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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Three Day Music 'Bender' at The Loudhouse

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Join local bar The Loudhouse Bar and Grill (915 W Prince Rd.) in a three-day celebration of rock n' roll in Tucson on March 17, 18 and 19.

"Having been in bands and having so many friends who are in bands, I know how tough it is for local music to get a venue to showcase their talents," said manager Michael Essi.

Since taking over the bar, Essi has turned it into a go-to spot for new acts looking to test their talents on stage.

"Not everybody is going to be Led Zepplin. Not everybody is going to be The Ramones, but they need a place to start. They need a place to see if they can become one of those bands," Essi said. "Tucson's got a lot more good vocal acts than it's being given credit for."

The three-day event will feature 15 local bands curated by Essi and his associate Jeffery Locke. Though there will be a cover fee of $5 per day (or $12 for all three days), all the money will go straight to the bands.

"All of these acts have something very special about them," Essi said. "We set it up so they were put on bills that accentuated each other. At the same time, they are different enough that it is not like listening to the same band over and over. There is a lot of raw talent in these bands."

Expect St. Patrick's Day drink and food specials, door prizes, and an airbrush artist as part of the festivities.

For more information about the Loudhouse, visit Know of a band who might want to play at the Loudhouse? Shoot an email to Mike Essi at


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Check Out the Menu for the Ten Chef Dinner Event Downtown Chef's Table

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Chef Janos Wilder will be joined by nine of Tucson's best chefs for this unique event. - HEATHER HOCH
  • Heather Hoch
  • Chef Janos Wilder will be joined by nine of Tucson's best chefs for this unique event.

While this week’s Chow feature taught you all about the Carriage House’s culinary classes that began the last weekend of February, the multi-purpose space isn’t stopping there. With two classes scheduled for this upcoming week alone, the event space is also hosting one of the biggest dinner events in recent Tucson history.

On Sunday, March 6, the City of Gastronomy Downtown Chef’s Table will see ten of the Old Pueblo’s top chefs join forces for one dinner that will showcase some of why this city earned the UNESCO-designated City of Gastronomy title.

The second in the series (the first was held in Oct. 2014), the newly named event will again benefit Tu Nidito and Fox Tucson Theatre. This time around, though, Janos Wilder and Jerry Alday (Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails), Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco), Erika Bostick (Agustin Kitchen), Tyler Fenton (Reilly), Kris Vrolijk (Proper), Carlotta Flores (El Charro), Daniel Thomas (47 Scott), Marialine Bennen (Penca) and Michael Bryer (Maynards) will serve up the dishes and stories for the 150-person crowd. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and paired appetizers, to be followed by a multi-course, local wine-paired dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Here's the night's planned menu:

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