Pub 365 has created a strong craft beer culture in a location you might least expect it. The tavern at the Tuscany, the hotel and casino on Flamingo just east of the Strip, offers 365 rotating beers across 40 taps, bottles and cans, plus a loyalty program (Club 365) tempting aficionados with prizes, private party invites and even the chance to earn a own personalized tap on the wall of fame, depending on how many brews you want to sample.
It’s a fun and friendly spot that draws locals and tourists (with solid grub to boot), and it’s planning one of its biggest events yet in collaboration with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company that’s all about taking advantage of the fall pumpkin craze. The Great Pumpkin Roadshow—Elysian’s traveling beer festival—comes to Vegas October 13, bringing more than 25 seasonal and local pumpkin beers and eight limited release Elysian brews.
“We were looking to do an event, and they wanted to do something in Las Vegas, which is a great idea, so we teamed up,” Pub 365 manager Lindsey Trujillo says.
Pumpkin beers might not have overtaken the Pumpkin Spice Latte phenomenon when it comes to seasonal squash obsessions, but they are definitely a thing. “It’s huge,” Trujillo says. “It’s such a unique flavor that can be brought into so many different things, and drinking pumpkin beer has kind of become the first thing to happen after summer that gets us all into the mood for the holiday season. And there are so many.”
Indeed, Elysian’s special Roadshow offerings include the Night Owl ale, made with seven pounds of pumpkin per barrel plus notes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice; the Punkuccino coffee ale, made with Stumptown coffee; and the chocolate-y Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, which Trujillo is particularly excited about.
The $35 ticket gets you a glass and 20 tokens you can trade in for beer or food. You can buy more tokens, and you should, considering local breweries Joseph James, Lovelady, Triple 7, Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek and CraftHaus will all be there showing off their specialty pumpkin brews. Live music from Franky Perez will round out the night.
Even if pumpkin isn’t your flavor of choice, it’s a great opportunity to check out one of the Valley’s more unique beer bars, if you haven’t already. “The Tuscany is a secret diamond in the rough, and the pub has been a great addition,” Trujillo says. “We’re definitely grabbing some attention and getting new people in.”
Great Pumpkin Roadshow October 13, 6-9 p.m., $35. Pub 365 at the Tuscany, 255 E. Flamingo Road, 702-947-5861.