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Fear and Loathing (the beer) in Las Vegas. October 31, 2011

Filed under: beer,breweries,Las Vegas bars and pubs,Micro brew — pnwbeerchick @ 9:23 pm

I haven’t been to Las Vegas in about five years, and boy has it changed. New resort casinos, new shows, and new breweries and watering holes. Oh, I also suffered some serious sticker shock when it came to my meals and beer! Long gone are the days of the $6.99 prime rib dinner and $2.50 beer. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get to the important stuff.

One of Vegas’ newest breweries, Sin City Brewing Company, was started by former Gordon Biersch Director of Brewing Operations Richard Johnson. The brewery has four staple brews and a seasonal on tap…

Sin City Weisse (4.5% ABV) – I enjoy a good wheat beer, but unfortunately this one was not one of them. Tasting more like watered down lemonade or crushed sweet-tart stirred in water; Sin City Weisse is unfiltered but really had no body or character.
Luckily for me I had an entire pint to choke down. Bummer, I really wanted to like this beer.

Sin City Amber (5.7% ABV) – Another disappointment was the amber. Described as a full-bodied Oktoberfest-style beer, I expected more flavor, body, and, well to taste like an Oktoberfest-style beer. Like the Weisse the Amber was also a bit watery. There is an obvious attempt for the toasty, crisp taste and feel of an amber beer but this beer doesn’t quite make it.

Sin City Light (ABV unavailable) – Surprisingly this beer was actually quite tasty. Very crisp, clean and lightly spiced the Light picked up where the two previous beers left off and actually tasted like beer. Great beer for the desert sun.

Sin City Stout (ABV unavailable) – though a bit too hot out for a stout I decided to give it a go anyway. Full-bodied, black, and full of coffee and chocolate notes, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. Brewed in the style of a traditional Irish stout, the brew is rich and finishes a little dry. Nicely done.

Sin City IPA (Seasonal, ABV unavailable) – the best beer out of the bunch was the IPA. Unfiltered with citrus notes and

The Pub

hints of honey this IPA has a nice hoppy aroma and finish. A little lighter than what I expect in an IPA but ideal for the Vegas heat.

Sin City Brewing Co wasn’t that bad. Three out of five beers were nice, just seems they spent more on the fancy merchandise than on the quality of the beer. Oh, and the beer isn’t cheap. $6.00 a plastic cup at the Flamingo but you can buy two mini pitchers (about three pint per pitcher) for $15.00.

Next stop on my vacation was The Pub at the Monte Carlo. 300 beers from around the world on tap! You heard right! Everything from local micro-brews to some of the best imports you will ever have the pleasure of drinking. The downside? Expect to pay anywhere from $6.50 a pint for your standard Budweiser and Coors Light to $15.00 and up for a pint of something a bit more exotic like a Belgian wheat beer. You can also purchase large (and I mean LARGE) bottles of some imports such as Chimay Blue Label for around $400-$750.00. A bit pricey for my taste.

For those of you that enjoy a good cigar with your beer Rhumbarat the Mirage is one of the few places left in Vegas where you can light up without offending anyone. Oh, Vegas became a bit “pc” as well.  A swanky yet relaxed outdoor patio right on the strip, Rhumbar is the perfect spot for kicking up your feet, throwing back a beer and lighting up a stogie. I visited this spot more than a

Nine Fine Irishmen

few times on my vacation.

Hands down, my favorite hangout for a pint in the entire city is Nine Fine Irishmen located in New York, New York. Probably one of the prettiest pubs I have ever been to, the pub was built in Ireland, dismantled, and rebuilt in the casino. Pouring traditional Irish and English beers such as Guinness, Harp, Bass and Boddingtons Nine Fine Irishmen serves some of the finest Irish Whiskeys available. Great food, Celtic atmosphere and live Irish music one will find it hard to leave.

For the most part my vacation to Vegas was a lot of fun. I’m a bit sad that the retro “Rat Pack” feel of Vegas has almost completely
disappeared and has been replaced by a Paris Hilton and the Kardashians vibe. Oh well, all things must change. There were so many new places to try and not enough time (or money) to try them all. If you plan on going be sure to wear some good walking shoes, choose your food and entertainment wisely and be prepared to drop some serious doubloons in this town.







