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Five recommendations from local beer experts

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Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head collaboration Rhizing Bines

Big Dog’s War Dog

Sarah Johnson, Director of Food and Beverage, Mandalay Bay

"Generally what I want to drink is a gnarly, hop-forward IPA. It’s a great beer, and it’s local—you’ve got to rep the scene! I like that it’s assertive. It’s obviously hop-forward, but it’s very clean. People talk about sessionable IPAs, and I can drink this one all day long."

Grand Teton Brewing Pursuit of Hoppiness

Adam Carmer, Owner, Freakin’ Frog

"It’s one of my current favorites with spring in full effect. It’s an unbelievably rich, malt-based hoppy beer. It’s like a baby version of Rogue’s Charlie. Just super well-balanced with really great malt flavor. Delicious finish. Great mouthfeel. Great with food and great by itself.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Anthony Gibson, Head Brewer, Tenaya Creek Brewery

"It’s one of those beers that craft beer drinkers and brewers started with, particularly here in Vegas. Back in the day, Sierra Nevada, Rogue and Anchor Steam were the only microbrews available in town, so it’s memorable. Whenever I’m out shopping for beers, it never fails as a go-to choice, and it’s especially great now that it’s in cans."

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head collaboration Rhizing Bines

Michael Shetler, Director of On-Premise Sales—Beer, Southern Wine and Spirits

"I describe it as a hybrid East Coast/West Coast India Pale Ale utilizing proprietary brewing methods from both breweries. The beer is quite substantial at 8 percent ABV and 70 IBUs, but all the components are so well-balanced that it makes for a very drinkable beer. Be careful with this one, because you will want more than one!"

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Russell Gardner, Manager/Cicerone, Public House

"I love Black Butte, because it’s easy to find and the perfect porter. In my experience a perfect porter is pretty tough to do. It’s one of the first craft beers I started drinking, they’ve been around a long time and I like what they’re all about as a brewery."

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