Beer & tequila, whiskey, rum, vodka… you name it. It was there — and lots of it. Saturday was Lee’s 8th Annual Beer & Tequila Experience at the LVH in Las Vegas, and it was a blast!
This was actually my first beer & tequila experience – okay, not really, but my first at least with Lee’s at the LVH (formerly the Hilton). And as far as experiences go, this one was great. Like other recent events of celebration with libation, Vegas-style, this one was one big party. This well-established event drew a huge crowd of passionate beer and tequila lovers and aficionados. These gatherings are always because you usually run into a lot of friends and make a few new ones – either way, everyone has a great time.
I, along with my buddies, got there early — first ones in, last ones out. That was great since it provided an opportunity to take in the layout and get a sense of where I wanted to visit… so many choices.
The Shock Top rolling bar took center stage and I was hoping they brought some of their fantastic Twisted Pretzel Wheat beer that I discovered just a couple of weeks ago at THE GREAT FESTIVAL OF BEER in downtown Las Vegas. And they did. Just one keg, but that was plenty. But then there’s next week…
I’m really hoping Shock Top brings their award-winning Twisted Pretzel Wheat to stores in bottle form. Maybe we should start a petition. It’s almost wrong for them to tease us with such a delicious beer and then not offer it. My fingers are crossed – like those pretzels I won’t have to keep around anymore when this stuff hits the shelf.
Just a small sampling of the 300+ beers on hand.
All-in-all, the Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience featured over 300 handcrafted beers & 70 of the finest tequilas. But there was more – so much more. But, as tempted as I was to try some awesome whiskeys and rums, I resisted. I learned a long time ago, if you start with tequila, stay with tequila. And the tequila choices were pretty amazing so staying with the agave liquor was not a problem – mixed with the occasional beer, naturally.
I learned a lot too. The manufacturers are here to not only pour but to educate too. The experts from 3 Amigos Tequila taught me a few new things about tequilas and how they are aged that I didn’t realize. It’s a beautiful craft to create a great liquor.
Love beer? Join the club. Nevada has two official beer lover’s clubs. The Las Vegas club covers the Southern Nevada area which includes the suburbs of Henderson and Summerlin. The Reno club covers the Northern Nevada area with Sparks and Carson City. Each club website includes a monthly Events Calendar listing local tapping parties, beer dinners, beer festivals, and other great events for beer lovers! Once you join the group, e-mail invites are automatically sent to you when an event is listed, and a day before the event happens as a reminder…
Best of all, membership is free & easy – NevadaBeerLovers.com
Not sure if many of you have tried Miller’s new FORTUNE, a bourbon-like beer targeted at whiskey drinkers. Ask yourself what beer would taste like if Jack Daniel’s or Maker’s Mark were beer makers. I’ve sampled it a couple of times now and it’s growing on me. Of course, I couldn’t resist another sampling at these ladies’ suggestions.
One of my favorite Vegas’ tequilas is Alien Tequila. A friend introduced me to Alien a few years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. I love their story, their bottle, and everything that pours from it.
The beautiful Sergent Jennifer from the Alien Tequila Army.
A.D. Cook with Ufologist George Harris and the Alien Army.
Bubbles everywhere. Who knew alcohol could be this much fun?
Speaking of fun… wherever illusionist Seth Grabel goes, magic happens. Seth tosses flash and fire around all while pulling coins out of thin air. His pick-pocket skills are amazing. It’s always entertaining to see him perform. Here, he’s teaching me how to take selfies without a camera. Click. Hey, on a side note, has anyone seen my wallet?
The guys from Raiding the Rock Vault which performs at LVH were on hand to spread the word of rock-n-roll! Can I get an amen?
Raiding the Rock Vault is Las Vegas’ #1 show. No Broadway show or tribute band here. These are the finest rock musicians with the best pedigrees playing the ultimate classic rock songs!
Raiding the Rock Vault, voted Best of Las Vegas 2014 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Poll, is a no-holds-barred rock spectacular, featuring riffs, solos and harmonies from world-renowned rock musicians of the 60s, 70s, and 80s: in short, the Rock Vault presents CLASSIC ROCK BY THOSE WHO ROCKED IT!
I’m looking forward to catching their show soon.
All in all, I had an awesome time sampling new tequilas and fantastic beers and catching up with friends all while taking in some awesome live music. Special thanks to my buddy James for dragging me out. Until next time… Cheers!
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Drink responsibly – we planned ahead and stayed at LVH.
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All net proceeds from Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience go to Lee’s Helping Hand, a nonprofit organization.
Lee’s Discount Liquor has a long-standing tradition of strengthening families and communities through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 2002, they have contributed more than $150,000 to support local children’s charities, families, and communities. Their giving is directed both by Lee’s Discount Liquor and Lee’s Helping Hand Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity organization, each with specific areas of focus and commitment. Cheers to that!
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