PT’s Brewing Planning a Restaurant

I recently met with Golden Entertainment Corporate Vice President of Food & Beverage Joe Romano and PT’s Brewing Brewmaster Dave Otto, who filled me in on the plans for the new brewpub slated to open in the former space of Tenaya Creek at 3101 N. Tenaya Way in late January. The building is undergoing a major renovation and will once again house a kitchen. Joe Romano, a Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park graduate who trained with Charlie Palmer and was his first chef at Aureole and in fact, the renowned wine tower was his idea!, traveled over the summer visiting several breweries including Pizza Port and Stone, to learn the culture of brewing and has formulated a plan to bring what he calls…“not fine dining, fun dining in a cool, fun environment where people can be educated in craft beer.” Some of the dishes Joe is designing are an IPA split pea soup, a “block” NY strip named for its thick shape, stout-braised short ribs, stir-fry quinoa and paella with clams, salmon, shrimp and chicken.

As for the beer, Dave has free reign to brew the styles he chooses and plans to have a lighter version of a European Pilsner, either a German-style Hefe or Belgian Wit, American Pale Ale, American IPA, Irish Stout on nitrogen and Irish Red, along with seasonal brews. The goal is to have at least one of his beers at all 48 Golden Entertainment Southern Nevada locations. Regarding the timing of this bold move, Dave said, “Vegas is just now turning the corner, getting into craft beer.” Joe added, “Draft beer is our number one seller across the board and we are getting into this at the perfect time and this move shows how versatile we are as a company. When we decided to take on a brewery concept, we knew we had to hire one of the most sought-after brewmasters in the industry, and having Dave Otto, with his reputation and qualifications, gives us street cred.”

Stay tuned to future installments of this column. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress and opening of this new brewpub.

Whole Foods at The District Adds Beer Bar

If you’re like me, and you’ve found yourself at Whole Foods trying to pass the time while your wife browses every aisle, you’ll be glad to know that now you can sit down for a pint of quality craft beer. The location at The District recently debuted Sprocket, a bar located near the front of the store equipped with 24 taps and 14 wines by the glass. As with the market’s commitment to serving local products, this new bar represents that approach quite well, with several local brews which during my visit were Banger Brewing El Heffe Jalapeno, Big Dog’s B & B Batali Pale Ale, CraftHaus Belgard Belgian Ale, Joseph James Mocha Milk Stout, Old School Vanilla Porter and Tenaya Creek Oktoberfest. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., it’s a combination sports bar, with three wide screen TVs situated above the bar and a food menu of sushi, flatbread and salads. I’ve been told the location at Town Square will soon be adding a similar set up.

Number of US Breweries Reaches an All-time High

This just in, according to the Brewers Association’s year-end review, the number of US breweries now totals 4,144 breweries, topping the previous historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. Also of note, in 2015 brewery openings exceeded two a day, 15 states are now home to more than 100 breweries and IPA remains the top style sold by independent craft brewers. To view an interactive timeline of US breweries go to https://www.brewersassociation.org/brewers-association/history/history-of-craft-beer.

Beer Events

A not-to-be-missed event is Aces & Ales 6th Annual Winter Beer Fest, running from noon on Jan. 15 to midnight on the 17th. Held at its Nellis location, more than 60 rare & specialty brews from some of the best breweries in American and Europe will be tapped over the three days, with a fresh new lineup each day at noon. Visit acesandales.com for more info.

Big Dog’s Brewing will host its annual Winterfest, a celebration of hearty food and beers, on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor area at the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. As usual, there will be live music, more than 40 beers poured, including several from local breweries, and admission is free. For the lineup of beers being served, visit bigdogswinterfest.com.

Tenaya Creek New Location Now Open

Beer is now flowing at Tenaya Creek’s new location at 831 W. Bonanza Rd. During my visit I found about a dozen of their beers including my favorite, Jackalope Barleywine joined with several guest taps, including a handful of local beers. Opening hours are Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to midnight and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to midnight.

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!