photos by Matthew Brady

Astronomy Aleworks to Be First Southern Nevada Brewery to Open in Two Years

It’s been nearly two years since a new brewery has opened in Southern Nevada (Lovelady Brewing and PT’s Brewing opened in 2016), but that is about to change. In February the retro sci-fi themed Astronomy Aleworks received its 10-barrel Premiere Stainless brewing system and hopes to be open and pouring its beer by late March or early April. It will be located at 7350 Eastgate Rd. in Henderson and once open will bring the total of breweries in the unofficially named “Booze District” to three, joining CraftHaus and Bad Beat, along with the Las Vegas Distillery and Grape Expectations winery/wine school. Co-owner Matthew Brady and Brewer Allan Harrison will team up to create the brews, which will include five core beers: Blonde Ale, American Hefeweizen, Red Ale, IPA and Stout. The duo also plan on brewing a Gruit (an ancient beer containing herbs and spices for bittering rather than hops), which they claim will be the first to ever be brewed commercially in Southern Nevada, with honey, chamomile, lemongrass, coriander and jasmine flowers; and an 11% ABV Belgian-style Quadrupel with figs, raisins, blackberries, blood orange, ginger, currants and spices.  

The celestial theme is derived from Brady’s interest in science fiction, astronomy and astrophysics. Plans are for the tasting room décor to feature a bright red bar, blue tables and a silver wall to suggest the image of a spacecraft and retro 1960s Star Trek feel; and all of the beer names will be astronomy based, named after stellar objects such as constellations, planets, comets and satellites. 

Astronomy Aleworks

At the Booze District at 7350 Eastgate Rd., Suite 17

Henderson, NV 89011

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Great Vegas Festival of Beer Returns to the Streets of Downtown Las Vegas April 6-7

The 8th annual Motley Brews Great Vegas Festival of Beer will return to the streets of Downtown Las Vegas on April 6 and 7. It is expected to draw 10,000 attendees over the two days and is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival in terms of amount of beers poured, offering tastings of more than 500 craft beers from more than 100 breweries. The Friday night event, the Mad Craft Experience from 7-10 p.m., will feature beer paired with culinary creations from some of the top establishments in the local culinary scene.  The next day, The Great Vegas Grand Tasting will be held from 3-7 p.m. with early entry at 2 p.m. For more info and to purchase tickets visit greatvegasbeer.com. 

What’s on Tap and Other News

PUB 365 at the Tuscany, named for how many beers it pours, has upgraded its Club 365 beer rewards program (where else can you be rewarded for drinking beer!). The free program now has an app that will bring up the current list and ability to filter by region, style, brewery and ABV and lists which beers you’ve had and how many. Prizes begin at only 10 beers (free small bites menu item) and an all-inclusive brewery tour trip to San Diego is earned once you’ve logged in 365 beers. The mobile app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Also new is a monthly tapping of a one-off keg made by a local brewery made exclusively for the Pub and a beer-of-the-day special for $3.65. Unlike some places that offer specials on mediocre beers, the ones offered here include quality quaffs, and several locals such as Able Baker Atomic Duck, Banger Morning Joe, CraftHaus Silver State and Joseph James Citra Rye Pale Ale. Further support of local beer is evident by looking at the beer menu, which identifies the more than a dozen local beers offered with a Nevada-shaped emblem.

Joseph James Brewing in Henderson will reprise its Passion Fruit & Guava Berliner Weisse, returning for the second year as a seasonal and one of at least three planned varieties of its seasonal Berliner Weisse releases. Also in the works are Who Dis IPA, a small batch experimental IPA using Mosaic and Ekuanot hops and cryogenically-separated Simcoe lupulin powder; and Suave Felon–002 Fetalisk Barnd, an apricot and peach farmhouse beer—JJ’s second series of barrel-aged sour beers, it’s a tart and funky wild ale aged for over two years in a mix of chardonnay and merlot barrels, with apricot and peach purees added at finishing.