Photo Credit: Dave Canela
Nevada Brew Works Now Open
We have another brewery in the Arts District: Nevada Brew Works (1327 S. Main). It’s easy to spot, just look for the grain silo on the NE corner of Imperial and Main. The opening has been a long time coming with delays due to COVID and usual government red tape.
Last month I attended the soft opening and Brewmaster Ken Hallyburton showed me around their 10-barrel Alpha Brew Ops system equipped with a steam system to allow for step mashing. Ken has been homebrewing for 20 years and to get ready to turn pro took the Siebel Institute 2-week Concise Course in Chicago.
The operation is also owned and operated by Ken’s daughter Lauren and son-in-law Jason Taylor. The family-friendly space is very fun and I especially like the graphics on one wall detailing the brewing process. There’s also TVs, an expansive whiskey and spirits list, a large outdoor patio and small brick pizza oven. The pizzas are quite good, and at only $12-$14 are large enough to feed two. Also on the menu are burgers, wings, tenders, cheese curds and large pretzel.
Upon opening, they weren’t quite ready to brew yet, but wanted to get the doors open as soon as possible, so I will have to wait to try Ken’s beers, but he tells me his first beers will be a Bavarian Hefe, Ariana Rye Pale Ale (named for Jason and Lauren’s daughter, with a portion of every purchase going to the Ariana RyePA Foundation to help purchase medical supplies for children that have Cerebral Palsy and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder) and either a Kolsch or a Stout.
At press time, HUDL Head Brewer Joe Cuozzo informs me that he is days from brewing his first batches, so next month I’ll be sure to update readers on the brewery’s opening. HUDL is situated in the same complex as Nevada Brew Works and with the addition of these two new breweries, the Arts District is hopping (pun intended), with the total of breweries and taprooms now at 6, along with a handful of craft beer bars now pouring or opening soon.
What’s on Tap
Tenaya Creek Head Brewer/Director of Brewing Operations Anthony Gibson has a couple of special beers worth checking out. His Singing Frog was brewed in collaboration with Wynn Las Vegas for sale in both Tenaya Creek's taproom and the Wynn. In addition to being a Japanese-style lager (Anthony says this style is known for using rice in the mash to keep the color and body light), what’s also special it is that proceeds from the sale will be donated to Three Square food bank through the month of November. His other special offering is the 9% ABV Smoke Wagon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, which was aged in local H&C Distilling Smoke Wagon bourbon barrels for 8 months, with the aging process lending flavors of oak, vanilla and a touch of sweetness.
Kyle Weniger, A.K.A. JuxtaNomad/Brewer without Borders, since launching his brand has been working with Able Baker, Scenic Brewing and Astronomy Ale Works, sprinkling the valley with sour barrels, which generally take a while, in hopes to have sours/wild ales at prime maturity by the time the market gets back to normal. Two at Able Baker are a golden sour base that should be ready for fruit in the next month, and one with a slightly darker base with some dark fruits added early on for heavier tannin production. Over at Scenic he has a slightly different golden sour base, 100% barrel fermented on his “house” blend of wild yeast and bacteria, and plans on blending some with a milkshake IPA and adding toasted coconut, graham cracker and macadamia nuts at finishing. Look for it around late October/early November. Over at Astronomy he took a portion of wort from their Citra IPA and added it into cultivated barrels, making what he expects to be much more on the wild/funky side of the spectrum, rather than melt-your-teeth sour. We’ll have to wait a bit for this one, as it will likely be in process for another 4-8 months.
7Five Brewing, the company NHL Vegas Golden Knights star Ryan Reaves co-founded with longtime friend and business partner Adam Coates, last month released Shiver Giver IPA. I had the pleasure to sample this Red IPA and found it to be very citrus-forward with a touch of malty sweetness and not overly bitter. You can find it on draft at Able Baker and PKWY Tavern, and in cans at Lee’s Discount Liquor and Total Wine locations. 7Five is named for Reaves’ number and the beers are contract brewed by Able Baker. This IPA is the company’s third beer, joining Training Day Golden Ale and Dawn Breaker Lager; next up will be the Grim Reaver Imperial Stout.
As always, great beer happens in Las Vegas!