Events, business liquor licenses approved by Apache Junction City Council

Apache Junction council members Jeff Struble and Gail Evans at a recent council meeting. (Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

A special-event liquor license for the March 16 Brews and Blues at Flatiron Park, 100 N. Apache Trail, was recently recommended for approval by the Apache Junction City Council.

The council on Feb. 19 voted 7-0, with Councilwoman Robin Barker on the phone, to recommend that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control approve the application from the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets for the third-annual event are available at the chamber of commerce, 567 W. Apache Trail, and at

“You may also walk up as well, but we do encourage people to buy tickets in advance for flow of traffic,” Heidi Geldis-Young, director of events and marketing for the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, said to the council.

Funds raised will be split with sponsors Handlebar Pub and the Apache Greyhound Park, which are subcontracting the liquor portion of the event because the chamber is not equipped to pour liquor, she said.

Councilman Jeff Struble asked if the chamber has increased the number of portable toilets.

“Yes, we have increased the number of port-a-potties. And food trucks as well,” Ms. Geldis-Young said.

Mayor Jeff Serdy said at last year’s event there were upset concert-goers when craft beer ran out.

“That will not be an issue — 30 taps,” Ms. Geldis-Young said.

There are three tents of 10 taps each, according to the event website. They are:

  • Handlebar Pub Beer Tent: Goldwater Brewing Co. – Hop Chowda, Scottsdale Beer Company, The Shop Beer Co., Sentinel Peak Midtown – Heatwave Hefeweizen, That Brewery – Cottonwood – Strawberry Blonde, Prescott Brewing Co. – Achocolypse, Lochiel Brewing – Scotch Ale, 12 West Brewing – Zona Pilsner, Thunder Canyon Brewstillery – Amber and The Beer Research Institute – Lolli.
  • Cowboys Up Beer Tent: 1912 Brewing Co – Voices of a Kerfuffled Chicken, Mudshark Brewing Co. – Candleburner, Old Ellsworth Brewing Co., Uncle Bear’s Brewery, Taproom and Yard – Mangowisen, SunUp Brewing Co. – Blonde, Barrio Brewing Co. – Porter, Sleepy Dog Brewing – Irish Red, the Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – American Pilsner, Flying Basset Brewing – Cooper and Sonoran Brewing – White Chocolate.
  • Apache Greyhound Tent: Mother Road Beer, Dragoon Brewing Co. – IPA, The Phoenix Ale Brewery – Camelback IPA, College Street Brewhouse and Pub – Big Blue Van, Desert Eagle Brewing Co. – Blonde, SanTan Brewing + Distilling, North Mountain Brewing Co.- Grooving w/ a Pict, OHSO Brewery- Arcadia – Lime Lite, Oak Creek Brewery – Amber and Papago Brewing Co. – Orange Blossoms.

Jazz acts include Shari Puorto, J.C. and The Rockers, Big Daddy D and The Dynamites and the Chris Hiatt Experience, according to the event website.

“We’re just pleased as can be to be in Apache Junction. This event has huge possibilities to draw people from all over the state — all over the country — turn into a multi-day event and really showcase beautiful Apache Junction,” John Chavez of AM Events and Entertainment, the production company for Brews and Blues, said to the council.

Other liquor licenses recommended for approval in separate votes were:

  • An interim permit and a new series 12 liquor license for Los Gringos Locos, 280 S. Phelps Drive.
  • A special event liquor license for Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley – Superstition Mountain Branch, for an April 6 fundraising event at Dolce Vita, 3301 S. Goldfield Road.
  • A permanent extension of premises for Handlebar Pub and Grill, 650 W. Apache Trail, which added bathrooms and a game area for ping-pong.

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