By: Bob Gourley
The Garden Café at Green Valley Resort was a favorite watering hole for locals and out of towners. A few months ago the management decided to change things up and came up with a new moniker, Lucky Penny.
We decided to give it a try. We are all fans of the old place, and I couldn’t wait to see what changes have been made. First of all, the appearance is pretty much the same.
The pointed light fixtures are still there with a huge counter at the front that has an array of desserts and pastries that can be consumed there or taken out. Menu prices appear to be slightly higher but not too bad.
By: Bob Barnes
District Brewing Is Now Neon Desert Brewing. The rebranding of District Brewing is now official. In addition to the new name, there is new furniture in the taproom (neon green bar stools and pink/purple padded booths), additional brewing fermenters allowing it to triple its capacity and a canning line which will provide the ability to supply more outside accounts.
During my visit last month, I found 20 Neon Desert beers skillfully brewed by Founder/Head Brewer Jimmy Doyle and Assistant Brewer Cisco Talley pouring, including four core beers: Captain Haze (hazy IPA), Early Out (West Coast IPA), a Fruited Berliner Weisse (the fruit changes monthly) and Hue Hefeweizen (Bavarian-style).
I also enjoyed some intriguing, delicious seasonals such as Barreling Down Main—a collaboration blend of HUDL’s 10% barleywine and Neon Desert’s 15.4% Belgian Dark Strong; and Circles of Helles—a helles lager that you can blend with the same beer spiked with serrano, jalapeno, habanero, Carolina reapers and ghost peppers (kind of like dining at a Thai restaurant, you can ratchet up or down your desired level of heat by how much you blend).