595 Craft and Kitchen Serving an Enlightened Craft Beer Selection
In the past two decades Southern Nevada has advanced towards bringing a more enlightened beer selection to quench our thirst for craft beer. Now the opening of 595 Craft and Kitchen is bringing us a bit closer to beer nirvana.
Located in the formerly space of Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar at the southeast corner of Tropicana and Rainbow, the numerical name is not the number of beers being served, but a nod to the little known fact that a portion of Rainbow is designated State Route 595. But don’t fret, for while the beer selection is not enormous, it’s without a doubt well-chosen, and what’s best about the list is it contains many beers you won’t find everywhere else with “no crap on tap.” San Diego transplant GM/Co-owner Van-Alan Nguyen says, “We researched the discrepancy of beer drinking between San Diego and Las Vegas and found the same beers being served everywhere in Las Vegas. We don’t want to have the same beers everyone else has.” The selection will change constantly and the initial 24-tap lineup contained a varied selection covering a broad range of styles, such as Anderson Valley Briney Melon (sour gose), BNS Revolver (IPA), Evil Twin Biscotti Break (imperial stout) and Mother Earth Four Seasons Spring (saison); and a good assortment of Nevada-brewed beers from Able Baker, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Joseph James, Revision and Tenaya Creek. To further promote the locals, most are priced at $6 a pint.
Speaking of price, the gastropub’s menu features extremely reasonable price points, with nearly all items falling between $7-$11. The cuisine is a mix of hamburgers, fries and Southeast Asian influences, with the likes of Beef Brisket Banh Mi with ginger mirin glaze, Pork Belly Burger with hoisin sambal glaze, Thai Cashew Hummus with house crackers flavored with furikake (Japanese seasoning with seaweed, sesame and citrus) and Vermicelli Noodle Salad with a peanut/sweet chili vinaigrette.
Although beer is the main draw, its no-smoking and no-gaming vibe and approachable, reasonably priced menu should help establish the gastropub as a family-friendly community hangout. (However, after 9 p.m. it’s 21 and over only.) 595 Craft and Kitchen is open 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Mon.–Sat. and 10 a.m.–midnight on Sun.
4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100
Nevada Legislature Raises Yearly Brewing Cap
In the June issue I reported on a bill before the Nevada Legislature to raise the brewing cap from 15,000 barrels. Both houses passed legislation signed by Governor Sandoval to increase the limit to 40,000. However, a retail cap of 5,000 barrels was imposed. While this seems to be a step forward, the eventual eradication of any cap remains Nevada brewers’ ultimate goal.
August Beer Events
Big Dog’s next quarterly beerfest will be its Summer Beer Fest & Reggae Party, held under the stars on August 5 from 5-11 p.m. in the outdoor area of the Draft House at Craig and Rancho. Live bands will play reggae throughout the night and as always, More than 45 local, regional and international beers will be poured, including several from the host brewery. For the lineup of beers, visit bigdogsummerfest.com.
Aces & Ales will host its 8th annual Strong Beer Festival August 12 beginning at 3 p.m. at its Tenaya location. The event will offer an opportunity to indulge in more than 50 different specialty or extremely rare beers that range from 7-21% ABV. For more info, visit acesandales.com.
Hopped Taco Throwdown, a Motley Brews event featuring dozens of all-you-can-eat tacos and all-you-can-drink craft beer with a selection of more than 40 beers, will take place August 12 at an event venue not often enjoyed by the public: the mystical Backyard at Zappos at 400 Stewart Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas. Held from 8-11 p.m., general admission tickets are $55 ($60 at the door) and VIP, which includes early entry at 7 p.m., are $70 ($80 at the door). To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hopped-taco-throwdown-tickets-35418691259.
As always, great beer happens in Vegas!