Eat, drink and be 'hoppy' during Arizona Beer Week
Beer lovers across Arizona will be running through the streets rejoicing as the fourth annual Arizona Beer Week presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild invades the territory Feb. 15 - 22.
The weeklong celebration pays tribute to the art of craft beers with a variety of events that take place throughout the state such as beer tastings, beer pairings, beer festivals, lessons on how to cook with beer, brewing seminars, and pub-crawls.
One of the largest events in the state is the 14th annual Strong Beer Festival, set to take place from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The fest is expected to showcase more than 150 craft beers on tap from over 80 different breweries from across the nation and around the world.
But you don't have to head down to the valley to get your fix of craft beer. Three local breweries in the Prescott area are gearing up to offer their own special selections to commemorate the week.
The Prescott Brewing Company, 130 W. Gurley St., is set to feature their fourth annual "Apps & Taps" throughout the eight days of beer week.
"Our chef has designed a separate appetizer for each and every day of the week," brewery owner Roxane Nielsen said. "Each appetizer is made with beer and served with a beer. They will be served all day and throughout the evening during the week."
Some of the mouthwatering items on the special menu include chorizo Pale Ale fondue in a bread bowl, served with tri-colored tortilla chips; marinated tri-tip steak sliders with porter onions, gorgonzola cheese and arugula; and chipotle and porter braised barbacoa beef street tacos with spicy avocado slaw and fire-roasted salsa.
All of the items on the "Apps & Taps" menu are $8.99 each and includes your choice of a Prescott Brewing Company beer.
The Granite Mountain Brewery, 123 N. Cortez St., will kick off the week with a special tapping of Lemon-Pepper Wit at 11 a.m. Saturday. The beer is a collaborative brew between the brewery and Sentinel Peak Brewing Company out of Tucson.
On Sunday, Feb. 16, the brewery is offering a Beer Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch features a variety of breakfast and lunch favorites as chocolate stout waffles, biscuits and gravy, and smoked Frito pie.
Other offerings throughout the week are a beer dessert night on Wednesday, special tapping on Thursday, and beer and food pairings on Friday.
In addition to brews and bites, the brewery will feature live music from The Ping Brothers, Wall-Eyed, and Kenny James.
Celebrating their first beer week as well as being the first brewery to open in Prescott Valley, Lonesome Valley Brewing, 3040 N. Windsong Dr., Suite 101, will be offering their own brews as well as a variety of craft beers.
The brewery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The brewery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
For more information on Arizona Beer Week events taking place around the state, visit www.arizonabeerweek.com.