Get your strong beer fix this Friday at Kings Beer & Wine in downtown Phoenix

The 21st Annual Arizona Strong Ale Festival will be held in Mesa on Saturday, February 19.

But if you can’t wait that long to sample the produce, Kings Beer & Wine, 2811 North Central Avenue, is where you want to be the night before.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18, Kings will hold a pre-release event, during which it will draw over 20 beers from a dozen breweries, many of which will be showcased at the festival the following day.

Among the beers available at Kings will be Cinnamon Kolsch Brunch, a collaboration between Kings and Huss Brewing. The popular Kolsch-style beer, which is brewed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, will be available in 16-ounce Crowlers and 32-ounce growlers.

Another collaboration with Kings is Fate for a King, a partnership with Fate Brewing in Tempe.

Kings owner Mark Fogleman describes Fate for a King, which will take place at the Feb. 18 event, as an “oatmeal-based stout, but with a little raspberry influence.”

In addition to these collaborations, attendees can also try beers from local and national breweries, including Four Peaks Brewing (Arizona), Modern Times Brewing (California), The Beer Research Institute (Arizona), Wiley Roots Brewing (Colorado), OHSO Brewery (Arizona). ), Bottle Logic Brewing (California), Alesmith Brewing Company (California), Chapman Crafted Beer (California) and The Bruery (California).

For his part, Fogleman is delighted to pour The Bruery’s Scotch barrel-aged stout, Black Tuesday. “We believe this is the first time it’s been available in Arizona,” he says.

In addition to the beers featured at the strong beer tasting event, Kings typically has 81 rotating taps pouring out a veritable cornucopia of styles and flavors. Add them to approximately 800 different canned and bottled beers from around the world and over 100 different wines and meads, and what you have just at the southeast corner of Thomas Road and Central Avenue is a veritable treasure trove of Phoenix.

Fogleman’s friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff can guide everyone from craft beer beginners to those with a seasoned palate to something new and delicious or an old favorite like a Wren House Valley beer.

“I’m a big proponent of local support as much as possible,” notes Fogleman. “You support neighbors and our community, and, you know, a rising tide floats all boats. We’ve got some phenomenal stuff here in Arizona.”

Getting into Kings is a bit overwhelming, really, because of the massive inventory. The dining room, which is just off the commercial part of the store, is warm and inviting, with ‘king’ inspired artwork on the walls, a great mix of music playing at a volume conducive to conversation and enough space to enjoy your beer. or wine without fear of being jostled and spilling a single delicious drop.

Over time, Fogleman and his employees plan to reconfigure the retail side to support an even greater variety of beer and wine while adding delivery service and more events to its offerings.

Beer and wine aficionados in the Central Phoenix area and the Valley in general would be well advised to familiarize themselves with Kings if they haven’t already, and Friday’s event presents the perfect opportunity to do it.

Kings Beer & Wine will host a tapping event ahead of the AZ Strong Beer Festival on Friday, February 18, starting at 5 p.m. 2811 Center North Avenue, kingsbeerwine.com.

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