Earlier this month, the retail store Wine Depot on Grant closed down, but the owners are heading downtown to bring their expertise to a wine bar, Unplugged Tucson at 118 E. Congress, next to whatever the heck is happening with that Voodoo Jack's space. They're still in the midst of getting everything together according to their Facebook page, but they're planning to open this weekend to catch the Second Saturday crowd. Wine is certainly available (on tap, even) up and down Congress currently, but generally as a bit of an afterthought to beer or cocktails, so seems like there might be a niche to fill. Good luck, Unplugged.
They're billing it as a "preview week," but Good Oak Bar, the Arizona beer-and-wine bar from Derrick Widmark of Diablo Burger opens its doors tonight at 7 p.m. I don't know much about wine, but knowing that Blake Collins, formerly of Borderlands Brewing Company and (full disclosure) a friend, is running the beer show there makes me believe that I'm going to end up spending a lot of time over there.
Good Oak's Facebook page has been cryptic about what's on the drinking and dining menus, but Ten Fifty-Five mentioned online today that Good Oak will be the only place to get their limited release Belgian Saison, so there's that, at very least.
Tucson Weekly readers, so far you've done your part in defending Tucson's craft beer-loving honor by voting the new-but-excellent establishment Tap & Bottle as a finalist in CraftBeer.com's Best American Beer Bar competition — what say we keep it going?
Today's the last day for you to vote for Tucson's beer bar representative to win the title of Best Beer Bar in the Mountain West Region (a mouthful, but still an honor), so why not help the rest of the country realize that we've got a damn good thing going here?
Sure, T&B will have to beat out the likes of that place in Scottsdale, along with a Nevada bar and a bunch of places in Colorado, but I've got a feeling that our combined beer-loving (and spite-generating) powers will be able to carry Tap & Bottle and Tucson over the hump and into the arms of victory.
So go, vote: it'll only take a few seconds, and you'll help Tucson get a well-deserved win. Everybody's happy!
New episodes of the beer-focused webseries Hopped Up tend to appear somewhat sporadically, but when they do arrive, the show, focusing on an establishment that either makes beer or serves a bunch of it, is a delightful watch. This time, the crew stops by Fourth Avenue establishment Mr. Heads. Enjoy.
Arizona might have claimed the Territorial Cup for sports-related supremacy this past school year, but our fine collegiate student body has nothing on what Arizona State has accomplished already for the 2013-2014 campaign.
Classes began Thursday at Girls Gone Wild University and Casino, which obviously meant the days leading up to the start of the fall semester needed to be spent risking one's place at the school. At least that's how it seems based on the statistics released by ASU's police department from its 'Safe and Sober' special enforcement detail.
The Phoenix New Times has all the boozy details, but here's just a few. Consider them cautionary tales, young Wildcats. Or, maybe, inspiration:
* 1,421 stops (made on campus by ASUPD and seven nearby police departments)
* 371 arrests (91 for DUI, 17 for extreme DUI, 2 for aggravated DUI)
* An average blood-alcohol level of .131 for DUI suspects
It's hard to imagine the UA's fine contingent of
degenerates future leaders could put up such lofty numbers, considering how little driving can be done on campus now thanks to the multitude of parking garages and the I-still-think-they'll-never-get-used modern streetcar tracks.
Add in the likely, ahem, activity that's sure to come out of existing student housing complexes like The District, Stone Avenue Standard and The Seasons as well as new compounds like The Retreat, Level and The Cadence (all of which, I envision, have parties similar to how Gary and Wyatt had in Weird Science) and we might have ourselves another way to compare the UA-ASU rivalry.
There are plenty of made up occasions and pseudo-holidays, but blog-for-smart-people The Awl are celebrating the third year of one of the finest of the mostly-imaginary celebrations: Duck Out for a Drink Day.
Participating is easy: Leave work early. Go get a drink. That's about it.
You work hard, you don't call attention to yourself, and you give it as much of yourself as you have. You, in short, deserve some kind of prize. Unfortunately, that's not the way the world works. But there is one day a year where your toil is acknowledged, however briefly. That's right: the Founding Fathers, in George Washington's famous "Fuck This Shit" section of The Federalist Papers (later withdrawn due to a great deal of internecine dispute which we do not have the space to get into here), established August 25th as "the day upon which the noble worker shall sneake off to quickly imbibe whilft in the midft of his labors," or, as it has come to be known, National Duck Out For A Drink Day. The 25th falls on a Sunday this year, meaning that today's the day we observe the holiday in which you take time for yourself to sneak out to a nearby tavern and knock back a couple beers, slam a few shots, or, depending on how long you think you can linger, treat yourself to a few jumbo cocktails. Be sure to bring a couple co-workers with you: National Duck Out For A Drink Day is even more enjoyable if you think about it as a team-building exercise that you've put together on your own, where the only "trust falls" are actual stumbles. Remember, if you're out at the bar during work hours it's like they're paying you to drink! Go do us proud, workers of America! (Unless your job involves creating some kind of syphilis vaccine, in which case what you're doing is way too important for you to take even a moment away from it.)
Heroes 19, as we wrote about last month, was set in motion as a fundraiser for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Yes, we've noted a few places and occasions at and with which to pick up a pint or two of the brown ale, but when there's an opportunity to drink to charity, we see no reason to pass it by.
Tap & Bottle closes up at 11 p.m. tonight. For more on Heroes 19, including where to pick it up on the chance that T&B has run out of it by the time you swing by there, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild has information.
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