Some breweries represented by state:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company offered a hearty Double Barrel Ale, Wookey Jack and Walker’s Reserve Porter. Walker’s Reserve blends dark chocolate, roasted coffee aroma and a hint of oak in a full dark beer.
San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam Beer featured Anchor Steam, Liberty Ale and Brekles Brown Ale known for its amber color, frothy head, and rich flavor.
Fireman’s Brew, created by two firemen, included Redhead Red Amber Ale (red in color), Blonde Pilsner Lager (golden in color) and Brunette German Doublesbock (a dark beer).
Dixie Brewing Co. offered Blackened Voodoo Lager, Jazz Amber Light and Dixie Lager. Founded in 1907 and brewed in New Orleans until 2005, the brewery had to be moved after Hurricane Katrina. As a southern beer, it is still sought after with its original beer recipes.
Fort Collins Brewery featured Red Banshee Ale, Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat and Chocolate Stout. Located north of Denver, this brewery combines the flavors of fruit and barley to create distinctive tastes in beer.
Alaskan Brewing Company included Amber, IPA and Winter – heavy with malt with the warmth of spirits. The aroma of spruce tips with hops adds to the winter brews.
Goose Island Beer (not to be confused with Goose Island Brewery in Chicago) features a lighter beer with its 312 Urban Ale and Indian Pale Ale.
National favorite Budweiser was represented with its newest Black Crown, Platinum and Woodchuck Pear Cider for those who want a light beverage with the elements of beer without the heavy barley or malt.
Uinta Brewing honored the fall season with its Pumpkin flavor beer along with Hop Notch IPA and Wyld Pale.
Kona Brewing Co. came across the ocean to Nevada, considered by many as the ninth island, with Big Wave Ale and Pipeline Porter.
This is just a sample of the states and breweries available at the Golden Nugget Beer Festival in 2013. Food included kielbasa and sauerkraut, pretzel rolls and sliders with live entertainment for the feel of Oktoberfest. For other events at the Golden Nugget, visit www.goldennugget.com