Yesterday’s Craft Beer 101 at Rounders Bar and Grill in Las Vegas really was a must-attend event for anyone interested in experimenting with tasting micro-brews. We blasted out a text alert that this was the place to be on a Wednesday night! (you can sign up for text alerts by simply texting the word “BEER” to 69302)
Green Flash, Worthingtons, Big Sky, and Stone were the featured microbrewing companies that brought the following to the table for free samples:
- Trout Slayer by Big Sky (5% ABV)
Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisades, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker.
- Moose Drool by Big Sky (5.1% ABV)
It’s chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts, and Kent Goldings, Liberty and Willamette hops.
- Arrogant Bastard by Stone (7.2% ABV)
As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to this beer – even outright attempts to copy it, but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance.
- IPA by Stone (6.9% ABV)
If you’re a hop-head, then you’ll love this IPA. Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over-the-top hops. Generous “dry hopping” gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor.
- West Coast IPA by Green Flash (7.35% ABV)
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma.
- Hop Head Red by Green Flash (7.00% ABV)
Resinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget, and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, the brew is dry-hopped with bucket loads of Amarillo hops.
- Red Shield by Worthingtons (4.2% ABV)
A light, blond ale brewed with both barley and wheat malts. which give a light biscuity backdrop to the taste of the beer. Then subtle bitterness comes from the Brambling Cross hos that add a slightly spicy note to the flavor and combined with Cascade and Centennial hopes, gives a citrus aroma with hints of blackcurrant.
- White Shield by Worthingtons (5.6% ABV)
An iconic India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed to the sam recipe as 1830. Aromatic hopes, toasted cereal notes, and hints of smoke and spice kindle. White Shield’s embracing nose, enhanced by fragrant fruity characters and an intricate top-note of freshly baked bread.
The entire event was produced by the Bonanza Beverage Company with many more such beer tastings planned for the future. The “I Love Beer” Show will be there – we invite you to join us (or at least watch the show LIVE!)