5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix: Arizona Cocktail Week and Beer Week Edition
Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market
Katie Johnson From "Mixing It Up with AZ Bitters Lab" slideshow.
Don't get us wrong, we love regular farmers markets, too. But when we have the chance to hit up a market full of artisan spirits and other cocktail-related products, you can bet a bottle of 30-year-old scotch we're going to go. The Artisan Spirit and Cocktail Market, a part of Arizona Cocktail Week, will bring together dozens of boutique spirits, craft spirits, and micro-distillers for an afternoon of tastings, mini demos, and opportunities to see newest cocktail trends. The event will takes place at Hotel Valley Ho's Ballroom 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. and is free with an Arizona Cocktail Week wristband, which can be purchased at the hotel for $10. For a list of participating vendors, check out the list of artisan Cocktail Week sponsors.
cogocogo/Fickr Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Tuesday, February 18
Fans of Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing won't want to miss the Arizona Beer Week Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover at The Handlebar in Tempe this week. At the event, which will begin at 6 p.m., all 24 of the bar's taps will be pouring Sierra Nevada beers including: Side Car Amber, Ovila Barrel Aged Quad, 2014 Bigfoot, 2013 Narwhal, and Northern Hemisphere Harvest. The brewery's own cicerone-certified Ben VanderMeer will also be around with Sierra Nevada swag and answers to your beer-related questions.