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How Drinking Beer Can Help Save The World

Is beer really good for you?  Can drinking beer save the planet?  What are the benefits of beer? 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? 

Benefits of Beer: How Beer Can Save The Planet

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. 

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Must-Have Christmas Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

Must-Have Christmas Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

’Tis the season. And depending upon who you talk to, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe you put up your tree two months ago, maybe you cringe every time you hear a bell jingle in the distance. Love it or hate it, the holidays are upon us. And regardless of whether the month of December makes you yearn to celebrate each and every cozy moment or run through the holly-decked aisles of every store screaming, everyone can agree Christmas cocktails are a major perk of the season. 

 

Luckily, Tacos & Beer gets it, and we’ve created some seriously festive and outrageously delicious cocktails. It doesn’t matter if you’re a holiday-lover or a Grinch this season, after your first sip of any of these fabulous drinks, your heart is likely to grow at least three sizes. 

 

Check these out:

Caramel Swizzle

Smirnoff Vodka

Cold Brew Concentrate

Salted Caramel Kahlua

Garnish: 3 Coffee Beans 

Pairs well with any dessert, particularly our flan. This coffee-forward stunner is sweet with a touch of salt and just might be the mandatory cap to any meal this month, especially after a long holiday shopping day.

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Mexican Pick-Me Up

Xicaru Reposado Mezcal

Cold Brew Concentrate

Ancho Reyes

Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Peel

Think coffee but with an even bigger kick. Ancho and poblano chiles are steeped in simple syrup to create the wonder that is Ancho Reyes. We mix that with good tequila and cold brew concentrate to create a slightly spicy, smoky, and unbelievable amped up cocktail. This one pairs perfectly with our dark-chocolatey Enchiladas de Mole. 

 

 

Bee’s On Parade

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Amaro di Angostura

Honey Syrup

This lush cocktail is the elixir you wish your mother had given you when you were feeling under the weather. The aromatic cinnamon and licorice tones of the Angostura bitters swirled with sweet honey syrup is a legendary partner to a silky, malty scotch like Monkey Shoulder. No need to have the sniffles to enjoy this cocktail, it’ll make you feel better regardless of how you felt before you took your first sip. Pairs well with Pork al Pastor, Carnitas, Puerco Verde, or our slow-roasted Cochinita Pibil.

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Second Breakfast

BSB (Brown Sugar Bourbon)

Antica Carpano Sweet Vermouth

Apple Bitters

Garnish: Pumpkin Spice Rim and Dried Apples

Cinnamon and brown sugar-flavored bourbon would be good enough on its own, but when mixed with vanilla-forward Antica Carpano and the caramelized apple taste of the bitters, you’ve got yourself the liquid version of a warm hug. Pair this cocktail with churros because why not?

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Golden Girl

Xicaru Reposado

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Araceli Marigold Liqueur

Fall Syrup

Cardamom Bitters

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish:  Star of Anise and Orange Peel

Simply, the best flavors of the season in a glass. The Allspice Dram, Fall Syrup, plus Cardamom and Chocolate bitters bring all the seasonal notes you know and love and then some, but the rich, floral, and fragrant secret weapon here is Araceli Marigold Liqueur. Pairs well with our awesome Tortilla Soup or Flautas. 

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DEELICIOUS

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Horchata Syrup

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Nutmeg

Adequately named, this lovely seasonal drink has an irresistible Mexican flair. Horchata Syrup offers the cinnamon and vanilla that naturally pairs so well with Allspice Liqueur and Chocolate Bitters to marry brilliantly with smooth and malty Monkey Shoulder Scotch. Try Deelicious with our famous Choco-Tacos for an extra special treat.

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Regardless of how you feel about it, the holidays will be over before you know it. That said, you’ve still got plenty of time to try each and every one of our holiday cocktails before we’re on to the next season. We’ll see you soon and Happy Holidays!

Taco Specials

Taco Specials in Las Vegas

Ok we all love a good special and we all love tacos right? So if you’re looking for the best taco specials (including Taco Tuesday) in Las Vegas, look no further. We’ve put all our weekly specials together in one spot so you can make sure you don’t miss any of them!

Taco Tuesday

Tuesdays are usually reserved for tacos, but we’ve also reserved them for LADIES. We have a brand new latin night on Tuesday nights where ladies get FREE margaritas from 11P-12A. Who runs the world? Girls. So come enjoy

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Tequila Thursday

What goes better with Thursday than tequila. We knew that, that’s why we put together a rotating list of 10 diff tequilas that will be available for $6, only on Thursdays. Each week will be a different list so come every week and try all 40.

