Epic tappings, a fancy flight and tequila: It’s what’s for dinner

• Drink up! According to the Mayan calendar, come midnight Dec. 20, we’re all goners. And how better to mark the definitive occasion than with an End of the World Party with La Fin du Monde, the definitive Belgian-style tripel? That night, Unibroue’s robust, golden ale will be available on draft for the first time ever at Commonwealth bar, opening Nov. 16 downtown. The only official La Fin du Monde Day Party in Nevada (LaFinDuMondeDay.com) will culminate with a balloon release and a chance to win a year’s worth of the revered spiced brew. That is, assuming we’re all still around the next day. Facebook.com/CommonwealthLV.

• December is definitely the month to park it at Aces & Ales. Dec. 1 is the Local Brewers Takeover, pouring 19 beers from local breweries. One dollar from every $4 pint sold goes to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association. Dec. 12 marks the Vertical Epic Takeover, featuring 11 Stone Brewing craft brews released annually and meant to be opened this year in one epic vertical tasting ($75, 5:30-8 p.m. or 8:30-11 p.m.). The next day begins the 10 Days of Deschutes, featuring a different Deschutes brew each day leading up to Dec. 22’s Abyssmas, tapping the rare Deschutes Abyss 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. AcesandAles.com.

• Congratulations to Mandalay Bay director of food and beverage Sarah Johnson for completing the extensive exam to become the state’s first female certified cicerone (beer sommelier). She joins a small-but-eminent club; Russell Gardner of Block 16 Hospitality was the state’s first certified cicerone. Learn about the program at Cicerone.org.

• Time to up your whiskey game, hipsters. Throughout the month, Rí Rá in Mandalay Place will offer a flight of four Irish whiskies (Jameson, Bushmills, Redbreast 12 and Michael Collins) for $14, a ½-ounce pour of each for the same price as 2 ounces of the Redbreast 12. RiRa.com.

• Milagro Tequila brand ambassador Gaston Martinez will host Milagro Mixologia Dec. 6 at Tao in the Venetian. The interactive dinner event will pair Milagro’s six expressions with executive chef Michael Armstrong’s Asian cuisine while teaching guests how to make tequila cocktails at home. $75, TaoLasVegas.com.

• Las Vegas bartenders came together Nov. 11 at Herbs & Rye to raise $3,542 for one of their own. In his 36 years in the industry, veteran Zig Zag barman Murray Stenson has inspired mixologists beyond his most recent home at Seattle’s Canon. Like many bartenders, Stenson has no medical insurance. The funds will aid Stenson in paying for a much-needed heart procedure. MurrayAid.org.

• Online retail giant Amazon launched its new Amazon Wine marketplace (Amazon.com/wine), shipping up to six bottles for $10 to 12 states including Nevada and the District of Colombia. Now you can get that Hello Kitty sparkling rosé ($22) shipped straight to your door, thus saving you that awkward moment at the register.

• In local wine news, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has partnered with Hall Winery to release a limited-edition private-label wine. Forty-Six Diamonds 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, now available at all Fleming’s locations, is a Bordeaux-style blend of 75 percent cabernet sauvignon, 1 percent petit verdot and 12 percent each of merlot and syrah. FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

St-Germain and Absolut have partnered to present TKO, a cocktail competition raising money for Three Square Food Bank, Nov. 20 at Wish Nightclub (7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 544-6754, Facebook.com/wishvegas). Bartenders from Vesper, Mob Bar, Backbar USA, Vanguard, Milo’s and Spago will go head-to-head in an Iron Chef-style challenge before a panel of judges including RM Seafood lead barman J.R. Starkus, Herbs & Rye owner Nectaly Mendoza and Absolut brand ambassador Kristen Schaefer. $20, 9 p.m. St-Germain samples for the first 50 attendees.



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