Able Baker and X107.5 Hosting Virtual Beer Tasting

Able Baker is presenting a virtual beer tasting in conjunction with and sponsored by X107.5 radio station. The event, dubbed a "Duckingfelicious" Virtual Tasting, will be held on August 15 from 4-6 p.m. and will be hosted by radio personalities Dave & Mahoney with special guests, including Able Baker Brewing Co-Owner James Manos. Multiple guests will walk attendees through a history of Able Baker Brewing, the story behind the beers, the process of making the beers and detailed tasting notes, along with some fun stories and extras. Two packages are being offered: The Virtual Tasting Package ($20) will include a 4-pack of Able Baker beer and access to the Virtual Tasting Event; and The VIP Package ($38) will also include an Able Baker sticker package (3 stickers), 9 oz tasting glass, rubber duck and custom curated charcuterie offering. The 4-pack consists of Chris Kael Impale'd Ale Imperial Brown Rye Ale, Excited State Unfiltered Pilsner, Duck Duck Joose Double Hazy IPA (first release of this beer) and The Infamous Able Baker "Secret Beer." Packages are available for purchase until August 15 at 2 p.m. Once purchased, packages will be available via pickup at Able Baker at 1510 S Main St on August 13 from noon-11 p.m., August 14 from noon-midnight and August 15 from noon-2 p.m. To purchase packages visit www.toasttab.com/able-baker-brewing-company-1510-s-main-st/v3.

Update on Three New Breweries

HUDL Co-owner/Partner Ken Cooper reports that they’ve encountered a few hiccups along the way (like everyone else in the world, I might add) but are nearing the finish line and may be opening the brewery at 1327 S Main St in the Arts District by or before Labor Day. For more updates, visit hudlbrewing.com or www.facebook.com/HUDLBrewing.

Located just steps away will be Nevada Brew Works. President Jason Taylor tells me they have nearly finished commissioning the boiler steam and glycol systems, are working out the kinks in the PLC programming at the brewhouse and the contractor has some minor electrical and mechanical work to finish up. As they are in the final stages, they are planning to open the doors no later than September, rolling out a cocktail menu as well as pizza, wings, salads, cheese curds and more from the kitchen. At least a few of their beer offerings will be available by the opening, including the Ariana RyePA. 

A new brewery that I haven’t previously reported on is Nevadan Brewing Company. Owner/Head Brewer Adam Cegavske informed me that his Sagos Brewpub and Nevadan Brewing Company received their waivers and were approved at the Las Vegas City Planning Commission meeting in June. They are slated to break ground at the location in northwest Las Vegas at Oso Blanco and Farm (between Durango and Sky Canyon near the 95 Freeway) and start construction in a couple of months, and hope to open a state-of-the-art two-story brewery and restaurant in early 2021. Plans are to have an outdoor patio downstairs with a self-serve beer wall, taproom in the brewery with a separate full bar/restaurant and upstairs seating with an additional outdoor patio on the roof. The tasting room will have limited hours and the Sagos Brewpub restaurant and bar will be open 24/7.

Kyle Weniger Launches Juxta Nomad

Last month I reported on the sad news of the closing of Joseph James Brewing, but this month I’m happy to share the good news that JJ’s Director of Brewing Operations/Head Brewer Kyle Weniger has launched a new gypsy brewing brand going by the name of Juxta Nomad. In case you’re not familiar with the term, a gypsy brewer is one who doesn’t have a brewing facility of his or her own, but instead travels to functioning breweries to produce their own beer. 

As Kyle is an outstanding brewer who has brewed some truly phenomenal beers over the years, it’s great to see him reemerging. He’s given himself the title Brewer Without Borders, and so far, has released a few single-keg beers for 595 Craft and Kitchen’s 3rd anniversary and has a few collaboration beers in planning with local brewers. His website lists some of his brand’s first creations: Grandma’s Candy Tray, a 14% ABV Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with caramel added; Van Sucks (Watch For Seeds), a collaboration with 595 for its anniversary: 5% ABV blend of a barrel-aged sour, Hazy IPA with Sabro hops and fresh squeezed orange juice, which is described as like a beermosa, but better; and Pepperdank Anniversary, made in collaboration with Scenic Brewing and 595: 6% ABV blend of a funky Brett Saison with pink peppercorns, a wine barrel-aged golden sour and a dank West Coast IPA dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. For more info and an entertaining description of the brand, visit www.JuxtaNomad.com.

Black Is Beautiful Collaboration

Eight Southern Nevada breweries came together to do what the craft beer industry does best, collaborate for good and brew a benefit beer. The brewing community’s latest outreach is its participation in brewing Black Is Beautiful, an Imperial Stout collaboration project started by the Texas-based Weathered Souls Brewery, which drew more than 900 breweries from all fifty states as well as seventeen international countries. The host of the Southern Nevada brew day was Beer District Brewing, located in the Arts District. Owner Jimmy Doyle said of the project: “We are proud to host this collaboration of Southern Nevada breweries and appreciate their help with both the brew and the ingredients. It's a great cause and, as the newest brewery in town, we couldn't have done it on our own.” Collaborating breweries include Astronomy Aleworks, Banger Brewing, Big Dogs, Chicago Brewing, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Juxta Nomad, Mojave Brewing, Scenic Brewing and Tenaya Creek, all of which will donate 100% of their proceeds to organizations supporting civil liberties for people of color. Organizations include ACLU, Las Vegas Chapter of NAACP, D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens) and Alpha Phi Alpha. It’s expected the proceeds from Black Is Beautiful beer will total over $8,000. To find out more about the project visit www.blackisbeautiful.beer.

What’s on Tap

Gordon Biersch Head Brewer Julio Lanzas gave me a heads up that the brewpub had reopened, and last month I stopped in to check out what was on tap. Beers I encountered during my visit included a 9.7% Belgian Tripel made with 2-row malt and Belgian candi malt; Hazy Paradise, an unfiltered New England IPA with Mosaic and Lemongrass hops; Pineapple Mojito Sour, kettle soured with flavors of pineapple, mint and lime; Tangelo Hefe, a German wheat beer infused with tangelo fruit; and Coconut Porter with hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee and infused with toasted coconut. 

Tenaya Creek Head Brewer/Director of Brewing Operations Anthony Gibson has brewed an Imperial Hazy IPA. Named Don Brumoso (which loosely translates to hazy gift), it’s fruity with hints of tropical stone fruit, peach and mango, compliments of what Anthony describes as “the stars of the show”: the Enigma and Cashmere hops it’s brewed with. Look for it at the taproom and a few accounts in town, including 16 locations of Speedee Mart.

Both of CraftHaus’ taprooms remain open, as they serve food. Its latest launch is Electro-Lite IPA, which is representative of a new and growing trend in craft brewing: lower calorie beers with plenty of flavor. This one weighs in at under 120 calories and boasts big hop flavors intensified with the addition of lime peel. To help keep you going it also is fortified with electrolytes of sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate. 

As always, great beer happens in Vegas!