 PM

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Whiskey lovers, Good Oak Bar (316 E. Congress St.) is calling your name this Thursday, Sept. 29.

If you want an education experience all about whiskey, get excited because Charlie Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Texas is hosting a seminar at the bar from 3-4 p.m. You'll want to RSVP for the event and it'll cost you $10.

The party really begins at the 6 p.m. with Garrison and Tucson's Stephen Paul from Hamilton Distillery, both of whom will be hanging out during the event to talk about their original whiskeys.

What more can you ask for? Good Oak promises bourbon-friendly food (including barbecue burgers!) on the menu, plus country and blues vinyl all night long.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Taste the Sonoran Desert in Your Beer at Terroir on Tap

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 2:25 PM

If you're into the idea of the desert on your taste buds, then bottoms up!

You may be familiar with Good Oak Bar, 316 E. Congress Street., an alcoholic hangout that prides itself on serving local beer, wine and regional whiskey.

This weekend, the downtown bar will putting Terroir on Tap and serving a collection of beer with ingredients native to the Sonoran desert. Stop by anytime Sept. 2-10 to give it a try.

So, what is terroir? Well, it’s usually used in the wine world, but essentially terroir involves influences from a region's environment and puts it in the alcoholic beverage—in this case the environment of the Sonoran desert and locally grown fruits and veggies.

Here's a little bit about the event from Luke Anable, Good Oak's manager:

Beginning Thursday the 2nd of the September, Good Oak will feature draft beers from five breweries which they feel capture an aspect of the Sonoran desert through the use of native souring yeasts and local ingredients - a ‘terroir tap take over’ for the Labor Day weekend. We are especially excited to have the acclaimed Flagstaff brewery Wanderlust participating in the event as they typically don’t distribute their beer in Tucson due to their small production scale, providing us with a unique opportunity to share these unique high desert brews with the Tucson public.

We will have custom mini growlers for guests who want to enjoy these rare beers at home. Brewers will be stopping in throughout the weekend to pour and discuss their beer.

               

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