By: Bob Barnes
North 5th Brewing Now Open
The family-owned and operated North 5th Brewing opened its doors last month and became North Las Vegas’ first ever brewery. The brother brewer team of Head Brewer Patrick Tofte and Assistant Brewer Sam Tofte have been hard at work coming up with new recipes and making great beer.
The first beers out of the gate were a session IPA, West Coast IPA, hazy IPA, amber lager, Russian imperial stout and Fierro, a crushable Mexican lager named for owners/siblings Amanda and Matt Payan’s grandma’s hometown in New Mexico.
Being unveiled in January is a creation of Assistant Brewer Sam, a Scotch Ale. This is a style you don’t see that often and when you do it’s usually in the 10-12% ABV range, but Sam’s is a more approachable yet still complex 6.5% version.
North 5th is located at 60 Mayflower Ave, off of Commerce south of Cheyenne. Current hours are Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m., Fri 4 p.m.-midnight, Sat 11 a.m.-midnight and Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information visit north5thbrewingco.com.
District Brewing Rebranding as Neon Desert Brewing
District Brewing, one of the eight breweries located in Brewery Row and the Arts District, will soon be completing its name change and is putting the finishing touches on its rebranding as Neon Desert Brewing. The grand opening date has not been confirmed but will likely be in early February.
In the meantime, you can check for updates at neondesertbrewing.com or stop in and try some of their seasonal brews, which this month will include Golden Milk Coffee Stout made with coffee from local Dark Moon Coffee Roasters, a bourbon barrel-aged chocolate stout and a pepper lager.
What’s Pouring in January
Big Dog’s annual Winterfest beer and music festival will take place on January 29th at the Draft House outdoor area from 3-8 p.m. This fest offers free admission, live music and more than 50 local and regional brews.
Three different tasting packages are available, which will save you some bucks opposed to purchasing tasting tickets individually. For more info and to purchase a package, visit www.bigdogsbrews.com/festivals/winterfest.
Kyle Weniger, AKA Juxta Nomad, has brewed several unique beers to help us usher in the new year. He will be gifting us with several pastry stouts coming out between January and March, all of which are above 14% ABV and inspired by various desserts.
First up, coming out in January, is Spumoni. Modeled after the Italian Neopolitan-esque gelato, this collaboration with HUDL is made with black cherry puree, toasted pistachios and real unfinished chocolate. It will be on draft at Aces & Ales, The Silver Stamp, 595, Tenaya Creek, Sand Dollar and most of the other craft beer bars in town and in cans adorned with artwork by local artist PrettyDone. There will also be a very limited cinnamon roll version pouring exclusively at HUDL.
Lovelady Brewing Brewmaster/Owner Richard Lovelady has Zombie Sour, a 5% kettle sour with apricot, pomegranate, pineapple, passionfruit and lime; Gas Station Hazy (a Speedee Mart collaboration), a 7.3% hazy double IPA with Sabro and Lemon Peel; and Riviera (part of the Homage Series), a 7.5% double hazy IPA with cara cara orange.