Seven reasons to lift up a glass

1. Last month we told you about Newcastle Brown’s Winter IPA. The latest limited-edition creation, Newcastle Founders’ Ale, is a full-bodied brew with dry, hoppy and roasted flavors, a tribute to the five founding breweries of Newcastle, available through April. $8 six-pack at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits,

2. Speaking of beer, Jan. 24 is Beer Can Day. Celebrate with a cold one! Though it doesn’t serve beer in cans, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in the Palazzo will offer two-for-one draughts for $8-9.

3. For dessert, head to Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company in Henderson for the seasonal treat, Chocolate Stout, a deep black draught ale with a foamy cappuccino head, dark chocolate flavors throughout and a slightly sweet finish. $3.50-$5.50, 4500 E. Sunset Road, 458-2739.

4. Scotch-lovers take note: Embers Steaks Ribs & Spirits in Boca Park will serve up a five-course paired scotch dinner on Feb. 1. Begin with a Blood & Sand before moving on to the single malts. 7 p.m., $100, 778-2160.

5. New for the new year, the Center Bar has introduced a cocktail menu of throwbacks such as the Pomegranate Martini ($10) and Oatmeal Cookie shooter ($8) as well as new creations. In New York-New York.

6. Save the date, Feb. 11, for Southern Nevada Public Television’s 23rd annual Splendor in the Glass Wine & Beer Tasting to benefit Vegas PBS at LVH. 3-7 p.m., $75 in advance, $90 day of,

7. Get your new year—both of them—off to a good start at the Palazzo’s Waterfall & Atrium Gardens, now an oriental sanctuary. Weighing in at 8,000 pounds, the 128-foot red and gold water dragon is said to remove obstacles if you walk clockwise around him three times. Meet him at the ceremonial dragon dance at 1 p.m. Jan. 23.



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