Originally opened as Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery in November of 1999, the food menu was fine dining with a great wine list and freshly brewed craft beer. After several years of operation, they made a business decision to move forward brewing only beer. In June of 2008, they ceased kitchen operations and began offering their draft beer around Las Vegas (which was previously only offered at the brewery). Due to the growth in the market, in July of 2010 they remodeled and expanded their brewery to keep up with the demand. A bronze medal winner with the Bonanza Brown Ale at the Great American Brew Festival in Denver, Colorado in 2014, Tenaya Creek Brewery is well respected in the Las Vegas craft beer community. After outgrowing the original location and the ten-barrel system, the old brewery was sold and a new location in downtown Las Vegas was occupied. Now a twenty-barrel system with bottling and canning is used. New brewing equipment, such as fermentation tanks and canning lines, can produce 6,000 barrels of beer a year, which would triple the 2,000-barrel-a-year production at the old location now occupied by PT Brewing Company. Tenaya Creek Brewery continues its growth with distribution from Arizona to Canada.
I was there when they tapped the Golden Stout for filming this episode. When you watch I am the first person interviewed about the beer. The backstory of that day of filming is this. An auction for the bottle of beer was scheduled for around noon, it did not actually happen until around 8 at night. During that time there was ample beer to be drank and not the cheap stuff either. We had Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Delirium flowing and oh boy pink elephants were flying. At one point we all went back to the brewery to drink more local stuff but those specifics get hazy. My memory goes blank after my tasting notes moment. I woke up the next day in my bed with my shoes on. The Morning Joe at Banger Brewing will give you the flavor profile of the Golden Stout.