What’s Up September/October 2023

Editorial StaffSeptember 1, 2023
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Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
Must Do

October 21
Arizona Craft Beer Awards & Festival

PHOENIX magazine is partnering with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for the second year to honor the best in Arizona beer. An expert judging panel will anoint the state’s top sours, stouts, IPAs, et al, as well as present awards for Best Can Art and Brewery of the Year. Following a gala awards event, the general public can sip samples from the winners under a temperate October afternoon sun at grassy Sportsman’s Park in Glendale. Wren House Brewing, O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery, Mother Road Brewing Company and roughly two dozen other breweries will pour. Noon-5 p.m., $15 designated driver, $50 general admission, $70 VIP, Heritage at Sportsman’s Park, 9600 W. Sportsmans Park South, Glendale, azcraftbeer.com


“I think it would mean she would have to admit she’s not actually the governor if she chose to launch a Senate bid.”

—Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs to CNN host Kaitlan Collins during an August appearance on the network, commenting on former opponet Kari Lake’s possible plans to unseat U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema in 2024. Alleging voter fraud, Lake has never conceded her loss to Hobbs in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

Photo courtesy Arizona Cardinals
Photo courtesy Arizona Cardinals
New Feathers

After three years of design and delays, the Arizona Cardinals will finally take the field in their new uniforms this September as the NFL season kicks off. “It was time to update it, and I couldn’t be more excited about getting this out,” team owner Michael Bidwill said in the “Behind the Seams” episode of the Cardinals’ Flight Plan YouTube show. “It was important to me that we honor the history of the team and some of the traditions, but also evolve this uniform into something that’s going to be embraced by our fans, by our players, by everyone.” The designs for the new home, away and alternate uniforms were a collaboration with Nike. “We draped it in the story of the cardinal,” Nike designer Kristy “K-Lo” Lauzonis said in the video. “Cardinals themselves are fiercely territorial, and they’ll protect the nest at all costs.” Thus, the bold all-red home uniform has “Protect the Nest” embroidered on the inside of the neck. Likewise, the crisp white away uniform has “Bird Gang” inside the collar “to represent the fanbase when they’re away from the nest and out on the road.” At the photoshoot for the new unis, the players crowed their approval. “It helps the guys with no swag have some swag,” joked wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Visit azcardinals.com/shop to get your own jersey.

Brewed Awakening

Arizona craft beer is growing up before our eyes. In just six years, state production has nearly doubled, from about 110,000 barrels in 2016 to 210,000 barrels in 2022 – and that doesn’t even factor Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Four Peaks Brewing Co., which sold 140,000 all by itself. Besides the Tempe-based craft giant, who fills the most kegs? Sip on this. 

Source: Arizona State Liquor Board
Source: Arizona State Liquor Board
Four Accidental Phoenix Fashion Icons 

In a sea of “Rally the Valley” graphic tees, ankle boots and puffer vests, we applaud these Phoenix residents’ unconventional sartorial choices.

Photos courtesy Instagram.com
Photos courtesy Instagram.com
Jose Miguel Santiago

In July, the Glendale Police public information officer announced the safe return of a missing minor while sporting a floral black and silver sport coat. Santiago is no stranger to flamboyance – the fashionable flack has also been known to don velvet blazers, paisley-print dress shirts and diamond-studded Christian Louboutin loafers on camera.

Lina Washington

Follow the 12NEWS sports reporter on Instagram (@lwashingtontv) for frequent fit checks, featuring ’80s Phoenix Suns windbreakers, bright yellow blazers, pumpkin-colored pantsuits and knee-high leather boots.

Marshall Shore

“Arizona’s Hip Historian” demonstrates his affinity for the Grand Canyon State’s past – and bold patterns, bright colors and quirky spectacles – at events around the Valley. His impressive collection of bolo ties, Western button-downs, colorful blazers and custom cowboy boots make him a beloved fixture in Phoenix’s fashion scene.

Kyrsten Sinema

The senior state senator is politically mercurial – the former Democrat famously registered as an Independent last year – but she continues to make headlines for her eccentric ensembles. Her wacky wardrobe includes clashing patterns, eye-catching colors, sequined skirts and a multitude of multi-hued wigs.