Sofia Beer, Author at Tacos & Beer

Valentine’s Day – The Day of Love

Regardless of whether or not Valentine’s Day summons feelings of butterflies, nervousness, or just plain dread, the annual Day of Love is around the corner. And depending on some personal relationship variables, maybe you’re counting the minutes until the fourteenth arrives, maybe you’re counting the minutes until it’s over. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the historical “love story” of Valentine’s Day… which, come to find out, isn’t so love-y after all. 

 

As expected, this is a day honoring St. Valentine. Problem is, there were like a bajillion St. Valentines back in the day, and no one is really sure exactly which guy we’re honoring every mid-February. Historians have narrowed it down to two men (whose stories are so similar it may actually be in reference to one) to thank for spearheading a day that would eventually become synonymous with chocolates, roses, and lingerie.

 

Here’s how the story goes: Once upon a time in ancient Rome, a priest (or possibly a bishop) was marrying couples in the Christian faith, which was very, very not allowed. So, the emperor got mad and brutally cut off St. Valentine’s head. Fast forward a few hundred years and BOOM twitterpated couples are canoodling over candle-lit dinners all over the world. If that’s not a passion-filled enough backstory, you can go see St. Valentine’s skull on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Rome, which was excavated in the 1800s. Of course, it’s adorned with flowers because… romance. 

 

Confusing, yes, but isn’t love confusing? Even if you’re not celebrating with a special someone this year, it can’t be denied that Valentine’s Day goes hand-in-hand with perfect pairs. It is an entire day, after all, of recognizing companionship and how one half of a duo compliments the other. And we gotta be honest, we can’t think of a better, more magical couple than a good taco and a refreshing beer. Think about it. It’s like destiny you get to eat and drink. 

 

How to Have the Ultimate Valentine’s Day at Tacos & Beer 

 

On a first date? You’re in luck. You’ve got yourself an invaluable opportunity to observe how your companion performs while eating the most loved food item in the world. If he whips out a fork and knife to nosh on our Carne Asada taco, for example, you know you’ve got to let him go. You’re welcome, we just saved you months of dating a potential serial killer. On the flip side, you bring your Valentine in, and she sits down and demands, “Get me the Queso Fundido” before your waiter even has a chance to say ‘hello’- marry her, she’s the one. 

 

Maybe you’ve been in a relationship for a long time. Maybe things have gotten a little stagnant. Maybe you need a little excitement in your lives. Maybe you just didn’t know about our Happy Hour. We suppose you could see a relationship counselor, but you could also come in and order a 16oz Atomic Duck IPA and shot of Jagermeister instead. At just ten bucks, it would be a lot cheaper. We’ll see you here daily for Happy Hour. Open on Valentine’s Day- from 3 PM-6 PM and late night 11 PM-1 AM (excluding Taco Tuesday and Saturday nights) for drink and taco specials. 

 

If you’re single, even better. Don’t forget about Galentine’s Day on Thursday, February 13th. Yes, it’s a thing. Ladies, bring your girl tribe with you to celebrate friendship and independence from not-needin-no-man with copious amounts of Guac and a pitcher or two or three of Traditional, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Mango, Jalapeño, Guava, or Piña Colada flavored Margaritas. Single men, you might want to just-so-happen to come in on Thursday, too. Wink, wink. 

 

It doesn’t matter if your single, taken, married, separated, divorced, male, female, or non-binary- Tacos & Beer is THE location for Val-(or Gal-)entine’s Day this year. We are honored to be able to share what we love with the customers we love on a day that celebrates all the love for yet another year. We’ll see you here, let us know how we can make your day even more special.

