Brewers Play Musical Chairs and Lovelady Brewing on Track to Open this Spring

Last issue I reported that Tenaya Creek was selling its equipment as it moved to its much larger brewhouse on Bonanza Rd. near downtown and the former brewery on Tenaya Way in northwest Las Vegas had been sold to Golden Entertainment, and that the new head brewer will be Dave Otto. Now I can report that Dave Pascual is leaving his position at Chicago Brewing where he had brewed for the past 10 years to take over Otto’s position as Director of Brewing Operations at Big Dog’s. Replacing Pascual in the interim at Chicago is Kyle Cormier, a very talented and experienced brewer who was assistant brewer when the brewpub opened in 2000 and after moving up to head brewer two years later, racked up a collection of 10 GABF and World Beer Cup medals before taking the brewpub’s GM position.

Big Dog’s also promoted Sam McKinney, who has been working in the brewery since 2006, to the position of Cellar & Packaging Director; and Amanda Koeller, a recent graduate of the Master Brewer’s Program at UC Davis, into the role of Lead Brewer. Amanda is now one of two female brewers in Southern Nevada.

Currently under construction, Lovelady Brewing Company, will be a 6,000-square-feet 20 bbl system located at 20 S. Water St. and will be the first ever brewery in Old/Downtown Henderson. Named for the Lovelady family, it will be a joint venture of Richard Lovelady; his wife Linda; and his brothers Jeffrey, Jerry and Robert. Richard is a UC Davis Brewing graduate and a seasoned, accomplished brewer who has helmed the Vegas Gordon Biersch since its opening in 1997. Plans are to open on March 4, which happens to be Richard’s birthday. As the brewery’s completion draws near, Richard will hand over the reins at Gordon Biersch to Lead Brewer Julio Lanzas.

Lastly, Kenjiro Tomita has left Triple 7 Brewpub to return to his home state to take the Head Brewer position at Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor, Florida, and Tom Harwood has taken over the Brewmaster position. Harwood was a brewer at Big Dog’s for two years and most recently was Big Dog’s Director of Sales.

What’s on Tap

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines is now serving Tenaya Creek Brewery’s Bonanza Brown Ale on all of its flights west of Colorado. Hats off to Allegiant for supporting local brew!

Richard Lovelady at Gordon Biersch will release his annual Winterbock, an 8.2% ABV Doppelbock, along with a 7.2% ABV Belgian Golden and a robust 8.5% ABV Baltic Porter.

Matt Marino, Director of Brewing Operations at Joseph James Brewing, reports that they will be re-releasing the 2015 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout in December; and in January or February, the Barrel Smoker the Smoked Wee Heavy aged in bourbon barrels and a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Red, a stronger version of its Red-Eye red IPA with coffee, that will be dry hopped after it’s taken out of the barrels to impart a shot of fresh hops at the end. Also now out are several sour beers, which debuted at the sour beer festival held in October at Atomic Liquors.

Beer of the Month: Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Just in time for Christmas Rogue delivers its annual offering, but you don’t have
to be Santa Claus to enjoy this double hopped red ale crafted with Dare & Risk barley and Newport, Rebel & Freedom hops grown on the brewery’s own Rogue Farms. Unlike most winter seasonals, this is not a winter warmer, but a double hopped version of Rogue’s Saint Rogue Red and while it’s roasty and malty backbone is a good fit for the colder months, its piney, spicy hoppy bite with notes of spruce will please hop heads who see no reason to give up hoppy beers when the temps cool. Adding to the fun is the snowflakes on the bottle, which glisten in the dark.

Brewing Specs:
5% ABV
65 IBU