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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. 

The Team We Never Knew We Needed

We had always been a melting pot of sports fans. 

 

Over two million Las Vegans with no prior major league sports team to call our own have had no choice but to be. And while we may have had ties to “our teams” all over the country for whatever the reason, no matter the sport, it always felt a bit lonely, didn’t it? We’d find ourselves rooting for a team that those around us either disliked or didn’t care about and, at the end of the day, it would leave us divided. We clearly needed a change but couldn’t have imagined the absolute force that was about to storm our city. Plain and simple, Las Vegas had never before experienced anything quite like the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Our Golden Knights in Shining Armor

It was such an unexpected match. An ice hockey team in the hottest of desert cities. But it worked. With their first game being less than a week after the biggest tragedy our home had ever seen in October 2017, the Knights’ first win was so much more than only a win. And just like that, the people living beside us turned from our neighbors to our family, and the NHL’s newest expansion transformed from just a team to OUR Vegas Golden Knights. Side by side, in disbelief, we watched our team go all the way to the championship, nearly taking the Stanley Cup in their very first season. To us, VGK will always represent unity, perseverance, and most importantly, #vegasstrong. 

 

This team is important to us. Supporting the Knights fortifies our city and its people, and we’re here for it. As the NHL kicks off its regular season, keep the local love strong by heading to Tacos & Beer before or after the game. T&B is a quick ten-minute drive to or from the T-Mobile Arena, and with our extensive drink menus, incredible food, and Happy Hours, you really have no reason to skip it. 

 

Even better, during every VGK game, Tacos & Beer will be offering The Hat Trick Special. Score big with a shot, a beer, and one of our delicious tacos for just $13.33! Talk about a power play.

 

EAT. DRINK. HOCKEY. REPEAT.

It’s time to gear up in your best black, red, and gold. The season is here. Whether they’re playing a home game, away game, or aren’t playing at all, come on in and lift a cup in support as we, together, root for our boys to take their own Cup this year. Happy NHL season and forever and always, GO KNIGHTS GO!

Can I Drink Beer On Keto? 

Can I drink beer on keto?

Over the last year, the KETO diet has become a huge trend. Whether or not it’s here to stay is still to be determined. But for now, many people are wondering can I drink beer on keto? The answer isn’t so cut and dry. We’ll give you a strong maybe for now. Keep reading to see a list of beers that might qualify at least in moderation.
The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits. With that being said, most beers have a higher carb content making them not the most KETO friendly. But a few beers market themselves as light and low carb. So if you still want to enjoy a beer now and then you won’t be throwing away all that hard work.
If the popularity of the ketogenic diet continues to rise, expect more breweries to take notice and introduce more keto friendly and low carb beers. Until then, here are a few beers that are keeping it low carb with less than 5g per beer.
beer on keto

Devils Back Bone Brewing 

Tangerine Sparkling Ale

Dry. Tangerine. Effervescent. These words don’t really pop in your head when you think of beer, but then again, there’s nothing quite like Bright Tangerine Sparkling Ale. This brew is low calorie, gluten removed, with a dry and bubbly finish. The kicker is we load it up with heaps of natural tangerine flavor, making it a little brighter than your average ale!

beer on keto

Corona Premier

Mexico- Light Lager- 4.0% ABV. Corona Premier is a 90 calorie, low carb extension of the well known CORONA EXTRA brand of beer. It is a light, crisp and refreshing beer that pairs well with seafood. Add a lime for the perfect compliment.

beer on keto

Lagunitas daytime

At 4% ABV and only 98 calories, DayTime IPA represents everything we know about making hop-forward beer, expressed in a sotto voice.

beer on keto

Heineken Light

Smooth, subtle bitterness,  and a well-balanced clean finish. This light beer has Zesty, floral notes, hints of citrus.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you on the Keto diet? If so, what low carb beers on are on your list of favs? Drop them in the comments and we can add them in.

Do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer?

When it comes to beer , you may think that colder is better. Especially if you’re dreaming of sipping that Corona on a beach in Mexico. But, colder isn’t always better when it comes to all styles of beer. Just like fine wines are served at different temps, beer should be considered the same way. So, how do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer? Well, we’re laying out a guideline just for you. You don’t want to be the awkward person drinking their imperial stout at 40 degrees, that would be so embarrassing, right?

In the end, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Some people just like red wine cold or ice cubes in their rose. The same can be said for beer.  It might be frowned to drink a lager at 60 degrees, but hey if you like it, you do you.

Here are the preferred temps by beer:

35–40°F (2–4°C):

Mass market light lagers like Coors and Budweiser. These beers have a low ABV and won’t produce more flavor if left to get a little warm. Many microbrewers and warm beer enthusiasts point to the so-called “macrobrews” for continuing the “ice cold” beer trend. Unlike with the higher alcohol and flavor content of microbrews and many European beers, many traditional American beers are improved by these cold temperatures.

 

40–45°F (4–7°C):

Czech and German Pilsners, Munich Helles, wheat beers, and Kölsch. Again, The colder the beer, the less carbonation is released; the less carbonation that’s released, the less aroma the beer gives off. These styles of beers aren’t bursting with flavor so they can be served at a slightly warmer temperature, but still chilled.

 

45–50°F (7–10°C):

IPAs, American pale ales, porters, and most stouts.The worst thing that can happen to a New England IPA is to serve it anywhere below 38 degrees, which is a common serving temperature,” says Eric Bachli, chief product officer at Sixpoint Brewery, previously at the helm as head brewer at Trillium. “If you serve it below that, you really diminish and lose out on the flavor potential for that beer.”

 

50–55°F (10–13°C):

Belgian ales, sour ales, Bocks, English bitters and milds, Scottish ales. These brewers tend to brew with different types of yeast they generally come out more full bodied. Regarding sours because there are so many varities, there isn’t really a set temperature to drink them all.

