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The Tuscany’s Pub 365 loads up on variety and sudsy ‘unicorns’

Pub 365’s rotating list of 365 beers will soon include Howard Samber’s Able Baker brews.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

The Tuscany Suites and Casino’s new beer-centric bar boasts a rotating list of 365 brews—40 of them on tap—and its exceptional selection is researched and diverse, with choices to please amateurs and aficionados. But what might be most exciting at Pub 365, which opened July 8, is the name behind the roster … and what isn’t on the menu quite yet.

Tuscany food and beverage manager Howard Samber also happens to be a brewer, and not only did he design Pub 365’s list, but his Able Baker beers are on the way. The Able Baker name might be familiar if you attended Motley Brews’ 2014 beer festivals held Downtown, where buzz of the budding brewery’s Atomic Duck IPA might have covered more ground than its rubber-ducky mascot. The operation stopped serving its beers shortly after those events, but Samber has partnered with a yet-to-be-announced local operation to contract-brew Able Baker’s suds.

“We’ll oversee the quality and the control and the brewing process, but we’re going to be working on someone else’s equipment,” says Samber, adding that the deal is with one of the scene’s “heavy hitters.”

Until Able Baker kegs are delivered to Pub 365, there are still plenty of reasons to saddle up to a stool in its warm, welcoming taproom, which also features wine and cocktails—beertails included—and a full food menu.

But back to the brews, right? Current draft selections include locals CraftHaus’ citrusy and bold Jean Claude Belgian ale and solid regional selections like the Swami IPA from San Diego’s Pizza Port. Plus, the list of more than 100 bottles and cans features imports (including what might be the best Belgian array in town), fun finds from favorites around the country (Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace Saison) and, of course, local love (Tenaya Creek, Bad Beat, Big Dog’s, Joseph James and CraftHaus are currently featured). Beer snobs should be especially excited by the “unicorn” list, which according to Samber will be populated with rarities and unique finds for the discerning hops hobbyist.

Samber, who insists he can’t choose one favorite brew, says he’s looking forward to offering his customers such a vast variety. “I think every time you walk in, what I’m most excited for is that there would be a new option, a new beer to sample, a new beer to try.”

Pub 365 Tuscany, 702-893-8933. Daily, 11 a.m.-4 a.m.

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