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

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


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


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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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
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  • 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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