Sunday 15 April, 2012

Watch Your Back, Yard House

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I will always have a soft spot for a category killer: that intrepid soul, that rugged individual who decides that his or her place must have the largest, widest, most expensive or strangest selection of any one thing. Somehow I feel it echoes the pioneering spirit that made this country great. Even if its not […]




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The Pub at Monte Carlo's 136 taps. Go ahead, count them. I'll wait.

The Pub at Monte Carlo's 136 taps. Go ahead, count them. I'll wait.

I will always have a soft spot for a category killer: that intrepid soul, that rugged individual who decides that his or her place must have the largest, widest, most expensive or strangest selection of any one thing. Somehow I feel it echoes the pioneering spirit that made this country great. Even if its not really unique to America. Still, Las Vegas has always been a safe haven for category killers, and now it has one more: The Pub at Monte Carlo.

To be blunt, until now I didn’t think The Pub had much reason to exist. A cavernous, post-industrial space, it had a large but not particularly meaningful selection of beers and very indifferent atmosphere, that had little or no relation to its host resort.

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As of May 2011, though, The Pub features 136 beers on tap, plus something like another hundred from around the world in the bottle, including many rare and limited selections. I’m not completely positive, but I’m pretty sure that whoops “the world’s greatest selection” at Yard House (Town Square and Red Rock resort in Las Vegas) in the behind.

Why 136, you ask? So did I. Brian the General Manager, mastermind/maniac behind this undertaking simply told me “That’s as many taps as we could fit behind the bar.” You have to love that. Brian took me in back to see the huge keg freezer, and also pointed out several of the large format bottles, Sam Adams Opus, Redhook 841, one of my favorites Deus, and other uncommon Belgians.

The Pub at Monte Carlo's keg room: One man's heaven, another man's hell ;)

The Pub at Monte Carlo's keg room: One man's heaven, another man's hell 😉

He also showed me the impressive piece of furniture called the Beer Locker, which is what you gain admission to for one year (complete with a brass tag and personalized mug) after you get your “passport” stamped for trying each and every one of those 136 drafts.

The Beer Locker: Many Are Called, Few Chosen

The Beer Locker: Many Are Called, Few Chosen

Then Brian sat me and my pal The Vegas Foodie down and sampled us on some of Chicago’s Goose Island beers like Sofie, Pepe Nero and Wild Boar blueberry lager, alongside citrusy wheat French Amadeus, Belgian Peche Lambic, and a couple instant-nap inducing beer shakes.

The beer shakes: not to be confused with what Homer Simpson calls withdrawl.

The beer shakes: not to be confused with what Homer Simpson calls withdrawl.

To soak them up, we tried some juicy prime rib sliders and a plate of potato balls (crisp outside, creamy mash inside, covered in piquant reggiano cheese). Brian also brought us one of their S'mores platters, which, while hardly groundbreaking, do feature three kinds of housemade marshmallows.

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The Pub is also now home to what may be the Strip's seventh or eighth dueling pianos act, depending on how you count. These things are so popular it's making me regret I wasn't born a twin. And they have a massive projection screen, making it a great option for watching a big game on the Strip without feeling any pressure to bet. They also have a large area outside by the pool, making your sunny afternoon options far better than the typical bucket of Coronas.

I'm not saying The Pub will change your life, but if you're a beer person, and you're in Vegas, you need to see this place.

And here's even more detail on The Pub's beers from About.com's Zeke Quezada

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 2011


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