By: Bob Barnes
Las Vegas Brewing Company is now open and is the city’s newest brewery. Located at 3101 N Tenaya just south of Cheyenne in the same spot as the original Tenaya Creek Brewery and subsequent PT’s Brewing, the 10-barrel brewing system is also the same, but three 10-barrel fermenters have been added and a bottling line is on the way.
The beer is crafted by local brewing legend Dave Otto, who has been a professional brewer since 1997, brewing at Holy Cow!/Big Dog’s and PT’s Brewing where he racked up nearly a dozen Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals, making him one of the most experienced and award-winning brewers in Nevada history. Brewing alongside him is David Marcolongo and together they have plans to make core beers of a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Blonde Ale, Irish Red, Irish Stout, Light Lager and a rotating Sour Ale. One of the more interesting beers I enjoyed during my recent visit was the Blue 42 Sour, infused with blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers and Strawberry Sour Punch candy which to my taste was quite refreshing and the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Surprisingly, no brewery up until now has opened with Las Vegas in its name, which co-owners (husband and wife) Kyle and Jamie Dolder registered 2.5 years ago when they first began planning the brewery. The new décor features an entrance adorned with wall murals depicting iconic Las Vegas symbols and images, which is fitting not only for the brewery’s name, but also because Jamie is a fourth generation native Las Vegan.
In addition to the beer, a full menu is served. The illustrious chef Jean Paul Labadie was brought in as a consultant and the kitchen is helmed by executive chef Hollin Rothmann, who has held positions at Picasso, Sage and Carson Kitchen. Her elevated taproom menu is designed to complement the house-made beers, with scratch sauces and items including sausage board, beer cheese fondue, pimento cheese made with the brewery’s Penny O’ Reilly’s Irish Red Ale, spinach & artichoke flatbread, house-cured chicken wings with sweet and spicy citrus glaze and one of the best desserts I can remember ever tasting: pretzel bread pudding with salted caramel sauce.
The dining room is kid friendly, and there’s even a children’s menu, and both the bar and dining room are non-smoking. As I write this, hours are 11-10 daily, but in the coming weeks plans are to open at 7 a.m. with a full breakfast menu. www.lvbrewco.com
North 5th Brewing Adds Beer Garden
North 5th Brewing now has a dog-friendly beer garden, established in the front of the North Las Vegas brewery. Show up with your leashed furry best friend on Thursdays for Yappy Hour beginning at 5 and get discounted beer all night long. They are also hosting Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with food from The Torta Chaser food truck. Menu items include breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, sandwiches and buttermilk pancakes; and to go with the food the brewery has its versions of micheladas, beermosas, an IPA shandy and a Mexican-style lager.