Las Vegas Brewing News

By Bob Barnes

The Mad Fermentist

Allan Harrison has crafted a West Coast DIPA. Called CITRAIC, at 7.8% it’s malty and hopped with Mosaic and Citra hops, which explains the unique name. Also on the way, is MANTRA, an American-style Barleywine in honor of cancer survivors and victims, and Allan’s sister, who sadly just passed from cancer. One dollar from every beer is being donated to a cancer charity. It’ll be close to 12% and hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook and should land close to 100 IBUs; and, it’s part of the Steal the Glass deal: for $15 you get your first pour and keep the glass, which has a unique logo.

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Head Brewer Cameron Fisher brings us Big Boy Pants, a 13% English Barleywine stoked with Maris Otter and select malts. As it’s an English style opposed to American, it’s more on the sweet, malty side with a rich, boozy complexity with alfalfa honey added for a unique twist. A limited run of 70 gift tubes of three 12 oz bottles are for sale, and the fun imaging on the label make it a good candidate for a Christmas gift. Also available is Hop Vegas, a 78 IBU 7% West Coast IPA with complex layers of hops from Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Mosaic bringing ripe citrus up front followed by pine and then a slight tropical finish.

> For more information, visit the CraftHaus official website.


Kyle Weniger, who now goes by the name of JuxtaNomad, continues to brew one-off brews, some of which are now pouring around town. His Myrcene-Irie, a mango/lemongrass IPA, is on tap at Hop Nuts; I’d Have a Beer 100% Strata IPL is at Astronomy; Scene Kids Sour Dessert IPA with toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and graham cracker is expected to pour in late November at Scenic; and at Able Baker, Grandma’s Candy Tray Caramel Imperial Stout will be out towards the end of November and Big Baby B’s Barrel-aged German Chocolate Cake Stout in December. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for his sours and barrel-aged beers, which are still growing.

> For more information, visit the JuxtaNomad official website.

Lovelady Brewing

It appears Richard Lovelady is continuing to push the boundaries on what ingredients can work well in beer. His new offerings include the 7.8%, 35 IBU Paleo Rex, an Imperial Porter with chocolate/peanut butter/coffee; Sichuan Down, a 6.7% 20 IBU Golden Ale with Sichuan pepper, Centennial hops and five different Chinese hot peppers; Singapore Sling, a kettle sour with lime/cherry/blood orange; Speedee WCIPA, a 7%, 80 IBU West Coast IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops; and two 6% Speedee Sours, one with raspberry/lemon and one with pineapple/mango.

> For more information, visit the Lovelady Brewing official website.

Big Dog

Director of Brewery Operations Dave Pascual has been working on kicking out specialty beers, which include On Paws, a 9% Hazy IPA with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops; and slated for a late December to early January release will be War Dog IIPA, an 8.5% Double IPA heavily hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo.

> For more information, visit the Big Dog official website.

Ellis Island

Head Brewers Michael Key and Eddie Leal have their 8% unfiltered, full-bodied Holiday Dopplebock with rich caramel and toffee flavors featuring four different malts (Pale, Munich, Caramunich and Carafa), which finishes with a malt sweetness; and Ellis Island Weizenbock, a 7.1% Strong German Wheat Beer with a balance of maltiness, fruit and spice yeast character. You can enjoy both at The Front Yard.

> For more information, visit the Ellis Island official website.

Hop Nuts

Kevin Holder will be dropping his annual BBA Imperial Stout Abominable Haze Man, along with a double dry-hopped Hazy IPA and a Winter Lager.

> For more information, visit the Hope Nuts official website.

Chicago Brewing

Erik Nielsen has released Good Vibes, a refreshing 5.7% Belgian Single brewed with lemon peel and orange peel and dry-hopped with Falconers Flight; and Bitter Jitters, a 6.5% Coffee IPA with Citra and Simcoe hops and locally sourced cold brew coffee from Desert Wind Coffee Roasters. Next up he’ll have an Imperial NEIPA and a Coffee Porter.

> For more information, visit the Chicago Brewing official website.