Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine - Page 3 of 16

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Attention, wine-country enthusiasts: If you love The Tavern Hotel in Old Town Cottonwood, chances are you’ll have similarly positive feelings about the newly unveiled The Clinkscale Hotel, Bar + Grill in Jerome. Originally built in 1899, the six-room boutique property was restored to pedestal-sink perfection in 2020 by The Haunted Group – the growing Verde Valley hospitality company behind the aforementioned Tavern Hotel, along with Pizzeria Bocce and other high-country favorites in the Cottonwood-Cornville-Jerome wine...

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Set in the storied strip-mall spot formerly occupied by Crudo and, ages ago, an Italian restaurant with mob connections, Nanaya Japanese Kitchen opened in October to minimal fanfare – a “stealth opening,” one might say. This was dictated both by form (the speakeasy-ish, around-the-back location is easy to miss from the street) and function (the restaurant is evidently serving as a “test kitchen” for a future project in Old Town Scottsdale). When the tavern-style Japanese...

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A hazy IPA in winter? With this wild desert flower, you bet. Brewed with “frightening amounts” of citra and Amarillo hops, the beer is so unabashedly juice-forward, Walter Station brewers half-humoredly challenged customers to blind taste-test it next to a glass of orange juice. It was an instant hit upon its release last summer – in part for the drinkability of the beer, in part because of the irresistible Raising Arizona-themed labeling. Try it as...

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Celebrating five years of beermaking in the West’s Most Western Town, Goldwater brews itself a big ol’ figurative birthday cake in the guise of this zesty, high-gravity sipper. A West Coast-style IPA (read: more hops than the Savoy Ballroom), High Seas is the second edition of the family-owned brewery’s “all C” hops series, layering Calypso, Comet, Chinook and Citra hops within a faintly bready malt structure. A little dry, a little pineapple-y, a whole lot...

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