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Fresh beer at Old Bisbee Brewing Company

On March 14, 2010, freshly brewed beer started flowing on Brewery Gulch. It happened at the Old Bisbee Brewing Company on the corner of Brewery and Review Avenues in Bisbee. Dale Fountaine and Victor Winquist partnered to produce fresh beer after research in England’s brew pubs and across America. They’ve have taken their cues from the great beers they sampled.

The Tap Room in the Old Bisbee Brewing Company. Photo (c) Victor Winquist

Winquist says that brewing great beer is much like brewing a great cup of coffee. Just as coffee tastes better if you use fresh beans, so does beer tastes better if you brew with fresh hops. So fresh hops it is for the 7 beers Winquist and Fountaine produce.

Old Bisbee Brewing Company consists of two buildings that sit side by side. Beer is made in one building, and flows through to the adjacent tap room.

You can sign up for their mailing list at http://oldbisbeebrewingcompany.com/ or call the brewery at 520-432-BREW (2739).

So raise a glass and enjoy a brew the next time you’re in Bisbee!

For more info on things to see and do in Bisbee, visit the Bisbee Visitor Center website. For surrounding communities and other things to do, visit the Cochise County website.

The brewing room at Old Bisbee Brewing Company. Photo (c) Victor Winquist

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Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards to open tasting room March 13

Another new tasting room will open in Willcox on Saturday, March 13, 2010!

Rod Keeling and Jan Schaefer of Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards have been renovating the old Willcox Bank and Trust building. Their tasting room will open this week. On Saturday the winemaker will be on hand to sign bottles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It used to be that you could taste their wines by appointment only at their Chiricahua Mountain foothills tasting room. Wine lovers will be able to sample their Three Sisters Syrah, Two Reds Grenache, Best Friends Chardonnay and Rock Creek Rosé vintages.

The Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards tasting room is in the former Willcox Bank and Trust Building, which was built in 1917 and sits next to Willcox’s famous Rex Allen Museum on Railroad Avenue. The wine library will be housed in what used to be the bank vault.

Hours for the tasting room are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Details: Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, 154 Railroad Avenue, Willcox, AZ, 520-824-2500, www.KeelingSchaeferVineyards.com.

For nearby accommodations or other attractions in the area, call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce at 1-520-384-2272.

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Wine Tasting Rooms to open in Willcox, Ariz.

One of the wines available at the Carlson Creek grand opening Feb. 13.Carlson Creek Vineyards tasting room will have its grand opening celebration Feb. 13. Located on Railview Avenue just across the railroad tracks from the Rex Allen Museum, it will feature four wine varietals, a Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

The vineyard is family owned and operated. Robert Carlson is the winemaker; his brother John will manage the tasting room, and father, Bob, directs the farming operations. Robert Carlson’s sister and mother are also involved. Robert, Bob and John Carlson have completed viticulture and winemaking classes at University of California Davis. Their first vintages are from grapes they purchased grapes from their Cochise County neighbors. In 2009, they planted their first vines, which they will harvest in 2011. Initially, they will plant grapes on 16 of the 80 acres they own in Cochise County.

Details: Carlson Creek Vineyards, 115 Railview Ave., Willcox, Arizona, 520-776-3000. www.CarlsonCreek.com

Wine from Keeling-Schaefer VineyardsAnother tasting room, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, will open in 2010. It used to be that you could taste their wines by appointment only at their Chiricahua Mountain foothills tasting room. Owners Rod Keeling and Jan Schaefer are hard at work on their downtown Willcox location. Visitors will be able to sample their Three Sisters Syrah, Two Reds Grenache, Best Friends Chardonnay and Rock Creek Rosé vintages.

The Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards tasting room is in the former Willcox Bank and Trust Building, which was built in 1917 and sits next to Willcox’s famous Rex Allen Museum on Railroad Avenue. The wine library will be housed in what used to be the bank vault.

Details: Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, Railroad Avenue, Willcox, AZ, 520-824-2500, www.KeelingSchaeferVineyards.com.

For nearby accommodations or other attractions in the area, call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce at 1-520-384-2272.

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Pie Fest in Portal, AZ

Photo by bucklava from Flickr

Photo (c) bucklava via Flickr

“Me oh my. I love pie!” Every time someone talks about pie, I think about this line sung by Andie MacDowell in the film, Michael (it’s about 3 minutes into the clip). Doesn’t this photo by bucklava make you wish for a slice of homemade pie with a good cup of coffee?

If you like pie, you might want to head to the annual Pie Festival, to benefit Portal Rescue. It will be held this Saturday, September 5, at the Rodeo Community Center in New Mexico.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (AZ time); Noon – 2 p.m. (NM time)

You can buy a slice, make it a la mode or buy a whole pie.  All kinds of pies will be available – from fruit to cream to meat to vegetarian and pizza pies.

I love pie!

Want more info on visiting? Check the Cochise County website! Portal is on the eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains. It’s beautiful and out of the way. Perfect for a Labor Day weekend getaway!

