Dave Otto Helms the New PT’s Brewing Co., Dave Pascual Moves Over to Big Dog’s

The announcement that Tenaya Creek Brewery was selling its Tenaya Way location to move to Bonanza Road (now open!) set off a chain reaction in the local brewing scene that appears to have had a positive effect all around. Tenaya Creek sold the Summerlin brewery to Golden Entertainment. The new owners have renamed it PT’s Brewing Co., and tapped 19-year Big Dog’s Brewing Co. veteran Dave Otto to run the show. The venue will open in early 2016, bringing back the dining and gaming that Tenaya shed over the years, and introducing a new patio. Stepping into the sizeable Big Dog’s operation is Chicago Brewing Co.’s head brewer for the last decade, David Pascual. I asked both how the transition was going thus far.

Dave Otto | Photo by Jon Estrada

Dave Otto | Photo by Jon Estrada

Dave Otto

Brewmaster, PT’s Brewing Co.

How did you know it was time to make a move?

It was time for me to move on, to try something new. I saw an opportunity to get into a growing company with a captured market: 46 pubs and six more opening. It’s [Golden Entertainment’s] next natural step to get into the brewing business and have its own brand. We really want to make our own beer to give people another reason to come to PT’s, Sierra Gold and Sean Patrick’s.

What is your vision for the PT’s Brewing Co. lineup?

We’re not gonna do anything super fancy; we’re gonna make beers that are popular and that sell to the local clientele: a lighter version of a European Pilsner, an Irish red, an Irish stout on nitrogen, an American-style IPA, American pale ale, some kind of a wheat beer—German style or Belgian wit style—and as many seasonals and specialty beers as we can.

What advice do you have for Dave Pascual?

He’s inheriting a really nice brewery. He certainly has room to breathe now. Dave is gonna have to brew all the Big Dog’s brands and then of course he’s gonna bring in his own Belgian specialty beers. He’ll figure it out. He’s a great brewer.


Dave Pascual

Dave Pascual

Dave Pascual

Head brewer/director of brewing operations, Big Dog’s Brewing Co.

How did you know it was time to make a move?

The market is getting a lot more attention than it did 10 years ago. I remember someone dumping an IPA out in front of me, saying, “This is disgusting. Why is it so bitter?” Things have changed, palates have changed. It was perfect timing for me to take my next step.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
I’m not trying to change anything, because Dave Otto has done a phenomenal job, I love his beers. I’m just trying to add what I can—different styles of beer, bringing new ideas. I hope to do some Belgian-style beers and some things that we weren’t able to do at Chicago fully: barrel aging, possibly some sours.

What advice do you have for your successor?
Be very detail oriented. I hope they can keep the tradition of really nice and clean beers … and hopefully they can get the brewery to realize that there’s more to it than just the brewpub and expand the brewing operations. –X.W.

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