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New restaurant, brewery pedals into downtown Tempe

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PHOENIX — A new restaurant and brewery will open its doors Friday in downtown Tempe.

Pedal Haus Brewery, located near Seventh Street and Mill Avenue, is hosting a grand opening event, “Sundown Septemberfest,” from 4-10 p.m. complete with live music, lederhosen and German-themed competitions.

“It’s kind of an Oktoberfest-style party,” Zach Fowle, Pedal Haus’s certified cicerone, said. “We’re going to be doing bratwurst-eating competitions and stein-holding competitions.”

The brewery has seating for over 400 people and boasts Tempe’s largest outdoor patio, where you can play ping pong, ladderball or cornhole. The patio also offers a stage large enough for a band and a dog-friendly atmosphere, as well as parking for 20-30 bikes.

Pedal Haus owner and restaurateur Julian Wright, formerly of La Bocca and Handlebar, collaborated with a team of experts for the latest addition to the Tempe nightlife scene.

“We’ve got basically a dream team of people together,” he said.

Master Brewer Derek Osborne was the head of brewing for BJ’s Restaurant and has designed several award-winning ales and lagers. Osborne created a European-style lineup of handcrafted brews for Pedal Haus.

Executive Chef Matt McLinn has worked for several restaurants in Arizona and San Francisco. McLinn designed a farm-to-table style menu, including cheesy Belgian croquettes, sugar-dusted Kaiserschmarrn and a charcuterie platter.

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