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    Brewery hosts night of dancing, cheap drinks

    Savannah Douglas
    Savannah Douglas / The Daily Wildcat Samantha Anderson (left), a graduate student at the University of Arizona, sits at the bar with her friend, Katie Connor (left), at Thunder Canyon Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

    In the warehouse-sized Thunder Canyon Brewery, the brick walls are lined with flat-screen televisions and countless bottles of liquor.

    The brewery branched out from its original Foothills location, established in 1997, to open its second location in January of this year.

    Armed with a spacious new location, the brewery has begun Funkin Dance Party on Thursdays, which boasts a live DJ, drink specials and plenty of space to move.

    Next Thursday will be the brewery’s fourth Funkin Dance Party since its inception.

    The word “funk,” said events coordinator James Owens, was specifically chosen to represent music that is inviting for people to come in and relax or dance, depending on the mood of the night.

    “You hear funk and you don’t get scared; it sounds kind of silly, and it’s not overbearing,” Owens said. “If someone was like, ‘Do you want to go to funk night, heavy metal night or hardcore rap night for a drink?’ you’d probably go to funk night.”

    Depending on the energy he receives from the dance floor, DJ Phen’s music choice may vary from easygoing to energizing.

    Manager Greg Fogie said that along with food specials, Funkin Dance Party offers drink specials, with Bacardi drinks, pints and Stoli drinks all going for $3.

    Pushing chairs and tables aside in one area of the brewery creates a dance floor, and the spaciousness provides the option to sit at high top tables, booths or the bar. Because of the space, Owens said, large groups of people can come in on busy nights and weekends and be seated almost every time.

    “I’ve been told that we are the largest place downtown,” Fogie said.

    Owens encourages UA students to come out and enjoy the music, specials and spaciousness of Funkin Dance Party.

    “The idea is to play music that just about everybody can enjoy and dance to,” Fogie added. “It’s about getting people out and having a good time.”

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