Monthly Beer Dinners at PKWY Tavern

Photos by Dave Canela

PKWY Tavern is hosting monthly beer dinners at its W. Flamingo and Marks/Henderson locations, and I’m happy to report many of them feature our local breweries. I attended the August craft beer dinner, which paired the beers of CraftHaus. It was an evening that was quite enjoyable in large part to the commendable job CraftHaus Co-Owner Wyndee Forrest, Co-Head Brewer Steve Brockman and PKWY Tavern Executive Chef Lanny Chin did in explaining the food and beer pairings.

We began with a welcome beer, Shiny New Toy, which Steve explained is a very hoppy extra pale ale which uses a single hop for aroma, bittering and finishing, which in this case was Ekuanot. This beer is part of a rotating hop series, with each version using a different hop.

Next up was Shrimp Ceviche with Zitrone Gose. Steve compared the Gose style to a beer margarita and Chef Lanny said the saltiness in the beer goes well with the lemon in the ceviche. Steve also pointed out Zitrone means lemon in German.

The 2nd course paired a spicy Chile Rellenos which Chef said he stuffed with braised short ribs with Jean Claude Van Damme, a Belgian golden strong ale that Steve explained is an easy crossover for wine drinkers who like big white wines due to its pear esters. He went on to relate the name is a tribute to the van which they named Jean Claude he and Co-Head Brewer Steph Cope traveled in across the US working at several different breweries before deciding to plant themselves in Southern Nevada and retire the van.

A hearty course of Pollo con Mole Poblano was matched with Comrade, a Russian imperial stout that is a collaboration with the Las Vegas Distillery, as it was soaked in oak from barrels that had previously contained the Distillery’s whiskey. Chef pointed out the chocolate sauce of the mole nicely complemented the roast and chocolate notes of the stout.

A fine meal is finished off nicely with coffee and that’s what we did in the form of Belgard Coffee Stout with Churro Bread Pudding. Speaking of merging the two desserts, Chef Lanny said, “Dessert churros are awesome and bread pudding is awesome.” Wyndee informed us the coffee in the beer comes from the local Vesta Coffee Roasters and Steve remarked, “It’s as good in the morning as in the evening,” and suggested it drinks like a cold brew coffee.

For sure no one left hungry after this four-course dinner but we did leave with a nice souvenir CraftHaus-logo glass. Price for the dinners is a very reasonable $45. Next month’s dinner will feature Big Dog’s Brewing on Sept. 12 at PKWY Tavern Flamingo and Sept. 27 at PKWY Tavern Marks. Chef Lanny says it will be a throwback to Midwest food and will include beer soup, chicken meatloaf sliders, Salisbury steak and apple pie matched with Big Dog’s Peace Love & Hoppiness Pale Ale, Dirty Dog IPA, SeDATEd Belgian-style Quad and Red Hydrant Brown Ale. To purchase tickets go to https://events.pkwytavern.com/event/?event=195477&venueid=709953194.

Local Beers Now
Pouring at Searsucker

Last month I reported on several new dishes added to the menu of Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker at Caesars Palace. Now, I’m happy to report on something else new: local beers being added to the beer selection. Now pouring on draft is Tenaya Creek Bonanza Brown and offered in cans are CraftHaus Evocation Saison and Joseph James American Flyer Lager. Cheers to Searsucker for supporting local beer!

Southern Nevada Beer Events

Although the name suggests an October date, traditional Oktoberfest celebrations begin in September, and Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas’s festivities run from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31. Celebrating their 14th year of Oktoberfest, the Vegas Hofbräuhaus is the only authentic replica of the brewhaus in Munich, Germany. A highlight is the unveiling of the Oktoberfestbier, the very same beer brewed by the Hofbräu brewery for the Munich Oktoberfest. Celebrity guest keg tappings take place every Friday and Saturday night and bands from Germany and Austria are imported, providing nightly entertainment.

CraftHaus Brewery will celebrate its 3rd anniversary and fruit beers with its Fruitsplosion Fest on Sept. 16 from 6-midnight. The celebration will include several beer stations pouring more than 30 beers, including no less than 17 CraftHaus brews, several of which have undergone a fruit transformation, including the 3rd Anniversary Beer: Brett Gose on Plums; special guest taps from Nevada breweries Tenaya Creek, Joseph James, Lovelady, Big Dog’s and Great Basin; live bands; and food for purchase from The Goodwich, Black Tiger BBQ and The Mad Batter Cafe. General admission tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of and include a logo pint glass and eight beer tickets. VIP tickets are $55 and include food provided by Goodwich, eight beer tickets, logo pint glass, VIP-only access to the brewery with four taps and one exclusive beer tap pouring the super-rare CraftHaus 1st Anniversary beer: Carillon Belgian Quad with dates. To purchase tickets visit http://crafthaus3rdanniversary.bpt.me.

Also on Sept. 16, Gordon Biersch will host its 20th anniversary party from 2-11 p.m. It will be the return of the parties they used to have in their parking lot and will feature live music from Bonafide reggae band who used to play on Sat. nights the first few years GB was open, DJ Mark Aston, games, special beers and food with happy hour prices all day.

The Seattle-based Elysian Brewing, known for its yearly assortment of pumpkin beers, has been hosting its Great Pumpkin Beer Festival since 2005. This year it will bring the fest to Las Vegas, partnering with Tuscany Casino to host The Great Pumpkin Roadshow! Held poolside on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m., it will be Las Vegas’s first ever pumpkin beer fest, pouring a collection of 30 beers made with pumpkin, which at press time included beer styles of stout, schwarzbier, saison and doppelbock. Local breweries participating are Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Joseph James, Lovelady, Tenaya Creek and Triple 7, with more surely signing up by the time the event occurs; and regional breweries are Breckenridge, Four Peaks and the co-host Elysian will bring no less than 8 pumpkin brews. The cost is $30 if purchased before Oct. 1 $35 after, for a souvenir glass and 20 tokens, which can be used to purchase beer and food. Since it is being held poolside, there will be no glass, so the beers outside will be limited to keg or cans, but bottled beers will be included by filling up firkins made of hollowed out pumpkins. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/elysian-great-pumpkin-roadshow-at-tuscany-pub-365-pumpkin-beer-festival-tickets-37259769975?aff=lvbb.

Time to mark your calendar for the Motley Brews 6th Annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for October 21 from 5-9 p.m. early entry at 4. The fest will again be held at the Clark County Amphitheater in Downtown Las Vegas, and you can expect a wide range of beer styles with more than 200 beer choices from 60 breweries, including several from Nevada. Motley Brews fests typically sell out, and purchasing in advance gets you a reduced rate, as well as availability of VIP and early admission tickets, so consider purchasing your tickets at downtownbrewfestival.com, where you’ll also find the line-up of breweries that will be pouring.