There’s a new beer in town.
This is a refrain we’ve been hearing for a few years now as the craft beer phenomenon takes hold in Las Vegas. We’ve had Big Dog and Tenaya Creek for quite a while, of course, but Crafthaus, Hopnuts, Joseph James, Lovelady, and Bad Beat are new to the scene. So are the new beers offered under the PT’s label at all their pubs. We aren’t quite San Diego, where there seems to be a brewery on every corner, but perhaps we’re on our way.
The newest addition to this hoppy company is Able Baker Brewery, which held a launch party last Friday on the Strip to celebrate its new Chris Kael Impale’d Ale. The new ale joins Atomic Duck IPA, Honey Dip Stout, Test Site Saison, 5 Pepper Porter, and Double Dead Duck IPA. Chris Kael, for whom the brew in named, recommends you chase it with bourbon. Angel’s Envy bourbon, one of Kentucky’s finest, was the brand flowing last night at Hard Rock Live, where Chris Kael himself sang its praises (and some songs, too.)
Able Baker is all Vegas. The name celebrates our explosive past — Able and Baker were the first two atomic bombs detonated at the Nevada Test Site. The brewery’s mascot is Atomic Duck, a tribute to the legend that a duck was the only animal to survive the atomic tests. Randy Rohde and James Manos are the visionaries behind the brand. While all the beers I tasted were sophisticated and finely crafted, I especially liked the Atomic Duck IPA. It’s one of the most balanced I’ve tasted anywhere.
While the brewery does not yet have a taproom, plans are in the works to open one, possibly downtown. In the meantime, Able Baker’s beers will be on tap at drinking establishments around the valley. Check their site for locations, and be on the lookout for Able Baker’s cool retro logo.