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POINTE HILTON SQUAW PEAK RESORT HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL EPICURIAD BENEFITING THE BEER FOR BRAINS FOUNDATION

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort will host the third annual Epicuriad benefiting The Beer for Brains Foundation. The food, wine and beer pairing competition will be held on March 22.

Foodies and craft beer lovers will reap the benefits as talented chefs work to prepare a spectacular dish with beer and wine pairings. For each pairing, attendees will vote on whether the beer or the wine complements the dish better and will cast the final vote to decide which chef presented the overall best pairing.

“This year we are very excited to add a special feature to this year’s VIP portion of the evening –the ultimate battle between beer and wine,” said Louis Dolgoff, founder of The Beer for Brains Foundation.

Tickets are limited ($100 VIP, $75 general admission). This year’s event will also include a full dessert buffet, a raffle, and live music in a cocktail party setting.

Proceeds from this year’s Epicuriad benefit The Beer for Brains Foundation in their quest to find a cure for brain cancer.

Purchase tickets at: thebeerforbriansfoundation.org

When: March 22, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phoenix Brewers Invitational: Get Crafty 2012

Craft Beer, Live Music At The Phoenix Brewers Invitational's Get Crafty 2012

This weekend at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix, it’s all about beer, live music, food trucks, beer and, yes, even more beer. The inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational, Get Crafty 2012, will feature more than 60 craft breweries, live entertainment by 80 Proof, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia, home brewing demonstrations and a wide variety of local foods from some of Arizona’s best food trucks.

And, even better: Admission into the festival grounds is free. However, to consumer beer, 21-and-over attendees must purchase the 2012 souvenir mug for $10. Beer is sold separately using tokens, priced at $1 each for a 3-oz sample. Or, trade in four of your tokens for a full, 12-oz serving.

Want more? VIP admission will also be available, which will include an invitation to an open house preview party hosted at Phoenix Ale Brewery on Thursday, December 6 and exclusive entry into the VIP beer garden on either Friday or Saturday with catered food, private bathrooms and a meet-and-greet with brewers. The VIP ticket is only available through pre-sale purchase for $125 per person, per day.

Some of the invited breweries include (beers subject to change):

  • Phoenix Ale Brewery (Phoenix, Ariz.), Fretzy’s Unfiltered Pale Ale
  • Borderlands Brewing Company (Tucson, Ariz.), Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter
  • Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, Del.), 60 Minute IPA
  • Maui Brewing Co. (Kahana, Hawaii), Bikini Blonde
  • Boulder Beer Co. (Boulder, Colo.), Hazed & Infused
  • Full Sail Brewing Company (Hood River, Ore.), Amber Ale
  • Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado, Calif.), Orange Wit
  • Mission Brewery (San Diego, Calif.), Amber Ale
  • Left Coast Brewing Company (San Clemente, Calif.), Hop Juice Double IPA
  • Rubicon Brewing Company (Sacramento, Calif.), Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale
  • Marin Brewing Company (Larkspur, Calif.), IPA
  • Ass Kisser Ales (San Jose, Calif.), Vanilla Pale Ale

As for live music, 80 Proof, a California-based reggae rock band, is scheduled to perform on the Zia Records Stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 (day two of Get Crafty 2012). A battle of the bands is also scheduled for Friday, December 7 (day one); as many as 12 local bands will battle it out for a chance to be one of the beer festival’s featured performers, with the chance to open for 80 Proof. The winner will be chosen by popular vote from festival goers. Some of the competing bands include Bird City, Versions of You, Cartoon Lion, We Are Searchers, Inept Hero, Cosmic Goat, Libertine Social and Johnny Lee.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: A percentage of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Beer for Brains Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers, who are committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer, engendering compassion for its victims and helping fund groundbreaking research leading to a cure. Based in Arizona, the Beer for Brains Foundation is one of only a handful of beer industry-related charities currently operating in the United States.

As a final note, drink responsibly. The Phoenix Brewers Invitational urges patrons to take advantage of the Valley Metro Light Rail, located just blocks away from the festival.

To purchase tickets, for a schedule of events and for more information about the Phoenix Brewers Invitational, visit phoenixbrewfest.com.

Phoenix Brewers Invitational: Get Crafty 2012

Where: Phoenix Heritage & Science Park, 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
When: December 7-8, 2012, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day
Cost: General admission ticket: $10, VIP tickets: $125 pre-sale
Contact: (480) 234-4232
Online: phoenixbrewfest.com

 

Beer for Brains Foundation's RAREaffair 2011

Beer For Brains Foundation's RAREaffair To Raise Brain Cancer Awareness

Beer lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, and those in the greater Phoenix area looking for an evening of culture, cuisine and craft beer are invited to the Beer for Brains Foundation’s RAREaffair on November 10. The event will be held at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix and will be raising brain cancer awareness.

RAREaffair will be hosting an array of vendors serving their respective specialty dishes. With options ranging from Le Cordon Blue to Nothing Bundt Cake, attendees will not leave hungry.Rico's at RAREaffair 2011

A large number of breweries and wineries will be participating as well, serving an assortment of signature light and dark beers, IPAs, single malts, red and white wines, and other various spirits.

Tickets for RAREaffair will are available for purchase. General admission is $75 and includes food, beer and wine tasting, from the various vendors. VIP tickets cost $175 and include early RAREaffair 2011admission, exclusive access to beers and wine not made available to the general admission, private lounges and special entertainment. Designated drivers are invited to join the festivities and can purchase $40 tickets.

General admission begins at 7:30 p.m., while VIP ticket holders are welcome to come at 6:30 p.m., and the event will last until 11 p.m.

All that attend are also encouraged to enjoy the exhibits of the Arizona Science Center, which will be made fully available.

The Beer for Brains Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to increase brain cancer awareness through hosting special events like RAREaffair. The group is passionate about reaching out to those with the deadly disease through the craft beer community. All of the money raised at RAREaffair will benefit brain cancer research and awareness.

For more information about the Beer for Brains Foundation, visit its website at thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org. Or, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/beerforbrains.

 

If You Go: RAREaffair

Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.