Hangin’ with hot, tall, willowy blondes (or hot magazine editors for that matter) is something ELV only does with his doctor’s permission these days. But when Jamie Nielsen-Langdon invited us to the Flamingo for a tasting of Sin City Brewing Company’s new brews, we were in faster than you can say Saccharomyces carlsbergensis.
Snaking through the Flamingo Hotel (smelling as it does of cheap, coconut-scented suntan oil), is never much fun, but if you head towards the pool area you’ll find four locally-crafted brews on draft (at the Sin City Brewing Co. beer bar) that are worth the walk.
Our staff wasn’t keen on the Sin City Light — finding it to be “lite” to the point flavor-free-dom. That being said, it’ll probably be a big hit with folks like this. Likewise, the Amber wasn’t nutty enough for us, and lighter in body than expected, but still was eminently quaff-able.
But all Sin City sins were forgiven with one sip of the Weisse — a dead ringer for a Bavarian wheat beer. The Stout might not be stout enough for some, but it showed definite refinement, some chocolate notes, and a medium-long finish.
We offered these mild criticisms to brew-master Richard Johnson, who took it like a man, and then told us they can’t make the Sin City Light fast enough. Johnson, who cut his teeth at Gordon Biersch, is probably onto something with his poolside-friendly brews, but we’ll stick with the weisse.