Enjoy Arizona only beers, wines and spirits at 1st annual AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews festival

Arizona is on the worldwide map with its craft beers, wines and spirits with the trophies and awards given over the last few years. To showcase all things Arizona there will be the first ever AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews festival at Salt River Fields on November 3rd.

Photo courtesy of Salt River Fields

The beers, wines and spirits will be made exclusively for the festival and use Arizona yeast, hops, grapes and water.

With a great view of the McDowell Mountains from the concourse of Salt River Fields festival goers will be able to sample from 2-5 p.m.

Over 30 brewers, wineries and distillers are scheduled to participate and the list keeps growing. SanTan Brewing Co., Helton Brewing, Elgin Distillery, Cellar 433 and McFate Brewing are a few of those announced.

Tickets are limited and are $50 for 12 drink samples and access to food trucks to purchase food. V.I.P tickets are available at $65 and allow entry an hour early at 1 p.m. Designated drivers pay only $19 and get a free swag bag. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the festival website.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is at 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

Beer dinners are all the rage as El Palacio pairs with Mudshark Brewing & Gertrude’s does dinner with Grand Canyon Brewing Co.

Beer pairing dinners are becoming more popular as people see how well beer pairs with food and how they can be a good value as compared to wine pairing dinners. Not to mention how well a cold beer goes down on a hot summer evening. Below are 2 dinners happening next Wednesday, July 17th in the Phoenix area.

Starting at 7 p.m. El Palacio www.epchandler.com in Chandler will be pairing beers from Mudshark Brewing Company out of Lake Havasu AZ. For only $20 you get 5 courses of gourmet dishes along with 5 hand crafted beers. The “off the menu” summer creations are listed below and give a great chance to the consumer how well beer pairs with food.

7 Layer Salsa—a Mexican salsa creation of epic proportions with layer upon layer of goodness including salsa fresco, salsa picante, beans, crème, guacamole, queso and rice paired with Mudshark Brewing Up River Lager.

Summer Salad of heirloom tomatoes and Oaxaca cheese with strawberry habanero dressing. This dish is paired with Scorpion Amber Ale.

Steamed Mahi Mahi Taco paired with Desert Magic IPA.

Mexican Kabob of shrimp, chicken and steak served with a beer infused salsa verde will pair perfectly with Belgian Style White Ale. Finish off this delicious summer spread with dessert!

Raspberry Beer Infused Flan and will be served with Mudshark Brewing Mudsberry Raspberry Wheat.

Reservations are recommended & can be made by calling El Palacio at (480) 802-5770 or RSVP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/elpalaciochandler.

El Palacio is open Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is located at 2950 E. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85249

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On the same evening at 6:30 p.m. Williams AZ’s Grand Canyon Brewing Company www.grandcanyonbrewery.com will be bring their new Flavor Bomb Brews to Gertrude’s, the new restaurant at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. This 4 course dinner is $50 plus tax and gratuity and the pairings are as follows…

Charred Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio paired with GCB Shaggy Bock

Grilled Spicy Quail with Blue Cheese paired with GCB Hop Bomber India Pale Ale

Roasted Swine with Crispy Fingerlings, Heirloom Tomato, Roasted Corn and Salsa Verde which will pair perfectly with GCB Sunset Amber Ale

Dime Store Banana Split paired with GCB Coffee Bean Stout

These Flavor Bomb beers should pair nicely with Gertrude’s farm to table ingredients and seating is limited. For reservations call 480-719-8600

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Visit www.gertrudesrestaurant.net for more information

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market with BBQ and beer from Grand Canyon Brewing Co.

Leafs turning colors, football and baseballs playoffs in full swing are just some of the things that happen in the month of October. It’s also Oktoberfest when beer is on the brain and Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market www.TomsThumbFreshMarket.com is celebrating with its 1st beer dinner on October 18th. This 4 course dinner pairs Chef Trudie’s BBQ with beers from Grand Canyon Brewing Co. The dinner is part Tom’s “101 & Bell” classes. Brian Udvardi from World Class Beverages will be on hand to discuss the beers. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal from 6:30 – 8pm. Cost for dinner is $36 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be by calling or visiting the market (480-513-8186 / 9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale).

Below is the pairing menu.

Artichoke-Parmesan stuffed Jalapeño wrapped in Prosciutto

Grand Canyon Pilsner

Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Pulled Pork, Chipotle Crema and Pepitas

Grand Canyon Sunset Amber

Sliced Smoked Brisket over Black Beans served with Fiesta Slaw and Jalapeño Cornbread

Grand Canyon IPA

Harvest Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Porter-Agave reduction

Grand Canyon Pumpkin Porter