After escaping from Area 51 and being left in Nevada “…for my own good”, I have stumbled across the ancient Sumerian goddess Ninkasi in a place called Las Vegas, Nevada.
I stumbled upon the first Ninkasi party that was being thrown at Aces and Ales. The party was being hosted by Nevada Beverage Company as a coming out party for the newest member of their Craft Beer offerings. We were out back, on the patio, and were offered 6 different beers as an offering to the goddess Ninkasi. I tried all of them… as a show of respect for this goddess of beer.
- Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout – Vanilla-y and creamy, very good.
- Believer Double Red Ale – Hoppy up front, less hoppy to the end
- Maiden the Shade – Summer IPA, Light but more hoppy than I like
- Total Domination IPA – Balanced Hops and quite drinkable
- Lux – Light Hells, Very drinkable
From what I am seeing here, this thing you humans call Craft Beer, is a wonderful thing. As I spoke with numerous people this night I came to understand that the Craft Beer thing is just starting to take off in Las Vegas. People here are starting to realize that you can have beer that tastes like something and the addition of Ninkasi is definitely welcome. As the night was winding down, and I was trying to find a way to sneak back to my hideout, I was told that this celebration was just the beginning. There were celebrations planned for every night and I was invited to join these Ninkasi devotees for all of them.
I attended multiple events including the Wednesday night celebration at Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits. There were numerous humans here tasting and sharing the beers that they had brought with them. This sharing seams to be a weekly event where people are encouraged to taste and share. There were some regulars that had never heard of this goddess Ninkasi, and there were some that knew of her reputation for quality sustenance. Both of these groups of people were very happy about these new offerings and said that they would be seeking more places to acquire the fruits of Ninkasi. There were some different offerings here than there were on Monday, and they were just as tasty.
- Oatis Oatmeal Stout – Smooth and creamy, very good.
- Barrel Aged Sleigh’r – This is a Christmas beer I can get behind, it had a slight Sour ending, very good.
- HBC-366 – Light IPA, Light, smooth and balanced
- Single Hop Pilsner – Fresh, clean, VERY session-able
- Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout – still awesome!
After multiple nights of worshiping this newly arrived goddess Ninkasi, I could not help but meet the people that had thought to create these wonderful offerings on Friday at Mix. Being 46 floors above the Las Vegas Strip changes your outlook on life. This vantage point also makes an great place to partake in more Ninkasi celebration. As part of this celebration, there was an ice alter erected to the goddess Ninkasi, onto which the beer was poured, and it came out a small hole on the bottom, where it was collected for refreshment. I am not sure why this was done, as I do not understand all of the cultural workings of you humans do and say, but hey “…when in Rome…” whatever that means.
I had a chance to speak with numerous people from Ninkasi and their passion for beer is very evident. They are not surprised at the elevation of Craft Beer to make it more common place. They are positioned to be there for those of us that want more from beer than just a cold beverage. I for one are happy there are here, and cannot wait to see what is coming next.
Ninkasi Brewing has a 55-barrel brewing system, with a the ability to produce about 95,000 barrels per year. The Ninkasi family of beers, known as its Flagship Series, has grown from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to include Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Quantum Pale Ale. Today, the Ninkasi family of brands includes its Flagship, Seasonal Release, Special Release, Prismatic Lager, Single Hop, and R&D Series.
Nevada Beverage Company has always been a family owned business with its roots in Las Vegas. With sales volume over 10 million cases, Nevada Beverage consistently ranks in the top ten percent of all U.S. distributors. We currently have approximately 350 employees (Sales Staff, Drivers, Merchandisers and support staff). Nevada Beverage Company calls on approximately 2,942 Accounts and maintains a fleet of 71 Delivery Trucks (20 Refrigerated), 139 Sales Vans and 8 Draught Pouring Special Event vehicles.
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