New Brewery Openings Coming Soon
Both HUDL Brewing and Nevada Brew Works were getting very close to opening their new breweries in the Arts District months ago, and then the calamity known as COVID-19 hit the world, so both have had to push back their openings. But both have informed me that they are pressing on and their openings could come as soon as this month, and that they will keep me informed. Stay tuned for further developments.
Joseph James and Sin City Close
One of the casualties of the shutdown was Joseph James Brewing, which on April 27 announced on its Facebook page it was ceasing operations indefinitely. The post stated: “After much deliberation, we have come to the incredibly difficult decision to cease operations indefinitely. Over the past 12 years we’ve been humbled by all the local support, friendships, laughs and cheers that we wouldn’t trade for the world. It’s been a tremendous experience and we have all of you to thank for that!”
The production brewery had been open since 2008 and at the time of its opening was only one of a handful of craft breweries in Southern Nevada. One can speculate that the fact that they did not have a license for a tasting room most likely contributed to the closing, as initially during the shutdown with liquor stores, casinos and sit-down restaurants closed, their avenue for sales was severely restricted. The Henderson-based brewery had quite a presence throughout Southern Nevada and its canned beers were distributed in Northern Nevada, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, California and Hawaii.
Sin City Brewing, which was launched by long-time Gordon Biersch Director of Brewing Operations Rich Johnson in 2003 and had four locations (all on the Strip), announced on social media that it has permanently closed. The statement said, “Sadly, Sin City Brewing Co. has closed its doors. Thank you to all the guests that walked through our doors to enjoy a local brew and sit and chat and let us get to know you…To our Sin City Brewing Co. family—simply the best staff we could have dreamed of—thank you for your dedication, loyalty and the love.”
What’s on Tap at Lovelady, CraftHaus and The Mad Fermentist
Richard Lovelady reports his Lovelady Brewing has some new offerings and promotions. Available in the taproom is a golden strong ale with cinnamon cleverly named Original Cinn that is 12.2% ABV and 20 IBUs; a "slushy" higher alcohol kettle sour with prickly pear named Don't Be a Prick-ly Pear, Wear a Mask; and coming out in the coming weeks will be a double IPA and a pilsner hopped with Zappa hops. In addition, since there is extra Love Juice (a New England-style hazy IPA hopped with Mosaic, Citra and Idaho 7 hops), 2 for 1 growler fills of this popular beer are being offered with the option for buy one gift one, where the extra goes to essential front line workers and Lovelady matching the growler donation. The brewery will be donating 100 filled growlers to the 72nd Military Police unit for their work at Cashman and UNLV testing sites during the pandemic.
Last month both of the CraftHaus taprooms reopened for dine-in (or drink-in?) and released its barrel-aged Comrade bottles (which sold out online in less than 24 hours), Giggle Juice Unfiltered DIPA, All the Peaches (a fruited sour) and Urban Panda Schwarzbier. This month CraftHaus will have the next release of its seasonal IPA series, which this time is a session IPA called Electro-lite, which is only 4.1% ABV and 120 calories. Finally, we have a low-calorie craft beer for IPA lovers; this one is dry hopped with Mosaic and Cascade and has an addition of lime peel. Head Brewer Cameron Fisher also shared that we can expect the award-winning Avo Toast Imperial Amber and possible a mystery barrel-aged release.
Also, with the reopening, the Arts District taproom is part of the Las Vegas “Dine Out Downtown” program, which is designed to support small food and beverage businesses by closing off California Ave. between Casino Center and Main and turning it into an al fresco dining area. It’s kind of cool, with tables set up in the middle of the street, but also providing an opportunity to eat and drink outside during our pleasant Vegas summer nights (and days when it’s not oppressively hot). CraftHaus co-owner Wyndee Forrest said, “It’s reassuring to know that the City has a sincere interest in seeing us all be successful.”
The Mad Fermentist Brewer/Owner Allan Harrison is making a name for himself for brewing unique, creative beers using quality ingredients. His latest creations are prime examples and if you are a fan of sour beer, you definitely need to head on over to the tasting room on Casino Center (located on the second floor of Three Sheets) to experience his Grilled Pineapple Sour, Lime Cherry Sour and Lime Rickey Sour.
As always, great beer happens in Vegas!