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corey mcphee, a server with scottsdale beer company shares four beers from scottsdale beer company to get you excited for arizona beer week. david wallace/azcentral.com

arizona beer week

arizona beer week returns feb 9 , with more than 300 events happening across the state.(p o: justin muir)

as arizona's beer scene continues to grow, it can be hard to keep up with all the new breweries opening.

luckily there's arizona beer week, a 10-day run dedicated to tasty brews that is chock-full of events across the state. now in its seventh year, the series hosted by the arizona craft brewers guild pays homage to the state's abundant and idly growing beer industry, anchored by the 17th annual strong beer festival on feb. 11.

"we focus on making great beer here in arizona, and this is a chance for us to do something unique," said rob fullmer, executive director for the guild. "we have about 15 more breweries than we did last year."

fullmer said he has challenged breweries and beer bars to host more creative events, rather than just offering discounts or giving away gl ware. this year there's a wide variety of events including beer dinners, educational seminars, bike rides, craft workshops and dessert pairings. see the full calendar of more than 300 events at arizonabeerweek.com. we've picked out 13 highlights that are a great place to start.

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strong beer festival

the popular event features more than 140 breweries, about 60 of which are from arizona. festival goers receive 40 tasting tickets and can pick from more than 400 different beers. local bands will perform acoustic sets throughout the day, including good rust and tommy price & the stilettos. vip and super vip (includes brewers reception on friday night) tickets are already sold out, but general admission is still available. anyone interested should get their tickets soon.

details: 1-5 p.m. urday, feb. 11. vip ticket holders can enter 90 minutes before the event starts. steele indian school park, 300 e. indian school road, phoenix. $45 for general admission. $10 for designated driver admission. arizonabeerweek.com/arizona-strong-beer-festival.

thousands enjoyed the arizona strong beer festival

thousands enjoyed the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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beast ale at the arizona strong beer festival at steele

beast ale at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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deadpool was the only person missing from this p o

deadpool was the only person missing from this p o at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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beer cans made for great souvenirs at the arizona strong

beer cans made for great souvenirs at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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mother bunch brewing's deuble dubbel at the arizona

mother bunch brewing's deuble dubbel at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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north was quite popular at the arizona strong beer

north was quite popular at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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cody hogue, 35, of phoenix (r), and 
adam forbes, 31,

cody hogue, 35, of phoenix (r), and adam forbes, 31, of calgary, had fun at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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it was a beautiful day at the arizona strong beer festival

it was a beautiful day at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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deschutes brewery's hop henge ipa at the arizona strong

deschutes brewery's hop henge ipa at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these ladies enjoyed the vip experience at the arizona

these ladies enjoyed the vip experience at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals raised a gl at the arizona strong beer

these pals raised a gl at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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mother earth brew co's cali creamin vanilla cream ale

mother earth brew co's cali creamin vanilla cream ale at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals had a blast at the arizona strong beer festival

these pals had a blast at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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joseph james seasonal beer at the arizona strong beer

joseph james seasonal beer at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these friends were all smiles at the arizona strong

these friends were all smiles at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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mother earth brew co's cali creamin vanilla cream ale

mother earth brew co's cali creamin vanilla cream ale at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these buddies had a blast at the arizona strong beer

these buddies had a blast at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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kate renee, 28, of peoria, and cavern t. wildcatt,

kate renee, 28, of peoria, and cavern t. wildcatt, 30, of peoria, had fun at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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young's market company of arizona's spice of life at

young's market company of arizona's spice of life at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals had a great time at the arizona strong beer

these pals had a great time at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals enjoyed beer and pretzels at the arizona

these pals enjoyed beer and pretzels at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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san tan brewing's moon juice at the arizona strong

san tan brewing's moon juice at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these ladies struck a pose at the arizona strong beer

these ladies struck a pose at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals had a great time at the arizona strong beer

these pals had a great time at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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smutt labs baltic at the arizona strong beer festival

smutt labs baltic at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals were more expressive than spock at the arizona

these pals were more expressive than spock at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these friends were all smiles at the arizona strong

these friends were all smiles at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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pedal haus' maple stout at the arizona strong beer

pedal haus' maple stout at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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peoria artisan brewery's daddy angus strong ale at

peoria artisan brewery's daddy angus strong ale at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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jason devore performed at the arizona strong beer festival

jason devore performed at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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8-bit brewing's s'more knight at the arizona strong

