Another Opportunity to Do One Stop Shopping of Local Breweries

If you missed the Locals Only Beer Festival last month you have another chance to taste brews from nearly every brewery in Southern Nevada. The Nevada Craft Brewers Association NCBA is hosting The Brews N ‘Ques Festival on June 4 from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Henderson at the Henderson Events Plaza at 200 S Water Street. The cost is $40 for unlimited pours which will include special release beers from both Northern and Southern Nevada breweries and a special collaboration beer brewed by the local members of the NCBA. In addition, there will be several local BBQ vendors, vegan pizza options from Mama Napoli Pizza, two cornhole tournaments featuring prizes for the top teams and a DJ playing a great mix of music. For more info or to purchase tickets visit BrewsNQues.com.

CraftHaus Honored with Proclamation from City of Henderson

On May 16 CraftHaus Brewery received a proclamation from the city of Henderson in recognition of American Craft Beer Week. Henderson City Council Board Member Sam Bateman delivered the proclamation, which was signed by Mayor Andy Hafen, and tapped the honorary first pour of the “Biggest Small Beer Ever.” The Brewers Association, the largest national craft beer-focused trade organization, asked breweries across the nation to brew the same beer style and recipe and selected CraftHaus to represent the state of Nevada. The Biggest Small Beer Ever is an oatmeal stout with creamy mouthfeel and robust roasted malts, and was made by more than 100 breweries in all 50 states.

It was fitting that CraftHaus was honored by the City of Henderson, as Co-owners Dave and Wyndee Forrest worked to get the city to adopt a new, craft beer-friendly license for the City of Henderson in 2014, which helped launch the city with a boom of craft breweries.

Rogue Ales Celebrates Its Honeybees

Rogue Ales has distinguished itself for having its own farms and growing more than a dozen ingredients for use in its beers. Now the Oregon-based brewery is celebrating its 7,140,289 honeybees with the release of Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot, both made with honey foraged from Rogue Farms spring nectar sources including marionberry, cherry, jalapeño, cucumber, pumpkins and wildflower blossoms. The unique flavor found in this spring’s honey harvest is highlighted in both the beer and braggot. In case you are wondering, a braggot is a hybrid of beer and mead made by blending spices, fruit or herbs with mead and beer.

Each Rogue Farms honeybee will visit up to 1,500 flowers on a typical day gathering nectar and pollinating blossoms. Bees not only pollinate Rogue’s proprietary palette of ingredients, they are also vital to maintaining the health of the food supply, as honeybees pollinate about one-third of the foods we eat.

“We wouldn’t be farmers without bees,” said Rogue Ales President Brett Joyce. “Pollinating everything from our marionberries to our pumpkins, and collecting nectar for our honey, our bees are the life force of Rogue Farms.”

Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot will be available beginning in June. Honey Kolsch was awarded the 2015 Best in Show at the National Honey Board’s Honey Beer Competition and will be available in 22 oz serigraphed bottles, in 12 oz bottles and on draft. Marionberry Braggot comes in 750 ml painted bottles and on draft. For more information visit rogue.com.

What’s on Tap

Tom Harwood, Brewmaster at Main Street Station’s Triple 7 Brewpub, reports that his Carlsbad IPA will be on tap all summer. This 7.75% ABV, 60 IBU SoCal-style IPA is hopped with Citra and Chinook, and has a very light malt backbone to let the hoppy goodness shine. Tom also says they have recently begun their Infusions Series of one-off reserve kegs. This program takes existing beers and enhances them with various additions. Previous releases included Grapefruit Carlsbad, High Roller Gold w/coffee beans, “Juan Solo” Mango Habanero Royal Red named after assistant Juan Chavarria, Creamsicle and Mango Hef. The kegs only last a few days at most so they’re constantly concocting something different. Future releases will include Grapefruit Saison and Black Chip Porter w/coffee. Finally, in June look for his Brewmaster Special: Saison du Trip—light and dry, hopped with Citra and Wakatu; and Trip Hop Imperial Rye IPA.