Adam Rains

Beverage Editor

Adam has a true passion for food, wine, beer & spirits. He is a barman at CarneVino, a brand ambassador for Brooklyn Brewery, long-time cocktailian, and the Social Media Chair for the United States Bartenders Guild in Las Vegas. Adam strives to learn every day and during his career he’s studied at SDSU, USBG, BarSmarts, International Sommeliers Guild and the Certified Cicerone Program. His mantra with both food & cocktails is, "fresh is best."

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Photos by Adam Rains Ocean Trout Sashimi with Pop Rocks The strip mall on Jones and Warm Springs is like many in Vegas: There is a gas station, dry cleaner, gaming Read more ›

Adam Rains on Oct 1, 2017

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Photos courtesy Victor Espinosa USBG “OG”-Victor Espinosa “I’m pretty random, I’m very outdoorsy, I love snow-boarding and doing the worm.”  -Victor Espinosa Mr. Espinosa is one of the most well-liked bartenders in our Read more ›

Adam Rains on Oct 1, 2017

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Santo TequilaRock and Tequila have had a history of going “mano y mano” so it makes sense that two of rock-n-roll’s most prolific players, Adam Levine and Sammy Hagar, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Sep 1, 2017

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Rising from the DepthsThanks to Bryant Jane and Lyle Cervanka, Starboard Tack has risen from the depths of Las Vegas memory. For late night, or anytime deliciousness, Starboard Tack Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jul 1, 2017

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Jerome Thigpen Many in our industry are abound with talent, passion and smarts. One gentlemen that holds all of those qualities is Jerome Thigpen. Jerome or “JT,” is originally Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jul 1, 2017

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B&B BurgerFish might not be the first thing on your mind when you are at a burger joint, but if you are at B&B Burger at The Venetian, maybe Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jun 1, 2017

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Bryan Pierzga If you love the craft of bartending and Las Vegas, chances are that you know Bryan Pierzga. He not only heads up the program at Echo & Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jun 1, 2017

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Lisa BrierWay up high… The Skyfall Lounge at the Delano is a unique destination. Along with beautiful views, delicious libations, cocktailians and conventioneers, you will also find a gem Read more ›

Adam Rains on May 1, 2017

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JASON GORDONTreasurer of the Las Vegas Chapter, USBGLike many of us, Jason Gordon has come to this city to further his passion. While he hails from the Big Apple, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Apr 1, 2017

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Sweetbreads at CarneVinoYou have to love a restaurant that serves offal! Ironically “Cucina Povere” may not always be commercially viable, but Mario Batali has never shied away from using Read more ›

Adam Rains on Apr 1, 2017

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Late-Night SushiIt is true that Vegas loves sushi, not just a few bites either, but ALL-U-CAN-EAT SUSHI. Another thing Vegas likes, is being able to have it late night. Read more ›

Adam Rains on Mar 1, 2017

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Michael LaPennaMandarin Oriental is synonymous with exclusivity. It is a stellar property with flawless service, a great view and… Michael LaPenna. Originally from New Read more ›

Adam Rains on Mar 1, 2017

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Pizzeria OttoThe Brussels sprouts “revival” has been in motion for a few years now. Long gone are the days of frozen then boiled off-smelling balls that have tormented millions Read more ›

Adam Rains on Feb 1, 2017

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Mike Doyle If there is ever a case of where longevity meets enthusiasm, it is with Mike Doyle! His love for Vegas, beverage and hospitality has run the gamut. Read more ›

Adam Rains on Feb 1, 2017

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Standard & PourFrom his time at CarneVino & Carson Kitchen, Chef Jacob Dielemon has been a champion for freshness and flavor. Now as head chef at Standard & Pour, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jan 1, 2017

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Salute to 15! On November 4th, the USBG in Las Vegas celebrated the founding of our chapter with the Salute to 15! Many of our newer members and former Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jan 1, 2017

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B&B RistoranteIn the true Italian way, Mario Batali has been obsessed with freshness and being “in season” before it was even cool. This dedication to seasonality is exemplified by Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2016

A Better Way to Drink: Bellion Vodka

Many of us in the Food & Beverage Industry have done our fair share of imbibing. For some, it is occupational hazard meets labor of love but for others, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Nov 2, 2016

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Bachi BurgerGood things are happening on Rainbow & Russell… Bachi Burger has recently revamped its menu and is in the middle of a concept refresh. They are expanding their Read more ›

Adam Rains on Nov 1, 2016

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USBG Member SpotlightKinson LauLas Vegas sees its fair share of characters, and in our industry, even more so. One character that stands out is Kinson Lau. He has become Read more ›

Adam Rains on Nov 1, 2016

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USBG Member SpotlightWendy Helene HodgesWendy Helene Hodges is a staple of our bartending community and a proud USBG member. This mother of three has the Read more ›