 

55–60°F (13–16°C):

Barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, and Doppelbocks. This temperature is considered “cellar temperature” and is best for the highest ABV and full bodied beers. A warmer temperature allows all of the flavors and notes to unlock.

 

Keep in mind these are just guides, most restaurants don’t have separate refrigerators for all their beers. And most people don’t show up to dinner or drinks armed with a thermometer. So if you want to try certain beers a little warmer, just let them sit for a few minutes after ordering. That is,  if you can wait. Now,  what is your optimal temperature to drink beer? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

 

The Art of the Beer- Beer Labels Are Becoming True Masterpieces

If you know anything about craft beer you probably already know that the art on the front is almost as important as the beer inside. Many craft beer companies seek out artists to create one of a kind labels that perfectly describe each beer. Did you know there’s even a podcast that features beer artists?

Although it seems unclear who started the trend, we know that beer labels are getting more and more detailed and have become masterpieces in their own right. So, here we’ve showcased a few breweries that are doing everything right when it comes to the art of the beer movement.

 

Mikkeller- Artist Keith Shore

“It’s just myself and our designer Ben Kopp working in my small backyard studio… there is never a slow day — we are always wildly busy with crazy projects. But this is no complaint — I love the Mikkeller universe and feel very lucky to draw these characters every day. We have worked on countless collaborations with inspiring musicians, chefs, filmmakers, clothing designers, airlines… and all in the name of beer.” Keith Shore

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Co. – Artists Leslie Herman

Leslie Herman is a Richmond, VA based illustrator and part-time adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Leslie’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, New York Times, Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal. His album cover and concert poster illustrations include the bands Mike Gordon, Phish, The Southern Belles and Spoon.

Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. – Thom Lessner

Thom Lessner is a self taught artist who’s been working in Philadelphia since 1999. He’s had solo shows across the country at places like THIS (Los Angeles), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco) and Spector Gallery (Philadelphia). His work has been featured in Thrasher, Vice, Revolver, Swindle, Spin, Rolling Stone, Disillusion, Dazed and Confused, XLR8R, Anthem, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, and The Metro.

Do you have a favorite beer label artist? If so, drop their name in the comments. Or maybe you hadn’t even thought about the label art before. If that’s the case, you might be looking at beer with a whole new set of “beer goggles” now. Of course, just like any art, it’s all subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter what style you prefer, you better get drinking because there is a whole new gallery of tiny canvases to explore.

Best Beer Apps Every Beer Lover Should Download

So you think you love beer? But, do you love it enough to download multiple apps that take your beer experience to the next level? If yes, than you need to check out these smartphone apps. How did people even know which beer to drink before these existed, so barbaric.

 

Untappd- Discover Beer

This app allows you to check in, rate beers, explore popular bars and so much more. The more you drink, the more badges you can earn. Local bars update their beer menus and events on the app too. This app is a beer drinkers paradise.

Warning: you may get addicted to trying as many new beers as you can in an effort to earn more badges.

 

Craft Beer Community

This is a relatively new app but it’s pretty cool. While it has a lot of the same features like locator and event listings, it also has a unique feature. This app allows you to join “beer clubs” at local restaurants and earn free beer. Yes, you read that right, FREE BEER! When you buy a beer at a participating restaurant you scan a QR code and then you get a digital stamp. After 9 stamps you get a freebie. Different restaurants have different rules so be sure to check them. Also, this app is only in a few cities so far like Las Vegas and San Diego. Look for it to expand to a city near you soon.

 

Brewery Passport- Craft Beer

Brewery Passport is your mobile beer concierge for discovering local beers and breweries — more than 8,000 across the U.S. & Canada. Stamp your passport at each location, then record tasting notes about your experiences. Even connect with friends and family to share those memories.
Brewery Passport also features the ability to store beers tasted in a personalized beer journal and find local beer events. Brewery Passport is the beer industry’s most downloaded mobile app for brewery tourism. The bad news is you can only get it on apple, sorry android users.

 

Did you download them all yet. There are definitely more we could get into to, but we thought we’d start you off slow. Let us know how you like these three or drop us a comment and tell us about your best beer apps. You know we’re all about everything BEER.

Lucky Charms IPA-All your Saturday Morning Memories in a Can

 

Saturday Morning Memories Now in a Can with New Lucky Charms IPA

Do you ever sit and reminisce about the days of watching Saturday morning cartoons in your ninja turtles pajamas while eating your favorite cereal? Well, Smartmouth brewing company aims to bring back those warm and fuzzies with their new limited release Lucky Charms flavored IPA.

“Saturday Morning” is a 6.6% ABV IPA brewed in house toasted marshmallows and bulk dehydrated-marshmallow bits. It has been hoppped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Calypso hops. The nose is sweet and citrus, with orange and pear aromas. The result is “magically, ridiculous” says the brewery.

We hate to kill your dreams of spending the weekend sipping lucky charms in liquid form, but this beer will only be available in limited release. And by limited we mean only available in their brewery in Norfolk, VA on Saturday March 2nd.  Then a limited amount of cans will be distributed to local restaurants and bars.

To celebrate the release they are having a full day of Saturday Morning activities including the beer release, pizza truck, tower of games, local heroes comic book stand, cosplay, nerd trivia and live music. Sounds like a pretty epic Saturday to us.

So, what do you think? Would you hop on a flight to VA to get your hands on this new beer filled with all your childhood memories? It may be magically ridiculous or it could be magically delicious.  Since we don’t know anyone who has tried it, the jury is still out. But, if you can get your hands on it you might be the envy of all your beer loving friends.

Some of Smartmouth’s other beers include alter ego saison, murphy’s Law amber,  game on IPA and notch 9 double IPA.