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 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

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 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 for more information

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