On Sept. 5 Pole Position hosted a meet and greet with Golden Knights NHL Hockey star Ryan Reaves (aka “The Enforcer”) and we were there to cover it. The event was a meeting of the minds for those who love racing, hockey and beer, as during the event attendees had the opportunity to experience indoor karting at the facility (at 4175 Arville, just across from the Palms) and AFTER racing the mini-cars around the track (no drinking and driving) got to enjoy unlimited tastes of Reaves’ 7FIVE Brewing Training Day Golden Ale, a brew he crafted with Able Baker which launched earlier this year.
Adding to the enjoyment of all was outstanding eats provided by Soirees Caterers, who served a spread of beef, chicken and pulled pork sliders; vegetarian eggrolls; coconut shrimp; grilled eggplant and yellow squash; and a table of desserts including mini-cheesecake, cream puffs and chocolate and peanut butter brownies.
“I’ve always been a big beer fan and saw a business opportunity as Las Vegas is about 10 years behind other cities in terms of craft beer and we need more beer in this city.”
After spending several minutes signing autographs, posing for pics and chatting with fans, Reaves answered questions about his 7FIVE beer line, the name of which represents the only number Reaves has worn in his NHL career. When asked about his new bar and tasting room, (which was recently erroneously reported in another outlet that shall remain nameless), he set the record straight, saying, “That’s fake news. That article was not correct, that’s Able Baker’s new brewery; they make my beer.” Reaves went on to add: “I’ve always been a big beer fan and saw a business opportunity as Las Vegas is about 10 years behind other cities in terms of craft beer and we need more beer in this city.” He also related that in the coming weeks and months his beer line will be adding a lager, IPA and imperial stout. As for Pole Position, until this event it carried only Budweiser products, but owner Brad Mark, who opened the racing facility in 2007, promises 7FIVE Training Day will now be available to his patrons (but AFTER racing, of course).
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Photos by A.D. Cook