Seven reasons to lift up a glass

Fernet Branca

Fernet Branca

1. The race is on to see which watering hole will be Nevada’s first to host Fernet Branca on tap. Rumor has it that two popular mixology bars—one on-Strip, one off—are vying to offer the Italian amaro on a four-bottle system that ties into existing beer lines. Think Wynn would accept a prop bet?

2. Fans of Redbreast Irish whiskey will be thrilled about Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, a full-flavored new version that goes straight from cask to bottle. $65 suggested retail.

3. Sample even more whiskey at Andre’s Whiskey Wednesdays, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 7 and the Kentucky Derby on May 2. In the Monte Carlo, 9-11 p.m., $25 in advance, $35 at the door,

4. The three-course craft beer-pairing dinner at Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar is back for the month of March, including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s pale ale (now available in cans!). $28, in the Monte Carlo, 730-7965.

5. Save the date for a five-course cocktail-pairing dinner April 4 at Embers Grille + Spirits in Summerlin. $100, 7 p.m.,

6. Get ’em before they sell out again! Tickets are on sale now for the second annual Great Festival of Beer, April 21 at Tivoli Village. 5-9 p.m.,

7. China Poblano will celebrate a Tequila & Mezcal Festival March 12-25 with complimentary tastings and intimate pairing dinners. In the Cosmopolitan,