Adam Rains on Oct 1, 2016

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The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional would like to introduce a new monthly feature dedicated to the Las Vegas chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. As a Read more ›

Adam Rains on Sep 1, 2016

Herbs & Rye

“The reaction from the city has been mind boggling. For me, watching my team react was one of the most fulfilling things. They all looked around and said, ‘we Read more ›

Adam Rains on Aug 2, 2016

Chile Caliente

Being from San Diego and no stranger to Mexican food, I am always looking for a new spot. With a few notable exceptions, the variety of flavors & regional Read more ›

Adam Rains on Aug 1, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

“Today in high-end restaurants, bartenders don’t want to use the mass produced products; they want to use something special. The chefs are buying the best cuts of meat and Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jul 1, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

We all want to be a part of something great, something bigger than ourselves. For many bartenders, that means being a part of the ongoing cocktail renaissance. The cocktail Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jun 1, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

Finding a way to connect with people is the secret of bartending and life for that matter; that is what Tom Kozlowksi does best. Whether it’s with a joke Read more ›

Adam Rains on May 1, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

Absolut has been classically innovative for years. With Absolut Elyx they are further demonstrating mastery in the art of making vodka, not by using future technology but by bringing Read more ›

Adam Rains on Apr 1, 2016

Art of Flavors

There is now another reason to visit the area between the Stratosphere and the Velveteen Rabbit. What is officially called the Gateway District, has long been home to one Read more ›

Adam Rains on Mar 1, 2016

SWS of Nevada Academy

“The Academy, it’s really a magnificent place for education and the perfect showcase that embodies functionality and ergonomics behind the bar, along with high-end design.We had the opportunity to Read more ›

Adam Rains on Feb 2, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

This February, we are about to witness the continuation of a budding cocktail legacy. What began three years ago as a night of celebration for charity has transformed into Read more ›

Adam Rains on Feb 1, 2016

Chazz Palminteri

Rolling hills, charmingly rustic fishing villages and a dark sensibility are all images that are conjured by the mention of Sicily. Along with sitting in a piazza, drinking espresso, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jan 5, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

Keith Baker is a pistol! Out on the frontier of Fremont with his frontier facial hair, selling frontier whiskey and mixing stellar cocktails. His superb attitude and supreme work Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jan 4, 2016

For the Love of the Craft

Imagine a time when everywhere you turned, bars were fully stocked with a wide array of macro-brewed adjunct lagers as far as the eye could see, all boasting the Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft , November 2015

John Paddon is a man of a powerful thirst. He has left the confines of a comfortable, high salaried corporate F&B job and has set out to find his Read more ›

Adam Rains on Nov 1, 2015

Mixology at the Trump

When you hear the word Trump you may first think of reality TV “catchphrases” and controversial news headlines but maybe not Las Vegas. In a city that is full Read more ›

Adam Rains on Oct 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

Steve Schneider is on quite a ride. From his military service, to bar apprentice, bartender to principal bartender at one of the most iconic/influential bars in the world, Employees Read more ›

Adam Rains on Oct 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

In a town that is riddled with “pay-to-play” multi-layered corpo-beverage programs, it is easy to get caught up in the web of profits, losses, numbers & ratios. Where the Read more ›

Adam Rains on Sep 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

Located in the neighborhood of Summerlin Tivoli Village is home to quite a few new retail and dining options. One of the most noteworthy, Made LV recently held an Read more ›

Adam Rains on Aug 1, 2015

Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada Opens New All-encompassing Training/Events Facility

In the southwest part of our valley, lies a beautifully modern structure that houses a staple of our community. With its partially covered garden and fountain walls, it gives Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jul 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

This June, Absolut Elyx hosted a truly unique event. Our Elyx representative Kristen Schaefer brought together some of the city’s top mixologists in the name of exceptional vodka. I Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jul 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

Las Vegas is a town where you can always find hopes, aspirations and positive possibilities, countered by disillusionment & downward despair. But with George Racz of Las Vegas Distillery, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Jun 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

It is not often that you get the chance to meet someone like Heather Greene. She is a super smart, fun seeking, down to earth and whiskey lovin’ lady. Read more ›

Adam Rains on May 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

I rsquo;ve said it before, it’s a great time to be a bartender; especially now, and especially here in Las Vegas. We are one of the world beverage epicenters Read more ›

Adam Rains on Apr 1, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

Ronnie Berosini is a Las Vegas original. After growing up as part of a traveling circus family, he has landed in the perpetually carnival-esque fantasy that is Vegas. At Read more ›

Adam Rains on Mar 1, 2015

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Carter Raff of Raff DistillerieCarter Raff is living the American Dream. As master distiller and founder of Raff Distillerie, he is doing what he loves in the city that Read more ›

Adam Rains on Feb 1, 2015