Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Making his Valley debut last month at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Australian musician Kevin Parker – founder, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind psych-rock chart-topper Tame Impala – apologized to 15,000 ecstatic, live-music-starved attendees for not visiting Greater Phoenix earlier. “You’re, like, the best crowd we’ve ever played for,” he cooed. Audience-friendly flattery? Probably, but Parker is wasting no time for his next visit. Along with alt-rock favorite The Foo Fighters, Tame Impala will...

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Are you familiar with the humorous autumn adage “It’s decorative gourd season, motherf*&%ers”? In Arizona, we have our own version of the saying, in which the “decorative gourd” is simply replaced by “prickly pear.” Fighting past the cactus fruit’s famously nettlesome needles, food-oriented folk love turning the fruit’s viscous pulp into jellies, cocktail additives and – in the case of this collaboration between Simple Machine Brewing Co. and the Tap That AZ podcast – a...

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Lean but not especially mean, this highly quaffable sour from Tucson-based 1912 Brewing Co. takes its name from the Spanish slang toma güey, or “take that, dude.” True to its word, the beer delivers a clean punch: tart but not pucker-y, with jabs of lime zest and crisp apple courtesy of Ekuanot and Citra hops. Known for his preoccupation with fruited beers, owner and brewer Allan Conger takes a more austere route here. No fruit....

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Springtime in the Valley brings more oranges than any of us could possibly use, no matter how fond of mimosas we might be. Tempe brewer The Shop Beer Co. has an answer: make the ubiquitous citrus fruit the centerpiece of its latest Neonic release. A PHOENIX 2020 Best of the Valley honoree, the popular Neonic series finds head brewer Matthew Tattersall and crew dropping limited-edition fruited sours that deliciously mimic nostalgic flavors. A blueberry pie...

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