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Celebrate AZ Beer Week at BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse!


Here a list of what’s going at BoomBozz Pizza during Arizona Beer Week in Gilbert. Starting Monday, Feb. 20, they will pair two pints of a featured local craft beer with a large, award-winning, Famous Creations pizza for $20!
MONDAY, FEB. 20:
Mudshark Brewing Company (Amber) paired with the International Gourmet Pizza Winner (named after the founder’s daughter) D’Sienna
TUESDAY, FEB. 21:
Grand Canyon (Pilsner) paired with the American Pizza Championship Winner Tuscan Chicken
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22:
Oak Creek Brewing Company (Nut Brown) paired with the International Gourmet Pizza Winner Portobello Bello
THURSDAY, FEB. 23:
San Tan Brewing (Devil’s Ale) paired with the International Pizza of the Year Winner Fire Roasted Fajita
FRIDAY, FEB. 24:
Sonoran Brewing (IPA) paired with the International Pizza of the Year Winner Pollotate’, also recognized by Food Network Magazine as one of “America’s Best Pizzas!”
At 5:30 p.m. each day a representative from each brewing company will also be onsite with additional beer samples and promotional items!
For more details regarding the unique menu items and ingredients at BoomBozz Pizza visit http://www.boombozztaphouse.com/Menu/GilbertGilbertTownSquare/tabid/201/Default.aspx.

HB Hanratty’s Toasts the Three Amigos of Arizona Beer Week: Bikes, Brews, and Food

Bike-In Movie Night has Western Comedy on the Big Screen
Chef Jeff Kraus in the Kitchen


Calendar Listing

Bike In Movie Night: The Three Amigos
Friday, February 24, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 – Previews + Prix Fixe
7:30 – 9:00 – Main Feature

$10 for Prix Fixe sampler – RSVP requested
$3 to $5 ala carte food and drink menu

HB Hanratty’s Pub537 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

Spruce up your cruisers, fixies and tandems for Bike-In Movie Night at HB Hanratty’s Pub. Everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to this Arizona Beer Week celebration of Mr. Hanratty’s “Three Amigos” – bicycles, brews and food. Inside, the classic western comedy The Three Amigos will play on the big screens, a selection of Beer Bargains will be on tap, and movie-themed snacks from Chef extraordinaire Jeff Kraus of ++experience++ will be available ala cart. The movie showing is free and beers and snacks will be priced at $5 or less per item.

Mr. Hanratty and Chef Kraus team up again for Arizona Beer Week after their successful tasting event last year. This time, Mr. Hanratty declared: “Let them ride bikes!” It is his favorite form of transportation and one that Arizonans can ride comfortably nearly year-round. Cycling through the pub’s Central and Camelback neighborhoods is a wonderful and much safer way to “bar hop,” he explains. For those outside the neighborhood, a bicycle makes the pub within easy access of the Light Rail.

Kraus is also no stranger to “alternative” transportation. After circling the Valley in his popular food truck, Truckin’ Good Food, he shuttered the mobile eatery to develop ++experience++. He now specializes in pop-up and guest chef events where he can be even more creative with his menus. After serious viewings of The Three Amigos in the name of research, he is planning a range of movie-appropriate snacks that will also pair to Hanratty’s featured Beer Bargains.

The Bike-In begins with Previews from 6:30 – 7:30 where a prix fixe sampler will be available for $10. This will include a sampler of snacks not available on the ala carte menu plus one Arizona draft beer. At 7:30 the curtain rises for The Three Amigos.

As always, there will be prizes and give aways throughout the night. Those who arrive on bicycle will receive a gift and second entry in the give away drawing.

RSVPs are requested for the Prix Fixe Sampler on the HB Hanratty’s Facebook page – facebook.com/hbhanrattys.

What is natural wine?

As the organic food movement has picked up speed over the last few years, there is also a movement with organic, biodynamic and natural wine. Organic & biodynamic happen in the grape growing process, for them to be natural the process must continue in the wine making process. By not using or using the least amount possible any of the 200 approved additives permitted in wine, this also includes the technological manipulation(spinning cones, laboratory cultivated yeast,etc) that will take away what the individual terror & what mother nature has provided. This is the way wine has been made for centuries before technology was introduced.

The definition is similar to the German Law of Purity for beer, where only water, barley and hops are used. Natural wine is just grape juice and nothing else.

Some aspects to consider in natural wine…
Avoiding chemical herbicides.
Using indigenous yeasts.
Hand picked grapes.
Low to no filtering & sulfites.
No chaptilization.
No adding of powdered tannins.
Respecting of the grapes including rough handling,pumping or micro-oxygenation.

Natural winemaking represents the true expression of terroir and prevents wine varietals from all tasting the same.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.


Usually wine is on the agenda here, but as we are smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer(no coincidence their is a dog on almost every label) an invite to a beer tasting sounded quite refreshing, so I grabbed my pen and pad and texted my drinking partner. It was a great chance to revisit some beers(and try some new ones) that I have not had in a few years, since I sold them around town. We tasted with Lauren, who came to town from San Diego on behalf of Lagunitas at Sportsmans, Phoenix location.
Lagunitas has been around since 1993 and is brewed in Petaluma, Ca.

First up was “Little Sumpin” Sumpin Ale- it’s Lagunitas, limited release summer wheat ale. It’s a hazy ale made with 50% wheat and offers a hoppy, smooth, profile. Nice finish. 4 bottle tops out of 5.

Next up came the “Hop Stoopid” Ale(22oz.), a big hop and malt style, a bitter flavor and richness that includes 7 different hops with 1 being extracted. Very aromatic on the nose. 3 1/2 bottle tops out of 5.

We then went on to the “Lucky 13 Mondo Large” Red Ale which is Lagunitas 13th anniversary brew, that gets made every years because it’s a staff fave. Using darker malts 13 has a smoky, big flavor. 4 bottle tops out of 5.

The finally was the “Maximus” IPA(22oz.)which is bigger style which includes more hops, more alcohol and more body. For those who like their IPAs with a spicier, fuller bodied taste this is the one. 3 1/2 bottle tops out of 5.