We were promised that once PT’s Brewing got up and running we would begin to see its brews being poured at some of the 50 locations in the PT’s Entertainment Group. Evidently Brewmaster Dave Otto has been brewing diligently, as his Horizon Cream Ale and Hualapai IPA are now available at all PT’s Gold and Sierra Gold locations and Irish Red at the Sean Patrick’s pubs.
Bradley Trader at Johnson Brothers filled me in that they are now carrying beers from The Dudes’ Brewing Company, a brewery from downtown Los Angeles sporting surfing images on its labels. Some of their brews include Blood Orange Amber with cocoa nib, vanilla bean and hand-zested California blood orange flavors; and a Berliner Weisse with peaches for a combination of sweet and sour.
Big Dog’s next quarterly beerfest will be its Summer Beer Fest & Reggae Party, held under the stars on Saturday, July 9 from 5-11 p.m. in the outdoor area of the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. There will be live bands playing reggae throughout the night and as always, more than 40 local, regional and international beers will be poured, including several from the host brewery. For the line-up of beers visit bigdogsummerfest.com.
Over at Southern Wine & Spirits, Sam Merritt reports that they have three limited edition beers from our friends at local brewery Big Dog’s: Amarillo Boy—5.3% ABV hoppy lager using single variety hop Amarillo in both the brew and dry hop, and fermented with the famous German Weihenstephan yeast strain; 5.8% ABV AintGermango Sour Ale—the complete opposite of a traditional German brew that follows the purity laws of Reinheitsgebot hence “ain’t German” in the name, a lactobacilli soured beer using ingredients not traditional to the German purity law including bacteria to sour and 170 lbs of all-natural puréed mango; and Belgian “SeDated” Quad w/Dates—logs in at 9.5% ABV and is brewed with dates from China Ranch Date Farm.
Beerhaus recently opened at The Park, one of the four new offerings inhabiting the space between New York New York and Monte Carlo and the only one owned by MGM Properties. I’m happy to report it is delivering on its name’s implied promise to be a place to house some great beers and is supporting local beer in a big way. Executive Chef Nathan Frost is a chef with fine dining background, but is also a bona fide beer guy and a homebrewer Chef specializes in brewing low gravity Pale Ales, Milk Stouts and also dabbles in some sours. He helped formulate the beer list, which contains more than 60 quality quaffs. Chef said, “We want to be local-centric for beer and a hangout for the industry workers. Food is my #1, but beer is my #1A.”
The beer menu takes up a whole page on the flip side of the food menu and categorizes by beer style, ABV, price, size and origin, with the local brews highlighted in red to make them stand out. What’s nice is that you can create your own sampler and order 4 oz. samples of any draft. During my visit I encountered no less than nine locals, and Chef says their #2 seller is Big Dog’s Lager, and Beerhaus is selling more of it than any other of Big Dog’s accounts. Further attention to detail is the fact that all servers are Level One Cicerone Servers like our server Jo Jo, who was raised in LV and impressed me with her refreshing knowledge of the beers she was serving and two are Level Two Certified Cicerones.
Chef says they are hoping to be a locals hangout, especially for industry workers wanting a cool place to hang after getting off work, and reasonable pricing is one way they hope to accomplish that. Most beers go for $6 and several are $4 during the daily happy hour from 2-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, during which you can also grab several food items for the same price. The rest of the time the food menu with choices such as Fried Pickles, Slow-roasted Shaved Beef Sandwich and ½ Free Range Chicken still won’t dent your wallet, with prices ranging only from $4-$14.
A warm and relaxed feel is accomplished via red brick walls, dark wood tables and chairs, full length windows which open when the weather permits allowing for natural light and an outdoor patio; and entertainment in the form of games such as jenga, connect four, ping pong, shuffleboard and foosball and it’s not unusual to see a guy in a suit playing with someone wearing a tank top. Live bands play Thu.-Sun. during which you can expect a packed house and also following events at the T-Mobile Arena just steps away.