Southern Nevada Beer Events

On August 18th I attended a beer seminar hosted by Atomic Liquors. The class was a unique opportunity and extremely special and rare treat to explore the art of brewing and aging in oak barrels, presented by Jeffers Richardson of Barrelworks and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Jeffers did a masterful job imparting a wealth of knowledge on pretty much every facet of oak and its influences on beer fermentation and maturation barrel aging, while relating the voluminous info in terms a layman could understand.

The presentation included three Firestone beers: a very creamy Double Barrel Ale on nitro, 19th Anniversary, 18th Anniversary and a special pour of Bretta Rosé, a very yummy raspberry sour from Barrelworks and the Proprietors Vintage series. The two anniversary beers are very limited release beers and were nearly a vertical tasting, as both are a blend of several of the brewery’s barrel-aged beers including Parabola, Stickee Monkey, Velvet Merkin and Bravo. Most of us preferred the 18th, which had noticeably more sweetness and complexity.

Cheers to Atomic’s GM Rose Signor for continuing to offer such quality beer events on a regular basis.

CraftHaus Brewery will celebrate its 2nd anniversary with its Hop Bomb Party on Sept. 17 from 5-11 p.m. The celebration will include several beer stations pouring more than 20 beers, including CraftHaus’s triple IPA “Hop Bomb,” a Brett IPA and a dry hopped saison; special guest taps; live bands; and food trucks galore. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $32 at the door and include a logo pint glass and six 4-oz beers. VIP tickets are $55 and include six 4-oz beers, logo pint glass, VIP-only access to the brewery with four taps and one exclusive beer tap and food provided by JoJo’s Grill. Designated driver tickets are $12. To purchase tickets visit http://crafthaus2ndanniversary.brownpapertickets.com.

Although the name suggests an October date, traditional Oktoberfest celebrations begin in September, and Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas’s festivities run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31. Celebrating their 13th year of Oktoberfest, the Vegas Hofbräuhaus is the only authentic replica of the brewhaus in Munich, Germany. A highlight is the unveiling of the Oktoberfestbier, the very same beer brewed by the Hofbräu brewery for the Munich Oktoberfest. Celebrity guest keg tappings take place every Friday and Saturday night and bands from Germany and Austria are imported, providing nightly entertainment.

On Oct. 1 at its Tenaya location Aces & Ales will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Ballast Point by serving 20 rare kegs from the brewery’s R&D Little Italy Brewery along with other Ballast Point favorites. For more info visit acesandales.com.

Time to mark your calendar for the Motley Brews 5th Annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for October 22. The fest will again be held at the Clark County Amphitheater in Downtown Las Vegas. Expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 200 beer choices from 60 breweries, including several from Nevada. Motley Brews fests typically sell out, and purchasing in advance gets you a reduced rate, as well as availability of VIP and early admission tickets, so consider purchasing your tickets at downtownbrewfestival.com, where you’ll also find the line-up of breweries that will be pouring.

What’s on Tap

Great to see that the family-owned and -run Lovelady Brewing is doing so well with only six months under its belt that it is adding four more 20-bbl tanks, which will allow for more special project beers; and a Wild Goose canning line, which will be needed now that their beers are being distributed throughout Southern Nevada, beginning with the OUTBOCK! and Pineapple Sour. A cool program is the Brothers Series, a rotation in which the Lovelady brothers come up with an idea for a beer each month, which Brewmaster Richard Lovelady then crafts the recipe for. The latest was requested by Mike best friend and investor who is an honorary brother, a 5.75% ABV, 18 IBU Hazelnut Pumpkin Brown Lager made with real pumpkin in the mash and hazelnut extract. Turns out Mike is a fan of Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown, and Richard convinced him to let him add a little pumpkin to fit in with the fall season.

Fittingly, since the brewery moved to the Downtown area last year, Tenaya Creek has created a beer to honor the importance of Downtown Las Vegas. Only available in the Downtown corridor, it’s called Native Wit and was a true Downtown project, as several hospitality staff working in the area came down and helped brew this 4.9% ABV, 18 IBU traditional-style Belgian Wit made with 2-row un-malted wheat, rolled oats, coriander, orange peel, locally-grown pluots, Tettnang and Czech Saaz hops and Belgian Wit yeast. All work together to provide a floral aroma, flavors of citrus, a touch of tartness and a complementary fruit character. Also, in September the brewery will have its Oktoberfest ready, a 6% ABV lager using traditional German ingredients; the rebranding of cans using new images for the Pilsner and Bonanza Brown; and adding 702 Pale Ale, Hop Ride IPA and Hauling Oats to its canning line. Lastly, in the planning stage at press time is a beer dinner in the brewery area on Sept. 19 with Justin Hall from SLO-Boy Foods.