Congress Street just got a bit more boozy. Starting in September, the Good Oak Bar will be serving all Arizona beers and wines; owner Derrick Widmark of Diablo Burger will also be serving up locally sourced pub food. In August, Travis Reese and Nicole Flowers, owners of 47 Scott and Scott & Co., opened the doors at Saint House, a restaurant/bar featuring Caribbean cuisine and over 40 kinds of rum. Good Oak Bar, 316 E. Congress St.; Saint House, 256 E. Congress St.
Over in midtown, keep an eye out for the opening of Sentinel Peak Brewing, slated for late September. Founded by three firefighters, the brewery has already tapped its Hero 19 Brown Ale at Tap&Bottle; all proceeds benefit the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. 4746 E. Grant Rd.
Big news for fans of local liquor: Tucson is getting its very own Scotch distillery. Hamilton Distillery will be Tucson’s first (legal) distillery, producing a Scotch flavored with mesquite and Baja Arizona terroir. Look for the smoky spirit in local restaurants this fall.
Born & Brewed: Tucson’s Beer Cup returns to town on September 20 at 7 p.m. at Hotel Congress with a slew of local brews battling head to head for the title/trophy. $30 ($35 day of) buys you beers and—like in any democracy—your money also buys you votes. 311 E. Congress St.
Are you of a mind to stomp some grapes? (Or perhaps “feet” is the operative anatomy.) Check out the 31st Annual Harvesting of the Vine Festival at the Village of Elgin Wineries on Sept. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music and, for the more competitive amongst us, a crowning of the King and Queen of Grape Stomping. May their reign be long and peaceful. $15. 471 Elgin Rd.
For those that prefer their viticulture mixed with a bit of gunplay, Tombstone is hosting its first festival of the vine in conjunction with Helldorado Days, the town’s oldest festival that celebrates its gun-slinging days of the 1880s. Oct. 18–20.