Local Craft Beer Community Supports Vegas Strong 

On October 1 Las Vegas suffered an unthinkable tragedy, as a gunman fired upon attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, killing 58 and wounding nearly 500. Amidst this act of pure evil were countless tales of heroism as first responders, concert goers and members of the community aided victims. In the days that followed an outpouring of help flowed forth, and our local craft beer community did its part as well. 

CraftHaus handed out free non-alcoholic beverages to those waiting in line to donate blood, provided 100 cans of beer for the Vegas Strong charity bike ride and brewed Hibiscus Glitter Saison, pouring at ReBar, with all money going directly into the victims fund; Atomic Liquors hosted a fundraising event with donations from local distributors, restaurants and breweries that raised $30,000, which it donated 100% of the proceeds; Tenaya Creek contributed beer to bars such as Velveteen Rabbit with proceeds donated to the fund and gave a massive silent auction item for the Downtown Beer Fest to raise funds for the charity; Big Dog’s donated a free beer to anyone who donated money or gave blood and hosted a Nevada Craft Brewers Association tap takeover fundraiser with brews from several Nevada breweries; Banger Brewing donated a portion of its proceeds from sales; Sin City Brewing at Grand Bazaar Shops participated in a mall-wide fundraising event, donated 25% of its sales, accepted donations and gave donors a free Sin City beer with a gift of $10 or more; and Joseph James brewed Vegas Strong American Strong Ale, an 8.5% ABV collaboration beer with local cacao from Hexx, coffee from Mothership, honey from Pahrump and other ingredients donated by Brewers Supply Group, PT’s Brewing, Tenaya Creek, Motley Brews and Life Is Beautiful Festival to ensure that 100% of proceeds would go to survivors and families of victims. 

To donate to a fund aiding victims and their families, visit gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

Southern Nevada Breweries Score Three Medals at Prestigious Great American Beer Festival

Photo courtesy Brewers Association - Charlie Papazian, Sam McKinney, Kurt Wiesner, Beau McDonald, Amanda Koeller, Tylere Pascual, and Dave Pascual accepting GABF medal

Considered as the brewers’ version of the Oscars, 7,923 brews from 2,217 breweries were entered into 98 different categories at the 36th annual Great American Beer Festival, held last month in Denver. Considering the massive competition, our Southern Nevada breweries fared quite well, procuring two gold medals and one bronze. 

Last year I proclaimed Big Dog’s Head Brewer Dave Pascual the Michael Phelps of Nevada brewers, as he has won more major competition medals than any other in the history of the Silver State. He continued his streak with yet another medal, adding one more gold to his collection for his Tripel Dog Dare in the Belgian-Style Tripel category with 77 entries. Pascual’s new medallion brings his collection of major competition medals to 8 GABF (plus 3 as assistant brewer) and 2 WBC (plus 1 as assistant brewer). Pascual said, “I’m truly blessed to be surrounded with people who are as passionate as I am for the craft. The brewing team here (at Big Dog’s) all had their hand and sweat in this medal. We work really hard to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward and represent Las Vegas as a craft beer destination.”

The other gold medal went to Joseph James, earning the honor for its Imperial Smoked Porter with Cacao Nibs in the Chocolate Beer category with 62 entries. This was the brewery’s second GABF medal of which Director of Brewing Matt Marino said, “We are especially proud of this gold medal because this beer was truly a team effort requiring more work than any batch we can remember. We combined two different barrel-aged batches with a third non-barrel-aged batch and then conditioned it on house-smoked cacao nibs. The whole process involved much tasting and tweaking to get the final blend right.” 

The third medal went to PT’s Brewing and Brewmaster Dave Otto, who also is no stranger to bringing home major competition medals (which he won a slew of when he was at Big Dog’s). Otto won a bronze for his Boulder Stout in the Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout category with 30 entries. This was the first GABF win for the new brewery, which has only been open since early 2016. Otto said, “Maybe it was a little luck of the Irish, but it’s always fun to win a medal at GABF. I’m proud to help put PT’s and Las Vegas on the map for having great beers.” 

Beer Hoppenings

Mark your calendar for Nov. 18, for on that day Tenaya Creek will celebrate its 18th anniversary at the brewery from 2-10 p.m. Expect a ton of beer, food trucks and live bands.

Photo courtesy MGM Resorts International

Beerhaus at The Park hosted its 2nd annual Oktoberfest inside the restaurant and outdoor area and pretty much doubled the offerings from its inaugural celebration last year. Adding to the fun at the three-day event were several free games, live music and food stations serving Bavarian cuisine. Once again there were 1-liter ceremonial steins to fill with several different Oktoberfest-style lagers (such as Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Ayinger, Spaten, Goose Island and Sin City Brewing).