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Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Press Release No Comments

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will partner with Arizona’s award-winning breweries to present the 2017 Arizona Brewers Ball on Saturday, Novthember 18. This year, guests are invited to dress in their best 1920’s-inspired garb and head to Warehouse 215 in Downtown Phoenix for the prohibition-themed celebration, which will bring together more than 30 breweries from across the state to celebrate the continued growth and success of Arizona’s craft beer industry.

The 2017 Arizona Brewers Ball Goes Downtown (1)Did you know that in addition to banning the sale of alcohol during the 1920’s, the 18th Amendment is also responsible for our current culinary tradition of hosting cocktail parties at home? According to History.com:
“To help soak up the booze and drive up sales (during the Prohibition movement), some enterprising speakeasy proprietors began offering more than just gin fizzes and other popular cocktails of the day. Rather than heavy meals, their inebriated customers were given assorted bite-sized canapes to snack on while mingling in the illicit den’s loud, crowded rooms. It was also during this period that the custom of hosting cocktail parties at home became fashionable. Even after 1933 (when the amendment was repealed), the practice of serving finger foods at restaurants, bars, and cocktail parties lived on and quickly became an American culinary tradition.”

Arizona’s own 14-piece Uptown Big Band will get the crowd in the mood, as guests indulge, imbibe and jitterbug their way between several food stations throughout the space. A dream for beer enthusiasts and foodies alike, the event will feature delectable bites paired with various beers, and guests will have the opportunity to learn why the chosen beers pair well with each chef-crafted dish.

The menu will feature enticing selections like pork carnitas tacos with cotija poblano mole, braised short ribs with blue cheese firecracker corn panna cotta, grilled prawns with aged cheddar grits and heirloom tomato relish, a selection of regional barbeque sliders, and various desserts paired with more than 30 beers from around Arizona, including four that won prestigious medals at the recent Great American Beer Festival.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s Brewers Ball,” said Rob Fullmer, Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. “The variety of award-winning Arizona craft beers on hand will be remarkable, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the success of our industry and the recent medals acquired by some of our breweries at this year’s Great American Beer Fest.”

Flourishing in recent years, the craft beer industry in Arizona is now home to more than 87 independently owned brewing companies at 110 locations across the state that have come together in their commitment to producing a rich variety of high quality, locally crafted beers. This year’s event serves to honor the efforts of all Guild members who have contributed to the statewide movement in drawing attention to Arizona as an up-and-coming craft beer destination.

The 2017 Arizona Brewers Ball will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Warehouse 215, a 1918 industrial building in Phoenix’s urban-chic Warehouse District. Pre-sale tickets are available for $125 per person. VIP table reservations can also be made for $2,000, which include 10 tickets, a special key to unlock a private access area, additional hors d’oeuvres and specialty beer, and prime seating for the event.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite and proceeds from the 2017 Arizona Brewers Ball will benefit the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and the George Hancock Fund.

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