8-bit brewing's s'more knight at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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sunup was a jovial stop at the arizona strong beer

sunup was a jovial stop at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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these pals had a blast at the arizona strong beer festival

these pals had a blast at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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fate brewing's candy bar milk stout at the arizona

fate brewing's candy bar milk stout at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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the scene at the arizona strong beer festival at steele

the scene at the arizona strong beer festival at steele indian school park on urday, february 13, 2016. 

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mad hatter tea party

head down the rabbit hole for this unique event, featuring an "alice in wonderland"-inspired five-course lunch paired with tea-infused beers. pairings include five-spice braised rabbit pie with that brewery's az trail ale green tea, and ancho-rubbed venison loin with huss brewing coffee chai tea. the event is kid-friendly, featuring a children's menu. guests are encouraged to dress up according to the theme.

details: 3-5 p.m. urday, feb. 18. gertrude's, desert botanical garden, 1201 n. galvin parkway, phoenix. $40 per adult. 480-719-8600. gertrudesrestaurant.net.

30 years of arizona brewing

join jerry gantt, brewer at north mountain brewing, and ed sipos, author of "brewing arizona," for a chat about the history of beer in arizona, beer tastings and a historic p o display. the event will take place outside in patriot's park at cityscape. sipos' book will be available for purchase.

details: 5-7 p.m. wednesday, feb. 8. cityscape, 1 e. washington st., phoenix. free.

brewers roundtable

pick the brains of some top arizona brewers, while also enjoying a four-course beer dinner. the featured brewers are gabe wilson of santan brewing company, brian helton from helton brewing co., chad mcclellan of goldwater brewing co., and rob rodriguez from two brothers brewing company. the dinner will be prepared by santan's culinary team, with beer pairings from all four breweries.

details: 6:30-9:30 p.m. thursday, feb. 16. santan brewing company, 8 s. san marcos place, chandler. $49 per adult. 480-917-8700, santanbrewing.com.

it took a lot of tinkering to get our original cask canning line from when santan first started to work for our new 24 oz. moonjuice ipa cans! #santanbrewing #24oz #moonjuice #ipa #caskcanning #galaxyhops #santan10 #craftcans #craftbeer

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pig roast

phoenix ale brewery teams up with sonoran brewing for this fun event in the courtyard at central kitchen. for $25, guests can enjoy spit-roasted pig, phoenix ale brewery king george amber baked beans, potato salad, fresh-baked white bread, bourbon-peach cobbler with vanilla gelato, and a pint of beer. there will be live , too.

details: 6-10 p.m. friday, feb. 10. the phoenix ale brewery central kitchen, 5813 n. seventh st., phoenix. $25. 602-313-8713, centralkitchenaz.com.

hoppy couples & sour singles

enjoy some tasty brews on valentine's day, whether you're single or attached. dubina brewing from glendale will showcase some special brews for the event, including the bell road ipa, blood orange bell road ipa, gun n goses, mango sour and hibiscus sour.

details: 6-8 p.m. tuesday, feb. 14. hopwerks, 2224 e. williams field road, gilbert. 480-814-1385.

chad br field, caitlynn hanse, and patricia reynolds

chad br field, caitlynn hanse, and patricia reynolds enjoy beers during the 14th annual strong beer festival on feb. 15, 2014.

