The Americano Seasonal Cocktail Menu
The Americano bar team led by Chris Cuestas brings the seasonal cocktail menu featuring a variety of new spirits including vermouths, sherry and organic, small-batch vodka. Whimsical additions to the menu include Salvatore Viola ($19) made with Monkey 47 gin, violet liquor, cherry amaro and egg white, along with Pesca Frizzante ($18) featuring Massenez Creme de Peche, Fino sherry, lemon and Brut Franciacorta. The Nada A Prada ($17) made with mint-infused platinum vodka, pistachio-white chocolate orgeat, fernet branca and cream.
The Americano, 17797 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.573.001, theamericanorestaurant.com, $16-$22
Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival
To celebrate 30 years of craft beer in the state, the Arizona Brewers Guild will host the “Real Wild and Woody” beer festival. The indoor event will feature more than 50 breweries from across the state, including sours, barrel-aged, cask beer and more. General admission tickets include 28 2-ounce sample pours and a commemorative cup while the VIP ticket offers 32 sample pours, a cup and one hour early entry to the event.
Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Drive, Mesa, 1 to 5:30 p.m., 480.353.7058, chooseazbrews.com, $80-$600
LDV Summer Wine Circle
LDV Summer Wine Circle introduces guests to one Arizona wine and one LDV winery varietal per month. Members are encouraged to talk and taste their way through monthly social sessions, which include snacks and two wines for $75 monthly.
LDV Winery Tasting Room, 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Suite B110, Scottsdale, 6 to 7 p.m., 480.664.4822, ldvwinery.com, $75
Sour & Sweet Beer Fest
Presented by Fate Brewing Company, the Sour and Sweet Beer Fest will offer food trucks, music and a wide variety of beers from participating breweries. General admission includes 15 tasting tickets and a commemorative glass. VIP packages offer the same amenities as general admission along with early access to the festival and a commemorative festival T-shirt. Designated driver tickets are available for $10.
The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale, noon (VIP), 1 to 5 p.m., 480.990.7300, theclaytonhouse.com, $45-$65
Deadheads are encouraged to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday. Admission is free; $35 VIP admission includes reserved seating, an event poster and one plate of SanTan Brewing taco nacho.
San Tan Gardens, 495 E. Warner Road, Chandler, 2 to 5 p.m., 480.534.7041, santanbrewing.com
Neighborhood Wine Festival
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar present a neighborhood wine festival that will feature tastings of over 60 wines, arts, crafts, food and live music. Participating vendors include Stem Wine Company, Classico Fine Wines, Quail Wines and Vino 750. General admission includes 10 sample tickets while VIP ticket holders also receive a commemorative wine glass. Additional sample tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar, 110 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 602.875.8080, matchphx.com, $25-$50
National Watermelon Day
In honor of National Watermelon Day, The Ostrich will serve an award-winning cocktail for only $10. Located in the basement of Crust Chandler, ask for the “Cheap Sunglasses” and prepare to be wowed by this one-day special made with mint-washed Sipsmith gin, lime, agave nectar, aloe vera, cucumber, cayenne pepper, salt, watermelon spade and black balsamic pearls.
The Ostrich, 10 N. San Marcos Plaza, Chandler, 6 to 10 p.m., 480.917.4903, theostrichbar.com, $10
The Shakedown Bartender Competition
At this event, guests can sample craft cocktails from local bartenders and help the judges determine the winner as contenders compete to take home the title of Shakedown Champion. Cocktails will feature SanTan Spirits SweetPeach Bourbon Whiskey. Each ticket includes appetizers from Spirit House and 2 oz. samples from each competitor. VIP ticket holders will get one bottle of SweetPeach to take home.
Spirit House, 8 S. San Marcos Plaza, Suite 106, Chandler, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 480.917.8700, santanbrewing.com, $45-$75
Hendricks Cocktail Party and Class
Join in for a fun, educational class that teaches guests how to create refreshing, gin-based cocktails using simple at-home ingredients and Hendricks gin. Muddle through creating a signature cocktail with Chef Ador, owner and executive chef of Ador Cuisine. Patrons must be 21 and older and RSVP at the website.
Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, 2 to 3 p.m., 480.488.2286, dfla.org, $15