Valentine’s Day, Tacos & Beer-Style

How Drinking Beer Can Help Save The World

Recently, it seems as though the topic of “sustainability” has been at the forefront of conversations all over the world. Many huge organizations have done away with plastic straws, for example, and reusable totes are increasingly encouraged as more information about just how destructive disposable plastic bags are to our oceans emerges (California and Hawaii have completely banned them). Our most prominent public figures can be seen pleading with the masses to pay attention (think: Greta Thunberg and Leonardo DiCaprio), and this year, CES, the largest technology convention in the world right here in Las Vegas (this week!), is even dedicating a portion of their gigantic curricula towards education on energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly business practices. Every year, more people are choosing plant-based foods, driving cars run on electricity rather than gasoline, and are powering their homes with the clean, pure abundant energy of the sun. But, why? 

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1990, the world population was approximately 5.29 billion. Today, 7.62 billion of us eating, breathing, consuming, polluting human beings are roaming the earth, and the planet can only support our wildly growing population for so long. Because of this, Earth is starting to show signs of wear and tear. Our incredibly important oceans are becoming toxic to us and its inhabitants, the changes in the climate are erratic and dangerous, and our resources are being depleted. So, to ensure our beloved beautiful world can continue to provide us with all things life-giving, it’s crucial that the human race start being mindful about how to take what we need to survive without harming everything around us. 

 

What can you do? Sure, you can recycle (please do), but you can also drink beer. “Green Beer” is no longer just a cheap light brew mixed with a dash of verdant food coloring served on St. Patrick’s Day. Nope, it’s how some of the best brewers of this planet-conscious generation are doing their part to make awesome beer while respecting Mother Earth at the same time. A more efficient use of water, for example, is a practice a sustainability-minded brewery might utilize, but the environmental-friendliness doesn’t end there. Within our great country alone, green breweries are doing everything from repurposing grain waste into compost and livestock feed (or even dog treats), to cleaning the CO2 produced by the brewing process before it escapes back into the atmosphere, to using refillable beer bottles, even donating used tap house furniture to veterans. 

 

We, at Tacos & Beer, are on board. Not only are we actively and seriously working to eliminate the use of plastic altogether, but we supply our patrons solely with straws made from avocados, which are biodegradable- breaking down in 240 days, versus plastic straws, which pollute the environment for 200 years. On the topic of beer, check out our multiple options from Firestone Walker, in particular, a California brewing company endlessly dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint. You can check out their state-of-the-art practices here. We also offer a wide variety of plant-based and vegetarian tacos; crazy delicious and free of the ties associated with the pollution of the meat industry. 

 

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. We’ll see you at Tacos & Beer for food and drinks that will surely make you (and the earth) feel good. Stay tuned for additional sustainability practices, we are truly excited to be doing what we can to improve the health of our earth, our home. 

The Twelve Featured Beers of Christmas 

The Twelve Featured Beers of Christmas 

 

If during this season your true love is giving you twelve days of gifts like leaping lords, swimming swans, and laying geese, we might suggest that you reconsider your relationship. It just seems like a lot. 

 

We at Tacos & Beer have a much more manageable, much more fun, not to mention way more reasonable Twelve Days of Christmas in the works. How does a daily featured seasonal beer from December 13 all the way through Christmas Eve sound? 

 

We’ve got quite the line up of delicious brews to inspire all the warmth and coziness of Christmastime minus the squawking birds and maids-a-milking, whatever that means. 

 

December 13: Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (Our Special Ale) (2019)

Winter Ale

6.9% ABV

40 IBU

$6

Darker than Anchor Brewing’s Special Ale from last year, roasted caramel and coffee are big players in the flavor profile of this seasonal ode to the end of a decade. Pay extra close attention to the subtle taste of dark Mexican chocolate. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dish on our menu this doesn’t pair well with this beer.

 

December 14: Firestone Walker, Hèllûva Brûlée

Barleywine

14% ABV

24 IBU

$13

This unique barleywine is aged for two years in emptied rum barrels, imparting a rum flavor that only compliments its natural honey maltiness. If that wasn’t good enough, each sip echoes the super-yum dessert taste of creme brûlée which makes this the gift that keeps on giving. 

