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PHOENIX Magazine Editors’ Picks for October/November 2023

What’s inside the latest edition of our sister publication. Pick up a copy of PHOENIX, on newsstands now, or go to phoenixmag.com.

Mirelle Inglefield

Something to Do

Arizona Craft Beer Awards & Festival on Oct. 21

PHOENIX magazine partners with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for the second year to honor the best in Arizona beer. An expert panel will determine the top sours, stouts, IPAs, et al, in the state, as well as present awards for “Best Can Art” and “Brewery of the Year.” Following a gala awards event, the general public can sip samples from the winners under the temperate October afternoon sun at grassy Sportsman’s Park in Glendale. Wren House Brewing, O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery, Mother Road Brewing Company and roughly two dozen other breweries will pour. Noon-5 p.m., $15 designated driver, $50 general admission, $70 VIP, Heritage at Sportsman’s Park, 9600 W. Sportsmans Park South, Glendale, azcraftbeer.com

Mirelle Inglefield

Something to Eat

Hai Noon 

“We wouldn’t hesitate to say that an à la carte meal of sashimi and Japanese light bites at recently opened Hai Noon belongs on your bucket list,” PHOENIX food critic Nikki Buchanan opines in our “Foodie Bucket List” cover story. “This hip, dimly lit bar, helmed by 2007 James Beard Award winner Nobuo Fukuda (formerly of Sea Saw and Nobuo at Teeter House), already rocks.” Buchanan, writers Marilyn Hawkes and Jessica Dunham, and managing editor Leah LeMoine corralled the state’s most superlative dining adventures for this varied top 10 list, which includes everything from spendy splurges—tasting menus and omakase experiences dreamed up by the Valley’s most creative chefs, like at Hai Noon— to simple, inexpensive pleasures such as a 16th Street taco crawl and ordering orange chicken from a literal hole-in-the-wall. Read the full list and plan your culinary expeditions to Mesa Grill in Sedona, Café Gozhóó in Whiteriver, TERRA farm + manor outside Prescott and more.

Madison Rutherford

Somewhere to Go

A Rocket City-Inspired Road Trip

Associate editor Madison Rutherford’s Flagstaff travelogue has silver-screen panache thanks to her inspiration, a certain aesthetically inclined auteur and his recent movie set in a fictional Arizona town. “Marked by whimsical wardrobes, stark color contrasts and painstakingly perfect symmetry, filmmaker Wes Anderson’s fantastical cinematic flair has the remarkable ability to whisk audiences away to a different time and place,” she writes in “South ‘Wes’ Road Trip.” She applies the Anderson lens to Flagstaff, asking “What would Wes do?”

• Establish a Home Base: Most of Anderson’s movies take place in ethereal make-believe mise-en-scènes. The Americana Motor Hotel was originally constructed in 1962 and returned to its midcentury resplendence this summer.

• Get off the Beaten Path: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a commanding cinder cone in the San Francisco volcanic field that was formed by a series of eruptions nearly 900 years ago. The topography is so moonlike that it became the official site for astronaut field training for Project Apollo’s 1969 lunar landing.

• Avoid Mundane Meals: Wes would definitely get dessert, especially if it was a quirky take such as the rich, layered pearls of tiramisu made to look like cured fish roe and served in a caviar tin at Teatro Italian Food & Wine.

This Andersonian road trip is just the tip of the travel iceberg in this issue, which also boasts “7 Last-Second Adventures for the Summer (and Fall),” a day trip to Wickenburg and recs for a sojourn in Door County, Wisconsin.

Someone to Know

“We gotta think of ourselves differently,” 43-year-old Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia tells PHOENIX with evangelical zeal. “I think this is a better destination for players than L.A., New York and Miami. Phoenix is the place to be. Players love it. They’re drawn to the fans, the culture and the community that we have, and I’m telling you, we’re not missing out on free agents. Players want to be part of the Valley.” After acquiring a reported $2.28 billion stake in the team last February, the Michigan-based mortgage mogul has brash ambitions for the Suns entering his first full season as owner— a vision that will certainly be embraced by many long-suffering Suns fans, still waiting for that special someone to lead the team out of its 55-year championship desert. Read about Ishbia in “Michigan Moses,” our exclusive profile of the upstart CEO, in the September/October issue of PHOENIX.

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