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Rock Saturday (once a month)

Check our social media to see which Saturday each month The Slots will be playing live. Rock Saturdays will also feature

Ladies “open bar” with free margaritas 11pm-12am

Modelo & Margarita $11

Modelo & Tequila Shot $11

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Happy Hour

Happy hour happens daily from  3PM – 6PM & 11PM – 1AM with the exception of Saturday and Tuesday. Select tacos are $2.50 and choose from a draft lager, margarita or select cocktail to make it a boozy happy hour.

 

Secret Taco Special

Shhh we have a secret, a secret taco that is. We want you try it, but we can’t tell you anything about it. Because, well duh, it’s a secret. So come in and tell your server you’ll have the secret taco. Then use the hashtags #TacosAndBeer #TNBTacoSecreto if you tell your friends about it on social media.

 

Which taco specials are you most looking forward to? Drop your favorite in the comments. If you can’t decide, come try them all. We’re open 7 days a week.

How Do I Find Tacos Near Me?

Tacos Near Me?

We get it, sometimes you’re  starving and you just want TACOS! But where do you look? How do you find the best tacos, or any tacos? Don’t panic. The next time you find yourself wondering “how do i find tacos near me?”, you’ll remember these tips.

Check Google

Do you ever wonder what people did before google? If you’re looking for something you can pretty much always find it there. Google my business also has handy reviews so you can see not only tacos near you, but you can also find the best ones.

Delivery Apps

Delivery apps like Postmates, Grubhub and Uber Eats have really changed the landscape of dinning. Many people are opting to eat their restaurant food at home instead of dinning out. So if you’re not in the mood to leave your house. Use this tool to find your tacos and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

Ask Your Friends

Depending on what kind of friends you have they might have some legit suggestions for finding the nearest Mexican joints. However, if your friends aren’t foodies, you could always use the recommendations tool on FaceBook and get input from all your digital friends.

Check Yelp

While you have to take yelp reviews with a grain of salt, their map tool can be pretty handy for locating restaurants near you. It’s easy to zoom in on your area and see exactly what’s open while you’re searching.

 

So, which tool do you used when finding food near you? Is it one of these or did we leave one out? Let us know in the comments. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on delicious options just because they didn’t know how to find them. Don’t forget when searching for tacos they always pair best with craft beer or margaritas.

 

9 Reasons Avocados are The Coolest Fruit

Avocado: The Coolest Fruit

Avocados are a pretty versatile little fruit. And yes they are a fruit, even though you might not think of them as one. They are actually considered a single seeded berry.  Not only are they super yummy to eat, they can also be used for a variety of other things. So today we’re breaking down why the avocado is the coolest fruit on earth.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one serving (one-fifth of an avocado, approximately 40 grams) contains:

  • 64 calories
  • almost 6 grams of fat
  • 3.4 grams of carbohydrate
  • less than a gram of sugar
  • almost 3 grams of fiber

Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

1. They can make a great  Foot Scrub

Get rid of rough and callused feet with an avocado foot scrub. Take out the pit and let it dry for a couple of days. Once dry, grind it up until it is small and gritty. Scoop out half the avocado and mash it with a little cornmeal. Then add the pit powder and sea salt as an exfoliator. Use a foot basin to massage the mixture on your feet and toes, and rinse with warm water when you are done.

2. They can make Paleo and Vegan Frosting

You can use avocados to jazz up your favorite desserts. In a food processor, mix together a ripe avocado, cocoa powder, and some maple syrup. If you’d like, stir in some chocolate chips for an extra dose of chocolate. Spread the frosting on cakes or brownies for a creamy finish.

 

3. They can make Eye and Facial Skin Therapy

Avocados are packed with nutrients, such as vitamin E and A, B-vitamins, folic acid, and potassium, which are enriching to the sensitive area surrounding your eyes and face. Vitamin A helps to remove dead skin cells from the body and the amino acid glutamine helps to clean and protect the skin from environmental damage. Mash an avocado until smooth and apply it around your eyes and face. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

4. They can be a Butter Substitute

Replace ½ the butter in any baked recipe with the same measurement of avocado. The result will be lower in calories and yield a softer and chewier result. If you want to replace all the butter in a baked recipe, the ration of avocado to butter is 1:1, but you have to reduce the oven temperature by 25 percent and increase baking time — this prevents the baked good from rising in the middle and then sinking after it’s removed from the oven.

5. Why not make avocado Soap?

You can make your own natural soaps at home without leaving your skin covered in residue. Melt avocado purée, water, coconut oil, olive oil, and lye (be careful while handling lye, otherwise known as sodium hydroxide) in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. Add a couple drops of essential oil such as lavender or peppermint oil. Pour into a mold and let the soap harden for a few weeks. The soap creates a creamy lather that is safe for sensitive skin.

