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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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Check Out the List of Brewers Turning Up for the First Ever Baja Beer Festival

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

So much local beer that you'd better brace yourself. - YOOHYUN JUNG
  • Yoohyun Jung
  • So much local beer that you'd better brace yourself.

Local craft beer is a pretty great thing, but 200 craft beers is really something else and you’ll find just that at the first Baja Beer Festival. The completely locally organized event will feature more than 50 breweries, showing off their creative brews alongside food vendors and live music. 

Here's the local beer makers that are participating in the inaugural event:

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Get Excited For (and Win Tickets to) the Baja Beer Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM


Local beer lovers, I sincerely hope you don't have any plans this weekend because the Baja Beer Festival is taking place this Saturday, April 23 and you're going to want to be there.
Organizers of the annual Top Hops beer festival have joined forces with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for the inaugural Baja Beer Festival on April 23 at the Rillito Park. A truly local celebration, all proceeds benefit the Northwest Firefighters Charities and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

The Baja Beer Festival will feature more than 50 breweries, 200 beers, local food vendors and live music. Part of the local focus also includes pairing up Arizona brewers with fire stations from across the state to collaboratively brew beers that event-goers will be able to sample at the event. These collaborative beers will also be judged at the event on April 23 by a panel of celebrity and home brewer judges. 

Mid-town brewer, Sentinel Peak, will be one of the breweries participating in the collaborative brew competition. All three Sentinel Peak owners are still active firefighters. “Not only are we firefighters, but we got our start and poured our first beer at Top Hops 4 years ago,” said owner Jeremy Hilderbrand. “As members of the AZ Craft Brewers Guild, we’re thrilled to see these two organizations join forces for Baja Beer Festival this year. It’s going to be a great time.” 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Get a Beer Education at Tap & Bottle Featuring UK Brews

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

click image Next stop, UK. Then you can learn about USA and Tucson specifically. - TAP & BOTTLE/ FACEBOOK
  • Tap & Bottle/ Facebook
  • Next stop, UK. Then you can learn about USA and Tucson specifically.

You ever get the feeling while standing in line to order a beer that you just don’t quite know what the menu is talking about? You know the basics, sure—IPAs are bitter, lagers are smoother and you might get free fruit if you order a wheat beer.

Well, now’s the time to bulk up your beer I.Q. by attending Tap & Bottle’s beer school. With five class courses focusing on specific brewing regions, the classes offer a little more in-depth knowledge into different brewing styles around the world, led by instructor Ryan Placzek. While past classes have already featured Belgium and Germany, on Monday, March 28, you can dive into the world of U.K. beers. April 4 (USA) and April 11 (Tucson) will wrap up this series of events.

Each beer school event begins at 7 p.m. at the bar (403 N. Sixth Ave.) The classes are $15 per with a flight of beer and instruction on said beers included. You can enroll for the class of your choosing by visiting the Tap & Bottle website.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Events

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:15 PM


Tomorrow is the big day— St. Patrick's Day! The day to celebrate Irish heritage (honorary or not,) learn a jig, eat good food, and drink good beer!

Wondering where to celebrate? Don't worry. There are plenty of options for bar hoppers and families alike.

Bar Festivals
The Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress St.
$3 at door if you're not wearing green
Party 'till 2 a.m. at Hotel Congress! The celebration begins at 11 a.m. when the Cup Café begins serving special Irish menu items. Club Congress doors open at 8 p.m. and your cover is free with green clothing! Drink specials begin after 4 p.m. The Great Guinness Toast will be at 10 p.m. in the hotel plaza.

O'Malley's on Fourth
247 N. 4th Ave.
Presale tickets $10
Green beer and whiskey will be flowing at O'Malley's! Doors open at 8 a.m., live music starts at 11 a.m. and traditional Irish food is served all day. 

