A rum Old-Fashioned. Courtesy of Sugarcane

Sip Into Sugarcane’s Boutique Rum Collection, Eureka’s Two Bitch Bourbons and CraftHaus’ Southwest-Style IPA

Here's what's stirring in the beverage scene this week.

Since opening in November, chef Timon Balloo’s Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in The Venetian has drawn acclaim for its globally influenced cuisine. Also worth noting, however, is its artisanal rum selection. While not the largest in town, the collection boasts 132 choices from more than 20 diverse locales around the world with labels hailing from some countries you would expect, such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and from others that may surprise you, including France and Hawaii. “Our collection was curated with the intent of providing the most unique and diverse rum selection in Las Vegas,” general manager Jeremy Yoza says. “We are always growing and evolving our rum selections with new and exciting offerings.” Some specimens are extremely rare, such as the Appleton Estate 50-Year, the oldest aged rum currently available at Sugarcane, which will set you back $1,500 for a pour. But you won’t have to empty your wallet to find other worthy choices; for example, Dos Maderas PX 5+5 from Barbados, represents an excellent value at $14 considering that it has been aged for a total of 10 years in ex-sherry oak. View Sugarcane’s complete offerings here.  

Two Bitch Bourbon. Courtesy of Two Bitch Spirits

There’s a new spirits company based in Eureka, Nevada, and before you get too offended by its somewhat provocative name, it’s worth pointing out that  Two Bitch Spirits refers to owners Joe and Lauren Luby’s two Doberman-mix pups, sisters Scarlett and Sage. The wholesale/distributor company purchases barrels of aged bourbon from distilleries, experiments by combining them to find just the right combination, and then bottles what they deem to be the perfect blend. The inaugural batch, Small Batch With Bite #001, is a surprisingly easy-drinking 100-proof mixture of bourbons that have been aged for four years. The more than 1,800 bottles filled in May have nearly sold out. The second rendition, a blend of predominantly 9-year-old bourbons, is being bottled in the next week. The Lubys’ bourbons retail for $35-40 per 750-milliliter bottle, are available throughout Nevada and can be found locally at more than 20 retail locations, such as Total Wine and Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits.

Mojave southwest IPA. Courtesy of CraftHaus

According to the Brewers Association, there are more than 150 beer styles in existence, with oodles more sub-styles being created each year. With so many varieties of beers under the sun, is there anything left that hasn’t been tried, or any ingredient that has not yet found its way into beer? India Pale Ale (commonly referred to as IPA) is currently the top-selling craft beer style and several sub-styles have popped up around regions including the West Coast (WCIPA), New England (NEIPA) and Northwest (NWIPA). Now, thanks to Henderson’s CraftHaus Brewery, there is one more: Southwest IPA (SWIPA). Its spanking new Mojave SWIPA is infused with indigenous organic agave syrup, which dries out the beer, and two hops named for the region (Amarillo and El Dorado), which give the beer a juicy nose and a slight white pepper finish. Head over to the brewery to try this new release along with more than 30 others during CraftHaus’ third anniversary Fruitsplosion Fest on September 16. The name gives away that the theme of this year’s celebration focuses on beers brewed with fruit.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit crafthaus3rdanniversary.bpt.me.

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