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/// NEVADA BEER NUGGETS
 
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008
 
Nevada Beer Nuggets
Nevada breweries made a strong showing at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest, evidence that plenty of big beers are brewed in the Silver State. Las Vegas was represented by Big Dog’s Brewing Company (Moon Dog Barleywine), Tenaya Creek (Imperial Stout) and Chicago Brewing Company (Hawaiian Honey), and northern Nevada was represented by White Pine Brewing (Imperial Stout) in Ely.

White Pine’s Imperial Stout just happened to be a landmark tasting experience for Greg Nowatzki, a Las Vegan who keeps an accounting of all the different beers he’s tasted in his lifetime. The Imperial Stout happened to mark the 10,000th on his list. Greg had intended to reach this landmark in Las Vegas and said, “It kind of snuck up on me. I picked Steve MacMillan's [owner and brewer, White Pine Brewing Company] beer to show my appreciation to him for teaching my BJCP class last summer. I thought it would be an appropriate thank-you. The beer was fantastic — aged in a whiskey barrel. Huge amounts of malt, hops and alcohol, but no one flavor overpowered the others.”

The Yard House, a multi-tap sporting hundreds of tap handles, has entered the Nevada market.

Greg gave a toast before his taste, in which he thanked God for allowing his liver to last this long; his grandmother Marion for taking him to his first brewpub; his ex-wife for encouraging him to get a hobby and promptly divorcing him after discovering what it was; and his fiancée, Pammie, for putting up with his hobby. He also forgave his grandfather Art and his father, Pat, for giving him his first two tastes of beer when he was two: a Bud and a Pabst.

Greg’s last epic milestone was his 7,777th beer, on July 7, 2006, at 7:07 p.m. Big Dog’s Brewmaster Dave Otto assisted Greg in venerating the number 7 by brewing a beer named Quad 7, with seven malts, seven hops, 77 IBUs and 7.7% abv. An accountant by trade, Greg naturally likes special numbers, and his next goal is to reach his 11,111th brew, which he hopes to commemorate in Las Vegas.

Richard Lovelady, brewmaster at Gordon Biersch in Las Vegas, is brewing a lager yeast–based Roggen beer. Richard plans to use 15–20% rye and a dash of Munich, with the rest pale malt. He is shooting for about 6% abv and 25–30 IBUs. The brew should be on tap by the time you read this.

The Yard House, a multi-tap establishment sporting hundreds of tap handles, continues to expand and has entered the Nevada market. Its Las Vegas location will pour 160 taps and will be the 19th branch in the chain. Located in the Turnberry Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), near the junction of the 215 and I-15 freeways, the Yard House is targeted to open in early February.

Another worthy new arrival is Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in the spanking-new Palazzo Resort, Hotel and Casino at the center of the Vegas Strip. The $1.8 billion Palazzo is an all-suites 50-floor luxury hotel tower that is being compared to high-end locales such as Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Rodeo Drive. The beers at Morels promise to be equally high-end, with the likes of Maudite, Blanche de Bruxelles and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap. Bottled beers on offer will include Duvel, Orval, Westmalle, Rochefort 8, Lindemans Framboise, Anchor Christmas and all three varieties of Chimay. Wine and Beverage Director Nick Hetzel knows plenty about beer, having worked with Michael Shetler at Rosemary’s Restaurant.

As always, good beer happens in Vegas!

Yard House
Las Vegas Town Square
6593 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-734-9273

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Palazzo Hotel & Casino
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-607-6333

 

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