The now closed space was once a street art inspired restaurant and bar inside the Venetian Casino on the Las Vegas strip. It was co owned by Chef Sammy D and HGTV’s Antonio Ballatore. My work was in the hallways where I did a zombie themed wheat paste collage.
APPEARANCE: Poured a soft, elegant grapefruit color into my glass. Slightly murky and cloudy with an appearance of fresh squeezed juice. A frothy, dish soap bubbled head rose quickly to the top of the glass,and then dissipated as quick as it produced. What was left of the head settled into a spotted halo that blocked the lazy bubbles of carbonation that where rising from the bottom.
AROMA: Big sour notes consume the bouquet right away, once I get past that it really begins to reveal other layers. Lots of over ripe mango the kind you would pick up from the ground that are slightly funky. Peach skin mixed with a wet grain smell that reminds me of peaches and cream oatmeal from when I was a kid. Overall the sourness just keeps coming back bringing with it a heavy acidic aroma as well.
TASTE: Peachie-o’s! i mean spot on to the sweet sour candied peach gummies that i love.After the intial peach a very tart fresh squeezed lemonade flavor with slices of mango floating in it comes in. The middle really opens up and becomes quite refreshing, and thirst quenching, right before that sourness smacks me in the teeth again. Ends same as it started peach,mango and lemon sourness.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body and Light carbonation, the lazy bubbles are surprisingly prickly on the tongue. A really great mouth watering long lasting sour finish that invites you to keep drinking.
OVERALL: A really interesting take on a Berliner Weisse, I think the fruit really adds to the overall drinking experience. It makes complete sense to do a fruited Berliner since its served to tourists/locals in Berlin with a fruited syrup to help calm some of the sourness down. I read so many different reviews that rated this beer from complete drain pour to outstanding. I’m guessing there is a huge bottle variation issue with it. Luckily for me my bottle was really great, i put it closer to the outstanding mark.
Las Vegas! are you ready for the 1st of what will be an annual “Locals Only” beer festival? All of Las Vegas’ Craft breweries in one place offering unlimited samples for 4 hours, even better all proceeds will go to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association! The event is not only a showcase of Las Vegas craft beer but also a way to build more awareness to our craft beer scene.
There will be a home brew competition, with the winner getting the opportunity to not only brew the winning beer at Banger Brewing but also to have it on draft there as well. Such a solid event to be put on by Banger Brewing, with the idea of helping create and grow the next wave of craft brewers in Las Vegas.
Blind Pig – Russian River American IPA
70 IBU APPEARANCE: Pours a shimmering golden orange, clear and vibrant. Two glorious fingers of white frothy head that settled into a nice dense cap. AROMA: Big ripe and juicy citrus with a delicate resinous hop profile. Not in your face but pleasant and inviting.Tons of fresh fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon zest. A slight bit of grassy aromas lingering around as well. TASTE: Follows the nose very well, that nice subtle hop profile is right there on the first sip. The juicy citrus really comes in and brings that resinous piney hop flavor along for the ride.A wonderful bit of caramel maltiness comes in towards the middle before the slight grassy ending that rounds out the lovely layers. MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a medium carbonation.Slight oily texture with a long wet finish. OVERALL: Extremely well made and easily drinkable IPA. Not in your face, or over the top just a very well rounded balanced beer. This drinks to me like it’s the base for the big brother Pliny the elder. I know a lot of people compare the two against each other, even though they are entirely different beers. As a stand alone single IPA this is in the very pinnacle of the style! RATING: 4.4/5 zombie heads!