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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Get Five Courses of Prep & Pastry Brunch (and Plenty of Beer) at Tucson Hop Shop

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 3:05 PM

There will be maple bacon dossants, of course. - PREP & PASTRY / FACEBOOK
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  • There will be maple bacon dossants, of course.

Look, we all love brunch and many in town look to one restaurant to satisfy all their boozy breakfast needs. So many, in fact, that getting a table at the well-loved Prep & Pastry on the weekends can sometimes be a challenge. For those looking to get a taste of P&P without the wait, get your ticket now to the restaurant’s special collaboration with Tucson Hop Shop (3230 N. Dodge Blvd.).

On Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m., Prep & Pastry will be offering a five-course brunch at the beer bar and bottle shop, highlighting the beers of New Belgium Brewery. Dishes to be served include housemade cheddar-herb biscuits with duck fat and sausage gravy, a summery spinach salad with avocado and strawberry and maple bacon dossant (donut + croissant) bites. Local singer-songwriter Karima Walker will perform during the event. Guests will also have the chance to win Prep & Pastry gift certificates, New Belgium growlers and more.

The beer-paired brunch is limited to just 50 people with complementary and complimentary coffee provided by Presta Coffee Roasters. You can get a ticket, which are $45 per person, through the Tucson Hop Shop website

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

3rd Annual Sour Beer Fest at Tap & Bottle Showcases More Than 20 Tart Brews

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Pucker up, Tucson! - PYZATA
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  • Pucker up, Tucson!

The art of brewing beer sour has taken hold of the craft beer world and no event showcases this more in town than Tap & Bottle’s (403 N. Sixth Ave., #135) annual Sour Fest. Now in it’s third year, the two-day tap takeover of all things tart will showcase more than 20 different sour beers from all over the country.

Arizona brewers included in the event are 1912, Arizona Wilderness, Historic, Iron John’s and Fate, while national brew contributions come from Ninkasi, Funkwerks, Ballast Point, Stone, Firestone Walker and more.

Tap & Bottle’s weekend of sour beer kicks off on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. with a sipping session led by Almanac Brewing’s Phillip Emerson. The tasting will offer six different Almanac beers. It is a ticket event with limited space, so send a message to cheers@thetapandbottle.com for more information and to secure your spot.

Otherwise, you can just head into the bar on Saturday or Sunday to try out some of the many beers offered in the 3rd Annual Sour Fest.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Arizona Rosé Week Hits Good Oak Bar with Local Vintners and Plenty of the Pink Stuff

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Pink wine is perfect for summer. - DOS CABEZAS / FACEBOOK
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  • Pink wine is perfect for summer.
Arizona wines don’t get nearly the love they should. With new vintners popping up all the time, it’s pretty clear that vineyards can thrive in the Sonoran desert and elsewhere across the state. You can spend a whole week celebrating local wine over at Good Oak (316 E. Congress St.) when the bar presents Arizona Rosé Week.

With a little something to pique the interest of lovers of red and white, rosé exists as a happy middle ground, while being something completely on its own that happens to be perfect for warmer weather. Some, including Good Oak's Luke Anable, would peg them as " really good, fresh, quaffable wine."

Now, with six local wine makers such as Dos Cabezas, Rune and AZ Stronghold, you can navigate the world of rosé in the state through a unique, six-day event that spans from Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22. Arizona Rosé Week will also feature rosé flights ($14) and 20-percent off select bottles to go. 

Here's the week's line-up:

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Still and Twisted Tandoor Join Forces with Indian Dinner and Cocktail Night

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 3:04 PM

The Chandrakanta, made with vokda, lime, bay leaf syrup and cucumber, is just one of eight cocktails featured at Indian Night. - COURTESY OF THE STILL
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  • The Chandrakanta, made with vokda, lime, bay leaf syrup and cucumber, is just one of eight cocktails featured at Indian Night.

JAM Culinary Concepts, the parent company of both Vero Amore and Noble Hops, recently took well-loved former Indian food truck Twisted Tandoor under its wing, with promises of an eminent brick and mortar location. Though that restaurant is still projected to be a couple months out, you don't have to wait to get anther taste of Twisted Tandoor.

Vero Amore has already incorporated the Singh family Twisted Tandoor recipes into their line-up with their unique Indian pizza nights for the past year and a half, while seeking to get the truck up and running again for catering and private events. Now, the restaurant's speakeasy-inspired bar, The Still (located behind a rotating wall in Vero Amore at 2920 N. Swan Road), will play host to a special Indian Night event. 