December 15: Saugatuck Brewing Company, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai

Pumpkin/Yam Beer

9.5% ABV

~ IBU

$9

This one is aged in bourbon barrels and promises prominent pumpkin and chai tea flavors, which is great news because whoever wanted pumpkin beer season to end anyway? Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai is sweet, delicate, and high enough in alcohol to make a certain dent in any and all holiday stresses. 

December 16: Founders Brewing Company CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Imperial Stout

11.3% ABV

45 IBU

$14 

This is for the lover of all things coffee and breakfast. Coffee notes, of course, but also look out for cinnamon, oatmeal, and dark chocolate. A welcomed pick-me-up at any time of day- no judgment if it’s before noon, we totally get it.

 

December 17: Omnipollo, Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout

11% ABV

60 IBU

PRICE $9

Buddy the Elf would go nuts for Omnipollo’s Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout. Notes of pecan, coffee, chocolate, and sweet coconut lend to a decadent treat of a beer. The brewer who created it mentioned this beer was born as a creative means to bring to life his childhood dream of becoming a pastry chef. 

 

December 18: Firestone Walker, Molé Merkin

Milk Stout

7.8% ABV

21 IBU

$13

You know we couldn’t NOT have a spicy Mexican-inspired beer on this list. Chile, cocoa, and cinnamon lend to all the best flavors of Molé, each sip feeling cozier than the last. Try this with our Enchiladas con Molé for a double whammy. 

 

December 19:  Mason Ale Works Nice, WC IPA w/Pine Needles

IPA

7% ABV

~ IBU

$6

Mason Ale Works invented a beer that actually tastes like your Christmas tree. This brew has dominant spruce and pine flavor but stays true to all things IPA at the same time. The only thing better than the smell of a fresh-cut pine tree is the taste of one.  

 

December 20: To Øl, Mr. Brown Imperial Stout

10% ABV

96 IBU

$8

Described as a “mouthful of goodies”, this one promises a lot of alcohol while also hitting on a diverse array of sweets. Vanilla, hazelnut, salted caramel, and coffee just to name a few. Try it yourself to see which of your favorite desserts you can pick out.

 

December 21: Off Color, Dino S’mores Russian Imperial Stout

10.5% ABV

40 IBU

$7

Named after literal dinosaur-shaped s’mores, this beer is dark, high in alcohol, and offers all the toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker flavor you would expect from a beer named, “Dino S’mores Russian Imperial Stout”… without the dino flavor, thank goodness. 

 

December 22: Mason Ale Works, Naughty Peppermint Porter

Milk Porter

7% ABV

~ IBU

$6

The darker of the Mason Ale Works duo (see December 19’s “Nice w/ Pine Needles”), Naughty Peppermint Porter is described as “liquid Christmas” for good reason. This bad boy is full of pepperminty freshness but balanced out by a hint of chocolate and an earthy undertone. We wouldn’t be surprised if this beer was intended to be sipped underneath a sprig of mistletoe. 

 

December 23: Samuel Smith’s, Winter Welcome Ale Winter Ale

6% ABV

~ IBU

$7

This ale pours honey-amber and offers an undertone of “Christmas spice”. Notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted malt make this the perfect companion to a wintery day (or night), especially on the eve of Christmas Eve.

 

December 24: Prairie Artisan Ales, Christmas Bomb Imperial Stout

13% ABV

65 IBU

$9

You might picture Santa sipping on this one beside the fire as he checks his list just one last time before heading out for the big event. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg are certain to warm you from the inside out, a touch of coffee is there too- just in case you need a boost to get you through a very, very long night of work. 

 

There you have it! Twelve days of featured, incredible, Christmassy beers just to make the season even more special than it already is. Join us at Tacos & Beer to try a beer a day or a few at a time, though we don’t recommend all twelve at once. 

 

From all of us at Tacos & Beer, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 

Tacos & … Beer Dinners

Tacos & … Beer Dinners

You already know that Tacos & Beer is one of the hottest spots to eat and drink in town. What you may not know is we host exclusive beer dinners where diners get to experience multiple courses of stellar dishes paired perfectly with specific beers in a small, intimate setting. It’s one of the coolest ways to try a lineup of brews from trendy or up-and-coming breweries alongside a memorable, awesome meal. Our beer dinners are an incredible way to knock date night out of the park or spend an unforgettable night out with friends. 

