Tuesday, February 23, 2010

UPDATE- MonteLago Village Brew's Best Beer Festival

Hey folks!
We have been getting a lot of emails and contacts that want to know about the festival and if it's still even taking place. Most Vegas peeps have caught wind of the fact MonteLago will close their casino the day after the festival.
While the casino is closing, and we extend our condolences to everyone out there, the festival WILL take place on the 13th as planned. The Village itself hasn't announced any news about closing, it's just the casino.
Please come and join us, we have more than 20 breweries, serving more than 75 beers, music, a non-alcoholic tent, merchandise and more.
Please spread the word!

-Buckbean Brewing Company

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pairing Beer With Food- A post from our brewmaster

Our one and only brewmaster, Daniel Kahn, is not only a terrific brewer, but a pretty decent writer.
Here is a little tidbit of Dan's on pairing beer with food. As an experienced brewer AND chef, Dan knows that food and beer go together like pimps and their lady friends. He adds onto the end further descriptions and suggested pairings for the three signature Buckbean brews.
Read this and find out why we love Dan, not just because he's a part of Buckbean, but because the man knows his stuff.


In this country, we are just starting to realize something that most European cultures have known for centuries: great beer pairs as well with great food, and often better than, wine. Partly, this is because the most key ingredient in beer is malted barley. Barley is a dietary staple – beer truly is food, and the way that barley is prepared during malting produces a huge range of flavors, aromas and colors, many from the very same compounds that comprise the rest of our food. Additionally, there are many important flavor components from the hops and yeast that create dramatic variation in beer flavor.

I have 10 years of experience as a chef, including a stint with Mario Batali, which has not only been useful when combining and balancing flavors to create new beers, but has left me constantly aware of how my beers interact with other foods as well. Consequently, I work very hard to make sure our beers have balance and depth of flavor, but also finish cleanly without lingering aftertastes, or any harsh elements. Each of our beers is distinct, and offers a variety of elements to pair with foods.

OOBA: The signature characteristic of this unique beer is the elegant, aromatic orange blossoms, though it has enough malt body to accent starchy foods, and enough hops to be dry and balanced. This beer is full of bright flavors, and pairs especially well with other bright tasting foods: citrus fruits, fresh herbs (dill, basil, mint, cilantro), tangy cheeses like feta or goat cheese, and hot chilies. It also goes especially well with light pasta dishes, pastries, or fish, and makes a superb marinade for chicken.

Tule Duck Red Ale: This rich and malty ale has a deep red color, a silky, smooth body, lots of caramel malt flavor and a soft, evergreen hop aroma. Its richness stands up well with hearty game meats and savory herbs like sage and rosemary; tomato, barbecue or fruit sauces; and aged cheddars, goudas, and other complex, medium-sharp cheeses.

Black Noddy Lager: This is a black lager with a surprisingly light body and moderate roasted character. The roasted flavors really highlight any grilled, roasted, or seared foods, and smoked meats, fish or cheeses. It also goes well with dark, earthy flavors like mushrooms, oysters, or soy sauce. It makes a good dessert beer as well, complementing both chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Body + Soul

Body + Soul Magazine article on how great beer is- even when compared to wine

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Buckbean Brewing Co. Present Brew’s Best

Once again, we are gearing up for our annual Lake Las Vegas beer festival.
The city that never fails to provide a good time will soon host our 3rd beer fest and we are very, very excited.
Here is the press release for the event. Please leave any questions via comment and we will get back to you. Also, if you blog or have a website, feel free to copy and paste this info and help spread the word. You can NEVER have too many people to drink good beer with.


The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Buckbean Brewing Company, the largest production microbrewery in Nevada, will host Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival Saturday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taster kits are available for $25, which include 30 sampling tickets and a souvenir tasting mug. All proceeds will benefit local charity New Vista Community.

Brew’s Best is the third installment of successful craft beer festivals hosted at The Village at Lake Las Vegas. The festival has grown to more than 20 breweries sampling as many as 75 craft beers, and the highest expected attendance to date.
Confirmed breweries include: Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co., Chicago Brewing Co., Gorden Biersch Brewery, BMC Fine Spirits, Joseph James Brewery, Nevada Beverage, Tenaya Creek Brewing, White Pine Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Bayhawk Ales, Coronado Brewing Co., Boulder Dam Brewing Co., Del Norte Brewing Co., Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Old World Brewery, Boiler Room Brew Pub, and the Southern Nevada Fermenters Union (SNAFU).

Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival features live music and showcases craft beers from around the country served along The Village’s waterfront cobblestone streets. Attendees can also participate in an Intro to Craft Beer class, offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Villaggio Conference Center.

Festival guests can enjoy a stay at MonteLago Village Resort instead of driving home. The Resort is complete with scenic balconies, full kitchens and living areas. A special Village Craft Beer Festival package is available online and includes an overnight stay and two passes to the event for $129, a 35 percent savings (plus resort fees and taxes).

For more information on this event or to book a room at the Resort, please visit www.montelagovillage.com. To purchase taster kits in advance please visit www.newvistacommunity.org. For sponsorship information during any MonteLago Village event, please call 702-564-4785.

And don't forget- we will be doing ticket giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter profiles- give us a follow and be our fan for a chance to win!

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