On Saturday November 11th, the streets of downtown Phoenix were overflowing with craft beer. The 4th annual New Times Novembeer festival was the place to be for any craft beer enthusiast in the valley. With clear skies and a high of 85 degrees there was no better place to enjoy 30 samples of the area’s best brews. This festival featured over 50 local and not so local breweries, live music and a smorgasbord of Phoenix food truck favorites.
There were far too many great breweries to mention. The usual crowed favorites like Four Peaks, Goose Island and Stone Brewing Company were on site and serving up their flag ship ales. I was pleasantly surprised to see some smaller less known Arizona breweries amassing significant interest from this beer loving crowed. Breweries like Mother Road (out of Flagstaff) and Huss Brewing Company (out of Tempe) had consistent long lines all throughout the event.
The surprise of the day for me was the massive crowds gathered to sample offerings from The Phoenix Ale Brewery. The booth’s proximity to the limited porta potties may have helped spur some initial interest in this brewery but their delicious and unique beers on draft kept the crowds coming back. You could hear a collective cheer from the crowds when they announced an earlier than scheduled release of their Watermelon Ale.
The only people left dissatisfied with this festival were those who arrived late (some of the more popular breweries ran out of beer less than 2 hours in) and those not attending the Novembeer event that were attempting to navigate the sectioned streets of downtown Phoenix (a minor inconvenience).
I recommend clearing your November 2018 calendar in the hopes that Novembeer will return to Phoenix once again!
-AZ Survival Guide
Lions, tigers, and beers, oh my!
Roars and Pours has returned to the Phoenix Zoo.
After an extremely successful run in the spring of 2017, this event has come roaring back to Phoenix. On Thursday October 5th, Boston based brewery Sam Adams brought their brew to the zoo.
Your $10 entrance fee granted you general admission to the zoo and access to a plethora of free Sam Adams samples! This 21 plus event featured some great tunes piped in by the on site DJs of 93.3 ALT AZ, a fascinating animal show and an entertaining Oktoberfest themed stein hoisting contest.
But what would a zoo experience be without the animals? Dusk seemed to be the magic hour for the animal kingdom. All the animals were fully awake and active. I can only assume that the animals were extra active in an attempt to persuade someone to let them sample the delicious craft beer (a gesture strictly prohibited by zoo staff.)
If you missed this epic evening of ales and tails you need not fret – there are currently 4 more opportunities to enjoy this unique kid-free zoo experience. Roars and Pours events are scheduled through May 19, 2018.
The next scheduled event will be on Thursday November 2nd and will feature samples from Huss Brewing Co. Click HERE to purchase tickets
– AZ Survival Guide
Frida Kahlo is perhaps best known for her thought provoking self-portraits, bold fashion sense and iconic uni-brow. This exhibit from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is more than just a display of her work; it’s an exhibit that celebrates the legacy of one of the world’s most famous Latin American painters. This instillation features dozens of original masterpieces from Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.
As you shuffle along the exterior walls with the flow of the crowds, you take in over 50 photos that provide a behind the scenes look at her life and works. This exhibit also features an attention grabbing T-shaped catwalk featuring roughly a half dozen manikins adorned in some of Frida’s most iconic and colorful outfits. This show will leave you with a deep appreciation for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s contributions to contemporary art.
Frida and Diego’s impact on the contemporary art scene is permanent but this exhibit is not! The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit runs through August 20th at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. This is the only North American stop for this world tour so there’s no time to monkey around.
Tickets to the Heard Museum are $18 each plus an additional $7 to access the special exhibit. Visit heard.org for more visitor info. Pro tip: check your local library for a Culture Pass that covers the cost of general admission for 2!
– AZ Survival Guide