Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. You’ll taste caramel, vanilla, coconut and chocolate in this regal concoction, aged in used Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels. It takes the brewers at Joseph James more than a year to make it, so grab it while you can when it lands in stores next week ($15 per bottle at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits).
The Dutch. Tenaya Creek Brewing Co. brewer Anthony Gibson hasn’t cranked out a batch of this Belgian-style strong ale ($6) in four years, but it’s on tap now. Named after a loyal Tenaya Creek patron, the Dutch is a dry, light-bodied, easy-drinking beer with a 9.3-percent-alcohol kick.
Oktoberfest Märzen. Boulder Dam Brewing Co. cooks up a batch of this malty, biscuity goodness ($4.50) every year in honor of Boulder City’s September WurstFest.
Old Jackalope Barley Wine. This American-style barley wine is brewed only for a short time at Tenaya Creek, and is served in a snifter ($6.50). It’s 10.4 percent alcohol, but the oak-aging imparts vanilla undertones, and the nitrogen pour helps lighten things up.
Pumpkin Ale. Big Dog’s paean to the fall drinking season is made with real pumpkin puree, not extract, for a spicy brew with a nutmeg finish. It arrives 6 p.m. Sept. 27 for the tapping party at the Draft House on Rancho Drive. One pint and you’ll want to reach for a sweater.
“Mystery” IPA. “Bubba” Amas, Barley’s brewmaster, pulled some strings to get an experimental batch of hops shipped to him in August. By the time you read this, he should have the resulting IPA flowing ($3.75). It’s so secret it doesn’t even have a name yet.
Sin City IPA. Don’t be scared. This is a British-style IPA, meaning it’s maltier and not as hoppy as its American counterpart. Available at all three Sin City locations ($6).
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