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May Southern Nevada Beer Events

Steiner’s-A Nevada Style Pub was one of the first pubs in Southern Nevada to serve a quality craft beer list and now it’s time to salute them for this service to our beer community as it celebrates a momentous 20th anniversary. The opening day (May 1, 1988) will be commemorated exactly 20 years later on May 1 at the original Steiner’s at 8410 W. Cheyenne. Throughout the day there will be food and drink specials, giveaways, entertainment and free gaming.

The 9th Annual Stone Domination at Aces & Ales Tenaya location on May 12 beginning at 3 p.m. will devote all 50 of its taps to rare and unique Stone beers, including an Aces & Ales/Stone collaboration brew and the opportunity to meet Stone Brewing’s Founder & Executive Chairman Greg Koch. There will also be a Stoned Brunch pre-party from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with all-you-can-drink Stone beers, a brunch food menu and live music. Between now and then you can earn entries (by buying Stone beers or growlers) to a raffle taking place that night, with prizes of a case a month of Stone beer for one year, a trip for two to Stone Brewing in Napa Valley and a mega Stone swag package. For more info visit

The 12th Annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV on May 19 from 4-8 p.m. featuring unlimited tastes of more than 300 handcrafted beers and 70 tequilas. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door and all proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s silent auction will go to help Lee’s Helping Hand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the community through four primary areas of education, team member involvement, disabled families and safe families. Tickets are available at any of the 19 Lee’s Discount Liquor locations and a two-for-one ticket offer is available through April 30. 

On the same day, the Brews & Blues Festival at the Las Vegas
Springs Preserve from 4-8 p.m. will have an array of local, regional, national and international beers and blues bands performing throughout. This year’s band lineup includes Leisa K and The Pickups, Dr. Harp & The Ace Tones and the Bill Magee Blues Band. Tickets can
be purchased at the Springs Preserve at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. or at 

Pink Boots Society Brews
Collaboration Brew

The Pink Boot Society (PBS) is a global organization with chapters across the world to assist, inspire and encourage women beer professionals through education. Each year members of the Society get together with supporting breweries, put on pink boots and brews a collaboration beer of which proceeds from the sales are donated to the Pink Boots Society, which it applies to educational scholarships for its members. This year, the organizers teamed up with YCH Hops out of Yakima, WA to create a custom, new hop blend (includes Palisade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and Loral hop strains) available to all Society commercial brewers. In March the Southern Nevada members were hosted by Amanda Koeller at Big Dogs Brewing as women beer professionals gathered from local breweries including Big Dogs, Hop Nuts, CraftHaus and Joseph James. The group participated in the entire brew from milling in the malt, to the mash, the boil, the hop additions, the transfer, and of course the cleaning. Together they created “G-IRL Power,” a German India Rye Lager using German malt, German lager yeast and the official Pink Boots Society American hop blend. The brew is now being served and you can find G-IRL Power on draft at Big Dogs and other local breweries and craft beer-supporting establishments. 

Erik Nielsen Promoted to Head Brewer at Chicago Brewing

Congrats goes out to Erik Nielsen, who after working as assistant brewer at Chicago Brewing since early 2016, was recently promoted to the head brewer position. The native Las Vegan says, “I am super excited to take over a brewery with such a great history of awards, and hope that I can continue that tradition of making great beers. I very much enjoy making hoppy beers and also coffee beers. Since we make our own nitro cold brew in house, thanks to our partnership with (local coffee roaster) Desert Wind Roasters, it makes it a lot easier to have a roaster with a variety of beans that can roast those beans to my specifications for a beer I have in mind. In the future, you can expect more beers of both styles. I plan to help put Chicago back out there and increase production while doing so, and am very much looking forward to working with all the breweries in town and helping the Vegas beer scene grow.”