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This is not your parents’ Downtown Phoenix.
The days of sidewalks rolling up at 5 p.m. are over. The plague that was a dearth of downtown restaurants keeping evening hours is now vanquished. The starched shirt suburban workaday crowd no longer makes up downtown’s majority.
Today, DTPHX is a thriving urban neighborhood and playground. It’s a culinary and nightlife hotspot. It’s a tech hub. It’s a place where mega events happen on the regular.
Let’s drink to that.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1-6 p.m., Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) invites beer lovers and city lovers far and wide to come get a taste of all the exciting changes occurring in Arizona’s urban heart during the fourth annual Urban Ale Trail.
A walkable beer tasting tour launched in 2014, the Ale Trail features a record 30 bars and restaurants, allowing participants to sample amazing craft brews and a complimentary hors d’oeuvre for just $1 or $2 each.
Similar in design to spring’s Urban Wine Walk, Urban Ale Trail is a free-to-attend, self-guided tasting event that uses the lure of libations to promote urban walkability, energized sidewalks and ease and access to mass transit. But perhaps most importantly, it promotes our downtown’s emergence as a diverse, in-demand neighborhood in which an increasing number of people want to live, work, study and play.
More than 30 percent of the bars and restaurants participating in this year’s event are making their Urban Ale Trail debut, which definitely enhances the opportunity for discovery. New spots on the list include Floor 13 Rooftop at Hilton Garden Inn, Cornish Pasty Co., Kaleidoscope Juice, The Whining Pig, Willie’s Taco Joint, The Park Street Food Bar and more.
Attendees are encouraged to start their hikes early. Beginning at 1 p.m., Ale Trail sponsor District American Kitchen and Wine Bar will hand out commemorative growlers to the first 300 people who begin their adventure at the property.
See what all the buzz is about Sept. 23.
What: Urban Ale Trail — a self-guided beer tasting tour offering three 4-ounce samples of beer for $1 or $2 each, paired with a delicious and complimentary bar snack (while supplies last).
When: Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1-6 p.m.
Where: 32 bars and restaurants located in the walkable downtown core and Roosevelt Row. Click here for a full list of participants.