Southern Nevada Beer Events

Atomic Liquors will celebrate the launch of The Bruery and Bruery Terreux into the Las Vegas market with a tapping on March 3, beginning at 7 p.m. Pouring from the taps will be Jardinier, Mischief and Or Xata from The Bruery, and Oude Tart, Rueuze and Saison Rue from Bruery Terreux. At around 8 p.m., The Bruery Senior Director of Operations Jonas Nemura will host a free educational seminar on the patio entitled Crafting Beers Beyond Brewing: an insight into barrel aged beers. The Bruery, founded by Master Cicerone Patrick Rue in Orange County, CA in 2008, focuses on barrel-aged and experimental beers, while Bruery Terreux, launched in 2015, concentrates on ales fermented with wild yeasts and souring bacteria. Commenting on adding The Bruery to their portfolio, Craft Brand Specialist at Wirtz Beverage Nevada Michael Shetler said, “Wirtz Beverage is honored to now represent The Bruery and Bruery Terreux brands in Nevada. They strive for perfection in every beer they produce and they exemplify the ingenuity and creativity of American craft brewers everywhere. The Bruery has helped redefine how people think about beer and we are very excited to help spread that message across Nevada.”

A few days later, on Monday, March 7th, Atomic will host a Cicerone Certification Program Las Vegas Meet and Greet beginning at 6 p.m. This certification program is the beer equivalent to a Sommelier and the gathering will be a chance for beer people in the Las Vegas area who are either certified, or possibly interested in getting certified, to meet people from the Chicago-based beer organization. If that’s not enticement enough to attend, that same night Atomic will host a Lagunitas/Highwest boiler maker event. Lagunitas created Highwestified, a stout aged in High West whiskey barrels. High West is a craft distillery in Park City, UT. GM Rose Signor and her staff took the concept further and made an entire menu pairing several Lagunitas beers with some of High West’s unique offerings. Come on down and meet people from both Lagunitas and High West! Atomic Liquors is located at 917 Fremont St in Downtown Las Vegas.

On March 26 from 3-7 p.m. 1 p.m. entry for VIP is the 4th Annual Boulder City Beerfest, held at Wilbur Square Park in the heart of the historic city. The park is located just two blocks from Boulder Dam Brewing, which is where you can buy tickets in advance for $45 for VIP or $30 for general admission $45 at the door. The only beerfest currently held in Boulder City, it will have 30 brewery tents pouring close to 100 beers, live music, food for purchase from eight food trucks, “beer centric” specialty vendors and homebrewing demonstrations. For more info, a list of breweries or to purchase tickets, visit bouldercitybeerfest.com.

Time to mark your calendar for the Motley Brews 6th Annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, set for April 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. The fest will again be held in Downtown Las Vegas in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District, with availability of scores of hotels within steps. Expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 400 beer choices from 100 breweries, including several from Nevada. This fest has the largest craft beer selection of any beerfest held in 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 greatvegasbeer.com, where you’ll also find the line-up of breweries that will be pouring.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Sprocket Bar & Restaurant located within the Whole Foods Market at The District will offer specials from March 13-20, with beer flights of four 4-oz tasters with several of its 24 taps including local beer going for $11 and food specials including Corn Beef Cabbage Roll with Steam Potato, Bangers & Mash with Mash Potato Fritters and Guinness Mac & Cheese ranging from $8-$15.

PT’s Brewing Now Open

I’m happy to report that PT’s Brewing is now open in the old digs of Tenaya Creek at 3101 N. Tenaya Way near Cheyenne and the 95 Freeway and a stone’s throw away from Aces & Ales. Brewmaster Dave Otto has six house brews as well as a seasonal: Horizon Ale, a crisp cream ale brewed with light malts and a touch of American hops; Sahara Pale Ale, a classic American-style pale ale with notes of pine, citrus and stone fruit; Sunset Wit, a new take on a Belgian-style white ale brewed with coriander and grapefruit zest; Sean Patrick’s Irish Red, an Irish-style red ale with hints of toasted malts and caramel; Boulder Stout, a nitro poured Irish-style stout with notes of coffee and cocoa; Hualapai IPA, an assertively hopped West Coast-style IPA; and winter/spring seasonal saison, featuring lemon grass and thyme, dry-hopped with Citra hops and fermented with a classic saison yeast. At press time I am scheduled to visit to check out the new food menu, so more good stuff to follow in the next issue.

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!