Vegas Seven

2011 Beer Issue

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Growler Etiquette

    By Xania V. Woodman

    That refillable glass jug used to transport beer from a brewpub to your home is called a growler. “They are very common in the Northwest and areas that have a lot of microbreweries,” says Eric Rogers, division sales manager of Craft Brewers Alliance. “Some states allow them but others prohibit the usage of them.” Since their use is legal and becoming trendy in our state, here’s what you need to know:

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    My Favorite Beer

    Need a new brew to fall in love with? We asked seven prominent Las Vegas beer drinkers to share the one that makes them weak in the knees.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    What Beer Goes Best With Those Maine Day Boat Scallops?

    By Max Jacobson

    You can see the wine snobs turning up their noses at the mere notion. Pairing beer with food? Oooh, how tricky that must be. Should I accompany my meat-in-a-bun main course with a Bud or a Bud Light? Such disrespect stings those who prefer their fine meal served alongside a stout malt-and-hops beverage as opposed to a glass of sauvignon blanc. Then again, it’s tough for beer connoisseurs to strike back when their wine-sniffing counterparts can earn what amounts to a Ph.D. in oenology.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Hoppin’ Places

    By Bob Whitby

    While Las Vegas has some great beer bars, and its fair share of brewpubs, you are going to have to travel if you want to visit a true beer town. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far. Here are four tasty beer destinations within driving distance.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Don’t Forget to Swirl!

    By Matt Jacob

    Clyde Burney grabs his wine glass by the stem with his thumb and first two fingers, and as he ever-so-slightly rotates his wrist, the liquid swirls perfectly in a clockwise direction. He puts his nose right into the center of the glass, takes a whiff, then brings the glass to his lips for a sip. He repeats the action: swirl, sniff, sip. “That’s lovely,” Burney says in his distinct New Zealand accent. That’s also … beer?

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Beer. We’re celebrating it. And then drinking it.

    In anticipation of Vegas Seven's inaugural Desert Hops Beer Festival, we list the best brews and brewery destinations, trends and pairings, as well as a primer on how to properly taste.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    The Banger Gang

    By Xania V. Woodman

    As suburban garages go, this one is spotless. Four top-loading freezers hum away, maintaining the ideal temperature for whatever magic is happening within, and three gleaming tanks are lined up on the concrete, awaiting next week’s work. The five members of Banger Brewing can be found here most Mondays, honing their technique and perfecting their recipes, but every fourth week is set aside to clean. As anyone who’s ever tried home-brewing knows, cleanliness is key.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Beer Me!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    1. Go around the world in 150 beers without ever leaving the Backyard at Green Valley Ranch. Southern Wine & Spirits’ lineup features many domestic breweries, from Oregon’s Full Sail to Shipyard of Portland, Maine; from elsewhere in the New World, including Brazil’s Palma Louca and Canada’s Unibroue; and from across the pond—Spain’s Estrella Damm, Germany’s Warsteiner, Scotland’s Belhaven and Murphy’s of Ireland.

  • 2011 Beer Issue

    Beer Trends

    By Bob Whitby

    For beer geeks—loosely defined as those of us who eschew light American pilsners and plan our shopping trips around which store has the best selection of pretty much anything else—two trends are clear: seasonal brews and barrel aging. Both have as much to do with exclusivity as they do tasty beer.

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