 

6. They Makes Avocado Toast

Maybe the simplest, yet greatest invention ever is avocado toast. You can spruce it up by adding hummus, cream cheese or nuts on top. There has been a lot of hype about millennials claiming the high priced avocado toasts as theirs. But, even if you’re not a hipster in your 20’s you can still enjoy the health and taste benefits of avocado toast.

 

7. You can try Avocado Ice Cream

Super healthy and tastes amazing! If you like avocados, this is a must try recipe! All you need to make it is 2 avocados, honey, milk, sea salt, and lime.

 

8. They Make Creative Alcoholic Drinks

Unwind with a couple friends on a sunny day with a fun avocado daiquiri. In a blender, combine fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, puréed avocado and ice. For a kick, add as much of your favorite rum as you’d like (just don’t go overboard). Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

9. You can Improve your mane with a Hair Mask

To treat dry or lifeless hair, mash 1 avocado with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Massage into your scalp and hair, making sure the use your fingers to brush through hair strands, from the scalp to the ends. Tuck hair into a shower cap and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

 

So, now that you’ve learned a few things. How do you use your avocados?

 

Hard Hats & Tacos, a Perfect Pairing- We Support Education in Las Vegas

Community Event at Cristo Rey St. Viator

When it comes to giving back to the community, we’ve always been honored to help when we can. We’re passionate about a lot of issues, especially education. When we were approached about donating food to the Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory event we were excited to give.

The Hard Hat Tours, Tacos and More event will be held at the future site of the school at 2880 Van Der Meer St, North Las Vegas on Saturday March 11th at 11AM. Attendees will get to see the school site and enjoy some of our artisan tacos.

Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory will be a part of the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serve students of limited economic means.  As a part of the Cristo Rey Network of 35 schools across the country, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory will adhere to a set of Mission Effectiveness Standards.

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Some Highlights about the New School:

  • Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory, will open in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • We are planning to open with a freshman class of 125, and then add 125 each year moving forward.
  • CRSV will be part of the Cristo Rey Network, which currently comprises 35 college prep high schools across the country, CRSV will be # 37.
  • Cristo Rey model is unique in that, it not only provides a rigorous college prep education, but we also have a unique corporate work study program, which provides each student real-world work experience.
  • All Cristo Rey High Schools specific serve the “under-served” communities in their cities and we look forward to providing some Southern Nevada families, and education opportunity that they have never had previously. 
  • The Clerics of St. Viator, the original operator of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, is the owner and operator of CRSV.
  • The new school facility is currently under construction on North Las Vegas Boulevard and Van Der Meer St., just around the corner from CSN Cheyenne Campus.
  • For additional info visit their website

So put your hard hats on, come enjoy tacos and support education in Las Vegas. It can never be a bad day when tacos are involved!

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Vegan Beer Fest Las Vegas

Vegan Fest Las Vegas

Some of the biggest cities in the country have their own vegan beer fest. But Las Vegas ,which is known for being one the most most vegan friendly cities in the US, doesn’t have one. That is until now. We’re teaming up with Tacotarian to bring you Las Vegas’ first annual Vegan Tacos and Beer Fest.

The festival will take place in our parking lot at 3900 Paradise Rd. just a few blocks from the las vegas strip. VIP entry starts at noon and general admission at 1PM. So, are you wondering what goes on at a vegan tacos and beer fest? We will break it down for you. But if you want to stay up to date on the latest additions to the event be sure to see our Facebook event page.

What’s Included

VIP ticket holders will get: 

  • 5oz Beer Tasting Glass
  • Event T-shirt
  • 3 Free Tacos
  • Early Entrance
  • Tastings of 100+ beers

General Admission ticket holders will get:

  • 5oz Beer Tasting Glass
  • Tasting of 100+ beers

Attendees can expect to sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 25 breweries. Some of the beers showcased will be hard to get beers from out of state brewers. Local Brewers like CraftHaus and Able Baker will be showcasing their finest vegan beers as well. 

Vegan Foodies Welcome

Food will be available for purchase and will include a stellar plant- based line up of tacos, snacks, desserts and more created by Tacos and Beer and Tacotarian. We will be serving some regular menu items from both Tacos and Beer and Tacotarian, but we will also have eats created specifically for the event. Nourish Creamery will be creating a special beer float made from their almond/coconut milk ice creams.

Local Beer Celebrities Chris Jacobs & Dusty McPherson of Beer Zombies will have a booth with their swag so guests don’t have to leave empty handed. Both restaurants will also have branded swag on hand. 

 

Other highlights include, photo ops, music and additional vendors. Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out. We only have a limited amount of space for this event.

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.

 

 

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