Led by Roopinder Grewal of Twisted Tandoor, Josh and Aric Mussman of JAM and bartender and manager of The Still Tiffany Eldredge, the one-night-only event will run from 7 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, May 12 and will offer seven dishes and eight cocktails inspired by Twisted Tandoor.

Here's the menu:

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Three Wells Distilling Creosote Gin, Prickly Pear and Agave Spirits Become Available Statewide

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Three Wells crafts spirits with a mind for Sonoran flavors. - COURTESY OF THREE WELLS DISTILLING
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  • Three Wells crafts spirits with a mind for Sonoran flavors.

At the intersection of hyperlocal and small-batch craft distilling, Tucson's Three Wells resides. Following Hamilton Distillers lead, Three Wells, which is led by distiller Matt Montgomery and Chris Dudding, became the second licensed distillery in Tucson—but the spirits maker is forging a unique identity by using place-specific ingredients to craft its wares.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Hotel Congress' Agave Celebration Expands to a Full Week of Festivities, Here's What You Can Expect

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Cocktails, spirit samples and more at Agave Fest. - COURTESY OF HOTEL CONGRESS
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  • Cocktails, spirit samples and more at Agave Fest.

Eight years ago, Aaron Defeo, who was then running Hotel Congress' bar program, sought to create an event unlike any Tucson had seen before. He wanted to give pros and guests alike the opportunity to sip spirits, rub elbows and learn more about the liquor world through a place-centric tasting event.

"There just weren't any opportunities for people to taste a wide variety of curated spirits," Defeo says. 

What's more is many of the tasting events that did exist were sponsored by one specific brand, which meant little diversity in the selection.

Flash forward eight years and Defeo's original single-day tasting event at Hotel Congress has exploded into a full week of seminars, tastings, concerts and more and become the Agave Heritage Week. Congress' general manager Todd Hanley wanted to expand the event this year, including off-site venues and more to grow the festival.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Janos Wilder's Agave Heritage Week Dinner Looks Utterly Delectable

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

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The gang at Hotel Congress have assembled quite a celebration of the thorny succulent that gives us the sting of tequila.

The debut Agave Heritage Week starts Tuesday, May 3, and includes some sumptuous meals, live music, guest speakers and more, all built around the humble agave.

You can find the whole schedule here, but check out this dinner that Janos Wilder is preparing at his new Carriage House on Friday May 6:

Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Local Beef Cheek Mini Tacos
Smoked Poblanos and Mushroom Flautas
Cocktail: Blanco tequila, raspberry, habanero shrub, sparkling wine

First

Ceviche Blanco
Wild Mexican shrimp, pickled nopalitos, local chiles, mizuna greens, Anita’s corn tortillas
Agua Amarga: Blanco Tequila, Apple Almond Orgeat, Lime, Averna

Second

La Codorniz Con Tequila
Tequila and lime cured quail, agave chiltepin glaze, mesquite smoked beef tongue, roasted pan patty squash, garlic confit, prickly pear and yucca root puree.
John Rose: Reposado Tequila, Demerara syrup, lemon, AZ Red Malbec, salt

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Playboy Loves Tucson's Tough Luck Club

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Tough Luck Club cocktail bar located at 101 E. Pennington St. in the basement of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink.
  • Tough Luck Club cocktail bar located at 101 E. Pennington St. in the basement of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink.

In case you missed it, local basement bar Tough Luck Club—which is secreted below Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink—has recently earned a spot in Playboy Magazine's online "Bars We Love" section.

“We’re thrilled that our bar program just keeps getting better and better,” said co-owner Tyler Fenton in a press release. “We’re excited about Playboy recognizing the hard work of our team!”
Though the Tough Luck Club is known around town for its unique cocktails, it is a lot more than just a bar to the employees and regulars. 
“We want to be a place for anybody,” co-bar manager Stephen Ott told Playboy. “If you want to have a carefully made $14 cocktail or have a conversation about the spirits behind the bar, we will be happy to do that for you. Or if you want to come in and take some shots and drink beer with your buddies, that’s cool too. We’re a venue for both of those things. We like it that way.”
Reilly Pizza is open for lunch and dinner, and the Tough Luck Club is open from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. on weeknights and Friday/ Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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