Find out what's buzzing in the Las Vegas beer scene in February 2023
Knight Time Hockey Bar
The Knight Time Hockey Bar at the M Resort Spa Casino is my latest beer find. Located on the casino floor adjacent to the sports book in the former space of 32°—and as the name implies—the restaurant and bar are partnered with the Henderson Silver Knights hockey team.
The décor includes a floor comprised of hockey stick designs, tabletops with a hockey rink design, a hockey-inspired white wall wrap simulating a hockey rink and signed memorabilia from the team. For entertainment, there is a pool table, video games and several TVs, which livestream every Silver Knights game.
Fortunately for us, they kept the 96 taps and are putting them to good use, pouring a wide range of very reasonably priced beer styles and several from local breweries, including: Able Baker, Bad Beat, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, HUDL, Lovelady, Mojave and Tenaya Creek.
To complement the brews, there is a food menu featuring a mix of Asian specialties like ahi poke, pho soup and teriyaki bowls; Montreal smoked beef poutine; made-to-order sandwiches and burgers; comfort food favorites like wings, chicken fingers and nachos; and steak and eggs available all day. Click here to check out the hours, current tap list and food menu.
On Saturday, February 11 (the day before Super Bowl Sunday), CraftHaus Brewery will celebrate its 9th annual Comrade Day with the annual release of its Russian Imperial Stout, a seated 2-hour event with seating options from 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Beers being poured include the 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Comrade Stouts aged on whiskey-soaked oak; and variants of the 2023 Comrade-Caramel Macchiato, 2023 Comrade-S’mores, 2021 Comrade Barrel Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel and 2022 Comrade Aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrel.
Tickets are $40 per person and include a 4 x 4 oz. tasting flight, keeper logo glass and one 10 oz. pour of the 11.2 percent ABV 2023 Comrade Russian Imperial Stout. An optional three-course food pairing will be available for $28. Designated driver tickets are also available. For more details, to purchase tickets and to choose your seating time, visit https://ComradeDay2023.eventbrite.com.
The Silver Stamp
Co-owners Rose Signor and Andrew Smith are throwing a party to celebrate The Silver Stamp’s two-year anniversary on Feb. 22. Throughout their opening hours from 1 p.m.-1 a.m. there will be a very special beer menu, a couple wooden casks, special edition merchandise, an extended food menu and a unique beer collab with Juxta Nomad. There will also be a couple of fun raffles and competitions relating to The Silver Stamp trivia, Underberg and more.
The beer menu will feature a range of styles, mostly cellared or vintage, but details on the menu and casks will unfortunately be more last-minute as they are still waiting for beers to arrive from Europe and aren’t sure what will make it in time. The food will be fun twists on items they already offer, so think different flavored pickled eggs and hotdogs with unique toppings.
I consider this to be one of the most unique craft beer bars around, with its quirky 70s décor and beers you won’t find anywhere else in the state, so this should be as good a time as any to make your way to the Arts District.
You can now get beer and cider from Mojave Brewing at some of our top craft beer retail stores. Co-owner Nate Carney tells me they did their first canning run, packaging their Punk Lemonade Cider and Point Break IPA. Look for them at Khoury’s, 595 Craft and Kitchen and Speedee Mart locations.
As a native Las Vegan, I enjoy local history, and Lovelady Brewing Co-owner/Brewer Richard Lovelady is helping educate us by continuing his Dead Casino Series (naming beers for Vegas casinos that have imploded over the years). The most recent version, Dunes Double Hazy IPA, remembers one of the first casinos on the Vegas Strip, which opened in 1955 and was demolished in 1993 to make way for the Bellagio. I actually viewed the Dunes implosion and remember feeling sadness for its loss while everyone else was cheering. As for the beer, it’s 7.5 percent ABV and is aged on caruba (banana passionfruit), giving it hints of passionfruit, peaches and a little tartness in the finish.
Lovelady has also released Gas Station High Octane, a 10.5 percent triple IPA created for Speedee Mart, as well as two more sour beers: Bay Breeze Sour with pineapple and cranberry and Royal Sunburn with blueberry, lemon, and lime. Also, by the time you read this, their patio should be open at their new taproom at Green Valley and Pebble.