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Mmmm… barbecue!

Ever had a hankering for barbecue that just falls off the bone? Check out this article that was in Saturday’s Arizona Republic about great barbecue places in Arizona from freelance writer Roger Naylor.

He tells about great BBQ joints all around the state. Rodney’s in Willcox is featured. I’d send you a link to his website, but he doesn’t have one. (Heck, he doesn’t even have a phone!) I guess Rodney likes to keep things simple and just make barbecue. Rodney’s is not fancy, so you don’t need to get dressed up. The place is plain, but it is good!

Rodney’s
118 N. Railroad Ave
Willcox, AZ
11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays
No phone

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Love/romance: Valentine’s specials in Cochise County

Cochise County‘s Valentine’s Specials

Romance is not a crowded affair. You and your special someone can find a getaway in Cochise County’s wide open spaces. The following are just some of the events and specials in Cochise County to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Valentine’s Day/President’s Day special at Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds

Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds is offering a special for Valentine’s Day/President’s Day. Love birds can book three nights for the price of two and receive a gift basket of wine and cheese. Or, guests can receive a gift certificate good for dinner for two at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant with a two-night paid stay. Visit www.battistebedandbirds.com for more information on the inn. The offer is good Feb 5-28. Call 520-803-6908 for reservations. *Specials cannot be accepted through web reservations.

February Romance Package at Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, the day for love, during the entire month of February. The Romantic Package includes flowers, a two night stay with a full breakfast, and a romantic dinner for two at Delio’s Italian Restaurant, The Peacock Vietnamese Cuisine or La Casita Mexican Restaurant for $205. The same package with dinner at Café Roka in Bisbee is available for $250 on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Contact:

Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

5147 South Kino Road

Sierra Vista, AZ 85650

520-378-2493

www.birdersvista.com

birdersvista@ssvecnet.com

Feb. 14, Chocolate Tasting, Bisbee

Serious chocoholics will melt for this fundraiser to benefit the city of Bisbee’s public library. A ticket buys you entrée to a spread of decadent chocolate desserts at Arizona’s oldest library, the Copper Queen. This is Valentines Day, after all, so pick up a to-go box of exquisite chocolates created in Bisbee kitchens to share later with your darling.

When: 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St., Bisbee

Admission: $12 at the door

Info: 520-432-4232 or www.discoverbisbee.com

Artisan chocolates now in Bisbee

Find hand made chocolates at Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolates, a new shop in Bisbee. The shop features chocolate made from cacao beans grown in Madagascar, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries. Gordon and Kim Terpening care for the cacao beans just as vintners pamper their grapes. They hand roast and grind them before blending them with sugar.

Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolate

134 Tombstone Canyon Road

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Phone: 520-432-3011 or toll-free at 1-866-221-9722

Website: http://spiritedchocolate.com/ (under construction)

Owners: Gordon and Kim Terpening

Bisbee Hotel specials

Stay at The Jonquil Motel or the Letson Loft Hotel in February and receive a $10 gift certificate good at Chocoláte. Book a two-night stay on Valentine’s Weekend (Feb. 13-15) and you’ll get a free bottle of bubbly!

The Jonquil Motel

866.432.7371

www.thejonquil.com
317 Tombstone Canyon

Bisbee, AZ 85603

The Letson Loft Hotel

520.432.3210

www.letsonlofthotel.com

26 Main Street

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Valentine’s Day at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat

Treat your loved one and yourself (or your parents, friends, or your adult children!) to an exclusive evening including one night’s stay at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat, a special dinner at Coronado Vineyards, a dozen roses for your loved one, a box of heavenly chocolates, and a gourmet breakfast the next morning, for an all-inclusive price of $320. It is recommended that you make reservations for this package early, so if interested, please call as soon as possible. We do all the planning and work for you! Relax, enjoy, and make it a special time with your loved one.

The offer is good for either Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. Only one package each night is offered!

Dos Cabezas

520-384-6474

http://www.doscabezasretreat.com/

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Taste organic Willcox… in Phoenix & Tucson!

So, I had a meeting at Lux Coffee Bar in Phoenix today (4404 N Central Ave # 1), and I look up to see this (fifth item from the bottom):

Organic cider... yum!

Organic cider... yum!

This morning I arrived at 9-ish and could barely find a spot to set up my laptop. Looks like I wasn’t the only one who needed to get out of the house after a four-day holiday weekend.

This is just one of the places you can get local foods in Arizona. Lux is a hip hangout with free wi-fi, amazing coffees, lots of yummy pastries… and Willcox apple cider!

Another spot where you can eat locally is Terra Cotta, at 3500 Sunrise Drive. It is one of Tucson’s great dining spots. It is one of many Arizona restaurants that takes advantage of Willcox’s local bounty. Terra Cotta’s menu features a pork chop served with Willcox apples. 

Have you eaten local Arizona foods? Tell us about your experience. Please sign in and leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

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