Best New Beer

Joseph James Citra Rye Pale Ale



Finding Las Vegas’ best new beer is like locating those rare desert pupfish—you have to know exactly where to look. Joseph James Citra Rye Pale Ale replaced Tahoe Blue this year on the local brewery’s year-round portfolio, capitalizing on the arrival of a long-awaited order of fruity citra hops. The company has been in expansion mode, temporarily halting production of this crisp, refreshing light-golden palate-pleaser, so get it while it lasts at Fireside Tavern and Atomic Liquors. And when the batches start to roll out again in about a month, look for it on draft ($4 pint), in growlers ($13) and eventually in cans and bottles at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits.

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Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.