By Bob Barnes
On December 3rd the Southern Nevada Brewers Guild will partner with Pub 365 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino to present the Winter Wonderland Beer Fest, featuring 60+ beers from local breweries (including several collaboration and one-off brews), bottle shops and craft beer bars, along with holiday themed food available for purchase. General admission tickets for unlimited beer sampling from 7-10 p.m. are $50 in advance and $65 at the door.
VIP, which includes unlimited sampling from 6-10 p.m., exclusive access to a VIP room with hand passed hors d'oeuvres, Winter Wonderland t-shirt and VIP only beers, are $80 in advance and $95 at the door. For more info and to purchase tickets visit here. In addition, those wishing to book a room for the night can receive a discounted rate and waived resort fee by visiting here and using the code WINTERBREW.
North 5th Brewing, the first-ever brewery to open in North Las Vegas, will be commemorating its opening with its Grand Opening Party on Dec. 10 from 4-9 p.m. The ticketed event was limited to 100, and as I write this in late November it has already sold out.
But show up after the 10th and check out our newest brewery, which due to COVID and shipping delays, has been more than three years in the making. The brewery is truly a family operation, as it is owned by siblings Amanda and Matt Payan, and the beers are brewed by brothers Patrick and Sam Tofte.
They are planning to offer easy drinking beers and are starting off with an American-style Hefeweizen followed by other “crushable lagers and approachable IPAs,” and later full-bodied styles such as Imperial Stout. North 5th is located at 60 Mayflower Ave, off of Commerce south of Cheyenne. For more info visit north5thbrewingco.com.
Eddie Leal at Ellis Island has a Doppelbock, an Oatmeal Stout made with oat flakes, a Baltic Porter and their annual Ellis Family Holiday (egg) Nog (dairy-based beverage fortified with bourbon, rum and brandy). The Nog is a closely guarded family recipe, and this year marks the 19th year the Ellis family has shared this special family recipe with the public; plus, their Silver Reef beers (made in St. George, Utah) are now being distributed in northern Arizona.
HUDL Head Brewer Joe Couzzo tells me they are now offering their brews in cans, with the Nac Nac and Toasted Pecan Ale being the first to hit the shelves in local retail stores. The Nac Nac is a bold West Coast IPA and the Pecan Ale is a brown ale base flavored with toasted pecan with a hint of toasted marshmallow that should be a good fit to accompany holiday dinners.
Tenaya Creek, which just celebrated its 22nd anniversary with a rousing party last month pouring more than 30 of Brewmaster Anthony Gibson’s masterpieces, brought out one of my all-time favorite beers, which was made even better after being aged in a bourbon barrel: B.B.A. Old Jackelope Barleywine. Show up at the brewery and you can grab a four-pack of this unique, full-flavored robust beer.