Arizona’s first cidery, Cider Corps to host Veteran’s Day Open House

I love a good cider as nothing beats it on a hot summer day and with the autumns seasonal foods and holidays. Just in time for the holiday season Arizona’s first cidery,  Cider Corps will open its doors for its first public event on Saturday November 11th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for its Veteran’s Day Open House.

Cider Corps open house

The veteran owned cidery is just off Main St. in downtown Mesa and the open house is two blocks from the finish line of Mesa’s Veteran’s Day Parade. From 10-11 a.m. guests a can come by and get a mulled cider or coffee to go so they can watch the parade.

Brothers Josh and Jason Duren will be showing off their small batch hard ciders, non-alcoholic mulled ciders and cold brew coffee during the open house. A food truck will be on hand to serve food to guests and tours of the cidery will be given.

Small batch “Pie Ciders” will be available for purchase in Cider Corps limited edition 32 ounce “crowlers” or you can bring your own growler. Cost of the ciders to go will range from $12- $20.

“Pie Ciders” will remind guests of their favorite holiday pies like mixed berry and pumpkin. Cold Brew cider will also be available.

Cider Corps ciders are currently available at over 30 bars and restaurants around Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.

Veterans community spot

Jason is a retired Sargent in the United States Marine Corps and will be speaking about his time in the service and how he and Josh plan to help veterans through Cider Corps. The cidery is dedicated to be used by veterans and veteran organizations as a community gathering place.

“To open the taproom this way is the embodiment of Cider Corps’ mission: Drink great ciders, honor great sacrifice,” said Josh. “We want it to be a place for veterans to be honored through times of awareness.”

The parade and Veteran’s Day Open House are important part of the brothers devotion to cider and veterans as they started making cider a s a hobby when Jason returned home from Afghanistan with 2 traumatic brain injuries from IED blasts.

Cider Corps is at 31 S. Robson Dr. Mesa 85210.

 

 

Brat Haus celebrates Oktoberfest on September 17th

Scottsdale beer garden Brat Haus celebrates the fall harvest kicking off Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 17th starting at 4pm and lasting late in to the night.  The open air beer garden will serve traditional Oktoberfest cuisine including knockwurst, schnitzel, brats and beer to chug it down with.

Photo courtesy of Brat Haus
Photo courtesy of Brat Haus

Part of proceeds donated

A portion of ticket and food sales will be donated to benefit Honor Flight Arizona www.honorflight.org , a non-profit to honor veterans and helps transport them to war memorials to pay respects to their fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice when in the military.

Picture courtesy of Brat Haus
Picture courtesy of Brat Haus

Music and festivities

This years festival starts later in the day and is a 21 and older event with more grown up games being played.

4-10 p.m.        Beer Garden Games

4-10 p.m.        DJ

5 p.m.             Oktoberfest Tapping (first 100 through the door get a tasting from firkin)

5:30 p.m.        Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

6 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

6:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

7 p.m.             Badass Beard Contest

7:30 p.m.        Lazer Etch Stein Holding

8 p.m.             Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

8 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

8:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

9 p.m.             Lazer Etch Stein Holding

Pre-sale tickets are available online or at Brat Haus for $8 and are $10 on the day of the festival. Show up in your lederhosen or dirndl and you get in for free. www.brathausaz.com

Brat Haus is at 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251