Brewer’s Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale features all-local beer line-up

Last night, I headed to Bad Water Brewing in Old Town Scottsdale to check out the Brewer’s Bowl, an event featuring 15 Arizona breweries where attendees could taste samples galore in mini-mugs, plus food trucks, corn hole and live music.

Brewers Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale

Tickets were wicked inexpensive, only $25 for 20 tasting tickets (I was full after 10 mini-mugs), and the atmosphere was lively and friendly. The crowd was chatty and loved discussing the beers, and there was such a great variety, everyone could find a new favorite.

I especially liked the light Oak Creek Hefeweizen from Oak Creek Brewing in Sedona (my companion enjoyed the Nimbus Rillito Red Ale from Nimbus Brewing Company), and I really enjoyed the chocolaty Piehole Porter from Historic Brewing Company in Flagstaff. If you ever go up north and love beer, try the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail — it features Historic Brewing Company and is a lot of fun. I did the tour a few years ago, and you can read about my experience here.

The Brewer’s Bowl was deemed the “first annual” event, and hopefully it will indeed continue in the future. Find out more about organizer Bad Water Brewing here in my blog review, and visit their website here.

Scandalesque performs Sexy Sci-Fi at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Local burlesque troupe Scandalesque created nerdvana heaven this past weekend when they took the Phoenix Center for the Arts stage for their Sexy Sci-Fi show. Characters such as Yoda, Flash Gordon and Barbarella came back to life in a very sexy style, as Scandalesque’s talented troupe of dancers, aerialists and singers donned provocative costumes to give sexy twists to beloved names in science fiction.

Scandalesque at Phoenix Center for the Arts

With sassy drag queen hostess Aimee Justice, the troupe, which also featured some studly guys, powered through two hours of song-and-dance performances, showing off why the art of the tease is so scintillating and giving a diverse audience glimpses of pasties, tummies and fishnet stockings throughout.

Scandalesque at Phoenix Center for the Arts

I love how the burlesque troupe reinvents classics in a hip way, and the acrobatics and fire play are always impressive. They’re a hard-working group who strives to put on a professional, well-rounded show, so check them out if you never have for a unique form of entertainment in the Valley.

Scandalesque at Phoenix Center for the Arts

See more photos from the show below. The troupe performs in Vegas for the October 31 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball. Learn more here.

Scandalesque performs at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Scandalesque at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Scandalesque at the Phoenix Center for the Arts

Scandalesque at the Phoenix Center for the Arts

Bad Water Brewing Tap Room in Scottsdale serves exclusive beers

There’s a new bar with a speakeasy feel in Old Town Scottsdale.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleWalk along Brown Avenue and peek in the salon-filled street to find Bad Water Brewing, a bar that balances its beers with fancy charcuterie boards and sleek, masculine furnishings that are part upscale sports bar, part minimalist hangout for those simply looking for a tasty brewskie.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleThe spot serves three craft beers, only distributed in Arizona: a lighter-than-usual IPA; a strong in alcohol, light-in-taste saison; and a caramely Western lager that was probably my favorite of the three (all $5 each). IPAs usually scare me because of their strong taste, though I’m attracted to the high alcohol content, so it’s great this fruit-forward IPA went down smoothly and still hit the spot at 5.5 percent alcohol. The saison, with an orange spice tinge, had a whopping 6 percent alcohol percentage, while the lager with a smooth finish had 5 percent. I was impressed with all these local brews, and our knowledgeable server did a great job at explaining the nuances.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleWe ordered a vegetarian Noble Stave charcuterie board (there’s also a vegan one, sans meats and cheeses), normally $15. It came with a scrumptious blueberry goat cheese, brie, gorgonzola, pistachios, almonds, olives, peppers, artichokes and more. It was definitely artfully presented and included some fancy cheeses, but I was disappointed there were only three flat lavash crackers. It came with three long, hard grissini crackers that were difficult to spread anything on, and overall, the offerings were a little sparser than I’d expect for the price.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleMy favorite part of the board was definitely the blueberry goat cheese. I’ve never had anything like it and would have enjoyed an appetizer featuring just that. The ingredients all went well together, though I would have loved more lavash.

As for atmosphere, the vibe was relaxed and would make for a great spot for industry folk looking to unwind after working in the area. I just wish there were some purse hooks on the high-tops, since there was nowhere to put mine except for on my lap, on the floor or on the table.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleI wouldn’t say I would go there just for the appetizers, but the cheap-in-price, high-in-quality local brews are attractive, and it’s nice to have the charcuterie boards (six to choose from, starting at $11), to whet your palate before heading to dinner.

The spot features a 16-seater private room that will be used for educational beer events and that can be reserved for parties, a cool aspect to the venue.

Bad Water Brewing in Old Town ScottsdaleThe thing I enjoyed most about Bad Water was its unique beer selection, also including seven drafts and 10 bottled beers from guest breweries, including a favorite of mine, the Lumberyard Pale Ale from Lumberyard Brewing Company in Flagstaff ($6.) Learn more about Bad Water Brewing here.