More Hurrahs for Local Beer

After checking out the beer selection at the new Lazy Dog at Downtown Summerlin I was quite happy to see a large portion of the draft list devoted to local brews, with beers from Bad Beat, Banger, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Joseph James and Sin City. Adding to the fun are easy-drinking house beers, brewed exclusively for Lazy Dog by Golden Road Brewing, in styles of Blonde, American Hefeweizen, IPA, Pale Ale, Red and Stout; and a selection spanning several beer styles with more than 50 choices. Check out the whimsical dog-themed décor with bone door handles, bone tap handles attached to a fire hydrant, dog statues, paw prints and restrooms titled “Good Girl” and “Good Boy.”

I also experienced the new Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch. The downtown location has a better than average selection, but this new Henderson location has gone a few steps further, with 40 taps, 60 bottles and a fine representation of locals with beer from Bad Beat, Banger, CraftHaus and Joseph James. If you like pizza with your beer you won’t be disappointed, as they have pretty much any style covered, with 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani’s pizzas spanning 10 styles. Lovers of nostalgia will appreciate a collection of beer boxes displayed in the trailer of a full-sized 1964 Peterbilt semi, some of which date back to the 1950s.

May Beery Events

On May 16 Aces and Ales will host its 6th Annual Stone Domination, during which its 50 taps will be devoted to Stone Brewing, and Brewmaster Mitch Steele will be popping in to rub elbows with anyone who feels worthy. The night before, on May 15, the Domination will be prefaced by a six-course cigar & beer dinner paired by Stone Brewing’s Dr. Bill Sysak and Aces and Ales Chef Jason Glidden. Both events will be at the Tenaya location. For more info or to reserve, contact misty@acesandales.com or call 702-638-2337.

On May 23 Banger Brewing and the Nevada Craft Brewers Association NCBA will host the 1st annual Locals Only Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. in the center court of Neonopolis at the Fremont Street Experience. All of the Henderson and Vegas breweries will be pouring, with Bad Beat, Banger, Barley’s, Big Dog’s, Chicago, CraftHaus, Ellis Island, Gordon Biersch, Hop Nuts, Joseph James, Old School, Sin City, Tenaya Creek and Triple 7; and the SNAFU homebrew club. There will be live music, a DJ, food vendors, a dunk tank with representatives from the local breweries and a best homebrew contest, with the winner receiving a plaque and the opportunity to brew their winning beer at Banger Brewing. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the NCBA. Tickets are available at localsonlybeerfest.com.

The 6th Annual Brews & Blues Festival on May 30 at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve from 4 to 8 p.m. will have more than 100 beers and local and regional blues bands performing. Tickets are $35 $40 at the door and can be purchased at the Springs Preserve or at vegasbrewsandblues.com.

Also on May 30, the 9th Annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience with more than 300 beers and 70 tequilas will be held at Westgate Las Vegas from 3-7 p.m. Buy your ticket at any Lee’s Discount Liquor and you can get a 2 for 1 deal for $50. Otherwise, it’s $60 at the door.

Beer of the Month: New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA

IPA is currently the top selling craft beer style and recently the Session IPA sub-style has emerged for those wanting to enjoy full hop flavor without the added alcohol. The newly released Slow Ride from New Belgium Brewing delivers a powerful punch of citrusy-hop goodness while weighing in at only 4.5% ABV. No less than eight different hop varieties are used, as it’s pitched with Cascade, Target, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops in the kettle and dry hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra. To view a collection of entertaining videos of people riding the couch bike depicted on the label, visit newbelgium.com/slowride.aspx.

Atomic Liquors Has a Crowler

Atomic Liquors has a new toy, a Crowler machine! In case you’ve never heard of such a thing, it’s a gadget that cans any beer on draft within seconds basically a canning machine for beer. This is possible due to Atomic’s unique packaged liquor license and the historic bar is the only place in Nevada to have one. Manager Rose Signor said, “I think the coolest thing about the concept is that I can send the many tourists that come into the bar home with local brews now, and even specialty rare beers that might only be available on draft.” Stop in to check it out. Atomic is at 917 Fremont St.

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!