We're deep in the guts of August--a very hot and unrelenting August--and it seems as though most beer businesses are targeting Thursdays as the battlefield. As an example this week's (August 16) Thursday:
Four Peaks Beer Dinner at Lons:
Alaskan Beer Dinner at T. Cooks:
Normally, ASH has it's Happy Hour on Thursday. It's been moved to Wednesday at Hungry Monk perhaps to make way for Flanny's Port/Lost Abby Tap takeover. Though I serve as the ASH President, I don't schedule the Happy Hours. I can imagine that given the firepower put out by the distributors the beer bars and the breweries, ASH may have to pick a different day to hold their humble event.
I'll mention also that Whole Foods Chandler always has a Thursday special. This week it's Craft Cans and a Growler Fill Happy Hour. Consult one of many Facebook groups for details on that.
Facebook, it seems is the weapon of choice for Thursdays War. It's getting increasingly difficult to link to these events without having an account and it's truly a shame. Once in awhile there is a website link, but it's often incomplete. For example, the Four Peaks menu above was on Facebook, but the menu is not available on the Lon's website. You shouldn't have to have a social media account to drink beer.
I repeat. You shouldn't have to have a social media account to drink beer.
I'd love to hit any of these, but I have 2 other conflicts. The first is a showing of Riff Trax Live - Manos Hands of Fate which is being satellite-simulcast into Valley theaters. Riff Trax is alumni of MST3K and it is a guaranteed 2 hour belly laugh. Personally, I could use that as much as a good beer dinner.
The second conflict is that I have agreed to judge Wit beers for Crescent Crown's Homebrewing Club.
(Homebrew winners before Beer dinners!)
RULE 5: A facebook account should not be required to drink good beer. Every business should have a website and update it as frequently as other social media or at least provide a feed via their website. Using Facebook only is as bad as restaurants having a PDF wine list and no beer list on their flash driven website.
RULE 6: Thou Shall Not Ignore The Other Non-Thursday Days of the Week for Beer Events.