Rise (A Glass) to the Occasion 

Our most recent event, for example, was served up alongside beers from Pure Project Brewing out of San Diego. Three gorgeous courses of dinner and dessert were complemented by five (yes, five) of Pure Project’s most rave-worthy brews and it was a smashing success. Take a look at the menu below to catch a glimpse of the magic that was coming out of the kitchen, and maybe even more importantly, check out those beers! Let’s just say, you can expect your thirst to be adequately quenched.  

Cena de Muertos with Pure Project Brewing

Good News for Good Brews 

Now, for the good news and bad news. The bad news is, as you would expect, these events sell out FAST. The very good news is, if you follow us on social media and join our mailing list, you’ll be in the know. Find Tacos & Beer on Instagram (@tacosandbeerlv), then join our mailing list. As always, our beer dinners are for guests 21 and older to enjoy. Pro tip: To experience a one-of-a-kind Tacos & Beer beer dinner, buy tickets as soon as they are available to guarantee your seats. 

Four Things You Need to Know About Happy Hour

There are few pure joys in life and Happy Hour is undeniably one of them. 

As if pre-supper or late-night communal drinks and appetizers in a space where you don’t have to do anything but relax, eat, and drink wasn’t blissful enough, there exists another dimension where all the delicious sips and bites are cheaper than usual. You know it, you love it, it’s Happy Hour. 

Here are four fun facts about the greatest addition to our daily lives since the invention of the margarita.

1. Happy Hour Could Be as Old as the 1600s

Act I, Scene II of Shakespeare’s King Henry VIII reads, “Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour…”. Sure, this is definitely taken out of context and old Will probably wasn’t referring to $4 draft beers, BUT we’re gonna take it at face value and heed his advice anyway. To be or not to be at Happy Hour… that is the question. HINT: Be there or thou shalt be square. 

2. Happy Hour is Illegal in Eight States 

It’s true. Because of over-indulgence in the liquid offerings of irresistible Happy Hour specials, a handful of states have banned the sacred deal altogether. Apparently, the spike in alcohol-related automobile accidents gave them cause for concern. They must’ve never heard of ride-sharing apps. Someone should tell them. PS. Reconsider your next vacation to Indiana, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Alaska, Rhode Island, Utah, or Oklahoma. 

3. National Happy Hour Day is November 12 (!!!)

Naturally, a day dedicated to worshipping Happy Hour should and does exist, and we’re wondering why we haven’t celebrated it sooner.  Cancel your appointments, call the babysitter, scream it from the rooftops; National Happy Hour Day is right around the corner and we know just where you should pay your respects. 

4. Tacos & Beer Delivers The Happiest of All the Hours

That’s right, Tacos & Beer offers killer tacos ($2.50 each) and super-slashed drink prices during our Happy Hour. From beer + shot combos and pitchers of margaritas to our insanely delish signature drinks (think Caramel Swizzle YUM), we offer the best Happy Hour in town daily, from 3 PM-6 PM and then again from 11 PM-1 AM, excluding Taco Tuesdays and Saturdays. It’s an offer you can’t refuse. Get happy. We’ll see you here.

National Spicy Guacamole Day

We’re Confused…

Everything shuts down for New Years Day, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, but the most important day of the year arrives, and its just business as usual? School is still in session? The post office is up and running? We are slightly horrified by the lack of respect for this wildly important holiday, but regardless, November 14th is upon us, and we’re ready to fiesta. That’s right, National Spicy Guacamole Day will be here before you know it… and we can’t wait to celebrate. 

