Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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100 international bitterness units (IBUs) in a double IPA? That must translate into some face-melting hops bitterness, right? Magically, it does not with this superbly tuned hammer of a beer from Mesa-based The Beer Research Institute. Employing Citra and Denali hops for a citrus-pineapple punch, the brewers employ “zero-second,” after-boil late hopping to “avoid that overpowering bitterness,” according to manager Zack Forsythe. “It’s an amazingly balanced beer for how heavy it is.” Now available in...

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Alongside Black Lives Matter and other social justice reform movements, #MeToo continues to be a headline-grabbing force in Arizona – most recently with the revelations of alleged sexual misconduct by Valley muralist Isaac Fortoul. Here’s an update on the Valley’s most prominent #MeToo cases of the last two years.   Don Shooter One of the earliest and most prominent Arizonans toppled by #Metoo, the Tea Partier from Yuma was expelled from the Arizona House of Representatives following a series of allegations...

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Leave the Gun, Move the Mouse: You’ll have to wait a few months for our Las Vegas cover story – slotted for May until the coronavirus outbreak – but one Sin City attraction is still packing them in, albeit virtually. A shrine to organized crime and law enforcement, The Mob Museum offers online tours and an app with a fun mobster face-match feature. themobmuseum.org No-Travel Travel: Speaking of virtual travel, it’s trending with visitors bureaus...

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Health expectations and outcomes can vary greatly across our vast state, as this county-by-county map demonstrates. Shading represents primary care physicians per capita (Coconino is the highest, with one doctor per 1,200 residents; Pinal is the lowest, with one per 6,440) alongside average overall life expectancy (below). Yuma 80.9 years Santa Cruz 79.5 years Maricopa 79.2 years Pinal 79 years Pima 78.8 years Yavapai 78.7 years Cochise 78.5 years Coconino 78.3 years La Paz 77.5 ...

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Utilizing delivery and curbside service options is an important way you can help keep the local restaurant industry afloat. More selfishly, it’s also a good opportunity to finally try out that bucket-list, James Beard Award-nominated bistro or steakhouse, via reduced-rate special menus. Binkley’s Kevin Binkley’s acclaimed, one-seating-a-night, 20-plus-dish prix fixe tasting menu ($200/person) has been remolded into Binkley’s At Home, a $65 to-go sampler of the chef’s small-plate masterpieces. Half-off wine bottles and cocktails also...

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