Photos by A.D. Cook

Hop Nuts Brewing 2nd Location Now Open

I previously reported on Hop Nuts Brewing expanding from its location in the Arts District to open a second location in Tivoli Village in Summerlin. This has now come to pass. The new taproom is situated in the west end of Tivoli’s main drag, facing Rampart Blvd. During my visit during their soft opening, I was happy to find a very pleasant, bright environment, with natural light via large windows, industrial ceiling and vibe, light-colored wood panel behind the bar, three TVs, tables fashioned from beer barrels, outdoor seating and a rustic wood post hanging from the ceiling. Also appealing is the artwork of hop cones by local artist Bo Wiltse and an epoxy-coated bar ingrained with barley.

Besides being a closer location for many of the Hop Nuts clientele, visitors will be pleased to find 16 taps including brews exclusive to this location, which during my visit included Hopper Echelon DIPA. To keep you occupied while hanging out, there is a chess table, and you can order and have your food delivered from some of the restaurants in the Village. 

Speaking of his new taproom, owner Kevin Holder said, “I live up here and a lot of our customers do too, so coming here they can have a $5 Uber ride instead of a $15 ride. There’s not much (beer-wise) in the area, and we want to have the best taproom in Summerlin. We have no gaming, no smoking and you can come play games and relax.”

Kevin added that they are maxed out at their relatively small 7-bbl brewing system at their location on Main St., but will eventually begin brewing at their warehouse located near
the brewery.

Like I mentioned, the soft opening is happening now, and the grand opening is slated for September 21. For more details, visit www.hopnutsbrewing.com.

Another New Brewery Coming to Downtown Henderson

Looks like another brewery is on the way. Mojave Brewing Company has purchased its 10-bbl brewing system and will be located in a section of the vacant Bank of America building on 107 S. Water St. at Pacific Ave. in Downtown Henderson, just down the street from Lovelady Brewing. Owner John Griffith is predicting a November opening and plans to brew small batch ales, lagers and gluten-reduced beers and gluten-free ciders.

With the addition of this new brewery, the surrounding area will feature five breweries (including Lovelady, Astronomy, Bad Beat and CraftHaus) within a three mile radius. 

Mark Your Calendars for These Beer-worthy Events

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, an authentic replica of the iconic Munich beerhall, is always THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest on this side of the pond. This year the festivities begin on Sept. 13 and run through Oct. 31 with live entertainment, celebrity keg tappings and stein holding competitions and most importantly, the one time of the year you can enjoy their Oktoberfestbier, the very same beer brewed by the Hofbräu Brewery and served at the Munich Oktoberfest. This year you can buy tickets for $85 for VIP seating and a $60 food and drink credit. For tickets and more info visit hofbrauhauslasvegas.com

Lovelady Brewing will partner with the Pink Boots Society (an organization of women brewers and beer industry associates) to help sponsor the It’s Not Water But On Water Street, a beer/root beer mile relay race on Nov. 9. The fundraiser will feature teams of four tag team runners who will consume a beverage (beer or root beer) before each ¼ mile leg. The race will begin and end at Lovelady Brewing at 20 S. Water St. in Downtown Henderson. For more info and to enter, email Linda Lovelady at loveladybrewing@gmail.com or find it on Facebook by searching for It’s Not Water But It’s On Water Street. All proceeds will benefit the Blaine Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Las Vegas Chapter of The Pink Boots Society. 

Other upcoming events previously reported in this column in past issues include the CraftHaus Brewery 5th Anniversary Haus Party on Sept. 14 (www.crafthausbrewery.com) and the Motley Brews 7th Annual Downtown Brew Festival set for Oct. 19 (www.downtownbrewfestival.com).

What’s on Tap

Lovelady Brewing Brewmaster Richard Lovelady reports he is putting on several new beers: State of Change IPA (Orange IPA, 6.9%, 55 IBU); Lord of the Hatch (Hatch Chile bock, 7.4%); Tango Malt Seltzer (tangerine orange seltzer, 5.5%); assistant brewer Courtney's Raspberry Fields Forever (8.5% raspberry cheesecake stout); Max (Richard’s son and assistant brewer) is brewing a barleywine for release this winter; and in the near future look for a fruit hazy New England-style DIPA.

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!