 (p o: murphy bannerman/the republic)

scout cookie beer pairing

both four peaks taprooms will host this popular event, pairing scout cookies with four peaks beers. this year's pairings include trefoils with double pumpkin porter, samoas with barrel aged raj ipa and savannah smile with pitchfork pale ale.

details: 5-7 p.m. thursday, feb. 9 at four peaks grill & tap, 15745 n. hayden road, scottsdale, 480-991-1795. seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. friday, feb. 10 at four peaks tasting room, 2401 s. wilson st., tempe. 480-634-2976, fourpeaks.com.

related:  21 restaurants compete in arizona's 2017 scout cookie dessert challenge, feb. 1-28

beermuda phx

three phoenix breweries playfully call themselves the "beermuda," and host a pub crawl the second urday of each month. for arizona beer week, they'll move the crawl to the sunday after the strong beer festival. start at helio basin for brunch, then head to wren house brewing company and then helton brewing company. arizona brewery tours will offer complimentary rides every 30 to 45 minutes, so you can enjoy your beers safely.

details: noon-4 p.m. sunday, feb. 12. helio basin brewing co., 3935 e. thomas road, phoenix. shuttle is free. 602-354-3525, heliobasinbrewing.com.

boulders beer fest

the seventh annual beer festival will feature more than 70 types of beer to try, such as ska brewing's pineapple gose, lagunitas brewing company's dark swan, sunup brewing co's the hoppler, and dogfish head's siracusa nera. ticket holders receive 15 tastings and a souvenir sample cup.

details: noon-4 p.m. sunday, feb. 12. boulders on broadway, 530 w. broadway road, tempe. $40. 480-921-9431, bouldersonbroadway.com.

total wine beer cl es

join representatives from various arizona breweries for a two hour cl that highlights local brewing culture and beer styles. participants will try some beers from the breweries, and get some freebies to take home from barrio brewing co., mudshark brewing company, sonoran brewing, grand canyon brewing company, lumberyard brewing company and mother road brewing company. jeff huss of huss brewing company will lead his own cl on feb. 17 featuring seven huss beers to taste and finger foods.

details: feb. 16 . at various total wine & more locations throughout the valley. check the website for exact locations and times. $10. arizonabeerweek.com.

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prescott collaboration release

great things can happen with people come together. three prescott breweries have made an arizona beer week tradition of collaborating on a beer together. prescott brewing company, granite mountain brewing and lonesome valley brewing have created the dubbel deuce, a belgian dubbel with caramelized dates and agave syrup. beer lovers can head to granite mountain brewing for the release of this special beer.

details: 4-9 p.m. thursday, feb. 9. granite mountain brewing, 123 n. cortez st., prescott. 928-778-5535, granitemountainbrewing.com.

arizona beer week returns feb 9 , with more than

arizona beer week returns feb 9 , with more than 300 events happening across the state.

 (p o: justin muir)

tucson craft beer crawl

start at the beer garden on fifth avenue, where you'll check in, receive your wristband, tasting gl and beer crawl map. tickets include 30 two-ounce tasting samples, and vip ticket-holders get early entry, a food voucher and beer tail samples. each location will have a different brewery serving its beers, including dillinger brewing co., borderlands brewing co., tombstone brewing company, freak'n brewing company and thunder canyon brewery. this event sold out last year, so get your tickets soon.

details: noon-5 p.m. urday, feb. 18.  $40-$45 for general admission, $70-$75 for vip. $7 for designated driver. tucsoncraftbeercrawl.com.

7th annual beer and whiskey pairing

what's best to pair with beer? more booze, of course. join thomas turner, master of whiskey for diageo, and lumberyard brewing company's lead brewer gary balzevich as they showcase various whiskeys and craft beers. appetizers will also be served with the pairings.

details: 6-9 p.m. wednesday, feb. 15. lumberyard brewing company, 5 s. san francisco st., flagstaff. $25. 928-779-2739, lumberyardbrewingcompany.com.

it's our collaboration brew day for the second annual flagstaff 7 beer for @arizonabeerweek ! we brewed this dobbelbock @historicbrewingcompany today and it will be released for the beginning of arizona beer week! #chooseazbrews #flagstaff #arizonabeerweek #collaboration #greatbeer #azbeerweek

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