 

Everyone’s Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

GUAC. The perfect partner to a salty tortilla chip, the epic topping to any taco, the delectable dollop that completes every burrito, quesadilla, and Super Bowl gathering. Make that guacamole spicy, and you’ve got yourself a condiment that’s worth praise and its very own day on the calendar. But where did guacamole come from? Heaven? Let’s dig into the history of the dip of all dips. 

 

This is Guac-ward

Whether chunky or smooth, mixed with salsa or jalenpeños, the undeniable core of guacamole is the avocado. There’s lots of history here, but all you really need to know is the origin of the word “avocado” derives from the ancient Aztec, “ahuácatl,” which literally translates to, um, the male body part that the tree-hanging fruit resembles. When the godsend that is guacamole was finally invented, the word, “molli,” meaning “sauce” or “soup” was added to the end of the Aztec word, creating, “ahuácamolli,” which we now call “guacamole,” and which you’ll now forever only refer to as “testicle soup”. 

 

Less Talk, More Guac

Call it whatever you want, nothing can deter us from loving the ultimate Mexican staple. We know you agree. Lucky for absolutely everyone, Tacos & Beer serves up the best spicy guac in town. And while we probably should close our doors in reverence to such a significant day, we’ve decided to stay open to share the salty, creamy, beautifully acidic, spicy love. Pro tip: you can even opt to add pomegranate or pumpkin seeds to our already outstanding shareable (or hoard-able) appetizer. Come check it out on November 14th for National Spicy Guacamole Day … but, honestly, we’re willing to celebrate any day of the week.

 

Are You Dying to Know More About Día de Los Muertos?

First things first, Día de Los Muertos is not the Mexican equivalent of Halloween. 

Sure, there are similarities, like costumes, parties, and the time of year, but Día de Los Muertos (or The Day of the Dead) simply doesn’t have the same scary gory creep-factor as our Halloween does. Unless, of course, you find skulls and skeletons and mingling with dead people eerie, then, well…. ok, it’s pretty creepy. Let’s dig up the differences, shall we?

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

While both festivities involve death, Día de Los Muertos also celebrates life. Traditionally, the three days (October 31- November 2) of the holiday are meant to pay homage to loved ones who have passed. It is believed that during that time, the barriers that separate the deceased and living dissolve and all are free to be together again. It is common for families to set up an Ofrenda in their homes, a table turned into an altar adorned with offerings of symbolic items that represent relatives and friends who have passed away. This is where everyone, dead or alive, gathers to enjoy food and drink that the deceased would have loved. Probably, definitely, tequila is involved. Talk about lifting your spirits!

Your Sexy Gnome Costume Ain’t Gonna Fly for Día de Los Muertos

During Día de Los Muertos, remember, the whole idea is to honor lost loved ones, so you can’t walk into someone’s intimate gathering wrapped in spiderwebs, oozing with fake blood while revving up a chainsaw. Not only would it be inappropriate, but it would also be very disrespectful. The only thing more taboo for the Mexican celebration might be the scantily clad costume, as you may be in the presence of someone’s late Abuela, and she certainly wouldn’t approve of your re-enactment of Jessica Rabbit, no matter how hot you look. 

Putting on a Grave Face

While Halloween is rampant with black and orange, Día de Los Muertos calls for many bright, cheerful colors representing different things depending on which deceased loved one is being honored. Yes, the iconic skeletal face painting is part of it, but again, it’s all full of meaning. The face painting is a personalized tribute to a specific person or people (sometimes a name will be written across a forehead in remembrance) and it also symbolizes openness to accept death as a part of life. The face artwork can be extravagant and bold and often accompanies a vibrant, cheery crown made of flowers. In other words, if you’re celebrating Die de Los Muertos right, you’ll be done to death. 

Bone Appetit

Whether you’re a regular observer, have always wanted to be, or are just mourning the end of Halloween, we’ve got the night for you. Join us on November 1st at Tacos & Beer to get into the spirit of Día de Los Muertos. We will be showcasing some awesome tamale specials, will be serving a scary delicious Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita, and, of course, will have our own Ofrenda set up. You only live once, you don’t want to miss this one.