Astronomy Aleworks Now Open in the Booze District

After anticipating its opening for several months, Southern Nevadans now have a new brewery to visit. The retro sci-fi themed brewery at 7350 Eastgate Rd. in the Booze District in Henderson is equipped with a 10-barrel Premiere Stainless brewing system with four fermenters and one brite tank and with plenty of room to expand.  

Co-owner Matthew Brady and Brewer Allan Harrison opened last month with eight beers and will eventually have enough brews to fill all 12 of its taps. Opening beers include Perihelion Hef (Perihelion is the point in an object’s orbit closest to the object it is orbiting), an American-style hefeweizen; Mars Red Ale; single hop Hawking Hazy Pale hopped with Mosaic; easy drinking American-style Nova Stout; Pluto Is a Planet, a West Coast IPA; Pluto Is not a Planet, a New England-style IPA; and versions of the Perihelion and Hawking spiked with prickly pear. 

For now the hours are 5-11 p.m. Wed.-Mon. Plans in the coming months are to expand the hours and bring in some higher gravity beers, and by the time you read this there should be a barrel-aged Mars Red pouring. 

Now that this new brewery has touched down at the Booze District its addition brings the number of breweries to three (along with CraftHaus and Bad Beat), and joining the Las Vegas Distillery and Grape Expectations winery/wine school. 

Public House Offering Beer-Pairing Prix Fixe Menu

Beer dinners have been popping up more and more frequently, but now there’s one you can partake in any day you choose. Public House in Restaurant Row at The Venetian/Palazzo is offering the Cicerone Experience, a prix fixe beer pairing menu. Priced at $65 and available daily at any time, it includes amuse of watermelon with feta and micro lavender mint, spiked with Dogfish Head Alternative Takes #4; house-cured beet salmon tartare with locally-brewed Tenaya Creek Sunrise Mountain Imperial Belgian-style Witbier; caprese salad with fresh burrata, pesto and basil matched with Hop Valley Bubble Stash IPA; choice of coffee-rubbed wagyu tri-tip and fried garlic rapini (also known as broccoli rabe, a leafy cousin of broccoli) and King Bolete mushrooms served with Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad or seared halibut and fingerling potatoes with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel; and chocolate/raspberry mousse bar with sour raspberry beer compote paired with Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. In addition, Public House also offers the Ditch the Milk Beer and Cookie Pairing for $21 matching Unibroue La Fin Du Monde with an apricot clove thumbprint, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin with grapefruit white chocolate macaron, Rogue Hazelnut Brown with coffee cookie butter button and Modern Times Black House with almond Nutella sable. The pairings are stupendous and are the creation of Executive Sous Chef Cory Anderson and Bar Manager Chris Isham selected the beer. 

I was initially dismayed to read that Public House will be closing in January, as since its opening in 2012 it’s been one of the best craft beer finds on the Strip. But thankfully, GM Kirk Perry informed me that while The Venetian has chosen not to renew the lease, the gastropub will be moving to a yet-to-be-determined new location. In a future column I’ll be sure to let you know where and when the Gen3 Hospitality restaurant group decides to relocate its Public House to. 

Tragedy Strikes Local Beer Community

It is with a heavy heart that I relay tragic news that Jim Wilson, former head brewer at Barley’s and Old School Brewing, and Monique Lane, longtime Triple 7 Brewpub server, were murdered by Monique’s former boyfriend, who then took his own life. Monique’s bubbly upbeat, pleasant personality and Jim’s ultimate nice guy-persona will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know them. RIP Jim and Monique. 

Vegas Beer Events

On Nov. 9 beginning at 3 p.m. Aces & Ales will help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lagunitas with 25 specialty & vintage offerings, giveaways and the chance to meet Lagunitas Head Brewer Jeremy Marshall. Then on Nov. 21 beginning at noon the Bourbon County Stout tap event will offer multiple versions of the iconic Goose Island imperial stout going as far back as 2013. Both events will take place at the Tenaya location.

What began as a small niche event has grown to one of the largest sour-only beer festivals in the nation and it happens to occur at Atomic Liquors. This year will mark the 6th annual Sour Saturday on Nov. 10 from 2-5 p.m. (VIP entry at 1). Last year’s gathering featured more than 75 beers ranging from the slightly tangy to mouthpuckeringly sour, and this year will likely offer the same amount, if not more. For more info and to purchase tickets visit www.atomiccitybrews.com/sour-saturday.