6th Annual Lee's Beer & Tequila Experience

First and formost, I'd like to thank Kenny Lee for giving me the opportunity to attend and review the 6th Annual Lee's Beer & Tequila Experience! I am greatly appreciative.

Watch this video first, and then enjoy the pictures and videos below. (And if you read all the way to the bottom, you'll be treated to some pics of us and some of the booth girls and a drunken outro video!)

I love this event. Not just because of the beer and tequila, but for the atomosphere and the people. As soon as you walk into the enormous ballroom you can just feel the electricity of everything going on around you. Everything is executed well. The band and music is constant and pleasing, the booth layouts are inviting and sectioned well, and the overall quality of the vendors makes for a great experience. This is a must every year for any Sin City native that enjoys craft beers, tequila, and a good time!

I attended this event last year and had a blast, but this year I took a little more time to get to know some of the beers better and actually talk with many of the vendors. A couple were even nice enough to get on camera and tell me about their beverage offerings.

Here we go! First some beers!

Full Sail, Top Sail Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter: Wow that's a mouthful and so was this beer. Aged for a year in bourbon barrels, this beer definitely has a chocolatey overtone with lots of flavor, and a staggering 9.5% alc. A little malty with a touch of vanilla flavors pushing through the robust darkness. This guy is a limited reserve, so if you see it, buy it! 

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Innis & Gunn Rum Cask: I am a fan of this brewery for sure. I've had their Irish Whiskey Cask, The Original, and the Blonde. Those I love, the Rum Cask was my least favorite so far. It was ok, but didn't have that wow factor the Irish Whiskey Cask had for me. It's still better than most beers out there, just not better than it's brothers in arms.

I give it a 7 out of 10.

Wells Banana Bread Beer: Brewed in the UK and it's just OK. It tastes exactly as the name would lead you to think, beer + bananas. It's flavor is good, but I couldn't see my self enjoying more than one of these.

I give it a 5 out of 10.

Crabbie's Ginger Beer: Quite amazing. It tastes like Ginger Ale with a kick. This was served to us on ice with garnish. It was delicious and I could see myself sitting in the back yard on a hot day enjoying this treat. 

I give it a 9 out of 10.

MOA Breakfast Beer: Yeah, I did a double take when I saw Breakfast and Beer next to eachother too. But it works! It does taste a little like champagne with some cherry and banana notes to it. I wish we could have had it with a croissant or something, but otherwise it was quite good.

I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Maudite Amber Red: A very hearty and slightly spicy red. This beer would be good with some spicy tacos or a good italian sausage. It clocks in at 8%alc as well.

I give it a 8 out of 10.

Blue Moon Peanut Butter Ale: Sorry there's no picture, this one was on a tap. I had a few sips of this one to really get everything out of it….my conclusion…. it tastes exactly like liquid peanut butter. I still don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I guess with food it could be a little better, buy by itself it just seemed gimmicky.

I give it a 4 out of 10.

Weihenstephaner Vitus: Say that three times… at all! This German brewed offering basically had most of the characteristics of a heff with a little bit of spices on the back end. I'm a fan of heffs, and I like this one because it was similar but had more to offer than the usual suspects.

I give it a 8.5 out of 10.

Firestone Velvet Merlin, Outmeal Stout: I've had oatmeal stouts before that just bombard you with oatmeal. This was different. I like that it was dark and filling but only had a flavoring of oatmeal compared to others. Definitely rich, but definitely good.

I give it a 7 out of 10.

I tried all the beers he talked about, I just forgot to write down notes. My bad! Let us continue…

Magic Hat #9: This beer has a fun enticing label. See the heart in the 9? I a thoughful label. #9 is like a light pale ale with apricot flavors all over with a little bit of a floral touch to it. This is definitely a solid adventure beer. 

Baltika #7: Not worth words.

Baltika #8: Ditto

I give them a combined total of 2 out of 10.

Rince Cochon: A pig drinking a beer on your box and label?! I'm in. Tucked away inside this corked bottle is a delight of smooth beer with rich textures that has a slightly hoppy finish. I don't know much about this beer, the pourer for this beer bearly spoke English, and I can't find a website for them. A mystery of sorts now, if I can find it in the wild, I will obtain a box or two.

I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

Stone Smoke Porter: Remember the Hindenburg? Or HD-DVDs? Or maybe Mt. Vesuvius? Good… this beer is a bigger disaster.

I give it a 0 out of 10.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid Ale: This falls under the meh category. I like a hoppy beer, but this one is just annoying. 102 I.B.U. is a little out of control. If I had a hop fetish this would be my crack, but I don't, so it's not. It's just stoopid.

I give it a 4 out of 10.

Henry Weinhard's IPA: I've said it before, I love my IPAs! But… I only like this IPA. It's good, but not great. A hair citrusy on the back end but no other amazing qualities. There's better out there.

I give it a 5 out of 10.

Bohemia: Plain. Crisp. Nothing outstanding.

I give it a 3 out of 10.

Three Monkeys IPA: I had this one at the Motley Brews Beer Fest and hated it, tried it again here, "Hated it!" *Snaps fingers*. I'm a sucker for monkeys on labels, but this beer is just bad.

I give it a 3 out of 10.

Game On Penalty Box, Rookie Pale Ale: Another mouthful of a name but lots of flavor in the bottle. This pale ale was very solid in flavors and had a good sweetness about it. A very good beer.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Moylan's Hopsickle Triple IPA: A strong triple IPA, but not over the top. If you like a hoppy beer, this is a good choice. It's kind of like the Kilt Lifter, but stronger and darker. I like it.

I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

Now after 20 or so beers, the review are a little harder to discern. I normally write notes down on my phone after each tasting… Let's just say, from this point on, the notes became non-exisitant and/or illedgeable. And by the time we got to the tequilas!? We just took pictures.

Lips of Faith: I remember it being obviously sour but nothing more.

Goulden Caolus: Yup… pretty bottle, corked top. No recolection of flavors.

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA: I remember it being strong and delicious, but nothing specific. I've liked every Uinta beer I've had.

Here's some of the beers I forgot to write notes on, and then after, some pictures of us and the ladies showing us their stuff. And by stuff I mean boobs… I mean alcoholic beverages…and boobs.

Jack Daniel's Whiskey & Coke: Oh! I remember this one… it tastes exactly like Jack Daniel's and Coke… What a waste of a product.

Rating Description
out of 10
8 Location
Located inside the main ballrom at the LVH is nice for the size, but is a trek from the parking lot to get there. Otherwise, the overall layout was well done once again.
10 Beer Selection
Insane. We tried 27 and that's from skipping the ones I've tried before. There must have been 300+ beers there.
8 The Price
If you use Groupon, amazingly priced. Heck, even at full price it's a good deal for the selections you have.
9 Entertainment
Live band was good. Quality songs and presentation. Plus booth girls never hurt.
Outstanding! This event is great. Two years I've been, two years I have not been dissappointed.
(out of 10)