Photos courtesy Brewers Association & George Radz

Nevada Takes Four Medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup

Although Nevada currently has less than 40 breweries, our brewers managed to claim four medals at the awards ceremony at the World Beer Cup held at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville on May 3, which this year attracted 8,234 entries from 66 countries. The four medals were earned by two breweries from Reno: Revision Brewing and Great Basin Brewing. Revision, only two weeks shy of celebrating its one year anniversary, struck gold with Revision IPA in the American-Style India Pale Ale category with 377 entries, and silver for Revision DIPA in the Imperial India Pale Ale category with 196 entries. These wins are not a major surprise, as IPA styles are what the hop-forward brewery specializes in, but winning in the two categories with the highest number of entries is quite impressive.

Great Basin maintained its claim to having won more major competition medals than any other brewery in Nevada, this year adding two bronze medals to its collection for Bitchin’ Berry in the Fruit Wheat Beer Category with 70 entries and Truckee River Red in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category with 110 entries. This latest win brings Great Basin’s total to a very remarkable 9 WBC awards and 13 GABF medals. 

Big Dog’s Summer Beer Fest

Mark your calendar for July 21. Big Dog’s Brewing’s next quarterly beerfest will be its Summer Beer Fest & Reggae Party, held under the stars 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, BBQ platters and as always, more than 45 local, regional and international beers will be poured, including several from the host brewery. For the line-up of beers visit bigdogsummerfest.com.

Another Landmark for Steiner’s

My apologies to Roger Sachs and his Steiner’s-A Nevada Style Pub. In the last issue in congratulating them on their 20th anniversary I mistakenly listed their opening date occurring in 1988. Of course it should have been 1998, which just goes to show how rusty my math skills have become since retiring from teaching 11 years ago. Anyway, this correction gives me an excuse to mention his next landmark, the 15th anniversary of the Buffalo and Vegas Dr. location of Steiner’s (1750 N. Buffalo), which after the original location developed its craft beer following, opened five years later with a larger space and increased footprint, on August 24, 2003 (I double checked the math using a calculator this time!). Show up on August 24, 2018 and enjoy food and drink specials, giveaways, entertainment and free gaming.

Mob Museum Opens Working Distillery and Brewery

Las Vegas has a new brewery/distillery, albeit on a very small scale. The Mob Museum has opened a new wing known as The Underground. Named for its location in the Museum’s basement, the new addition is dedicated to educating visitors about the era of Prohibition, and included in the instruction are a working distillery and brewery. The distillery has a capacity of 60 gallons and can distill approximately 250 750ml bottles of 100% yellow corn moonshine per week, while the even smaller brewing apparatus holds only 20 gallons and will be able to produce about 15 gallons (about one keg) a week. Overseeing both is Las Vegas Distillery Owner George Radz, who is training Lead Museum Educator Cole Miller to eventually take over both distilling and brewing duties. CraftHaus Co-head Brewer Steve Brockman has also been advising on recipes. Plans are to generate Prohibition-era pale ales, amber ales, porters and stouts. A speakeasy with full view of the brewing and distilling systems is where you can sample the brews and moonshine. The red-wallpapered room with leather banquettes is filled with artifacts and displays delineating the history of Prohibition, a working jukebox from the 1920s and a long wooden bar. To access the speakeasy during daytime you must purchase a ticket to the museum, but after 5 p.m. no ticket purchase is required, but only those 21 or over are admitted and one will need to enter from a not-so-secret side door on the northeast corner of the building down a flight of stairs and say the password-of-the-week (posted on the Museum’s website and social media). The museum, located in a former federal courthouse built by the federal government during the 1920s and 1930s with Depression-era neoclassical architecture, has been doing quite well in drawing guests in, with nearly a million visitors since opening in 2012. Now with these new additions we have more reasons to visit and check out the history of Prohibition while imbibing the once illegal products of which the outlawing led to a storied part of our nation’s history.

Mob Museum—The Underground

300 Stewart Ave. | Las Vegas, NV 89101 | 702-229-2734 | themobmuseum.org