Hotel Congress and Maynards Gear Up for Summer Fun

June 1, 2015

Escape the heat at the Hotel Congress Underwear Party.

Escape the heat at the Hotel Congress Underwear Party.

By Simon Brimmer

It’s hot in the summer.

Duh.

There’s nothing to do in Tucson in the summer.

Not duh. In fact, not true at all.

The gang at Hotel Congress and Maynards is making sure you’ll have plenty of activities available for your entertainment needs.

“Summer is always considered a slow time, but it’s a time where we get to focus on events we love to do,” said Michelle Armstrong, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Hotel Congress and Maynards.

Maynards Market and Kitchen begins its summer wine and beer tasting events June 5. The summer’s first wine tasting is slated for the 5th. The initial beer tasting on tap the 6th.

“For 20 bucks you get four six-ounce beers and light bites.,” said Armstrong. “It also gives you a chance to meet the folks from the breweries, and they bring schwag with them. We usually have a 40-headcount max, and usually sell out. The summer wine tour is a great deal as well. It’s 10 bucks, and that gets you five two-ounce samples of wine. The wine club membership means you get into the wine tastings for free as a perk.”

Cool off with some of Tucson's hottest ice cream shops.

Cool off with some of Tucson’s hottest ice cream shops.

The wine tastings will continue on a weekly basis throughout the course of the summer. The beer tastings are every Saturday evening in June, a couple Saturdays in July and every Saturday again in August.

“For Maynards, we do the majority of our events in the summer time,” Armstrong said. “The beer tasting events, which have historically been at Hotel Congress, are across the street to tie into the wine tastings Maynards has always done. It’s also easier staffing wise.

“Summer is not necessarily slower. When we participated in the Summer in the City program, and with the streetcar opening (last year), we really didn’t technically slow down much at all. We’re just trying to continue the momentum through this summer and into fall.”

Some other specialty activities are on the slate as well.

Get ready to dress down for the Hotel Congress Underwear Party June 13.

“It’s pretty fun because people come in old-school underwear and it’s more of a joke and casual thing,” Armstrong said. “They have a good time, and weather is appropriate, that’s for sure. That’s been going on for years.”

But it’s just the second year for the Ben’s Bells Ice Cream Social. The popularity of the event last year caught the Congress/Maynards crew by surprise.

Cool off with some of Tucson's hottest ice cream shops.

Cool off with some of Tucson’s hottest ice cream shops.

“That was phenomenally successful,” said Armstrong of the event, which coincides with National Ice Cream Month. “We didn’t expect it to be as big as it was, so this year we’re planning with more space.”

Maynards will host the ice cream social fundraiser for Ben’s Bells July 11.

Three Sear N Beer events are scheduled as well: June 13, July 11 and August 8.

“We stick to the Second Saturdays for Sear and Beer,” Armstrong said.

Hotel Congress will also celebrate The Cup’s restaurant anniversary August 1.

The following is a list of Hotel Congress and Maynards activities. MMK designates Maynards based events; HC signifies events conducted at Hotel Congress.

June:

6/5- Summer Wine Tour, Germany Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

6/6- Summer Beer Tasting, Four Peaks Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

6/12- Summer Wine Tour, Northern France Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

6/13- Underwear Party, 9 p.m., $3, HC

6/13- Summer Beer Tasting, Deschutes Brewery, 5 pm, $20, MMK

6/13- Sear n’ Beer, $25 with sear, $12.5 without sear, MMK

6/19- Summer Wine Tour, Southern France Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

6/20- Summer Beer Tasting, Mudshark Brewery, 5 pm, $20, MMK

6/26- Summer Wine Tour, Portugal Wine Dinner, MMK

6/27- Summer Beer Tasting, New Belgium Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

6/27- Southern Arizona’s Smokin’ Showdown, 6 to 9 p.m., $30/$35, HC

July:

7/3- Summer Wine Tour, Northern Spain Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

7/10- Summer Wine Tour, Southern Spain Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

7/11- 2nd Annual Ice Cream Showdown benefiting Ben’s Bells, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

7/11- Sear n’ Shine, $25 with sear, $12.5 without sear, MMK

7/17- Summer Wine Tour, Northern Italy Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

7/18- Summer Beer Tasting, Victory Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

7/24- Summer Wine Tour, Southern Italy Wine Dinner, MMK

7/25- Summer Beer Tasting, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

August:

8/1- Cup anniversary Party, HC

8/1- Summer Beer Tasting, North Coast Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

8/7- Summer Wine Tour, South Africa Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

8/8- Summer Beer Tasting, Hop City Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

8/8- Sear n’ Beer, $25 with sear, $12.5 without sear, MMK

8/14- Summer Wine Tour, Australia Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

8/15- Summer Beer Tasting, Odell Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

8/21- Summer Wine Tour, New Zealand Wine Tasting, 6 to 8 p.m., $10, MMK

8/22- Summer Beer Tasting, Big Sky Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

8/28- Summer Wine Tour, Argentina Wine Dinner, MMK

8/29- Summer Beer Tasting, Ninkasi Brewing Co., 5 pm, $20, MMK

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