At long last, the Vegas Strip once again has a brewery, for the first time since Monte Carlo (now Park MGM) closed its brewpub in 2007. The new brewery is Trustworthy Brewing Co. & BBQ, with this Vegas outpost adding to its original location in Burbank, CA, which opened in Jan., 2017. Located on the 2nd level in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo, the new 10-barrel brewhouse with five fermenters and five brite tanks will focus on artisanal small batch craft beers. Head brewer Matt Crewe was just brought in to oversee operations at both the Burbank and Vegas breweries. Matt has some pretty impressive credentials, having come from Stone Brewing, where he was the #2 brewer for the past five years. Matt replaces Trustworthy’s original brewer Chris Walowski, who left to go back to the lab he previously worked at, where he will put his master’s degree in biochemistry to good use as the lab’s director of operations. Taking on the position of general manager is Robert Parekh, a Certified Cicerone who definitely has a vast knowledge of beer and hospitality after formerly managing TAP at MGM Grand and The Pub at Monte Carlo.
As I write this, the brewery has not yet been given final approval to brew so the beers are being brought in from the Burbank brewery. A month before the opening I sat down with Owner Chipper Pastron and GM Robert Parekh at Morels (which is owned by the same company as Trustworthy, MCC Hospitality Group) and was treated to a tasting of Trustworthy’s brews. After sampling the Trustworthy IPA, Gigil Pilsner, What Plane? Oatmeal Stout and Brass Jar Hoppy Amber Ale, my rundown is all were quite tasty and balanced, with my favorite being Gigil, a 4.7% ABV pilsner made with puffed jasmine rice that I proclaim perfect for our summer Las Vegas climate.
A month after our meeting, in mid-July Trustworthy quietly opened, and after making my way back to the brewery found in addition to the aforementioned core beers, also pouring during the soft opening were T-Shirt Weather, a hoppy continental pilsner; Turning Two, a barrel-aged golden blended sour in celebration of the brewery’s second anniversary; and Bear Temper, a barrel-aged American barley wine.
The finished product’s décor features an elevated 60-seat bar with an old school lighted movie sign marquee displaying the beer on tap, a wall-to-wall graffiti mural paying homage to the iconic Bill Murray, banquette seating and oversized booths, bright primary colors, a beer garden at the front and a game room with skeeball outfitted with couches. Arriving soon, to be situated near the beer garden in the front, will be shuffleboard, making this a family-friendly and fun place to gather with friends.
Upon opening, BBQ was added to the restaurant’s name, which is indicative of Executive Chef Lloyd Bansil’s menu of smoked meats (yes, they have a pellet-burning smoker!) and barbecue dishes such as grass-fed, hand-rubbed smoked beef brisket; beef ribs with Trustworthy’s garlic and herb rub; and 16 oz. thick cut hickory-smoked prime rib.
Chipper and Robert related there will eventually be 16 handles all pouring local beer and future plans include special events such as beer dinners and eventually some barrel aging. This new brewery will be a (trust) worthy addition to our local brewing scene and it’s cool that the Strip once again has a venue in the beer making biz.
Photos by A.D. Cook
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