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Downtown’s annual Urban Ale Trail is returning Saturday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 10, and this time, Downtown Phoenix Inc. is extending the festivities to an entire week. The goal is to give you more time – and a lot more space – to safely celebrate our neighborhood’s bars and restaurants.
That’s right, not even a global pandemic can stop us from drinking beer (and to be honest, we could use a drink and a little sunshine right now).
Here’s how it works: Instead of a one-day sampling event, each location will offer a beer special or pairing for dine-in or takeout Oct. 3-10. There is no registration necessary, and the Trail can be done in any order.
Bonus: If you spend $25 or more at participating locations during the week, we’ll send you an indestructible Ale Trail pint glass that’s camping and hiking friendly (limit three receipts).
To help plan your excursion, here are 10 awesome Urban Ale Trail Week specials to get you inspired (with lots more coming soon).
Located on the rooftop of the Hilton Garden Inn — downtown’s Art Deco gem — Floor 13 offers sweeping views of the Valley, and all the big city feels. From seasonal, carefully selected craft beer to delectable small bites like the firecracker shrimp, flatbread and wings — this place only feels luxurious. Everything on the food menu is between $10 and $15, and during Ale Trail Week, enjoy THAT Brewery’s Skellington Pumpkin Ale or Mother Road’s Tower Station IPA for just $5 each.
Now open for dine-in, takeout and delivery, Blue Hound’s elevated New American-inspired dishes feel fancy without the fuss. From shareables like the barbecue chicken flatbread and charred shishito peppers to entrees you won’t want to share (like the Backyard Burger pictured above), Blue Hound is offering two great deals during Ale Trail Week. From Oct. 3-10, get a “Beer and a Burger” for just $16 in addition to $5 local brews.
Your favorite shipping container courtyard won’t open until Oct. 9, but you can still support The Churchill during Urban Ale Trail Week through its build-your-own Community Support Agriculture (CSA), which offers lots of great local food and drink options. Choices include: a six pack of beer from Mother Road, Southwestern-style gose from Borderlands, vegan cookie dough bites, fresh baked bread, local farm boxes and more.
Great selection, good vibes and smoking deals, GenuWine on Roosevelt Row isn’t just a wine-lovers dream. During Ale Trail Week, enjoy a $28 “Fall Beer Bucket,” which includes six local beers, a bag of gourmet popcorn from Kettle Heroes, and local beef jerky from Hunter Jaymes — packaged together in a SanTan Brewing bucket that’s yours to keep. Check out the website for other specials; dine-in and takeout available.
Ramen Kagawa opened its doors on the southwest corner of First Avenue and Monroe Street on August 20, featuring Japanese comfort food and a unique selection of Japanese craft brews. Be sure to try the Kizakura Kyoto Matcha IPA, a blend of matcha green tea with a Japanese-style IPA. Other highlights include the Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter and Kiuchi’s Hitachino Nest White Ale, with more Hitachino Nest beers coming just for Trail (so stay tuned).
Open for both takeout and dine-in, Squid Ink offers delicious sushi, Asian-fusion favorites, an extensive beer selection and spacious patio bar. During Ale Trail Week, build your own six pack of select beers for just $10, while supplies last. From IPAs to limited-edition seasonal ales, there are some really cool and unique ones to choose from. Squid Ink also has one of downtown’s best happy hours everyday from 3-6 p.m., and daily lunch specials 12-2 p.m.
Owned by Former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle, Majerle’s Sports Grill is a great place to watch a Cardinals game (or any game for that matter). Featuring a wide array of local and craft beer, try $2 samples during Ale Trail Week and discover your new favorite brew. Known for its gourmet burgers and an extensive list of appetizers (check out the Old School Nachos or Thunder Fries) — you can also order takeout for a delicious game day party in your pajamas.
A downtown mainstay and Roosevelt Row’s favorite bistro for more than a decade, Carly’s is packed with funky artwork, a well-stocked bar, delicious food and an extensive beer menu. It also boasts one of the best brunches in the Valley (seriously). During Ale Trail Week, enjoy $4 pints of Lumberyard Railhead Red and SanTan Devil’s Ale American Pale; in addition to half-off Carly’s famous hummus platter.
The small, 50-person capacity makes Gracie’s Tax Bar feel intimate, but it’s designed in a way that doesn’t feel crowded, which is important right now. Your can stretch out even further on the back patio, which is filled with cute, midcentury lawn furniture. During Ale Trail Week, get a 16-ounce Holidaily’s Favorite Blonde Ale and Gracie’s delicious tater tots for just $8. It’s a gluten-free beer from a female-owned brewery out of Golden, Colo.
Roosevelt’s go-to coffee shop, Jobot also has amazing ice cream, craft beer and late-night dim sum. From 3 p.m. to close, get a 22-ounce Singha Lager sake bomber and choice of vegetarian or pork egg rolls for $20 during Ale Trail Week.