Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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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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Photo courtesy The Golden Pineapple Craft Lounge    Sure, you know Craft 64 is going to bring the beer. It’s their raison d’etre. Same with Arizona Wilderness, Pedal Haus and other gleaming temples of brew-craft that happen to also serve food. But finding a top-shelf beer list is a bit trickier when you limit the conversation to traditional restaurants. Here are seven that have ascended to elite status on the stealth. Philadelphia Sandwich Company Lots...

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Alleged defects, delays fuel spat with contractor. With 108 luxury hotels and resorts in 30 countries, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is known as one of the world’s most illustrious hospitality brands. Evidently, “construction defects” are not part of its formula for success – and particularly not in Paradise Valley. Legal documents filed this week in Maricopa County Superior Court reveal behind-the-scenes rancor between the owner and former contractor of the long-delayed Ritz Carlton, Paradise Valley...

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Hard to believe it’s been nearly 25 years since Phoenix City Grille brought its brand of casual-but-sophisticated urban dining to North-Central Phoenix. One constant through it all: the restaurant’s now-iconic signature pasta dish, which isn’t so hard to whip up at home. 1 1/2 cups penne pasta, cooked 2 tbsp. olive oil 6 oz. raw chicken breast, diced 1/4 cup Chardonnay or other white wine 1/4 cup chicken stock 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 tbsp. roasted...

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Beer and ramen? We like the sound of that. Such are the dual passions of multi-versed culinarian Tyler Smith, who hopes to open the Kitsune Brewing Co. and Ramen Shop in Cave Creek later this year. In the meantime, Smith has joined forces with Simple Machine Brewing Co. in North Phoenix to can his first generation of brews, becoming Arizona’s first African American commercial brewer in the process. (Know the cans by the elegantly spare,...

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