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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. 

Must-Have Holiday Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

Must-Have Holiday 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 holiday 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.

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.

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?

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. 

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.

 

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!

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. 

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. 

Best Drink Pairings for Tacos

Check out these seriously great pairings for our delicious tacos.  Although we obviously think that Tacos & Beer are a match made in heaven, we know these cocktails will just as spectacular. Our favorite handheld snack often needs a companion and we’ve got some ideas that are going to make all of your taco dreams come true. 

Taco: Carne Asada

Drink: Gimme Some Honey

Whiskey and steak make for the perfect smokey combo. For something a bit sweeter, try a classic old fashioned with bourbon instead of whiskey.

 

 

Taco: Chicken Tinga

Drink: Gin & Tonic

Who doesn’t love a chicken taco? To help enhance the spicy flavors of the chicken tinga taco, get an extra lime or two. The refreshing gin and tonic will help keep the spice at bay. We recommend either Tanquery or Bombay Sapphire gin to create the perfect flavor profile.

 

Taco: Rajas Con Crema

Drink: Paloma

Indulge in one of our delicious veggie tacos paired with the simple, yet complex Paloma. Allow the bright flavors to come through for a perfect pair. 

 

Taco: Carnitas

Drink: Tequila Sangria

Red wine and succulent pork are the perfect match. Why not carry that ideology over to Mexican food? The combo of the savory slow-roasted pork and a sweet tangy red sangria are what makes this combo irresistible. 

Taco: Baja Fish

Drink: Rose Guava Caipirinha 

A play on a classic Caipirinha, our specialty cocktail combined with our delicious Baja Fish Taco will have you questioning if you’ve just been transported to a tropical destination. 

 

Taco: Shrimp

Drink: House Margarita

Can you go wrong with lime and shrimp? Our classic margaritas bring out the zest in our cilantro-lime slaw and complement the juicy shrimp and creamy chili crema. Now that is a perfect classic drink and taco pairing!

Now…are you ready to check out these seriously great pairings for our delicious tacos?! 

Taco Specials

Ok we all love a good special and we all love tacos right? So if you’re looking for the best taco specials 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

taco specials

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.

taco specials

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

taco specials

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.

What is Mezcal? And why you should be drinking it…

Mezcal has been rising in popularity in the last few years. It seems mixologists are always coming up with new fancy cocktails using this Mexican alcohol. But if you saw it on the menu and thought, “what is that?” you probably aren’t alone. And if you think Mezcal and Tequila are the same, we’re here to tell you, it’s not. So, let’s break down the facts and find out why you should be drinking it.

 

What is mezcal?

Mezcal or mescal (/mɛˈskæl/Spanish: [mesˈkal] (About this soundlisten)) is a Mexican distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. Agaves or magueys are found mainly in many parts of Mexico and all the way down to the equator, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca.[2] It can also be made in Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacan and the recently approved Puebla.

what is mezcal

What’s the difference between mezcal and tequila?

While mezcal and tequila are both made from agave, tequila can only be made from blue Weber agave. Mezcal, however, can be made from more than 28 different varieties of agave. While it can be made in different areas of Mexico, most mescal comes from Oaxaca.

Espadin, the most common agave used, takes eight years to grow to maturity, though other varietals can take longer. Once it’s mature, the spines are cut away, exposing the hearts — piñas — which are buried in smoky fire pits and covered. The agave cooks from anywhere between three days and two weeks. (Tequila, on the other hand, is cooked for far less time in a more conventional oven.)

mezcal

What’s all the hype about?

If you haven’t noticed, mezcal is kinda having a moment. It might be because it has a very distinct flavor. The roasting of the plant gives the finished product a smokey, savory finish  . Most people find it’s best sipped slowly like a fine whisky or scotch. But, many restaurants these days have made some pretty unique drinks from tequilas.

Best mezcal cocktails for beginners

Ok, so now that you know the facts, are you ready to try it? Here are a few mixed drinks to get you started. Once you’re in love, you can start sipping it straight like the pros. Be sure to pair it with your favorite taco for a truly Mexican experience.

Spicy Sandia: Rayu mescal, jalapeño, lime juice, watermelon puree. 

Cantarito: Rayu Mescal, orange and lime juice, grapefruit soda and tajin

Jamaica con Mezcal: Rayu Mescal, triple sec, jamaica syrup, lime juice and a tajin rim

 

If you tried to make your own specialty mescal drinks, leave us a comment and tell us how they turned out. But, if you don’t feel like putting in the work, head on down to the bar and order one up. You won’t regret it.