Join the club! The Nevada Brewers Guild (NevadaBrewersGuild.org) unites and champions 19 of the state’s professional breweries and maintains a great events calendar. SNAFU (the Southern Nevada Ale Fermenters’ Union; SNAFUBrew.com) meets monthly to talk beer with fellow homebrewers. And the Nevada Beer Lovers meet-up (VegasBeerLovers.com) offers a comprehensive calendar of beer-appreciation opps.
Brew school is now in session at Barley’s Brewing Co. (4500 E. Sunset Road, Henderson). Every Saturday in September, mash in with brewmaster Bubba. The class is free, but spaces are limited so call 795-1418 for reservations. For the next Big Dog’s Brew School, keep an eye on BigDogsBrews.com/brewschool.
Craft pints are just $2-$4 from 3-7 p.m. daily at Money Plays, but 9 p.m. Sunday is the time to geek-out with fellow beer nuts at the craft brew bottle-share. Bring something that can’t be purchased in Las Vegas, and prepare to share. MoneyPlaysLV.com.
At Aces & Ales’ Tuesday Night Tastings you can sample six 4-ounce brews and an appetizer for $20. AcesAndAles.com.
The Freakin’ firkin hijinks continue monthly at the Freakin’ Frog, where owner Adam Carmer rolls out the best wooden firkins of cask-conditioned “real” ale (most recently Brasserie à Vapeur’s Saison de Pipaix) for a small crowd. To get an invite, e-mail your most convincing argument for inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget your neighbors! Cash in some frequent-flier miles for these great regional events: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest (Sept. 15-Oct. 27, BigBearEvents.com/oktoberfest), L.A. Beer Week (Sept. 20-30, LABeerWeek.com), the San Diego Festival of Beer (Sept. 21, SDBeerFest.org) and Septemberfest on the Santa Monica Pier (Sept. 22, DrinkEatPlay.com/septemberfest).
To the delight of many homebrewers, the White House recently declassified President Obama’s recipes for honey ale and honey porter. Read Sam Kass’ Sept. 1 blog entry at WhiteHouse.gov/blog for the recipe, or order your own brewing kit at AleToTheChief.com.