Auld Dubliner on University
800 E. University Blvd. #104
Celebrate a true Irish St. Patrick’s Day from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. at the Auld Dubliner, Tucson’s authentic Irish restaurant and bar. The pub will open at 6 a.m. The Beer Garden in Geronimo Plaza will open at 11 a.m. Food and beverages will be available in both areas.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Coronet's Erika Bostick and Whiskey del Bac Join Forces on a Cocktail Paired Dinner

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Heather Hoch

Tucson’s very own craft whiskey distiller, Hamilton Distillers, and The Coronet’s Ericka Bostick are teaming up to serve up a special dinner that celebrates Whiskey del Bac. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21, will feature four dishes from Bostick paired with three cocktails.

Some highlights from the night’s planned menu include blue cheesecake with lemon blueberry jam, kumquat-glazed duck breast and grilled radicchio with pork cracklings. Cocktails for the event will feature Whiskey del Bac’s mesquite smoked unaged, mesquite smoked aged and unsmoked aged varieties.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

4 Places to Get Your Irish Food Fix This St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

click image So much corned beef all cooked up for you this St. Paddy's Day. - JEFF KUBINA / FLICKER
  • Jeff Kubina / Flicker
  • So much corned beef all cooked up for you this St. Paddy's Day.

Green beer is weird and gross, so let’s all vow this St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17) to give the stuff up and go for something more delicious and less dyed to celebrate the occasion.

Hotel Congress’ Cup Café (311 E. Congress St.), for instance, is offering three specials for the day, including house-cured corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes ($20) served all day starting at 11 a.m. Other offerings at the Cup are a cast iron shepherd’s pie with minced lamb and Irish cheddar cheese ($22) and an “Irish car bomb” cupcake ($4; Guinness cake, Jameson Mousse, Bailey’s frosting)—both of which will be served starting at 5 p.m. 

Over at Kingfisher (2564 E. Grant Road), chef Jim Murphy will be transforming the seafood-centric spot with a taste of Dublin. Throughout the day, you can sink your teeth into a classic Reuben sandwich for lunch, while dinner will offer the traditional combo of corned beef, cabbage, new potatoes and Irish soda bread. 

If you're looking for more craft beer for your St. Paddy's celebration, 1912 Brewing Co. (2045 N. Forbes Blvd. #105) is offering an employee corned beef and cabbage cook-off where the talented brewers and staff will show that their prowess for crafting flavors extends off the brewery floor and into the kitchen. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

And, for a more upscale dining experience, chef Ryan Clark of PY Steakhouse at the Casino del Sol (5655 W. Valencia Road) will be serving up a three-course, prix fixe menu from March 17 through 19. The menu will offer Arizona prime corned beef that was brined in a special blend of pickling spices for two weeks before being paired up with potatoes and braised cabbage. A spring lamb stew and apple pie with and Irish whiskey merengue will be served as well for the meal, which is $45 plus tax and gratuity. Best of all, the steakhouse's bar has an estimated over 200 different whiskeys that you can sample while you dine, which should firmly plant you in the celebrating mood even if you decide to celebrate after St. Pat's day proper.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Pie + Beer = Get Yourself to Pueblo Vida's Pi Day Celebration on Monday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Mini pies all around! - PIE BIRD/ FACEBOOK
  • Pie Bird/ Facebook
  • Mini pies all around!
You don't have to be a mathlete to know that Pi Day is best celebrated with pie and that adding beer into the equation makes it even better. On Monday, March 14 (3/14, yeah?), Pueblo Vida Brewing Company will be celebrating everyone's favorite irrational number with a pie and beer pairing.

For Pi Day, the brewery will be joining forces with Pie Bird Bakery to offer up four mini pies teamed with four beers for a pie and beer flight. 

The night's lineup will off the NW IPA with a blackberry orange pie, a Bavarian Hefeweizen with a strawberry rhubarb pie, the Breakfast Stout with a chocolate raspberry pie and the Lil' G IPA with a peach pie. 

The event runs from 4 until 10 p.m. at the brewery location at 115 E. Broadway Blvd. It's free to attend. For more information on this and other upcoming Pueblo Vida event's, you can visit the brewery's website.

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