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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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Friday, August 26, 2016

Independent Distillery to Release Its First Batch of Handcrafted Spirits

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:55 AM

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We've gotten word that The Independent Distillery is gearing up for the big release of it's first batch of locally made liquor. 

Donald Northrup, founder and CEO of the bar and distillery, said last night that the release will take place at the cocktail bar and distillery's big anniversary bash next month. There are many other spirits coming in the future as well, all crafted with the place's handmade "grain-to-grass" philosophy. 

The Weekly will have a full story about The Independent Distillery's first year—which has been awash in fine drink and mirth—and its plans for the future in next week's issue. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Beer, food and friends. Three things that dissolve worries and leave one warm, hoppy and ready to take on another day.

Now it's one thing to go to the local bar for a drink and a bite and it's another to go to a place where the menu and the people making the food change from night to night. The Tucson Hop Shop at 3230 N. Dodge Boulevard offers such an opportunity. 

The wine and beer bar (they also fill growlers), located within the Metal Arts Village, has a mouthwatering line-up of different food trucks that will be there through the end of the year. Check out the calendar here. 

The bar also encourages patrons to bring their own food, or to order in and dine in the urban beer garden. Get to it!

More on Tucson Hop Shop, including a list of the beers on tap, is over here. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Exactly the sort of people you want making your beer.
  • Exactly the sort of people you want making your beer.
What do dwarves drink after slaying dragons all day? 

Tucson brewer Benjamin Vernon is pretty sure it would be his Dwarvish Ale, an earthy brew with a hefty oak finish that will be one of the debut beers when his Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. opens Downtown this fall.

Vernon has been working overtime—as in, every spare moment he has—to get the place cranking. First was the renovation of an old auto-service shop at 228 E. Sixth Street, near the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue. Then brewing tanks came in. Then kegs. 

Vernon has 15 years of brewing experience and beer is kind of elemental to his existence. He and his wife plan vacations around breweries—they visited 16 on a recent trip—and the guy is generally gonzo about beer in a variety of ways.

"I just love beer, man," said Vernon on a recent evening, popping a beer while power tools roared in the background. "Crooked Tooth is going to relish in what makes us different, in what makes a person unique and not a clone. We're going to make good beer and we're doing it our way."

Having talked to many Tucson beer people over the years I must say his approach to beer, and life in general, is equal parts thoughtfulness and intensity. This could get interesting. 

The Tucson Weekly will have a full story on the brewery just before the opening, but for the time being you can keep up with the progress here. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Grab Your Pager and a Neon Windbreaker and Get Ready for the '90s Bar Crawl

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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In the mood for a little nostalgia—and vodka? Plan to go to the '90s Bar Crawl this Saturday, Aug. 6.

The crawl will stop in at a plethora of downtown bars (Elliott's on Congress, Batch Cafe & Bar, Highwire Lounge, R Bar, Playground, O'Malley's, Borderlands Brewing Co., the Surly Wench, Maloney's, Che's Lounge, Mr. Heads, Sky Bar and the Hut), all of which will be blasting '90s tunes and giving out "goodies." 

Registration starts at the Hut (305 N. 4th Avenue) at 6 p.m. The Bar Crawl itself will run fro 8 p.m. to midnight, followed by an afterparty at the Hut from midnight to 2 a.m.

Your $20 registration fee gets you food and drink specials, into the afterparty and goes (in part) to support Pima Paws for Life.

So work on your outfit (there's a costume contest) and dance moves (and a running man contest). Tickets are available online.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Public Brewhouse Celebrates a Year of Great Beer

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Mike Gura measures grain for a new batch of beer while patrons share a drink in the background. - NICHOLAS A. JOHNSON
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  • Mike Gura measures grain for a new batch of beer while patrons share a drink in the background.

Local nanobrewery Public Brewhouse is celebrating its one year anniversary.

It took Mike Gura and Cody Van Haren, the two head brewers and owners at Public, three years to open up their brewery. The two met while working as EMTs on an ambulance together and have been brewing together for five years now. The idea to open a brewery originated in 2012, and was a full-fledged goal a year later. In November 2013 Gura started a Kickstarter, which raised $36,000 for the brewery.

After two years of dealing with zoning codes, licensing and certification the nanobrewery was able to open up in August 2015.

Gura began brewing 13 years ago in Utah, mainly out of necessity.

“The alcohol laws in Utah were such that you couldn’t buy good beer,” Gura said. You had to buy beer from the state liquor store, you had to buy singles, and it was always warm. The selection wasn’t very good and the beer was always gross, because it got skunk from being hot.”

Instead of committing a long drive to Colorado for good beer Gura decided to start brewing his own. The passion he developed for the process is evident to those around them.

“When a new shipment of hops comes in they're like kids in a candy store,” Christa Weidenschilling, a bartender at Public said. “Mike and Cody will talk about beer for hours and hours. They’ll point out the differences in grain and hops. You really learn a lot working here.”

That sense of community isn't an accident.

“Our name, Public, comes from the idea that a pub is a public house. We really wanted to create an environment people feel comfortable coming into," Gura said. "I think we provide a service that people appreciate. We have a lot of regulars from the neighborhood, which is exactly what we wanted. Local people coming in and having conversations, and sharing stories."

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Lowdown on Sonoran Brews

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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The giants of Arizona craft beer are coming together with Edible Baja Arizona to bring the good people of Tucson the mother of all tasting events: the Baja Brews Project.

Twelve local craft breweries are converging on Borderlands Brewing Co. (119 E. Toole Ave.) on Thursday, July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. to show off their latest creations created for the event using locally originating ingredients. For this first round, beers made with saguaro and prickly pear fruit will take center stage. Your $15 ticket also goes right to Tucson non-profits working to improve food security in the community including Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Trees for Tucson.

If you can't make it to this first event there's no need to fret, the Baja Brews Project is a yearlong collaboration between Edible Baja Arizona and everyone's favorite regional craft breweries. Count on many more tastings and beer exploration in the coming months, where you can sample, schmooze with the brewers and get educated on the ever-expanding local craft brewing scene.

For more information on the event and to check out the entire tasting list with notes, look for the Facebook event page. In the meantime, keep calm and drink local. 

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