Where the heck am i? October 16, 2011

Filed under: beer,breweries,Micro brew,Oktoberfest — pnwbeerchick @ 2:35 pm

I’m in Sin City kids! That’s right, Las Vegas, NV. So much beer to drink, only a week to drink it!


Beer…the cure for what ‘ales’ you! October 13, 2011

Feeling a bit under the weather last weekend I made the difficult decision to bow out of The Great Pumpkin Beer Fest. Instead,  I decided to take it easy and just visit a few breweries on the peninsula and see what they have in store for autumn.  After all, why let a little sniffle take me completely out of the game?

First stop was Hale’s Ales in Silverdale. I much prefer Hale’s location in Seattle. It just feels odd visiting an ale house in a
mall. Luckily once you’re inside the ale house that feeling goes away.  This month Hale’s is pouring O’Briens Harvest Ale. At 6.9% ABV this is just the warmer I needed to pep me up at bit. This ESB style ale is hoppy and crisp with a toasty finish. It has a
really pretty pumpkin orange color and essence of autumn leaves. Full-bodied and malty, O’Briens is just what the doctor ordered.  I followed up with the H.S.B. (Red Menace on nitro). This was a pretty beer. Smooth, creamy head and a malty
mouthfeel, I detected a hint of toffee. The finish is lightly hopped and very enjoyable.

Next stop was one of my favorite PNW breweries: Slippery Pig in Poulsbo. Now, I know this particular brewery is known for producing some crazy beers…but I think Hog Thai’d is their craziest one to date! And, at 9.5% ABV this baby packs a wallop. Ready for the ingredients? Glazed, smoked summer squash, toasted coconut, and zucchini. This beer starts out smoky and ends the same way. Hoppy, medium to full body with a touch of sweetness from the coconut, this baby would be worth a growler full! Also on tap was their Black Boar Hefe. I have never had a black hefeweizen. I’m talking this puppy is ink black. Black Boar is malty and full-bodied with a slightly sweet-tart finish. According to owner/brewer Dave, the wheat used in Black Boar is sautéed in a wok creating a lovely toasty element. Well done!

My last stop on my “Feeling A Bit Cruddy Tour” was Valhöll Brewing. I could hardly wait to try the brewery’s newest creation: Hop Fuk Wet Hop IPA. Beautiful Belgian lace floated elegantly above the amber-colored brew. Hop Fuk has a great hoppy aroma, starts out sweet and then pounds you in the face with an oily, full mouth feel. 7.6% ABV. I was very pleased.

I finished up with the very dark, very pretty Punkin Stouty. Served in a goblet, this elegant looking brew is strong (8.8% ABV) but easy to drink. Brewed with real pumpkin and spices, Punkin Stouty is malty, full-bodied and carried notes of brown sugar. Great little sipper.

So after a relaxing day at the breweries and about twelve hours of sleep, I was finally able to shake whatever it was that
ailed me. I guess beer really is the great “cure all.




Information about Slippery Pig Brewery can be found on facebook.


Grab your lederhosen and dirndl! It’s Oktoberfest time in Puyallup! October 6, 2011

Filed under: beer,Beer Festivals,German Beer,Oktoberfest — pnwbeerchick @ 9:43 pm

7th Annual Oktoberfest Northwest

WHEN: October 7th-9th, from 11:00am -12:00am

WHERE: Puyallup, Wa Fair &n Events Center

HOW MUCH: $10.00 – Stop by participating Safeway stores in Pierce and South King County and pick up a $3 off admission coupon, available at the customer service counter, valid all days of the festival!

Oktoberfest Northwest is an all-ages event until 7 p.m. each evening (and all day Sunday!).  After 7 p.m., guests must be 21 years of age or older. 

“Grab your stein and Prost our neighbor with authentic German beers from the Festalle Beirgarten. Authentic Munich-Type Steins both ½ liter and 1 liter sold on-site and while supplies last! The Munich-inspired Festhalle Biergarten will pour Paulaner Lager, Hoffbrau Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Snoqualmie Harvest Moon Fest Bier, Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Oktoberfest.  As a special treat, there will also be a limited run of Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock poured at the official opening ceremony, at 6:15 on Friday evening. “

Beer, brats, & authentic entertainment…what more do you need?


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