Southern Nevada Beer Events
On Sept. 13 Pub 365 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino decided to kick off Oktoberfest a bit early, with a German-themed beer dinner. Held in its private dining room, the flights and bites menu included a Bavarian pretzel (with a rich cheese sauce enhanced with a poached egg), chicken schnitzel with braetzle, weisswurst with sauerkraut and apple crumble. Accompanying beers were from both Germany and the US, including the welcome beer: Brooklyn Brewing Pilsner, and Oktoberfest style beers from Ayinger Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing and local brewery Tenaya Creek. We finished with a bonus beer that did not fit the theme, but after tasting it no one minded at all. It was the absolutely delicious Brooklyn Brewing Black Ops Ale, a bourbon barrel-aged 11.5% ABV imperial stout. The price for this feast of brews and German fare was a very reasonable $25, which included tax and tip.
Next up at the beer-friendly Tuscany is The Great Pumpkin Roadshow!, Las Vegas’ first ever pumpkin beer festival, being held poolside on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m., which I detailed in this column in the Sept. issue. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/elysian-great-pumpkin-roadshow-at-tuscany-pub-365-pumpkin-beer-festival-tickets-37259769975?aff=lvbb.
Big Dog’s Brewing’s next quarterly beerfest will be its DOGtoberfest and Brat Party on October 28 from 3-9 p.m. and will include Wisconsin brats and Bavarian pretzels, Halloween contests for both beer lovers and canines, live bands and more than 40 local, regional and international beers including several from the host brewery. As usual, it will be held in the outdoor area of the Draft House at Craig Rd. and Rancho Dr. in northwest Las Vegas. For the line-up of beers visit dogtoberbeerfest.com.
On November 4 from 1-5 p.m. Atomic Liquors in downtown Las Vegas will host its 5th annual Sour Saturday fest, pouring more than 75 beers ranging from the slightly tangy to mouthpuckeringly sour. VIP includes entry at noon, food from The Kitchen at Atomic, t-shirt or hat, private area and raffles to win bottles and swag. This has grown from a small niche event to one of the largest sour-only festivals in the country. For more info and to purchase tickets visit atomiccitybrews.com/tickets.
What’s on Tap in Southern Nevada
Joseph James Brewing has a new release that is noteworthy in part because of its provocative sounding name: Bat Chit Hazy. While I’m happily surprised it got label approval from the TTB, it’s not the first time the word chit has been used in a beer name (chit is the term used for very short-grown malt). This 6.6% ABV IPA is brewed with buckets of Galaxy, Mosaic and Kohatu hops, which combine to form an explosion of juicy flavors, and a fruit-forward yeast strain adds some subtle nuances to the mix.
According to the Brewers Association there are more than 150 beer styles with more being created every year. The IPA style, currently the top-selling craft beer style, has had several sub-styles created, some identifying by region including New England, West Coast and Northwest. Now thanks to CraftHaus Brewery, there is one more: Southwest IPA (SWIPA). Its new Mojave SWIPA is infused with indigenous organic agave syrup, an ingredient found in the region, which dries out the beer; and two hops named for the region: Amarillo and El Dorado, which give the beer a juicy aroma and a slight white pepper finish. The can design supports the images of the southwest, with deep orange colors like those seen in local rock formations and icons of the desert: agave plants, lizards and cacti.
Recently I made it out to the Sunday brunch at La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas, which is a butler-style (meaning you never have to leave your seat, each dish is delivered to your table) brunch featuring 18 stellar dishes such as veal short rib hash, filet eggs Benedict, Angus mini burgers and mushroom grits. A great new addition to the experience is special pricing on a line-up of craft beers for only $5, such as the Japanese Kagua Blanc Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale, the Belgian Rodenbach Flanders Red Ale and the Scottish Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer. I was also happy to find one of my all-time favorite beers on the extensive beer list: the locally-brewed Tenaya Creek Jackalope Barleywine.
Nevada Brewers Association App now available on Apple App Store and Google Play
It seems like these days there’s an app for everything, and now if you want to stay abreast of what’s new (or old for that matter) with all of Nevada’s craft breweries, there is an app for that. The Nevada Craft Brewers Association App allows you to discover the Silver State’s wide range of award-winning brews, find great tap houses, local beer events, new beer releases and rate/share what you taste. Users can also check in with a favorite brew and the app will recommend other beers based on style and provide a map to the next tasty destination. To download the free app go to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association website at nvbeer.com and click on Download our App at the top of the page.