Able Baker Brewing Throws a Party

James Manos
Able Baker ownerJames Manos chats with
a guest at Hard Rock Live
Photo by Megan Edwards

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.

Atomic Duck
Atomic Duck poses with guests at the launch party
Photo by Megan Edwards

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.

Great beer
Able Baker beer and Angels Envy bourbon, what a combination!
Photo by Megan Edwards

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.


2 responses on “Able Baker Brewing Throws a Party

  1. One of the cool things about this tasting, was that they supplies bits of flambéed sugar as a chaser for the Honey Dip Stout, which was quite interesting. In fact, this is the first stout I’ve tasted that “actually” tasted like Honey. Very nice.

    Weirdly, they served the Test Site Saison after the Honey Dip Stout — my taste buds couldn’t make the transition that easily. And we didn’t have time to taste the featured Chris Kael Impale’d Ale, but that Atomic Duck IPA was superb. The perfect blend of sharp hops and a sophisticated complex finish. Very, very nice. I still really like The Green Mojave IPA crafted by Hop Nuts, but this Atomic Duck is darn good!

    Chris Kael was at the party, standing with fans for photos.

    It was a quite an interesting event.

  2. I went to this party too and it was fantastic. Really cool to meet Chris Kael from 5 Finger Death Punch. The beer was pretty awesome – my favorites in order:
    1. Honey Dip Stout <– wow, I think it was like 12%
    2. Chris Kael Impale'd Ale
    3. Atomic Duck IPA
    4. Test Site Saison <– my gf really liked this one the best

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