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My old college friend Dean Caplan has grown up in the spirits industry through his family's purchase of local wine and spirits shop Bacchus.  He has recently shared his experiences in an article found at: http://blog.kalamazoobeerweek.com/?p=422

He is highlighting Kalamazoo Beer Week, or KBW for short which will roll out the week of Jan. 12-18 2013.  The week has over 80 events currently scheduled with local brewers and restaurant representatives.  The events will include tastings, bottle signings, beer dinners, and open taps.  You can read more at www.kalamazoobeerweek.com.

The events begin Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2013 with a breakfast and the week will end with a Pub Crawl sponsored by Samuel Adams.  If you are in town, make sure you stop by Bacchus and the entire KBW!


If you are in Seattle, you must take a trip out to the Chihuly Garden and Museum located in Seattle Center next to the space needle.  I have seen Chihuly work in Arizona at the Botanical Garden, in Vegas inside the Bellagio atrium as well as chocolate tower, and many small installments.  The work in Seattle, however, goes above and beyond what I have seen in the U.S.

After sitting and watching the museum video, I learned that probably the most breathtaking exhibit he created was in Israel.  So regardless where you are, if you see a Chihuly exhibit, it is worth a visit!  Look at the picture reel below to see more!

It's that time of year again: pumpkins, cider, apple picking, and for us beer lovers... Oktoberfest!  Nationwide there are so many different festivals to attend to try your favorite mainstream or local microbrews.  What makes Scottsdale such a great event is that it is still nice and warm out and includes many events and things to do:

El Hefe, a local taqueria, sponsored breakfast
Big Screen tvs to watch all of the favorite football games
Bean bag contests (World's largest)
Urban warfit challenges ( a neat challenge)
Cooking demonstrations
All-day music
Kids Zone fun activities
Homebrewing competition

LOCATION Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258

DATES October 13th, 2012 (Saturday)

HOURS 9:00 am-11:00 pm


$10 BEERS OF THE WORLD - Includes eight 3 oz samples of 15+ beers from around the world/Does not include event admission

$20 THIRSTY TRAVELER - Includes Admission/Commemorative 16 oz. Mug/Three Drink Tickets

$25 BEER LOVERS PACKAGE - Includes Admission/Commemorative 16 oz. Mug/Three Drink Tickets/Admission to Beers of the World

$75 VIP ADMISSION- Includes Admission/Commemorative 16 oz. Mug/Food Buffet Courtesey of Carrabbas Italian Grill/Open Bar/Admission to Beers of the World